I've Been Byrned...................
Yes, I guess you can say that I have been 'Byrned'. What does that mean? Let me explain. For those of you that haven't figured it out yet, my name is Turbo, a nickname that was given to me by Martha Byrne. I have been lucky enough to get to know this amazing woman and it happened in a very unique way. Some say social networking is no good, nothing but trouble, a waste of time. My story will prove otherwise.
I have been a fan of Martha's since she started on As The World Turns back in 1985. As soon as "Lily" came on my TV screen I was hooked. I watched her faithfully trying not to miss an episode. When her twin sister "Rose" was introduced in 2000, I was glued to the TV! I knew Martha was an outstanding actor but this just put her over the top in my eyes! In 2008 when Martha decided to leave the show I was devastated. If my favorite actor was leaving then so was I. I stopped watching ATWT the day Martha left. I followed her to General Hospital where she played "Andrea" for four months. I wasn't sure what Martha had been up to after she left GH. This leads to my story.
I was on TWITTER in October of 2009 talking to some of my friends. I noticed that one of my friends was tweeting a "MarthaByrne10". I immediately asked my friend if that was THE Martha Byrne. She confirmed and I was ecstatic, and also a little "tipsy" at the time. I began tweeting Martha and I was shocked when I received my first tweet from her "Are you drunk"? I chuckled to myself and continued to frantically tweet her just to try to talk to the woman that I had admired for over twenty years! We began to talk almost daily and when I FINALLY got Martha to follow me (those of you that have twitter understand) I know I didn't stop smiling for days! I began to "pimp" her on twitter (again, those that have twitter know what I mean) and I would tweet out everything and anything that had to do with Martha Byrne. I even started a campaign to get her on Dancing With The Stars! Martha enjoyed my tweets, she never knew what I was going to say or do next! I would ask her often if I was ever going to get to meet her. She would always answer "Soon, I promise". Now to our first meeting.
I was going to NYC in March 2010 with a bunch of my friends. Martha knew I was going and I promised I would tweet her from there. For those of you that know me this trip to NYC was not a good one (except for one reason) but I'll save that story for another blog "Turbo Travels" HAHA. My friends told me we were going to go to a bar called Kennedys because we could get free drinks there. I was up for anything. Little did I know who I was going to see. I walked into the bar and to the back with my friends. I looked up and standing right in front of me was the woman I had admired for most of my life...Martha Byrne. I can't tell you what my exact words were, I need to keep this blog clean, but I CAN tell you that I almost passed out! I could not believe that she set up this surprise to meet me! We talked for awhile and she gave me her cast jacket from ATWT and she signed it! WOW! I never thought I would get to meet her, but she kept her promise! It was a dream come true. All because of TWITTER, a social network. Since that first meeting I have attended many events that Martha has participated in including The Daytime Emmys. I'm sure I will be attending many more in the future. Wherever Martha goes Turbo isn't too far behind!
I adore Martha Byrne. Martha and I are not only soap star and fan we have become good friends. We enjoy each other. I make her laugh. She makes me smile. We talk daily and my admiration for her grows stronger everyday. She has taught me so much about many things and a lot about life in general. My life has become so much better because of her being a part of it. Yes, "I've Been Byrned" and I wouldn't change it for anything..............
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Here's the link to a cute article written about Martha and her "Turbo Tweeter"
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