This coming Friday February 24th is my Birthday. If you don’t know me by now, this much you should know and that is I never do anything halfway, halfhearted or what others might call via truly “normal” means. I am a passionate person with a capital P! People many times admonish me to calm down and relax but it rarely does any good. If my pulse is pounding then my purpose is being persistently pursued with an over the top power and presence! Such was the case last week when my Monday schedule included doing some radio interviews over at The Coastal Broadcasting Studios and then heading over to The Lighthouse Church to DJ our annual Sweetheart Dinner.
Let me provide some back story for you all. Back in 2013, I was thoroughly entertained and inspired by a brand new Hallmark Channel Offering entitled, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” It’s the tale of a quirky and unique group of four postal employees who work in the Dead Letter Office of the Denver, Colorado Branch actually becoming detectives to solve the mysteries behind their undeliverable letters and packages from the past. Every episode is funny, inspirational, suspenseful and romantic and brings true tears of bittersweet joy as the package they reunite with its rightful owner always shows up with impeccable timing. Sure it may be late according to the calendar but we have been taught to “trust the timing,” when it comes to the bigger picture. So with the help of some divine intervention and lots of selfless teamwork from the fearless foursome we devoted fans call “The Postables,” the message always gets through! Being the hopeless sentimental romantic that I am, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these characters played to perfection by actors Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson. The show was also the brain child of Martha Williamson who created the classic, “Touched by An Angel.”
After a first season of weekly Sunday Night shows on The Hallmark Channel, the last few years have showcased Signed, Sealed, Delivered presented as quarterly broadcast special movie events on The Hallmark Mystery and Movie Channel. Every premiere means that everything else in life stops as we fans gather around our television sets to “live tweet” on the social media instrument Twitter with each other and the Cast themselves. It is like we are all watching together as a big family which coming from one, I am very used to. One of the characters named Shane, the Technical Wiz of the bunch played by the amazingly talented Kristin Booth, really jumped off the screen for me because she made the show seem like real life. Kristin is so good at what she does; she genuinely convinced me that she was Shane and the Postables were a group that you could really hang out with and feel at home among them. I became her number one Postables Fan, a position that I declared myself to own and looked forward to the next Signed, Sealed, Delivered Movie like a child looks to Christmas. My Family asked me what I wanted for my Birthday last year and all I asked for was Kristin Booth singing Happy Birthday to me and believe it or not, our dear Shane put a video on Instagram doing just that! So this year my hope was to interview Kristin for my weekly Radio Show heard Sunday afternoons on 98.7 the Coast! We had planned to do just that coinciding with the next edition of a new Signed, Sealed, Delivered Movie.
Fast forward now to last Monday! With “Higher Ground” being set to be debuted on Sunday Night February 19th, I had locked down Monday the 13th to record the interview with Kristin. I had also contacted and invited a talented young writer named Chandel Charles who oversees the Alameda and Downing Blog Sight for the show and an enthusiastic gal named Lauren Webb who is a big fan just like me to also be interviewed. My plan was to record the three interviews and then mix in the music later for what I hoped to be my own personal love and thank you note to the Cast and Followers of what I believe is really “Must See TV!” Was I nervous about talking to Kristin Booth! Yes I was, but I had also just interviewed my life long crush Olivia Newton-John late last year and I survived that! After my initial jitters I settled in to what turned out to be a great chat together on the phone. Kristin was personable, charming and gracious just as I thought she would be! I also called Chandel and Lauren right after Kristin and by just about 4:30 pm, I was happy with the results. As I got in my car to head back over to the Church, I drove about a block and a half and right in front of the Wildwood NJ Post Offices of all places, I felt like somebody just stuck a shot of anesthesia into my vein. I felt dizziness like I have never felt before and thought I was going to pass out. I laid on my car horn and prayed to get to the side of the road safely. I should have called 911 but ended up navigating my way to Rio Grande where I shuffled into Jackie Russell’s Office knowing I didn’t have an appointment but feeling like I was going to die. My initial Blood Pressure reading was 190 over 120 something. With the help of my faithful friend and Church Secretary Sandi Gallo, I made it to Cape Regional Emergency Room where I was admitted into the Hospital. Needless to say, I never did it make it to The Lighthouse Church Sweetheart Dinner.
My dear wife Terri gave up Valentine’s Day and her Birthday, the 14th and 15th to be with her goofy husband and the good news is that it was not a stroke. The better news is that I got to complete the Radio Show and present it as my gift of appreciation to Kristin Booth, the rest of the Cast of Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Martha Williamson and the best group of Fans and Family on the Planet- The Postables. I hope you get to hear my show which is online on my Facebook Page. But even more, please check out Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I would say that it is to die for and I would be almost right except that I am still alive and still passionate about everything I do and believe in! If you don’t believe me, take my blood pressure– that will prove it! Here I am Baby, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours!