Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Home

Well, after hearing that song at least 700 times over the summer, and having it bring back memories of my AI demise every time, I am finally home.

It's good to be with my brothers. My brother Jon is 26 and Allen is 19...they both live with Sarah and I...well, for 1 more week. Jon and I went to eat dinner with Sarah and I was able to eat at my favorite Mongolian Buffet. It was fantastic (though I think that the place we went to in D.C., Carmen, was the only place that has ever been better).

It's good to be with my puppies. L.G. & Tucker recently got fixed, so they aren't very happy with their mom and dad. Oh, well. I was tired of them peeing on everything. Well, actually, I hadn't really had to deal with it for the last year or so, but Sarah was tired of it and I talked her into allowing their nether regions to be altered.

It's good to be with my equipment. That's right I said equipment. Maybe I could say my stuff...maybe I'll just let that one go with a smile. Anyway, I have had the chance to get some fantastic equipment over the past few months and it has been waiting for me at home. So, my new guitars and new amps got a little face time with daddy today. We talked about the future and I made sure every one of them was tuned for rocking and then did a little classically-trained rocking out. It was fun. Though I was disappointed with 1 piece of equipment - a distortion pedal called the Metal Muff...I had read it could give a warm bluesy tone, but apparently all it does is Metal. And since I'm not really a Metal guitarist, I'm afraid it will end up on ebay very soon. Anyway, I was excited about that.

Finally, it's great to be with Sarah. In our house. Together. Not in a hotel. Not in the American Idol bubble. We stayed up late watching episodes of Grey's Anatomy that I downloaded on iTunes. We also watched a couple of episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We don't have cable so I couldn't watch Monday Night Football (why, NFL, did you give it to a cable network?!!) It was probably better that I didn't because I was able to not feel remotely wussy by watching a chick show because my wife was in the room with me. Fantastic! A get out of jail free card.

Side note: I am pumped about the NFL this season. As always, I went through this last week and made my weekly predictions. This week I was 10 of 15 right...better than Boomer, right? Anyway, I love football. I love the NFL. I love Indy and can't wait to see them in the Super Bowl again. However, I should point out that the Super Bowl is going to happen in the AFC championship game, when Indy plays New England. Has anyone seen how great Moss and Brady are together? Holy crap! I hate the Pats, but Brady has never had a receiver like Moss and Moss has never had a QB like Brady. I'm saying this: if Moss stays healthy, he's going to break records this season...my predictions are 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns. He's 30 and playing like he's 25. But I digress. Sorry non-football fans.

It's 1:45am. I should be sleeping, but I'm still used to this crazy schedule I've been on for nearly a year. Stay up late. Get up early. I'm looking forward to tomorrow being able to sleep in. Though I'm pretty sure the puppies I love right now will be hated in 6 hours when they are licking my face to release their bladders somewhere other than my pillow. But hey, the glass is half full, right?

At least I'll be home.

80 comments:

amandarhea86 said...

Ok i know i should be in bed...so dont yell at me moms....

Anyways, im so glad your at home and enjoying it. Sarah and your puppies have to be excited. Im really sad to see AI6 come to an end but excited to see where the different paths will lead yall.

I have to admit i cried today when i heard Who Knew, i looked at my mom with tears in my eyes and said "Gina wont ever sing this song on the AI stage again." i got a omg your so stupid look. But im emotional about this group.

Anyways im going to bed now, but remember im always praying for you Chris.
God Bless
Amanda

Carmen said...

Chris,
Glad you & Sarah made it home safely. This next week is going to be pretty crazy for you two with the move and all.

Just wanted to say thanks for everything in New Hampshire. The last show really rocked! By the way, who was behind the white hands??? That was so funny! I got a great pic of you trying to kick them.

My little Oreo is going to the vet for the same type of visit. Fortunately for me he hasn't gotten old enough to start the peeing on everything. Better to keep it that way.

I love that you are a major football fan! And no I am not a Jaguars fan even though I live in Jacksonville. Chris, I enjoy when you talk about music (I have learned a lot) but frankly a lot of it goes over my head, especially when you get into all the technical stuff. But football, now you are talking something that I understand!! Please never, ever apologize for football comments. The more the better!

Anyway, here is wishing you and Sarah the best on your upscoming move. I know that whatever path you take in your career, you will be successful.

Carmen

HstryQT said...

Yay for DC Mongolian Buffets :).

