Friday, 3 October 2014

A 'productive' day in Cork...

A few months back I'd discovered that Lloyd Daniels (An Xfactor contestant back in 2009, who I was majorly obsessed with as a fourteen year old) was going to Cork in October to be in a show, well my heart. That was it I was going to go see Lloyd Daniels. With three of my best friends living in Cork this shouldn't be a problem I'll get to see himself. 
When October came closer I made plans with the girls about my trip down to Cork, I was going down on Wednesday evening (October 1st) we were going to go out for dinner then try catch Lloyd at the show and then I'd stay in my friends house. Thursday then we were going to head out to a Munster training session to get a jersey signed and question Conor Murray..I was then going to go do some shopping, chill with the girls and return home Thursday night relaxed, happy and after having the best two days ever!! Sounds great doesn't it?.. and all I had to do was get myself on the bus to Cork, and this is where the problem arose.
 I made my way to the bus stop on Wednesday evening in plenty of time, yano just to make sure I didn't miss it like I was meeting Lloyd Daniels tonight! I WASN'T under any circumstances missing this bus, so there I was at 2.30pm waiting at the bus stop for the 3:10..plenty of time.
I knew I couldn't get a direct Cork bus and I would have to get another one and then switch but I did it before, I'd be fine.
Around 3 O'clock a Limerick bus arrived, and I looked at the bus and thought to myself, Jesus maybe I should just hop on the Limerick and see if that's the bus I should take to swap?. Then again why would I get a Limerick bus to Cork?..that's stupid thinking Lynda so I stayed seated until around 3:30 when a Dublin bus arrived.. I jumped on the bus thinking right there's no Cork bus this is the bus I need to get, sprung onto the bus only for the driver to tell me that this bus wasn't going to Cork and I should of got the Limerick bus to Clonmel then switch there and get a Cork bus. However the last Cork bus left there at 3:30. So I wasn't getting to Cork today.  Well I never...
I suddenly got into a panic and began to freak out, what the hell was I supposed to do now? Maybe I could get a bus to Waterford and then a bus from Waterford to Cork. I sat at the bus stop for a good twenty minutes thinking of alternatives before I realised there was no buses that would get me to Waterford in time for the connecting buses...I was doomed and accepting defeat I went home, dragging my suitcase behind me..There would be no Lloyd.

When I got home I discovered I had no key so had to walk to my mother who was in work, I was on a rant and decided the best idea would be get the 9.10 bus to Cork and I'd get in at 11:30, Munster train at 1, loads of time the trip could still be salvaged, that was until I woke up at 8:30am and realised I was going to miss the bus! Well Christ give me mercy!! I was like an anti-christ. 
Look, I'll just get the next bus... Left my town at 11:20 gets me to Cork at 1:30. I planned it in my head.. right Munster train for two hours which means they're done at 2pm it takes around 30/40 minutes to get to CIT, pushing it but we could do it. I made the 11:20 and was finally, almost 24 hours late en route to Cork city. 
I wasn't on the bus an hour when I got a message from my friend Leanne saying they're training at 12 instead one 1, well I flipped but we had hope.. maybe they won't be done until 2:30 so we could still 'possibly' make it, I had so much belief that it would happen, until my bus was caught in traffic and we didn't get in until 1.45. Missing the 1:45 inner city bus, we'd have to wait until the 2O'Clock bus. My best friend Annmarie was waiting for me at the station in Cork and in my head all I was thinking was 'go' 'go' 'go'.. so much so I went to step off the bus and fell flat on my face. My knees were definitely busted open, I had to rely on a man to peel me off the ground, Annmarie too busy on her phone to even noticed I had face planted the ground. We needed to run to the bus stop now, now run with two busted knees 'moff it'.. so we jumped into a taxi and raced to CIT.
 We were almost five minutes away when Leanne rang us saying they were packing up, well Christ!! We had the poor taxi man up on two wheels before we eventually made it to CIT and they were just leaving. Annmarie got her jersey signed by Paddy Butler and she was delighted and I made my way over to Conor Murray. He pinky promised me something... meaning ....
So basically if you think about it, we were one/ fifth holding hands... Oh yes.

So I made it, I met Conor and got to see the girls again, things were great. We recruited back into town and scoffed a Mc.Donalds before Becca wandered in, and the crew were back together!!
Becca then asked if we wanted to go and have a look around the Oprah house and we could see Lloyd, eugh I wasn't really pushed at this stage. It was almost impossible and I wanted to look at the Halloween shop in Cork but we agreed we go for a look anyway. Expecting nothing but we'd go anyway. When we got there, opinions were divided when Leanne said back door and Becca said front door, I foolishly trusted Rebecca whilst Annmarie and Leanne wandered off the back way.
Just as we turned the corner I said to Becca 'turn your phone off silent incase the lads ring' just as I took my phone out I saw 'Leanne calling' - I wasn't even going to answer, yeah ye found Lloyd, yeah ye're with Lloyd now.. whatever until I heard 'here you talk to her' then a Welsh accent saying 'hey you alright'.. well Jesus holy Mary mother of God, did I freak!!
Myself and Lloyd Daniels.
He was trying to explain to me where they were but I didn't have a clue, I freaked so much he couldn't understand me anymore and told the lads I 'went all Irish'... He said he'd wait for us to come and everything.
 Me and Becca took off sprinting down the street until I looked up and there he was... 
Mr.Lloyd Daniels...
 I can tell you now, he's the sweetest, nicest human being you will ever meet. 
He hugged me when I came up to him, when I was leaving and he even kissed me on the cheek. I was in my glory!! 
My inner fan girl was buzzing, and it even came out a bit too when I pointed at him saying, 
The bus home...the worst.
'You're Lloyd Daniels' - He couldn't of been nicer. He chatted to us and he even HELD MY BAG WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR MY PHONE!!!! - He may possibly be the nicest famous person I've ever met. Not to mention his carved by angels face.... Pwooor!!
After that we went back to Annmarie's before finally heading to the bus station.. it was the most successful trip to Cork ever and enjoyed it so much.
 Apart from everything, there's nothing better than a day out with the girls! 
And once again, missing all those buses just proves..
Everything happens for a reason!!

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