Friday, October 29, 2004

Friday, October 29, 2004

Our weekend in Florida was even more fun than I expected it to be. We flew into Tampa on Friday night. John Driscoll had to work late, so he caught a slightly later flight. When we picked him up at the airport, the rest of us had been in Tampa just long enough to plan the prank we played on him. When John arrived, three of Crystal Hunt’s teenaged friends (who had been given their assignments and had been coached for a good half hour) jumped out at him and screamed "Oh my God! Aren’t you Sandy on Guiding Light?!" which we thought was hysterical because he really plays Coop. *Tee hee*

Then the girls kept screaming and fussing over him, until finally one of them pulled out a pair of panties- a thong to be exact- and asked him to sign them. John flipped out; he didn’t know what to do. Meanwhile, of course, the rest of us were cracking up. It was good fun. And we caught the whole thing on tape!

After we left the airport, we headed straight for some food. We were starving. We went to a 24-hour diner, singing country music at the top of our lungs along the way. We devoured our food and got back to Crystal’s house by 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning. Crystal and I woke up on Saturday morning around 7:30, and we cooked a full breakfast for everyone: pancakes, sausage, and bacon. Yummy! Following breakfast, Crystal said she had a surprise for us. She blindfolded us, put us in her Hummer H2, and drove us to the surprise. It turned out to be her uncle’s yard, where a helicopter was waiting to take us for a flight over Clearwater Beach and Tampa. Needless to say, we had the best time. Crystal sat in the front of the helicopter with her Uncle Billy, and Tom Pelphrey, John, (my boyfriend) Jason and I sat in the back, admiring the views.

On Saturday night we hopped on a party bus and headed to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. We had a blast. In exchange for posing for a few pictures for Universal’s camera crew, our group of nineteen was given two VIP escorts who took us from one haunted house to the next, and we never once had to wait in a line. I felt like such a star. The haunted houses really were scary. There were seven or so of those, and we also got to go on a few rides. The Hulk (a roller coaster) was the best! We rode it twice in a row.

On Sunday we had a nice beach day. The weather was absolutely perfect. It made me sort of sad to have to leave and head back to New York’s cooler weather on Monday. There were a few "Guiding Light" fans on the plane heading back to NY. As soon as we stepped on the plane, in fact, one of the flight attendants recognized us. There was an older woman, too, seated next to Tom, who claims to be addicted to the show. She was so excited to meet us. It was very cute.

I just finished taping my last scenes for this week; I felt like they went really well. I ’m getting to work on some great material these days. I’m totally living my dream. :)


Blogger Erin said...

Hey Stephanie,
Sounds like so much fun! Especially the prank you pulled on John! I bet that was priceless. You should find a way to upload it on one of the GL sites! lol.
Your scenes these past couple of days have been awesome!! One question: did you really slap Crystal? I couldn't tell, looked real though!
Well, best wishes,

October 29, 2004 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...


sounds like you had a great weekend in Florida!!! Thanks for sharing the tale of the prank you pulled on John. Sounds like a priceless moment - wish we all could have seen it.

October 30, 2004 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Hi Stephanie! It sounds like Crystal Hunt and you had a lot of fun playing that prank on John. It was very creative! I couldn't stop laughing when I read your comment!

Also, congratulations on your front-burner storyline! The material you have been giving is awesome, and you are doing a phenomenal job with it! I am so happy for you that you get to live out your dream. I really admire that! Keep up the great work!

Finally, it was such a pleasure to meet you at the St. Judes Benefit this year. I know you met like a zillion fans at the benefit, but to refresh your memory, I'm the one you met on the dance floor. I had a book of GL celebs and you signed a picture for me, and you also got in a picture with me. You're probably blanking out about remembering who I am, but I also said to you, "Stephanie, oh my gosh, I've been trying to catch up with you all night." We also spoke about how it was my first time in New York! Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. I truly appreciate it. It was so awesome to meet you in person, since I watch you on GL every week! I even arrange my college classes so that I don't miss GL!

Much love,

October 31, 2004 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

HILARIOUS practical joke!

November 4, 2004 at 8:29 AM  

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