I can imagine how happy you are to be home, especially just to sit and do normal things and hang out with the puppies. Throughout our move, I found that I kept calling "home" wherever our cats were at that moment. We had our new big house, but I called the apartment "home" until the cats weren't there anymore. I'm sure it'll be the same for you with the puppies.

Being in Nashville Chris, you'll be way closer to Indy! You and Sarah'll have to come up here and come to a home game!

We recently were introduced to Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia - one of our new favorite shows. Are you giving 24 another try this season? We stopped watching last season because it just got horrible - but we'll probably give it another shot this year, just in case they're really "revamping" it like they said they will. I think I'll be lost without Jack Bauer.

Glad you're home :)

Lori

Marleybone said...

I'm not too happy about the season being over - but weaning myself off by watching AI reruns of the auditions - saw Sanjaya and sis, Chris Rich and Blake so far. Will go crazy when I relive yours! Not that I haven't seen it 100 times on youtube. Ok - football - no clue - must differ to my boyfriend on that one - naturally big Eagles fan. Marleybone - my dog and username - (I know somewhat prosaic) got fixed and was still crazy. Hope you get luckier.

Love - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And FYI it is sunny in Philadelphia today and I saw someone cruising with the top down listening to TACOSB. Ok that was me.

Maryann

Cathy Storms said...

So glad your home & ejoying all the simple things. Football~yeah!!My husband and I make a bet every year at the beginning of the season. He always picks the Chargers (of course, we're in San Diego), I always pick the Cowboys. He almost always wins & then I have to take him and his rowdy friends to Hooters..this year it looks like I might win.
I think he will look really cute wearing a t-shirt that says "I am the biggest Kelly Clarkson fan" at one of the car shows he goes to...lol.
Anyway, glad your home.

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Yeah! You're home, that has to feel good. I wonder who is happier, you or Sarah? I've been thinking how surreal it must feel to be out of the "bubble". What a mixed bag of emotions you must be carrying around right now.

Love, love football. Sorry to say NFL is my second love, because well I do live in the South, so College football is like a religion around here! War Eagle! But NFL is very near and dear to my heart.

Ok, so anxiously awaiting the next big move and love that you are back in the real world and keeping us in the loop again!

Have a great and productive week!

Love from DJ

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris ~ thank you so much for sharing on your blog about your experiences of the last year. I know you are very glad to be home with Sarah and your puppies. We have a dog named Tucker too!! Good luck with the move to Nashville. Are you going to be living in Nashville or near Phil in Franklin (I think that's the right name where they are moving). Anyways, thanks so much for all the memories. You are truly a talented person and I can't wait for your career to blossom. You have been faithful to God, Chris, and He is just beginning to bless you with abundance. I read your blog about being so broke a year ago and look how far you've come. I was out of work for a year, but we never went without and now I'm back to work and God is helping us to get back on our feet. I love reading your blog and keeping up with you & Sarah!! Be blessed and have a safe move!!
xxoo
Paulette

Badpacifist said...

Sure talk about football. They give us a HBO show this year and I won't subscribe because the rest of HBOs other shows are just too profane. Then we lose all our preseason games. Then we lose our first two regular season games. Then we squeak out a win....they drive us nuts but we still love our coach as you can see in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V06HJVv92Pw

cdld1234 said...

Hey Friend….OK now you are in territory that has been dear to our families heart for 30 years……FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!! Moss and Brady ARE a GREAT TEAM…….Indy will be in the Super Bowl. Your comments on Drew Brees (4 interceptions), should Rex Grossman be side-lined? What do you think about college football? Any favorite teams there? What are your picks for next week on both professional and college levels?

Totally understand about puppies…Got a new dog three weeks ago and although he is 2 years old, he was with an “older couple” in their 80’s and you can only imagine how he was treated. But he is coming along with my other dog and he is definitely ruling the roost.

I understand about being home……your own bed….your music equipment…..comfort foods……family…….and FOOTBALL!!!!

My only advice to you when you move, get CABLE!!!!!

Have a blessed day….

Your Kindred Spirit

BullysE said...

Yay Chris! You're back Home! I bet everybody was headed for that destination with veritable flames coming from their backs. It's been a long time, long trip, long journey. It must be really gratifying, if wierd, to be at Home and watch your own TV.

