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Ardeth Brodie

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  1. I was only able to watch a bit of the first segment but I'll be back when real life quits tugging at my sleeve. He certainly continues to look wonderful doesn't he? Thank you so much for taping and uploading what must have been a really fun time! Alice can't wait to see that to which you are referring in post # 2! Questions, pictures? Hhhhmmmmm. Ardeth
  2. Oh yeah I remember that! There was someone (several actually!) on the floor in front!! Whatever happened to it (them?). Who originated the photo? (I miss my mind terribly!) Ardeth
  3. Hello Luthien and Jill4675, I noticed your posts were your 1st & 3rd (or was it 4th Jill?) respectively!!! That makes you pretty new. How wonderful that you've found your way here! I think you'll find this is an amazing site that you'll enjoy yourselves more and more each time you come. Take care. Ardeth
  4. Holly I can really understand what you must have experienced. If you did anything less than sob it is a miracle! It WAS a spititual experience because it was so emotionally charged with wide and deep dimensions. It wasn't any one thing, well maybe . . . a Gerry THING :dance: but really it is such a rich experience because it's him and all of us and all the relationships with one another NOT to mention the dimensions and appreciation most of us have learned to have for ourselves as well. He's inspired such self exploration and discovery that allows all the rest. I'm rambling and crying as I type this (badly) but I can empathize with what kind of journey you unexpectedly found when you kindly offered to do the deed of the transcription. Isn't that just too, too typical in Gerryworld Holly?! You are too, too precious girl! Thanks for your loving caring heart. Big Hug sweetie. Ardeth
  5. Dear, Dear, Dear Holly, Jen, Susan and Stef!!! Thank you ALL SO MUCH for the transcript, the videos, for it ALL!! It was such an amazing experience all by itself but as life tends to do it has begun to fade a wee bit in our minds (at least a bit for me . . . Madam my memory is like Swiss Cheese) or we begin to question what we heard and saw and felt and this is like a second, no that was the vids & pics but another chance to begin to reclaim a part of something that was so amazing!! Thank you doesn't even begin to touch the kindnesses and generosity you have all shown . . . again! Love and gratitude to you ALL! Take care. Ardeth P.S.Have a great time in San Diego! :: Hi Bonnie Jean and welcome to GALS and the wonderful world of Gerry Butler! You're in for a GREAT time in more ways than you ever imagined!! Enjoy the ride! Take care. Ardeth Oh, dear Holly, where do I begin? I haven't read the transcript yet, but I sat here with tears in my eyes (most unexpectedly) while reading your post, and just had to reply immediately. I was fortunate enough to have met Gerry outside his hotel in Toronto at the film festival last September. After returning home, my emotions ran the gamut from disbelief and elation to depression and heartache. It's amazing the effect he has had on many of us. Reading your post just took me right back to that period after returning home from Toronto. Thanks for that, I'd almost forgotten....also, I hadn't realized that there were others who went through the same thing.....somehow it's comforting to know that I'm not alone.... And, almost a year later, sometimes that melancholy hits me again, almost as fresh as it was back then. He's a hard act to follow, and we are just so fortunate that we found him! Again, I want to express my heartfelt joy in the fact that you all had the experience of a lifetime. As soon as I heard he was there (which I think was probably just minutes after the fact), I felt validated in my feelings and the time I've spent on him this past year. He IS the kind of person we thought him to be! Whoops! May Gerry live long and prosper; he is truly an incredible man. Now I need to go read those transcripts.... :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: THANK YOU to those of you who worked so feverishly (and worked through those amazing feelings) to put out such a wonderful gift for the rest of us. :worship: :goodjob2: :hugsandsnogs: to you all, and especially Gerry! Patti I just joined GALS and want to say I think the lady/ladies who typed up that whole interview/interaction in Las Vegas with Gerry Butler...get a big hand from myself and the lady who let me know about the site. Thank you so much it really made me feel like I was standing there in the crowd watching and listening to that magnificient man. He is such a loving, caring, kind and beautiful man. If all goes well, I am going to try and see him at the Comic Convention in San Diego..Wish me luck..Bonnie Donna Jean
  6. What a GREAT sense of humor you have Marcia!!!! Glad it's been set free!!!! You will be welcomed here ALWAYS!!! We Gerry fans LOVE to laugh!! Ardeth
  7. OK so this is an aside to a serious issue but Bethy the instant image of Gerry doing a "Preparation H" commercial gave me the giggles! Leave it to you to help us all smile. Thanks for the levity. Marcia, I can empathize with what you've expressed though I have not gone back and read the history of the posts leading up to this, what I consider a pretty serious topic, acceptance. I find it anxiety provoking still, as a relatively outgoing woman in middle age, to be the new kid on the block. I'm also part of GB.net my first Gerry home, and McHeathers a cute little group started here in Houston. But with each new group it felt uncomfortable in a way to begin. Sometimes it was because I felt my posts were being ignored but in fact they were just not the ones to which there were responses. Timing on any site is part of it and part of it may just be that what I said didn't register with anyone or hit folks between the eyes. At each of the sites to which I belong I can tell you EXACTLY the first time I received what I considered my first positive response to a comment I made and at that moment I was instantly a proud 5 year old in kindergarten! Because this whole