Searching for Eric Balfour

It’s no secret that thanks to Haven, I’m a big Eric Balfour fan.  But I found that I don’t enjoy everything he’s stars in.  Since our local theater didn’t show it, my daughter and I eagerly awaited the release of Skyline.  I was prepared to buy it outright, but she reminded me of a rule I insisted on after purchasing a few movies that were really disappointing.  Rent first, buy later.  If it’s worth owning.

But it’s Eric Balfour, I argued.  She had me, though, so I rented a copy.  All I’m going to say is that I was really glad she took advantage of the opportunity to throw my words back in my face.  Okay.  So I’ll add that it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen.  On a scale of 1-10, I might give it a 3.

“They’re gonna be in for a real surprise.”  Yup.  They willNot because his acting was bad, because it wasn’t.  But the script left a little to be desired.  And the ending (in my opinion) totally sucked.

Even so, I still really like that guy.  And my daughter knows it.  So much so that she came hustling up to me in the store the other day to tell me that, while she’d been grabbing some stuff in the hair products department, she’d spotted a guy who looked “just like Eric Balfour!”

Maybe so, but I’m all the way across the store and I don’t want to go back to that side again.  It’s a big store.  She was so disappointed I finally gave in and we went in search of the look-alike.  From the northeast corner of the store to the southwest corner of the store.  We found him at the back, in the middle of the store, chatting with a guy from electronics.


She was not kidding.  The profile view of this young man proved he could be Eric Balfour’s double!

I needed a closer look, which got her giggling.  And as we sneaked around the aisle behind him I asked her, whispering, if she’d mind if I asked him to pose with her, pretending he was signing an autograph, so I could snap a picture with my phone.  More giggles, and a blush, accompanied the resounding, “No!”

Straight on, the guy didn’t look like Eric Balfour as much, but dang!  From the side it was amazing!

On the way to the checkout at the front of the store she whispered that he was heading to the front, too, at the other end of the aisles we were passing.  I told her he probably thought we were stalking him, and we both giggled some more.  And had a good laugh about it all the way home.

She thought it was cool enough that she wanted me to blog about it, so I am.  I think, in her opinion, this rates right up there with her meeting Bucky Covington.  Which is a cool story, too.

He was singing in a nightclub before nine p.m., and most bars in our area allow minors until then.  Since the concert was at six, I thought we were okay.  But after waiting forever, and being like fifth in line, the manager said nope.  No way.

At which point she started crying.  That couldn’t have worked out better if she’d done it on purpose.  The guy felt pretty guilty so he said he’d see if she could meet Bucky when he arrived, and had us go wait in the enclosed patio out back.

Sure enough, shortly after the bus arrived, Bucky, and his twin Rocky (drummer for the band) walked out and she had a private meeting with both of them.

Sorry, to protect her privacy, I altered the picture.

As a mom there are going to all sorts of moments you remember from your child’s life.  Among them are the times that are just too awesome for words.  This was one of those moments!

Afterward, I made tracks to the nearest 1-hour photo center to get copies of the pictures I’d taken so she could show them off at her youth group meeting.  The meeting she planned on missing for the concert she didn’t get to see.

Yeah, he’s mostly an American Idol celebrity, but let me tell you, in her circle, it was something to get excited about!  She did feel guilty, though.  She was afraid she might have hurt Rocky’s feelings because she didn’t ask for a picture with him (but I did get one of him alone).

What an experience!  I couldn’t have been happier for her.

***I have to add one more video…the performance that made ME a Bucky Covington fan.

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7 Responses to Searching for Eric Balfour

  1. Dede says:

    Skyline is not something I would ever have even gone to see if Eric hadn’t been it. I agree about the script, but I guess that’s what you get when special effects guys write a movie script. I do have the DVD…signed by Eric, which is ……swoonworthy even if the movie wasn’t. lol

    • Hi, Dede…nice to meet you! I hadn’t realized that special effects guys wrote the script. I wish they’d gotten some help from real writers because the idea had great potential. Maybe not Oscar-worthy, but much better than it actually was. Would I have watched it if I’d known it wasn’t going to be a good movie? Probably…just to see Mr. Balfour for a couple of hours.

      How exciting that you have a signed copy of the DVD! Did you get it in person? That would have been SO cool to meet him! And I just might have swooned. 🙂

      • Dede says:

        No…..I won a contest on Twitter…but I’m hoping to make the trip to Nova Scotia this summer to meet him while he’s shooting Haven. I’m not sure I’ll be able to breathe or walk after…but I’m gonna give it the old college try. 🙂

        And it’s nice to meet you too. : )

  2. It’s so nice to see our children’s dreams come true. I played Ultima a loooong time ago with my teenage son. it was a great time. and a simple way for he and i to bond.

  3. LOL…it sure did! The trailer made it look like it would be as good as War of the Worlds (the remake), and I enjoyed that one. But this…I was very disappointed.

    And meeting Bucky was very cool. All I did was snap pictures but I have to say, as a mom, it was one of the highlights of my life to watch her get to do that.

    As far as the video game goes… Kristen Lamb wrote a really cute blog about a video game she’s really into. I think she said her brother introduced her to it. So you never know. You could spend a couple of hours playing it with your son, get in some one-on-one bonding time and write more about that, and how he whoops your butt, adding a little about the game here and there. It might be fun and he’d get a heck of a kick out of Mom writing about him and his game. 🙂

  4. Debra Kristi says:

    That’s really cool! The later part, I mean. Skyline totally sucked. Thank goodness you didn’t buy that movie. Gag. My son keeps trying to talk me into post about minecraft. Something tells me my readers aren’t going to be that interested in the computer game. He gets so excited talking about it though.

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