There has been alot of fan-fall-out, what with the excitement of the last show. The security nazi's did not stop the delicious wave of video and piccies, despite their best efforts, and tears have been being shed all over. Yup. People really love you guys, you know. Really. (That has to be gratifying and wierd, too, eh?)

So, real life, already in-progress. Pretty soon you'll be cutting the grass and worrying about buying groceries like the rest of us, move to Nashville notwithstanding. :-) Take time, and just savor all this right now! You sure earned it.

Sending love from freaking hot Kentucky.

slimpickens said...

Glad to read you posting from home, Chris. Must be an exhilerating feeling to have that hectic, regimented schedule behind you. As fun as it was, I'm sure you are glad for the current freedom of being your own man.

Hey, the Super Bowl is in Phoenix/Glendale this time around. If you are inclined to go, please know you and Sarah are oh SO welcome to stay at my house! I won't leak word out to anyone. (ha ha) Though, I'd imagine the Sparks' would like to host you. If so, you could come to church w/them that morning and I could see you there! (It's a GREAT church!) I'd treat you to Mongolian Buffet then you could be on your way to the big Colts game. Well, that's *my* dream. Hope it sounds slightly appealing to you. ha ha

Hoping your move goes smoothly and that you love your new environs.

~clarissaNaz

here i go with all my thoughts said...

WELCOME HOME! I'm so happy for you that you are getting to spend time with Sarah, your brothers, and your puppies. I bet it's rather different than sleeping on a tour bus! good luck with everything you are doing these next few weeks. I know you will keep us updated. Again, Welcome Home :) <3 Megan

Amanda- Sam told me about when you cried when Who Knew came on the radio. I did the same thing when Thanks for the Memories came on yesterday! haha!

Anonymous said...

Hello Chris,

Hope real life re-entry doesn't give you the bends.

Tad concerned to have read sometime back about sending "a runner " out for a razor. If that service existed...tansition will be complex.

Use the little brothers ( not Sarah ) for the decompression period . Shalom

LLL said...

chris,

good to hear that you made it home safely. enjoy the well-deserved rest.

i am also a huge colts (and NFL) fan... i think the colts will have another great year, but the pats are downright scary. i can't wait till they play each other in november.

finally, i need to say one more huge thank you to you - i had a truly amazing weekend in new hampshire, and i owe a good chunk of that to you. so thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)

p.s. hope you liked the poster/map.

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gdahimself said...

Shalom,
From GDA,

Explain: "Use the little brothers ( not Sarah ) for the decompression period."

While the obivous is that Chris is going to re-establish are home routine and re-adjust to the absence of various conveniences provided on tour.
I don't see how he can take Sarah out of the process which will include all the people he presently cohabitates with.

GDA

Anonymous said...

Hi gdahimself,

Oh dear. Canadian humour.
Translation : Having become habituated to fetch and carry support...Chris should utilize the younger brothers currently visiting should he require service people...as he adjusts to NOT having that...and not expect his lovely wife, Sarah to replace an AI support staff...

Simply flippant,tongue in cheek teasing.Forgive opacity. Shalom

slimpickens said...

Anonymous:
I understood and had a good laugh at it.
If that's Canadian humour, then I like! Always thought the MacKenzie Brothers were great. What ever happened to them?

~clarissaNaz

amandarhea86 said...

Oh and Chris im sorry i cant contribute to the football talk, i usually just watch the super bowl and go for the underdog or the one with the prettiest uniform.

Hey Chris there is this place in Nashville with some awesome dessert, its right on the corner of Brodaway, i cant remember the name of it, but i think it has the word Irish in it. But a friend of mine works there. You should def try it out.

Anonymous said...

Hi slimpickens,
Check them out at Wikipedia for the long answer.MacKenzie Brothers are Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis,eh.
( Yes, we DO say that )
Other Canadians we have shared...Dan Aykroyd, John Candy,Mike Myers,Martin Short,Jim Carey,Michael J.Fox, Phil Hartman, Rick Mercer , alumni from SCTV , CODCO, Mary Walsh,This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Trailer Park Boys, Russell Peters,Catherine O'Hara...Lorne Michaels created and produced Saturday Night Live. I could rant here...
Chris, when I first saw you audition, your comments appealed to my funny bone, and I was totally hooked. Why, you could almost be Canadian !!! Shalom

Carrie said...

Chris,

Sounds like you have a lot going on but it also doesn't seem like you have a lot of stress. Maybe you do, but this came across as happy, and I'm glad.