Gerry thing makes many of us feel emotionally and spiritually vulnerable I think folks often, everywhere at times, want to "speak" to those they already know. I've learned to use what I gleaned from 12 step programs more than 20 + years ago. I take what I like and leave the rest! I also work very hard to not take others people's behavior personally, even if they mean it to be! So Marcia I hope you'll stay here and give GALS a try a bit longer and maybe in the years to come you'll remember this incident, these feelings, with an ironic smile. Take care and my best to you whatever you decide to do! Ardeth Hi, Ardeth! Thank you for a lovely and warm response. I appreciate it more than you know. I think you hit the nail on the head when you used the term "vulnerable." I have been feeling very much so this past few months, and had really looked forward to making new friends here. I think I set myself up and then probably overreacted as a result. I will try to learn from that! It has been a tough spring for me...starting with serious surgery, then heart issues, then my father passed away, and now I have FLUNKED my mammogram, eeek. NOT that this is any excuse, just that it has left me feeling VERY vulnerable, indeed. I tend to lean heavily on my Escape Valve (GERRY'S movies, particularly the Phantom) when I'm this stressed out. And I was over-eager to make new friends here at GALS. I will try to remember you kind words in the future. I'm sure tomorrow will be a better day, and I will be ready for some fun here. I will be more patient, too!! Thank you again, Hugs, Marcia I just PM'd you Marcia! Take care. You are in all our prayers! Promise. Ardeth
  8. Uh, sure.... And the sky is pink, the grass is blue, pigs can fly. How can a tall, graceful, handsome man who radiates life's energy be inconspicuous?? :laugh4: Well, actually you are correct there. My friend is the one who noticed this "hot" guy standing over there but didn't know who it was at first. There was just no "aura" about him that made him look like a celebrity. Does that make sense? It makes perfect sense.He didn`t have the attitude or the entourage.He is one special person :inlove: ...and what is also amazing is that we are all so happy for you, that you got to have this precious time with him!!! He inspires me! What else is there to say! ? I'm delighted at your good fortune and ours!! Thanks for sharing your story. Ardeth
  9. Oh my GOD you're not just kidding!!!!! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT PIC STEF???? The Vatican should use him as their recruiting poster boy! There were NEVER priests that looked like Gerry when I was growing up!!! Well . . . Father Virgil Funk . . . but then he got disillusioned and became very boring!!! Maybe if there HAD been one I'd still be practicing it today!! Holly I'm with you too girl!! :: Ardeth P.S.Growing pains are OK . . . cuz then you get to grow!
  10. OK so this is an aside to a serious issue but Bethy the instant image of Gerry doing a "Preparation H" commercial gave me the giggles! Leave it to you to help us all smile. Thanks for the levity. Marcia, I can empathize with what you've expressed though I have not gone back and read the history of the posts leading up to this, what I consider a pretty serious topic, acceptance. I find it anxiety provoking still, as a relatively outgoing woman in middle age, to be the new kid on the block. I'm also part of GB.net my first Gerry home, and McHeathers a cute little group started here in Houston. But with each new group it felt uncomfortable in a way to begin. Sometimes it was because I felt my posts were being ignored but in fact they were just not the ones to which there were responses. Timing on any site is part of it and part of it may just be that what I said didn't register with anyone or hit folks between the eyes. At each of the sites to which I belong I can tell you EXACTLY the first time I received what I considered my first positive response to a comment I made and at that moment I was instantly a proud 5 year old in kindergarten! Because this whole Gerry thing makes many of us feel emotionally and spiritually vulnerable I think folks often, everywhere at times, want to "speak" to those they already know. I've learned to use what I gleaned from 12 step programs more than 20 + years ago. I take what I like and leave the rest! I also work very hard to not take others people's behavior personally, even if they mean it to be! So Marcia I hope you'll stay here and give GALS a try a bit longer and maybe in the years to come you'll remember this incident, these feelings, with an ironic smile. Take care and my best to you whatever you decide to do! Ardeth
  11. Bonnie Anne, You articulate so well so much of what you feel so deeply. Reading your postings always touches my heart. Thank you for sharing this journey in which you find yourself. My guess is that Jimmy understood more than you know and probably did not fault you for your decision as a very young child. Hugs and love to you Bonnie Anne. Ardeth Kristine, Welcome to GALS and the phenomenon of being a Gerard Butler fan! His "effect" on our "affects" is what first brought us all together and has created something far greater than our individual selves. You are NOT weird but part of a desperately needed, wonderfully positive and uplifting movement that will mean more to you the more involved you are! You make me smile and think of when I first was hit between the eyes and in the heart with Gerry's performance in the Phantom of the Opera! Thank you for being here and best wishes to you! Enjoy! Ardeth
  12. Susan, I just send in a contribution as well. Use it in whatever way you think best. My heartfelt sympathies are with christinarenova and her family and I will keep them in my prayers as well. Thanks for the information. Ardeth P.S.Is there some way we could tell other new members about this fund? Until I read what was written as the latest post on the first page of the Forum I did not know it existed. I clicked on it where it said "Sunshine Fund" out of curiosity. I bet there are others who like me are pretty new and might want to know. Just a thought.
