Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As it turns out, I didn't need an invite to the Ellen show, I just needed to wait in line for 2 hours.

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you will know that I love Ellen - Degeneres - but we're all on a first name basis with Ellen right? I even asked Ellen to officiate our wedding, she never got back to me. Ouch.

So when I heard that people were lining up to see her in Melbourne this morning I knew I was going to be one of them. First I had a Text-a-thon with Melbourne on my Mind regarding when we should be in line - we flip flopped between 8:30, 10, 9, 10...What if we waited in line for hours and not that many people showed up? Or what if we were over confident got there at 10 and couldn't get a seat? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

When Inspector Climate rode his bike by stage The Ellen Show had set up at 7 this morning and there was already a line of people, he emailed and told me that I should go as early as I could.

So I got there at 8:30.

Oh, Hello Melbourne, don't you look stunning.


This was the line stretching out in front of me. The line was interesting in and of itself. There groups of girls both behind me and in front of me bitching the entire time about how long the line was and how they were going to be so angry if they didn't get in. They were such DOWNERS.

One of the girls behind me actually said "I didn't think Ellen was that famous"....Hilarious.


As I reached the front of the line and Melbourne on my Mind still hadn't arrived - I felt, awful frankly. But was whisked inside with thousands of other people. In case you're wondering. This is the face that one makes when they realise that they are going to see Ellen.  Also as an aside, I was too scared to bring my real camera because I was worried that they wouldn't let me in with it.  So all these were taken with my iPhone.

I'm Ellen's 3097th fan in Melbourne. I feel pretty good about that.  Like yeah, I'm a big fan, but I'm not obsessive. I think it's a fine line.



Before Ellen came on stage they played music clips of some of the biggest acts that have previously come on her show to get the crowd going. But the crowd never got THAT revved up. I felt like most of them were there only for the free stuff - which I got none of by the way - and that made me a bit sad.

The crowd was certainly a menagerie. Mothers brought their kids still in strollers (who were crying because it was hot, crowded and loud), and a few people even brought their dogs. This particular pooch was dressed in a I  heart Ellen onsie.


Here's TONY.


And then...Ellen finally appeared. It was glorious.




Portia came out to say hello.



Some underwear models.


The only proof that I have that I have finally danced "with" Ellen - and thousands of other strangers.



I'm not sure whether the heat, the confined space, the lack of seats (we stood the entire show + waiting in line for hours), or what - but there was NOT very much dancing. I felt like the crowd wasn't willing to get funky. I was disappointed. Maybe that was only the small group of people I was standing with (one girl spent the whole time seating down, she couldn't see a damn thing...).

But really, what today taught me is a much bigger lesson. I had never even wanted to put "Dance with Ellen" or "go to a taping of the Ellen show" on my life list because it seemed so completely out of the realm of possibility (I've thus added it retrospectively, which is kind of cheating, but it's my life and I'll list it however I want!). So, if Ellen has taught me anything (and she has taught me a lot of things like how to weed out potential suitors), it's: dream big.

27 comments:

  1. So jealous! Going to the Ellen show (and meeting her, but that's a long shot) is on my life list! She's my fav.

    I would have braved the lines, heat and standing for a chance to see her in person :)

    Lucky you!!

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  2. You can totally add things to your life list retrospectively! Does this mean you're going to add even bigger things to your list in advance, though? I think you should. :D

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  3. SO fun!!!! Glad you got to do it!!!!

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  4. Oh, thanks for taking us along for the adventure! Though I agree, it would be a tad bit of a disappointment having to stand with thousands of others-the whole time-with very little dancing. I mean really, you're already upright, why not bust a move?

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  5. How exciting! Love your post about your adventure. I'm so glad you went!

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  6. Why didn't you shove your way up to the front?! I am totally rude like that so I would have. :P

    I'm SO GLAD you got to go though. It looks really fun! Especially the hunky underwear models...

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  7. Congratulations! I'm glad you made it!

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  8. So exciting! It looks like you weren't too far away from the stage!

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  9. I'm so happy you got to see Ellen, hope you had fun:)

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  10. YAY! You got there! I'm so pleased for you. Melbourne does look stunning but I seem to have got stuck on underwear models...

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  11. I am so happy that you got to go and see her. I am kind of shocked that people were downers! Annoying!

    OH, and Melbourne looks gorgeous. That sky... breathtaking!

    Xo lourdes

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  12. I'm so happy you got to go!!! So jealous!!

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  13. That's so awesome! I always believe that if you want something bad enough you'll get it (maybe not in the exact way you want it, but nonetheless). I've had many an obsession that manifested itself in reality. Now if only I could WILL a Squajillion of the most relevant currency into my bank account :)

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  14. Yay!! I was so excited when I heard Ellen was doing an Australia tour!

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  16. Alhough not as perfect as you had wished it had been , I am still so happy for you that you got to see Ellen in person :) Dance on!

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  17. YAY!!!!! I'm so glad you finally got to see Ellen! But I'm sad that you didn't get free stuff and that no one wanted to get jiggy with it. ;-)

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  18. AWW I'm glad you got to go! I would think people would be way more excited about this event, that's pretty weird..

    - Val @ KnotTiedDown.com

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  19. ELLEN! YOU MADE IT! How exciting. Good for you for waiting so long!

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  20. I'm SO happy that you finally saw Ellen!! Congrats! =)

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  22. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful photos. Casa vacanza italia

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  23. That is so great that you got to go in the end, although she never answered to your fun-charming-awesome please-invite-me-letters!

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  24. Ellen always teaches such great lessons. I'm glad that you got to see her - too bad everyone else was kind of a bummer

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