My dog actually pees all over. I don't think you wanted to know that, but well, it's true. He hasn't been fixed because he has this medical issue that causes his jaw to lock up and for one point, he couldn't even open his mouth. He needed stereoids and is healthy now (Thank God) but we can't exactly afford to get him fixed so he really... enjoys our bookcase. My female dog is fixed, but is now suffering because her spine is deteriorating, or so we think. Unforuntately, we can't really afford to have the extensive tests needed to find out if what she has is curable, though since he doesn't seem to be in pain, the vet is sure that it isn't. But enough of my animal talk, I didn't mean for it to get depressing.

Everyone,

Though no one knows her (Chris, you met her), my sister is going through a pretty hard time right now. She found out her on/off boyfriend of 3 years is cheating on her and it's just really difficult on her. So if you can all both give me suggestions on how to make her feel better and keep her in your thoughts, I'd really appreciate that.

slimpickens said...

I did remember Rick Moranis but not Dave. Just loved their 12 Days of Christmas. I really liked a lot of the SCTV guys that made it to SNL. Wasn't Chris Farley one of 'em??

ChrisSligh said...

Shalom,

Believe me, if I could have run and gotten a razor for myself, I would've. But they don't want us out and about on show days. We break the rules if there's something close, but the day I was talking about sending a runner for a razor (which I didn't do, btw), we didn't have anything nearby. So, hopefully, there won't be any fetching for Chris.

Chris

Carrie said...

I feel like maybe I shouldn't be posting this here because it's really personal, but I don't have anyone online at the moment to talk to so I'll delete this later but.......

I just found out my sister wants to commit suicide.

And I don't know what to do.

Liz said...

Call someone. The same thing happened with my sister and I know it's tough but don't think you can handle it on your own. Call someone she can trust like a parent or if it really is bad, take her to a hospital. I know it's scary but you need to get her help. I gotta run to a meeting.

risalea said...

Since the other Home song brings back a not too pleasant memory, how about:

Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play.
Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day!
Uh, never mind. : )

I will have to admit, I am not into the NFL, I'm like DJ, more into the college teams. And more the teams close to me, at that. But Grey's Anatomy? You're in my element. You must get Sarah involved in our blogging. Though I have to say, after Meredith started acting more stupid than usual, I got pretty fed up with it by the end. Hoping for a better turn of the story line this season. And watching McDreamy sort of makes up for it all anyway. Right, girls? LOL

OK, I guess it went right over me, but I didn't realize you had a younger brother who is only 19. Sounds like y'all are spaced sort of like my bunch. Our oldest son and daughter are 27 and 25, respectively, and our baby, Ethan, is 16. (the joy baby as my mom named him when we got that little surprise!)

As the saying goes, there's no place like home. And that's going to be any where that Sarah is...so enjoy these last days in your old home, and look forward to many happy ones in your new one!

Risa

rosalee said...

Carrie -

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-Talk

A Rochester link for help:

http://dbsaroch.org/suicideprevention.html

risalea said...

Carrie, I didn't see your comment until I submitted mine. You must call someone, RIGHT NOW. You can't handle that on your own.

Carrie said...

Well the thing is, she doesn't listen to me. Or anyone for that matter. She left the house to go talk to her boyfriend and thinks she can solve everything but I'm freaking out because my mom is convinced she'll actually try to hurt herself.

Also I feel really really bad bringing this up on here I'm just...... I don't even know.

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Cathy Storms said...

Carrie~Call someone...Or have your mom call someone.

Risa~ahhh..yes...McDreamy..He makes up for any bad story line..

risalea said...

Anonymous/Shalom you've got to get yourself a blogging name. To you and GDA--I don't see Chris as the type who would expect someone to go fetching, however, I have a feeling Sarah would set him straight if he did.

In my house, that's called a "come to Jesus meeting." : ) Risa

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rosalee said...

Carrie -

You can also try your family doctor. Depending on her condition, he may be able to give her something to take the edge off(for anxiety, like low dosage Valium). He may also be able to recommend a therapist for her.

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gdahimself said...

Risalea,

I had not illusions or delusions that any of Chris' family would even remotely tolerate the assumption that he would be caterred to.
Something would happen along the the lines of some enforced attitude re-adjustment.

GDA

Carrie said...

Guys, please don't fight. If you aren't, I'm sorry. I just know that it isn't worth it.