  13. Like Dyanicess I had no idea there even were such speculations or discussions elsewhere! Sometimes living a limited media life is a good thing! I totally agree with you Dr. Em and GALS that Gerry's private life is his alone. However . . . who was even looking ANYWHERE but at THE MAN himself that night anyway? I mean . . . REALLY! ? I also agree with songbird, sbchild4 & becozy and with whomever else said that after seeing him in person at the Convention, with all the courage that must have taken him to face us all when that sweet baby was so nervous, I would just do anything to support that precious, precious man! :inlove: I shall leave the pulpit now! Ardeth P.S.Oh my God Barb the wink is too, too cute!! Thank you sweet, clever friend!!!
  14. OK Stalow, I can understand your frustration totally! Have you watched the videos Susan Sporran made? Most, not all, of what Gerry said was on there. Also the one by I've forgotten who, of Tonya is here somewhere as well. As wonderful as Gerry was, and I will be a devoted fan FOREVER because of his appearance (if I had had any doubts before this that is) was how much I enjoyed meeting and began getting to know some of the other women at the convention. The generosity and caring, the intelligence and spirits of the other Gerry fans was as moving as anything THE MAN said himself! That was a great gift of this SPECTACULAR convention and meeting of the hearts and minds of Gerry lovers. Does that help any? I hope so. Take care. Ardeth
  15. Thanks Jenn for your photos. I especially liked #79! We were all so enthralled with the man that few of us got face on pic's of his gorgeousness! Each time he looked me in the eyes I thought I should snap a shot but was too paralized to do so!!! Damn he was even more handsome in person than in photos, sigh. I would not have believed that one if I had not seen THE MAN myself, up close! Are we lucky or what???? :headspin: Ardeth
  16. Hello Tonya, Having heard such wonderful things about you Tonya, I am really, really glad you are back taking care of him. GB seems to always work so hard and traveling as much as he seems to do I'm certain it is a relief having someone from "home", someone with whom he has history, to trust and help with all things 'Butler'. You are, of course, now the MOST envied woman on the planet by all the ladies here! :: I'll be in Las Vegas and will be looking forward to hearing what you have to say and meeting you. Take care, congratulations and welcome to the States! Ardeth Brodie
  17. I agree with you Cailleach! Do we need to pitch in any extra monies when we get to the convention? I'd be glad to as well. Ardeth
  18. Dear Ann, Never have I read anything about the topic of Gerard Butler that resonates as true for me as well, as this letter you wrote to him. After reading it for the first time very recently I had to go check in my journals because there were phrases you wrote that were identical to those I had written! One of the many things that amaze me about this Gerry thing is how many others feel and think "exactly" as I feel and think. It's often a little unnerving reading as much, since I, like many of us, have this illusion that I am, we are all somehow unique and different from all others around us. Unique and different yes, . . . and no! Frustrating as hell and at the same time reassuring. If we're all crazy (which clearly we are) then we certainly have company!! You Anne express without embarrassment what you feel. I'm still in the early learning stages of that for something like this that is so new to me. I feel absolutely ridiculous at times to feel such affection for someone I have never met or will ever meet probably and yet for whom I feel when I am alone and unemcumbered, exactly as you do. I'm a mental health professional who still graples on some days with new experience and look forward to the day when I can feel consistenly and confidently, in all that I have experienced recently. Thank you for needing to say to Gerard Butler what you did. In doing what you needed to do for yourself you did what he does so well, as well. When we are true to ourselves we gift one another. It blows me away every time but that truly is how it often works! Isn't life grand!?! Take care Anne. You are the voice for so many of us. Thank you. Ardeth Brodie
  19. Not a stupid question at all!! Grits are corn that are cooked in water for about 20 minutes give or take a few minutes depending on whether or not you like them al dente or "mushy" well done, Grits are most often associated with breakfast though when you add cheese for example they could pass as a side dish at any meal. It functions as a cooked cereal/carbohydrate and is aligned with southern cooking. Italians have polenta we have grits! Ardeth Brodie
