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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Close Encounters of the Brit Kind: We Finally Met Bobby Long and Did You Know That Rob Emails Me?

I finally met Bobby Long last April when I caught his show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA, with ZAnyMouse and Twi-Daughter Nicole. I have to say, this place was the most intimate venue ever. It literally was a guitar shop with about 120 folding chairs set up in the back room. Our seats were right in front, just a few feet away from the small stage. In case you don’t know who Bobby Long is, the cliff notes version is that he’s a singer/songwriter/awesome guitar player friend of Rob Pattinson’s from London, who is on tour to promote his first album.

This show was a solo, acoustic set with just Bobby singing while playing the guitar and harmonica. It was easily one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. He performed most of the songs from his new CD and also several he was trying out live for the first time. We got such a great glimpse of his personality as he talked about why he wrote each song and shared many personal and hilarious stories. The story that made us laugh the hardest was "this morning I went to the doctor and got two shots in me ass." Not that it was funny that he'd been so sick, but he kept telling us more and more about the visit and you just can't not laugh when you hear "ass cheeks" in a British accent.

You know how sometimes in interviews how Rob goes off on odd tangents or says things that you suspect he's making up just to keep things interesting? Bobby did that too. Sometimes he'd stop in the middle of a story and say, "Nah, I'm just f***ing with you." He talked about so many random things like his first job, going on holiday as a kid with his family, hanging around London with his mates, and he demonstrated his terrible Australian accent. He kept saying that was the most he'd talked in the last 6 months. It really was a one of a kind experience.

After the show, Bobby went into the guitar shop to sign autographs and pose for pictures with everyone. I can’t remember what we talked about, but I’m sure I said something dorky.

Bobby and TwiloveSue (I’ll confess, I was standing on my toes. He’s really tall!)


Twi-daughter Nicole

Bobby signed his CD and, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what he wrote. Any guesses? All the best? M Me Rel? I’m not Rob?

We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the show, so this would make for a short post if I didn’t have anything else to share. Luckily, I think the time is right for me to tell you about the secret emails that Rob has been sending me for the past few years. It’s like he knows when I can use an encouraging word or something pretty to look at. Yeah, sure, some of you might think it’s really Twifixx and her magical iphone, but I prefer to think that Rob always has the BookClub on his mind. These are but a few of the pictures "he" has sent to ZAnyMouse, Twifixx and me.

Valentine’s Day

Mother’s Day

Having a bad day

ANY day

ZAnyMouse, Twifixx and I had a girl’s weekend at this fabulous Victorian-style hotel last year. We didn’t see any ghosts (it’s reportedly haunted) but we did happen to glance out the window and catch Bel Ami Rob strolling the grounds (hopefully this picture came out clear enough that you can spot us creeping in the window).

And because I love Jumping Rob to death, I’ll end with this picture courtesy of ZAnyMouse. Seriously, these will never get old!

TwiloveSue XOXO

P.S. Don’t forget to Walk with Mrs P!


SidewalkCandy said...

Awesome memories of Booby Long (Will we ever stop being so silly with his name?). I feel like I was there. Wish I was!

Now the secret's out...Rob has a favorite bookclub. I do enjoy all the personal attention. :D


Z Any Mouse said...

I am still high off that Bobby Long show! It was so magical and we were so lucky to be able to see him at that venue. I wear my McCabe's t-shirt proudly, you know 'cause I'm down with the kids.

We really are a special bookclub and keep Rob plenty busy so he has no reason to go looking for other bookclubs to hang out with. He's always there for us with a word of encouragement or just a drop dead gorgeous smile. Squee!

Z Any Mouse said...

Don't you love the look on Booby's face? You can tell he's really enjoying my hand on his arse! It was nice and firm...

Dangrdafne said...

LOVE the Rob emails!!! Just hilarious!

I could use the sit down and tell me about your day card right about now :)

I just realized, I never got Bobby's CD. I will have to rectify that this weekend!!

TwiloveSue said...

Twifixx - I think the Bookclub has a special place in his heart, even though he doesn't know it yet.

Z - Yeah, dude, you're the bomb.

DD - Maybe I can get him to send you an email. I have connections, you know :)