And thank you for trying to help. I hope my sister comes home soon because I'm a mess.

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rosalee said...

Chris -

Ouch! I feel badly about what was done to your dogs. Don't show Tucker that video I left with that water hose - I wouldn't want to inspire him....

If you really do put that Metal Muff on Ebay, don't forget to autograph it first....

Nique's Nana said...

Chris, so happy you are home with Sarah, the pups and your equipment. There's no place like home Toto!

Glad to here your're a football fan, so am I. I love NFl, college and our grandson's Pop Warner football. I get so bummed out when football season is over.

So to day I was ordering a book, on-line through the San Diego County library. I typed in what I thought was the title "Beautiful Tonight" and what popped up? Half Past Forever's cd TACOSB! Is that too cool or what? But then again, maybe not. The cd can be checked out and copied, then you don't get any money for it (my son doesn't get any money for books he's authored that are available through the library). I still think it's cool that TACOSB is in the library for check out.

amandarhea86 said...

Oh gosh Carrie, im praying for you and your sister.

I keep missing parts of the previous convo. Greys is the best tv show ever. Yes McDreamy is nice, but im more of a George Izzy follower...then there is Alex...HOT STUFF. haha. I love my Grey's men, but im anxious to see how the show is going to go without Isaih.

ChrisSligh said...

I'm praying for your sister, Carrie.

We've all been there, I think...to the point of despair over someone we love or think we love. Let her know she is loved.

Chris

Carrie said...

Thank you Chris and everyone else, of course. Like I said before I feel SO bad dragging that onto here but I needed some kind of advice/help. She isn't home yet but she's on myspace so I'm assuming she's "okay" for now. <3 to everyone for being amazing.

slimpickens said...

Yes, Carrie. So sorry for your sister's heartache and turmoil.
If at all possible make sure a family member is w/her at all times for awhile. Get help to know how to deal w/this and know that if/when she gets over the shock and raw emotions, she will/should be able to see her life as better off without a bum like that in her life.

Am praying for her, you and your family.

~clarissaNaz

risalea said...

Carrie, talk to your mom. Even once past this situation, she probably needs some counseling. She's got some self-esteem issues if her self-worth is tied up with what a guy is doing. She needs to realize that she is a person worthy of respect, and if he's out cheating, then it's his problem, not hers. And hopefully, soon, she can realize she's better off to know he's a cheater now rather than later. Basically, I think I just repeated what clarissaNaz said! Prayers for all. Risa

Carrie said...

My mom actually called the kids mom and is planning on talking to her, because she's the kind of lady who thinks her son can do no wrong and always accuses my sister of cheating when she never has. It's probably going to get ugly, but she needs to realize what my sister is being put through. I just wish my sister could see how pretty she is (I personally think she's SO much prettier than me) and that she can find a guy who won't treat her badly. She just lets him get away with SO much. I guess that's why we're so different and why I'm single. I won't put up with crap haha.

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Carianne said...

Carrie

I am sorry to hear that your sister has reached the point where she would even suggest suicide. I really hope she gets the help she needs. I can't imagine how I would feel if I found out my little sister was considering suicide.. so sad.
Just keep loving her! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

My intention was never to offend you with a glib comment ( apparently ill considered )referencing adjustment to reality.

I could easily have said 'goodbye room service '. I think anyone who has spent time in a situation where they are catered to ( from room sevice on up ) misses those perks.

The comment about using your brothers and not Sarah, as transitional help was purely silly. Humour is subjective and usually difficult, if not impossible, to explain, after the fact.

My apologies with sincere surprise that it caused any ripple of offence to you and your fans.

Let's move on.

Shalom

DJ in AL said...

Carrie,

Prayers coming your way. Chris is so right, we have all been there, almost embarrassed to admit that.

Risa is right, after this passes, and it will she really needs to talk to someone to help her realize how much she is worth.

DJ

BullysE said...

Yes, DJ is right. I've been along that line myself once, as maybe us all to an extent.

Alot of it I think, is the belief that this was THE one person who would love her...and it's the betrayal doing a number on her psyche right now. If you talk to her, tell her it isn't her, it's him, and sometimes, things just change. Nobody has to be "wrong" for it not to work out. Nobody is a failure.

If she really is serious and freaking however, she needs to speak to someone who can get thru, and soothe her somehow. Buying time for the desire to live reflex is important, and just, let the pain out. Good luck.

Marleybone said...