  20. Are you kidding?? I started doing the praying thing on that subject MONTHS ago....just can't help imagining what a mind-blowing experience that would be, if he were somehow, SOMEWAY able to find the time to drop in and surprise us all. This is the scenario I keep imagining..... It's the night of the Dracula Ball...the GALS, in all their costumed glory, are milling around the ballroom, laughing, chatting, some dancing, everyone just generally enjoying one another's company....SUDDENLY, SEEMINGLY FROM OUT OF NOWHERE..a tall, dark, handsome stranger, all dressed in BLACK--including mask (or not ) and flowing cape (which he has draped across his raised arm, hiding the lower half of his face)--appears as if by magic in the main doorway, surrounded by a strange mist....The music stops, all eyes turn to him, and he glides slowly into the room, his eyes--THOSE EYES, unmistakable even behind the mask--slowly taking in everything around him, lingering for just a few seconds on each expectant, breathless face....The music slowly starts up again, he suddenly shouts, Come on, GALS!! LET'S DANCE!!!" AND THEN THE FUN REALLY BEGINS!!! :inlove: :inlove: Okay, okay, you get the picture...add your own ending here! Hey, A GIRL CAN DREAM, CAN'T SHE??? That is, if she can even fall asleep in the first place from all the excited anticipation she's going through!! *runs off to finish packing bags* GREAT SCENARIO!!!! OK your fantasy has my vote. So who will tell Gerry he's expected to make a surprise appearance!? There would be multiple cardiac arrests!!! :inlove:
  21. So true, so true--my "Gerry-dar" will be in full operation!! I'll be arriving Friday at 8:40 a.m. on Southwest from Phoenix with my friend, Lady Elaine. She's not an official member of GALS (yet!) but she certainly recognizes the G-Man's appeal and is excited to join us for this fun weekend. Ardeth and Isabeau, since you both are arriving on Friday also, and if Elaine doesn't mind waiting at the airport, perhaps the four of us could share the price of a limo?? That way, we could make the arrangements when we arrive, and have it ready when you both arrive. The thought of taking a two-hour shuttle ride is less appealing to me than sitting at the airport for a couple of hours...I always find it fascinating, myself, being in any place where I can "people watch"...makes the time fly by! I'm going to put my cell number on the password protected thread, then maybe I'll just pm you both... Tamarra, I can't speak for Isabeau but it is fine with me if you want to wait that long. How much are the limos? We were planning on the free shuttle. I called the Sahara and they said it is a quick ride to the hotel unless there is a freak accident on the strip. So it is up to you! I would love to meet you both on the way to the hotel but if you don't want to wait that's fine too and certainly understandable. My cell number is posted on the Las VEGAS site with everyone elses. I'm going to page Isabeau when I arrive and then we were going to rendez vous. If you don't have the password for the protected site just PM a moderator and ask for the password and then you'll be able to get the cell phone numbers. Is that clear enough? I tend to be verbose! Let me know what you decide. Ardeth So true, so true--my "Gerry-dar" will be in full operation!! I'll be arriving Friday at 8:40 a.m. on Southwest from Phoenix with my friend, Lady Elaine. She's not an official member of GALS (yet!) but she certainly recognizes the G-Man's appeal and is excited to join us for this fun weekend. Ardeth and Isabeau, since you both are arriving on Friday also, and if Elaine doesn't mind waiting at the airport, perhaps the four of us could share the price of a limo?? That way, we could make the arrangements when we arrive, and have it ready when you both arrive. The thought of taking a two-hour shuttle ride is less appealing to me than sitting at the airport for a couple of hours...I always find it fascinating, myself, being in any place where I can "people watch"...makes the time fly by! I'm going to put my cell number on the password protected thread, then maybe I'll just pm you both... OK Tamarra so I just reread your post and you already know about the protected site. I'll send you my cell number as well and if you want you can PM me too. Ardeth
  22. Susan, What do the doctors say about your party pooper ankle? Can't you do something about or for it? How about one of those around the ankle ice packs? It does sound like something that needs to be investigated. Take care. Ardeth
  23. So . . . as long as you're not Elaine Benes from Seinfeld kind of dancing we'll all survive and be glad you're having a great time and actually even THAT would be fine!!! Happiness spreads happiness ya know! Ardeth My God it's only DAYS away!!!!!!!!!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! :dance:
  24. Drool bibs are mandatory, and don't forget for the ending. And also, cause Beowulf and Grendel is like Lays's potato chips, once is never enough, trust me. You can put me down, now for 15 viewings and I'm still checking my local listings. Addiction can be a wonderful thing. Yes, you, my addiction. Cailleach This is going to be REALLY, REALLY difficult!!! How can we watch B & G just once???? The first time will be like a "preview" and if we don't get more viewings we'll all likely go Maaaaaad!!!! Thank God for limited release!! Ardeth
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