Hi there everyone!! Long time, no write and I’m sorry about that. Things have been quite slow in the Sonny and Brenda universe and there just hasn’t been anything noteworthy to write about. But, I went to an event and would LOVE to share my experience with you all. 🙂
Yesterday, I went to a Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher event in Point Pleasant, NJ. I know, I know, J&B… yuck… BUT I left that feeling at the door and was very open to meeting Ingo. If we really look back to the triangle of the century and really looked at the magic of what made it stick and resonate with us, it was the magic that happened between Maurice, Vanessa and Ingo. We cannot deny that and I was really curious to meet him and see what he was all about. I can say that I was not disappointed and very pleasantly surprised with my feelings!
I got VIP tickets for the event some time ago and was looking forward to event day very much. My cousin, Mandy, joined me and unfortunately, Lisa-Lo couldn’t make it, so I invited a local S&Ber, Bianca to join us. We arrived a little early and were there in time for when the doors opened at 9am. Uncle Vinnie’s is a small venue in Point Pleasant, NJ and such a great place to see a comedy act or a meet and great such as this. Dino is the man in charge. He’s a great guy, very accommodating, friendly and I liked him very much. Anyway, we scoped out our table, next to the stage and made ourselves comfortable. More info about Uncle Vinnie’s http://www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com/ Follow him on Twitter @UNCLEVINNIESCC
Vanessa, Suzanne and Ingo arrived around 11am. They walked in to a very excited crowd. In fact, the place was filled with very eager, excited fans! Vanessa saw me and came over to greet me, Mandy and Bianca. Following her was Suzanne, who showed me her very gorgeous engagement ring!! (Congrats again, Suzanne!! eeeeeeeeee) They both went back in to the private area and then Suzanne came back out and entertained us with an introduction of herself. She spoke about her struggles with cancer and how she became friends with Vanessa on the set of “Las Vegas.” Suzanne told us about how she came to do her part of Polly (a one day part) and how Vanessa encouraged her and the writers to continue the role. During the time Suzanne was appearing on “Las Vegas,” she and Vanessa became best friends. So, after a few minutes, Suzanne introduced Ingo and Vanessa. They entered into the room to the still very excited crowd and took their seats.
The three of them bantered back and forth and created a very comfortable, inviting atmosphere between them. They took some questions from the crowd. There were questions to Ingo about DWTS and he even showed us some moves. I must say that Ingo is such a stunning man in person. TV does not do him any justice! He is very funny, open, honest and at ease with himself. People asked him about his son, Peanut; how did his name originate (they called him Peanut in the womb and when he was born, he fit his nickname with how he looked and the nickname became his permanent name.), they asked about SUP boarding (Ingo has a huge meet to train for that is in about 2 months, July 28, in Hawaii), then we got on to what were your favorite scenes and such. Ingo loved the magic of the ’90’s and wishes that they could go back to that style of writing. His favorite was the triangle between S/B/J. He also loves his banter with Carly/LW. He told us about his passion for sports and especially now, SUP boarding. For more information on what he does check out here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ingo-Rademacher/154978244652427?ref=ts&fref=ts http://www.yoloboard.com/team/ingo-rademacher/ @IngoRademacher
Vanessa spoke about her last stint and how she wasn’t able to talk about it and spoil anything. She said that she loves playing Brenda and whatever the writers write for the character is okay with her because that is who the character is at that time. She then told us the story of when she first started working with Ingo and how he ggot fresh with her after their scene and he slapped her on the ass and when along on his way. She then went up to Wendy Riche’s office and said she didn’t want to work with him. Wendy said to her that once Vanessa sees the scene on-screen and sees the magic, she’ll change her mind about him. VM said it took about 6 months for her to change her mind and fall in love with him. She also said that Steve Burton took her to her prom. You can follow Vanessa on Twitter @VanessaMarcilG. She is funny and interacts with her fans. Check her out if you haven’t already. You can also visit her website: www.babygagoo.com
The question of if they were coming back soon came up and the both said that if they were asked and their schedules allowed, they would be back. Ingo told us to continue tweeting RC &FV that we want them back and that was our best tool in expressing what we want.
They finished up their Q&A and took pictures with the fans. Always gracious, fun, kind and very patient with the approx 100 people in the venue. Then they took a break, the regular ticket holders left and the 45 of us VIP’s stayed for a longer meet and greet with V,I & S going from table to table. Ingo came and sat with us with a cup of coffee. We spoke about Hawaii and pretty much stuck with that. He and his family raise chickens and have an amazing island life. I loved to see how passionate he was about his family, Hawaii and his life there. It’s really nice to see a person comfortable and happy with his life.
Vanessa came around and took pictures of Ingo and me (hehe, she took about 10 of them. :)) and then we took pictures with her. V looks very healthy, happy and there’s a luminosity about her that is very evident. It was a pleasure to see her as always and she is absolutely one of my very favorite people to see. She’s so giving, joyous and lovely. She chit chatted with us for a moment and went along to the other tables.
Suzanne came by and we talked about cancer, her engagement (she is beyond happy and excited) and she is just very inspiring. You can follow Suzanne and learn more about her journey on Twitter @SuzanneWhang or on FB https://www.facebook.com/suzannewhang?ref=ts&fref=ts
It was time to go and unfortunately, in the rush to go, I forgot to say good-bye to Suzanne and Ingo. (bad Ro!!) I thank them from the bottom of my heart for a fabulous day and for being so amazing with everyone. So patient and kind!! I did say bye to Vanessa and she is just so sweet to me. I just love her to pieces.
Upshot on my feelings for Jax/Ingo. Ingo>Jax. I am totally TeamIngo but anti-Jax. hehe Still and always a S&Ber but I think that Ingo is the BOMB!! Now, just to get Maurice, Vanessa & Ingo into one room and have a pic with all 3… It would be amazing!! haha It also would keep this S&B fan of the 90’s VERY HAPPY and inspired!!
I didn’t see any S&B/J&B competition. It was a very nice event in that way. Everyone was accepting of each other with no eye daggers anywhere. There was one moment where Ingo was telling us how he was tweeting how Maurice wasn’t verified, so he was joking that he wasn’t sure it was him. He then encouraged us to tweet Maurice and get him riled up. hehe, reminded me of the time at Vanessa’s event in 2011 where we knew that Maurice and his family were coming and Vanessa & Nancy told us not even acknowledge that Maurice entered the room. He is very accustomed to fanfare. It was really very funny! I also saw the guy who was at Maurice’s NJ/SI event in 2011 who joined Maurice onstage and acted out a S&B scene. The guy played “Brenda.” We laughed so hard that day, we were all in tears! He’s such a good sport! I then saw him in LA at The Sportsman’s Lodge and then again, yesterday. I told Vanessa about it and she thought it was hysterical. She then at one point during Q&A asked him what it was like to play Brenda and act opposite of Maurice!! HAHA …. I then found out later that night that his name is Tim and he went to school with my cousin Frank! What a small world!
Okay, so that pretty much concludes your newest installment of the Adventures of Ro and hopefully something fun will come down the pike and I will have more soapy S&B goodness to share soon. I hope so!!