Carrie - sorry to be entering this late, but I do feel sad for what your family is going through. I'm a mom - so I look at it from a mom's point of view. I think especially when you are young you think the world is coming to an end when love takes a wrong turn. Explaining that there is so much to live for generally doesn't make you feel any better. If only you could convince her of that. The reality is, time heels all wounds and I can barely remember who I dated when I was in my twenties. Small consolation when you are young and hurting. Sometimes it just takes lots of love from family and friends. But one thing I know for sure. When it is right, everything falls into place. Pray, pray, pray. It really works.

On a lighter note - Amanda - you think like me. The cuter football uniform should win:)

GDA - thank you for being so kind and helping me (avatar). It's silly, but I was frustrated and it meant alot to me.

Liz said...

This happened to me with my sister. It was definitely a tough time, especially not knowing whether I'd wake up the next morning and have my twin sister, my best friend in the entire world, here anymore. But I knew she could pull through and she graduated high school with our class, she's in college now and doing much better. She stayed at a hospital for a week which was scary for both of us but it opened her eyes a lot, I think.

On a different note, I just started reading your blog, Chris after Phil's dad pointed something out to me that you wrote. It was great to meet you on Saturday and I wish you all the best in your career. It was really interesting to read the blog about record sales, especially since one of my friends has a CD out with an Indie label (although technically they're under the Sony umbrella but not really). It's been tough, trying to sell CDs for her and promoting her as a local artist (she too came off Idol, last season). And now I'm rambling.

Anonymous said...

To Carrie - Hang in there, and hope you take courage in the fact that everyone around here sends love and support your way.

To Shalom - I thought what you said was hilarious, and I don't think Chris is easily offended by much anymore.

PS - I'm not famous, never will be, never been on Idol, but I would send my 2 brothers out on errands for me without a second thought. Having lackeys ROCKS!!

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Liz said...

Luckily, it never really came down to that. She cut for a while and I thought she stopped but then this fall, it started happening again. There were points where I couldn't even look at her because I felt helpless against her disease and I just didn't understand why she could do that. I can't believe I actually got mad at her but I did. And I still constantly worry about her. You know that special bond that twins have. No one understands except twins. Especially not her boyfriend. He seriously got mad when he asked if him and I were hanging off a cliff, who she would save and she said me obviously. It's hard being away especially since it's her first semester and she had mono and she's had a pretty tough time adjusting. But I keep rambling. I started a blog actually to kind of vent a bit. I wish I wasn't constantly worrying about her...that sounds selfish of me but yeah.

nan said...

I missed alot of what was going on in the comments but I have a remark. People with poor self esteem (that is something I have dealt with all of my life) need to realize that people see YOU as YOU see YOURSELF. You really can't expect someone to see how great you are if you think your crap. You don't have to be the prettiest (smartest,richest,most talented,etc). You are wonderful because God made you and he made you with a mix of unique wonderful traits. Sometimes your popularity increases with someone just because you realized how great you are. Othertimes, some people are just jerks and you need to realize that this is their flaw and has nothing to do with you. Sorry to sound opinionated and if I misunderstood the situation. Please continue to be there for sis.

Will said...

Chris, we're thinking a lot about you guys recently. I got to spend some time with Jon and Allen before we left, which was heaps of fun.

Still excited to see what's next for you. God has a lovely way of keeping surprises. If you ever get a spare moment, drop me a line. And congratulations on being in a truly incredible life right now.

BullysE said...

Wow, these comments are just BEAUTIFUL. I am moved, honestly. Stuff like this will help anybody going thru a tough time...and there's no telling who they are indeed benefitting. God Bless you all, for sharing that.

Shalom, you don't have to have a counselor that is a "twin", just one who is familiar and comfortable talking about spirituality, and non-judging. There are some out there, who will understand a psychic bond like you describe. Heck, I understand, and I'm not a Twin. :-) I totally "get" the joining your will to the other person's, and so may other people(especially mothers). Just saying.

Badpacifist, your story is a touching one, and shows the triumph of life over despair. Despair I'm sure may try to creep, but the will to live will always rebound! Life is beautiful.

Sometimes those we love make choices we cannot support, or even look at. Sometimes, for our own safety and health, we have to turn away. That doesn't mean we don't care. Every person has to make their journey and choices on their own. As the eldest child in a family of dysfunction, I have to live in that paradigm, and sometimes it sucks. I too started a blog so i could talk about my feelings and thoughts without alot of editing...and yes, it has been a therapy. I try to always share what i have learned and what i find inspiration in with other peoples, because? You really never know when what you say might make a difference.

