Kristin, my best friend that I’ve known the longest, celebrated her 33rd birthday at CHEAP in Tampa last Friday with her most favorite friends. And in honor of her palindrome birthday, I present three FUN FACTS about me and Mrs. Schmidt:
#1: POP DIVA CONCERTS & OUR FRIENDSHIP DO NOT MIX WELL…
Britney Spears’ Oops… I Did It Again Tour 2000: A huge fight
over post-its an hour before Brit Brit’s Oops… I Did It Again show nearly derailed our plans to see the Mouseketeer.
Janet Jackson’s All For You Tour 2001: Our first time seeing Janet Jackson became my first time seeing Janet Jackson, because Kristin and I once again got in a huge fight
over Sandy Frink. (Side note: 10 years later, we finally saw Janet together at her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal show.)
Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour 2004: We drove to Sebring, Florida to be the first in line to purchase tickets to what would’ve been her first Madonna concert, but I wound up taking someone else because Kristin and I got in a silly fight
over who’s the Rhoda and who’s the Mary. (Side note: Last year, we finally saw Madonna together at her MDNA show in Chicago.)
#2: KRISTIN AND I HAVE MATCHING TATTOOS… and matching tramp stamps to boot! Sue me. I was 21-years-old. I was in in Ybor City with her, and we both randomly made the decision after knocking back a few Jack Daniels’ drinks. I always told myself that I would never ever get a tattoo unless it was original, designed by moi and had personal meaning. So the Japanese symbol for “God” may not be original nor was it designed by me, but it does carry a lot of personal meaning because Kristin and I are both
trashy and tramp stamped branded with it.
#3: MINE AND KRISTIN’S THEME SONG IS… no not that one Madonna song. And no, it’s not a song by Britney Spears.
Every great friendship has that one song that when randomly heard or played manages to make you instantly think of the other person. For some reason, Olive’s “You’re Not Alone” (below) is our song. I do not exactly know how or remember when it was decided that “You’re Not Alone” would be blessed as the one-song soundtrack to our 22-year-old friendship. Yet everytime I hear that 90’s electronic-trance-pop masterpiece, I immediately think of Kristin. (And no we both weren’t sporting JNCO pants and sucking on lollipops when this song became our anthem in the 90’s.)
Happy Birthday Kristin! Click on image below to enlarge photo: