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Old 03-21-2002, 08:15 AM   #1
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My St. Patrick's Day in Dublin (some U2 content)

I finally met Bono!

We headed off to Dublin for St. Pats - I was sure that at least Bono wasn't even in Ireland because I had seen the news reports of him with Bush in the US so I was just off to have a nice time in Ireland. We stayed at The Clarence and I had been hanging around in the study (it is a small room at the front of the hotel for residents only) because I'm a smoker and my husband isn't so I would go have a smoke there and wait for everyone else to get ready. It's my favorite room in the place.

So, Friday night - I'm ready and waiting on everyone else and I go down to the study only the doors are shut. So I went to reception and said "Is it closed?" They said no, there's just some VIPs in there and we want to keep it shut but you're in there all the time you can go on in. So, I walk in and who's there? Bono, The Edge and 4 other people I didn't recognize all sitting together having pints. And then me. And that's it!

Oh I wanted to add this - Bono and Edge were hanging out and having a good time and didn't seem to be on the verge of killing each other at all, contrary to popular rumors.

So I walk over to the next table and sit down and light a cigarette so I don't pass out LOL and try to keep my cool. I sat there and listened to them talk and watched Bono (who is smoking) pop up and down to answer his mobile a thousand times. (he looked like a businessman rather than a rock star LOL). And every time he answered his mobile he'd walk away from the table and come stand right by me and I'm sitting there thinking don't stare, don't stare (but I couldn't help myself LOL). So I was eavesdropping a bit I must admit and they were talking about opening a restaurant in Dublin that has a glass lift in the middle bla bla. My husband and my sister and her husband ultimately joined me. We had dinner reservations but I said I don't care what time we have to eat I'm not leaving until they do! So after about one hour I worked up the courage to go introduce myself - I felt a bit awkward because it seemed like I was intruding. I have no idea what I said - but I will tell you that when you are talking to Bono he can make you feel like you're the only person in the room. The guy does have a magnetism about him. They left, then we left to eat and I spent the rest of the night in the pints! haha

So, the next day, we called it "early" (about midnight I'd say) as we'd been so into the pints the night before - and we went up to my sister's room on the 4th floor - she had a balcony overlooking Temple Bar. (The penthouse, where they filmed the TOTP performance, is the entire 5th floor). We were watching the drunks stumble by, when we all heard at the same time the unmistakable sound of Bono singing. I looked at them and said "am I hearing that?" and they all said yeah, we're hearing it too. So we proceeded to hang off the roof up to the 5th floor and listen to Bono singing over what sounded like recorded music (not live playing) but it seemed the same song over and over with Bono singing. I thought OMG here I am in The Clarence listening to Bono sing! My (drunk) brother-in-law called down to the front desk and said "I'm on the 4th floor and I'm hearing this guy on the 5th floor and he's singing really loud!" and they said yeah, he sings like a lark doesn't he? And he says well could you call up there and request Angel of Harlem? haha (they didn't oblige) I'm not sure who was staying up there if it was friends of theirs and they were just there or if they took the suite for the weekend since traffic was so awful getting in and out of the city centre but it was really cool. It wasn't a song I recognized but who knows what it was?

That and another quick glimpse of them leaving the hotel and that wraps my U2 weekend!!

Thanks again to Zoom for hanging out with us all weekend and the midnight tour of Trinity College , and for the introduction to Dockers - and nice to meet you Desert Rosa!

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Old 03-21-2002, 08:58 AM   #2
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Wow!! That's all I can say. Wow!!!

It sounds like you handled yourself well!!!

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Oh My God!!! That is so totally awesome for you!!!! Congrats!

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on a fantastic trip!! Nice to hear the boys are hanging out near home and the kids. I haven't been in Dublin for almost ten years, but I can't wait to go back. I'd definitely stay at the Clarence (was it reasonably priced?), although I'm partial to B&Bs when I'm in the country.

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WOW! That's one awesome story! Way to handle yourself with aplomb and grace. You make us all proud!

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That's so cool!!!

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gah!!! that is SO cool, crzy!!!! i cannot believe that you sat right next to bono and edge, and managed to contain yourself... i think i would have *died*! lol anyway, amazing story- thank you so much for sharing it!

isn't dublin awesome??
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wow, what a cool story. Congrats, girl!!!

I bet it was amazing to meet them

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OMG chills on top of chills! That would be a dream come true for so many people. Congrats!
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(was it reasonably priced?)
No! LOL Rooms start at 285 Euro a night. (But it was worth every penny)

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Now that is what I call a cool story Laura! Thatīs great, really great. I appreciate the way you behaved, you kept thinks under control, tough task, no doubt. You know, I donīt smoke so I would probably bite my nails until my fingers bleed, LOL

So, you met my friend Desert Rose! I hope you both have had a great time.
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Laura, I'm going to say it again, if there was any fan that deserved to meet Bono, it was you, and the way you handled yourself proved that once again. I'm so proud and happy for you, and thanks again for sharing your story, and for letting us experience meeting the band through your experience.

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HAHAHA, Crzy, I'm looking at your title of this thread **(some U2 content)**

there's an understatement!!!!
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*Speechless...

One question--> did you not talk to our dear Edgey too?
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One question--> did you not talk to our dear Edgey too?

Yes, sorry... I'm just a little crzy4bono. LOL


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Yes, sorry... I'm just a little crzy4bono. LOL


Thatta girl! Congratulations btw... I am simply seething with jealousy at the moment.

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WOW, all I can say is wow.

That was an amazing story, Crzy! I can only hope I can be so lucky someday!

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I cant even imagine what that would be like.

God damn... right on Crzy!

Any pics????? :P
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Any pics????? :P
No, given the situation I just didn't feel it would be appropriate to ask - no pics or autographs. But I have witnesses!



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HOLY CRAP. WHAT a fantastic experience! You are so brave to actually go up and introduce yourself, AAAHHHH!!! You handled yourself so well...I would have been an absolute wreck!!!

And SHAME on Bono for still smoking!!! I thought he had quit that nasty habit of his....I worry about his voice!

Crzy4Bono, you are one lucky person!
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