My blog name might be "All Bully, All the time" because I talk about Me, but I'd like to think, I'm talking TO people. From the search-words that land them at my site, I think people need more than they let on. So do I, sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Hope you are getting the well-deserved rest. I enjoyed your singing in the tour. When the tour started, you said that you will be writing a diary on the tour and will publish excerpts from that online (here?) when the tour is over. Are you still going to do that? Thank you.
-thankful one
(by mistake I put this comment in your other post)

Anonymous said...

Just a little comment out of the blue. Just for the heck of it. We went to see a very famous man, an actor (of very early days) a couple weeks ago. Performing with him was his wife of some 30 odd years, someone I have never heard of, but hey, why not? Let me just say, his wife was amazing. She sang with the voice of an angel. After the performances, they were both gracious enough to sign autographs for those who wanted them. My friend, a woman who has always been a great lover of Hollywood and all of the old stars, finally got to meet him in person. When she asked him if she could shake his hand, he commented a bit harshly and said "No, I broke my hand". And pretty much brushed her off. His wife, on the other hand, was more than kind to her and to myself. I felt she was real, sincere and humble, and no matter how many autographs she signed or how many hands she might have shook, she had the courtesy to take a couple moments to make the average person, the average fan, feel special. I wanted to tell him, "You are a very lucky man". I have never met you, Chris, and sadly probably never will. I have enjoyed reading your blog occasionally and from what I have seen, although you may find it tiring (who wouldn't?) you have been like this old actor's wife to your fans. It is my belief that no matter how far a person goes in life, there will always be someone out there who needs a kind look, a friendly gesture to make them feel special. I think many famous people have a tendency to forget the fans are the ones who got them there to begin with. The fans, no matter who they are, take that one precious moment with them, the moment they get to meet you, for the rest of their lives. What is said, what is done, affects these people deeply. It is the person who remembers this, the celebrity, who is graced by God and who lives a full life. Bless you Chris, for all you have given to your fans, no matter who we are.

Cathy Storms said...

Anonymous~What a beautiful post.
So true...The day I got to meet Chris, if only for a minute, I will remember it forever. I have had the opportunity to meet a few celebs, but no of them made me feel like Chris did. I felt like he really knew me. He also made my daughter & grandaughters feel very special also. They will never forget it either.

Carrie said...

The Good: My sister seems better today, but I'm of course going to be cautious because I don't trust her boyfriend and I know she's going to end up getting upset again soon.

The Bad: Now I have a sinus infection. Ew. But it's okay, I'll survive.

Thanks again everyone.

BullysE said...

Anonymous--WOW. What a lovely post.

About famous people--my spouse is a big baseball fan. He's been going since he was a small fry at his daddy's knee. He got lots of autographs over the years, but two stand out in memory...30something yrs later: The one that refused him like a jerk, and the one that stopped, turned around, and came back to happily sign a little boy's ball. Those kinds of things mean a great deal, even to us grown ups! :-P

Carrie-- you are in people's thoughts and prayers today. Hang in there.

risalea said...

Hey, guys. Just popping in to say hi! Lots of new folks on here. Welcome! Can I suggest to the anonymous folks to get a blogging name? It helps those of us who are easily confused from mixing you up. : )

I've been out monitoring today (still in training) and I'm worn out!. Over the course of several preschool/child center visits on this new job, I've certainly had my eyes opened about the different qualities of childcare available. As a former public school teacher, I only knew about my little corner of the world. Parents and grandparents, be very diligent and informed about the kind of childcare your young ones are receiving.

That's it. I've got to run to church. Take care, folks!
Risa

HstryQT said...

Been there, Risa!! So are you now the lady that we, as pre-school teachers, fear like the plague? ("Oh my gosh is the box of wipes on the diaper changing table?? Get 'em off get 'em off! Are kids' noses running? Is anyone eating a pair of scissors??") Can you tell I miss my kids?

Have you heard of the Regio Amelia philosophy? If you have, which I'm pretty sure you probably have, email me your thoughts!

:) Lori

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Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

Uncharacteristic 24 hours for me. Posted way too often and way too much.

Am reticent and private by nature. Tried to delete but I can't seem to do it.

