Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C: Meet the Flat Chasers

Chasers come in all shapes and sizes
By Victoria Dong

In the premiere issue of SNC Quarter Notes, Fun Editor Kim Davis introduced us to the idea of the Flat Chaser, “Chaserita,” as someone you can take “…on vacation, to the grocery store, to the local zoo…” In the second issue, Eileen Raff shared her visit with Chaserita, S. Brandon and Kathleen Broadfoot in Indiana. Now I’d like to tell you about the adventures of two newly created Flat Chasers, Frittain and Flaren.

Frittain, Brittain and Flaren

In December 2011, Brittain Southwell (a.k.a. the craft-wizard) created Flat Brittain (“Frittain”), who attended her first Straight No Chaser concert with Karen Klokkevold on New Year’s Eve in Fresno, CA. Frittain was even dressed for the occasion in her adorable Chaser shirt. She had a wonderful time attending the concert and meeting other Chasers, and she even got to meet the SNC guys and partake in group photos. What a lucky girl!

Frittain in Fresno
I had the pleasure of meeting Frittain in Vancouver, BC on March 17th, 2012. She had already gone to another SNC concert in Kelowna, BC with Karen just a few days beforehand, where Frittain got her own group picture and an individual picture with Seggie!
Frittain with Seggie in Kelowna

By this time, Frittain had been fully upgraded with multiple outfits and a new hairdo, as well as accessorized with jewelleries. Since she was attending concerts in Canada, naturally she also had a new passport! It was so much fun posing with her for pictures in Vancouver!
Frittain with her passport

In the beginning of April, Frittain gained a new friend - Flat Karen (“ Flaren”), and the two of them took a long road trip down to Baton Rouge with the real Brittain for another SNC concert! Upon returning home from Baton Rouge, Frittain and Flaren hopped on a plane and made an impromptu trip to visit me in Ann Arbor, MI. They enjoyed their stay here, and even had a few pictures taken with my pet rabbit, April, before she tried to chew Flaren’s head off.

Frittain, April and Flaren

On the afternoon of April 20th, 2012, Frittain and Flaren were tucked snugly into my purse as we and Dottie Kovacs embarked on our journey to (Ryan didn’t coin that phrase, sorry!) “Saginawesome,” MI for another SNC concert. After the concert, Flaren and Frittain waited in line with me for the Meet & Greet with the guys. While waiting, they posed for several pictures with other Chasers. When we finally got to the Meet & Greet, the guys were happy to see them and greeted them with smiles.

Flaren and Frittain redeem their "Kiss a Brother Day" rain checks
On January 27th, 2012, Jerome had jokingly tweeted that it was “Kiss a Brother Day,” a holiday he made up but hoped would someday become real. Stacey Eisenberg tweeted back that it should be a floating holiday for the Chasers who wouldn't be at the show that night and that we would like a rain check on that one. After more joking around, Karen actually designed a rain check for Chasers to print out and take to the shows!

As I handed Jerome my rain check, he burst out laughing, then jumped up and gave me a hug, then a kiss, followed by another hug. Flaren and Frittain then proceeded to redeem their miniature-sized rain checks. Jerome burst out laughing again, even louder this time. Then, before I realized what he was doing, Jerome grabbed Frittain and Flaren from my hands and gave them each a smooch on the face. It all happened too quickly that I didn’t catch it on camera. I asked if I could get a picture of them with him as proof that they redeemed their rain checks. Being such a good sport, Jerome happily obliged and posed for a picture with the flats.

After the group photos, Frittain went up to Ryan and asked him to sign her Flat Chaser passport. Ryan was very sweet and wrote a little note to her on behalf of SNC. That sure made her a very happy girl that night! Following the concert in Saginaw, the flats quickly hopped on a plane to visit Traci Patton in Maine and attend the SNC concert in Reading, PA the following week. Next they hopped on another plane to attend the SNC concert in Pittsburgh with Cindy Warrick. They were living the life that every Chaser dreams of - traveling across the country to see SNC perform in various cities!

Not only did they meet new Chaser friends when they were out on the road, the flats have also had a couple of out-of-town visitors. In June, Kathleen Broadfoot visited Washington and met up with Frittain and Flaren. She even brought them hand-made IU shirts! A month later, Eileen Raff took a trip to Seattle and had a fabulous time meeting up with Karen, Brittain, Kay Maletta, Miles and Frittain! Unfortunately, Flaren had a prior engagement and couldn’t make it to the gathering. 

Karen, Flaren, Brittain and Frittain meet up with Kathleen

 Frittain meets Karen's dog, Miles
If you know anything about Karen, you definitely know that she loves her Great Pyrenees, Miles.

Well, Flaren also shares Karen’s love for Miles. Therefore, the always awesome and always crafty Brittain decided to create Flat Miles (Fliles? Official name still pending). Karen’s sister, Heidi, has even made him an awesome dog tag!

Flat Miles with his collar

As a member of the Chaser Nation, I have been blessed with many wonderful new friends from all over the country, and even throughout the world. With Flat Chasers, we can share our experience of Chaserlove and shenanigans no matter where we may be!


Anonymous said...

Things that make you go Hmmmm.... Enjoy! 8o)

Shannon Lawrence said...

The tiny rain checks are hysterical! This is cute, and a fun idea.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Unknown said...

LOL I LOVE this post!!! You have an awesome sense of humor!
Checkin' in from the A to Z Challenge.
Peanut Butter and Whine

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