Please do me a large favor by deleting comments at 10:56 12:05 1:49 6:39 10:14 11:36 11:15 plus this.

Thank you.
Shalom

gdahimself said...

Carrie - Your family has got to get your sister to a professional to persuade her to end this relationship and to find out what the attraction is so she doesn’t find a replacement for him with the same attributes.

I wish you mother success but if his mother thinks he can do no wrong it may not be particularly fruitful.

I hope your sinus infection is short lived. I have had them and the experience of waking up with what feels like an underserved hangover.

Bullyse - Continued success in exorcising the lingering past that still taints the present.

Risalea - the anonymous who advance masked will continue to do so until their ready to do otherwise

Lori - Which is more scary someone like Risa or a parent turning up unannounced?

Shalom - Berakah to all for their Mitzvahs (I’m stretching my very limited Hebrew to the limit)
This discovery may be of interest: http://www.encyclopaediajudaica.com/encyclopaedia-judaica/index.php (I’m not Jewish but in my search happened on this.)

GDA

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risalea said...

Gosh, Shalom...I enjoyed your posts, and I got your humor! Don't be a stranger!

Lori, I guess I am that person now. LOL We do the ECERS (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale) which is used internationally. Arkansas uses it in their state funded ABC classrooms and the Division of Child Care uses it in classrooms that are going for QA (Quality Approval). It's a tough scale!

And yes, GDA, I know folks will do what they want to do. Just trying to give them a little encouragement. It feels a little more like family with a name attached. I guess I'm leery of anonymous posts, cause when Chris had a lot of those, that's when he got some uncalled remarks. Not that these have been. Risa

gdahimself said...

to Shalom,
From GDA,

You are free to delete your post but the missing information will cause continuity problems with some of the post that responded to them.

While there was some minor misunderstanding it is doubtful that anyone ever took offense.
It is unfortunate that even as an anonymous participant that you are so self conscious about what you have posted.

If still deemed as necessary try the below.

Click on the trash can at bottom left corner of each post.
You may need to post to get it to appear.
The next screen will give a box to click to delete the post.

Do take a moment to consider this action.

GDA

ChrisSligh said...

Shalom,

I posted this earlier, but apparently it got eaten: I thought your posts were funny...I was not offended one iota. I just explained the whole sending a runner for a razor thing to make sure you knew why I would be so pretentious. I totally got what you were saying.

As a couple of others said...please don't feel bad. We're a very accepting group here...don't be a stranger.

To the anonymous poster above...thank you so much for the kind words. I will try to remember those words to, in the future.

However, I do hope that this kind of relationship between fan and me can continue no matter how big or small my career is.

Peace and love,
Chris

DJ in AL said...

Shalom,

Like Chris, I thought your posts were funny, and didn't find them the least bit offensive. You need to stay. Alot of us have been around for a long time and we enjoy new perspectives on issues, please don't go away.
Additionally, beautiful post and so very true. Lucky for us Chris values his relationship with his fans and supporters as is evidenced by his words on his blog and his sincere behavior at all of the AI concerts. However, I do think there are many artists, stars or however you want to label them that do in fact forget that if not for their fans they would be, well, they would be nowhere.


Anyway my two cents!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chris and Kind Others,

Please just delete the posts relating to my sister. i am trained in confidentiality and most importantly believe my sister would read my comments about her journey as betrayal. Anonymous or not, I gave clear information about her / us.

She rarely reads your blog but life being the capricious dance that it is... please understand and delete. We are in fragile rebuilding.

Thanks GDA, but no luck this end.

I won't be a stranger, this is one of the most entertaining blogs I've ever read. To quote a Canadian radio comedy , this blog goes " Madly Off In All Directions" !

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Copeland Farley.

shalom

rosalee said...

Shalom -

Please don't disappear. We value your friendship here. Oh, and from one who knows, Happy New Year.

Carrie said...

Thank you everyone, again. I can't say it enough.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, GDA. Thank you, Chris.

You are gentle men & I am grateful.

Ms. Rosalee, a sweet year to you and yours.

Shalom

Anonymous said...

chris, is your 26 year-old brother currently single?

Sarah said...

"Anyway, I love football. I love the NFL. I love Indy and can't wait to see them in the Super Bowl again."

You and be both, buddy! I'm a big Indy fan. Go Colts! :)

Glad to hear you're relaxing at home... can't wait to hear more about how things are going with the album!!