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Thursday, July 06, 2006


Thanks for the great energy on the last topic!!

This week has been full of surprises for me. First off, I found the issue of Men's Workout with my article in it on the Newsstands this week (you can just check out the article here under Interviews in Print #6 if you don't want to buy the mag!) And if you do take a look at it, notice the InvertEgo T-Shirt I'm sporting at the top of Page 4! Interestingly enough, although the interview reads fine, I never actually did an interview for it! I usually don't question the accuracy of what I read in print (in most publications) but I won't be so quick to assume that what I read is true from now on. Never the less, it was a really fun photo session and I'm really grateful to my New York Publicist, Chuck Mirarchi for making that possible!

Also, my friend Clint Morris from Moviehole alerted me that I was on a short list for the now back-burnered He-Man! Even if it never happens, what an honor to be considered! (click here for CanMag article.) And imagine my surprise!

And I may have another surprise for you but you'll have to wait until my agent confirms it.
Keep your fingers crossed!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to celebrating Sylvester Stallone's 60th birthday today (REALLY!) He was one of my early heroes. Not only because he created two of my all time favorite movies - Rocky and First Blood - but more importantly, he pro-actively created huge opportunities for himself and set a great example for the rest of us! Happy B-Day Sly!

So that's what's been going on with me lately. How about you?

All Things Possible!


  • At 6:09 PM, July 06, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Hey, Chris! So what does one actually do to celebrate Sly's birthday? Run up and down the Philadelphia Museum steps a few times?

    I hope you and the Forum Family had a fun and safe 4th of July celebration...and are thankful we live in a country where we can actually participate in a forum of free speech.

    I saw "The Devil Wears Prada" this past weekend. What a fabulous movie! Meryl Streep is a goddess of the silver screen. And Ann Hathaway was magnificent in her role as well.

    I will go tomorrow to buy the magazine with your article in it. And I am thinking many positive thoughts for you about the roles you are persuing. Good Luck...I will be anxious to hear about your suprise!

    I work as a Quality Assurance Manager in the blood collection industry...and I encourage all the Forum Family to donate as often as they can. We really experienced a shortfall of needed blood this past holiday and it is distressing to cancel hospital surgeries because the blood supply is low.

    I'm off to Wilmington, Philadelphia and Atlantic City next week for a short break with some friends.

    It's been a very pleasant week. I hope everyone is enjoying their days and are able to lay down at night and be happy with life!


  • At 8:32 PM, July 06, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Chris,
    Wow - it has been an exciting week for you! Congratulations on all your good news this week. I haven't bought the magazine, but did check out the article you have posted. How recent are those photos - you look great in them. It's hard to believe that anyone can be that "ripped" and I know how hard you worked to get the look down. Plus your old hometown got mentioned, too. I bet the folks back home are excited as well.

    And it must also be exciting to be considered for "He-Man." Though I haven't been a big "He-Man" fan through the years it would be great if it gets off the back burner and you get into it - especially if John Woo directs as the website mentioned.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the other great news brewing in the background. It appears that this week has been a real testament to the collective power of positive thinking!


    PS Oh, my week has been pretty good too. Spent time with family from out of state and took Monday off to make a nice four day weekend out of the holiday. Thanks for asking about all of us out here in "webland". I'll be spending this coming weekend with some "Pirates!"

  • At 2:01 PM, July 07, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Buying Men's Workout today was money well spent! Chris, the article is good (and I marvel at how you are quoted when you were not speaking!), and the pictures are superb. You should have been the cover model. Of all the models in the mag, you are the only one that appears to be enjoying yourself. Keep up the good work! Have a great weekend.

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 3:11 PM, July 07, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Patrick!! Thanks so much for actually going out and buying my magazine! I bought a copy as well (only because I was in it) and was amazed to spend $7 on a magazine. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic for the moment! Anyway - seeings as you bought my magazine, I'm going to donate a pint of blood. Deal? And as far as running up the steps in Philly for Sly's birhtday, you're closest to Philly so perhaps you could represent all of us here in the forum. K?

    DAVE!! Thanks for the thumbs up. Yeah, I totally agree with you on the power of collective thought! I'll also spend some time with some Pirates on Sunday. We'll have to compare notes.

    Still can't reveal my suprise yet -- but soon!!


  • At 4:35 PM, July 07, 2006 , Blogger Tinkerbell Tara said...

    Wow,I had no idea YOU were the hot actor behind the George of the Jungle 2 "George". I personally think you were absolutelty marvelous in that movie and for that role. I thought you were better suited for the part than Brenden and should have been the lead in the first one as well. But everone has thier own opinions and that is just mine. I hop to see you in another Big screen lead soon as you increasingly become one of my favorite male actors of today. Do you currently own any motorcycles? If so what kind? Hope all is well and best of luck with your projects. I countinue to cross my fingers to catch you on the "big" screen soon. There is no better way to see you that in such large format.
    Best of luck,
    I am going to go pull out my copy of GOTJ 2 and go watch it right now. One of my favorite movies also has one of my fav actresses in it, Juile Benz.

  • At 4:52 PM, July 07, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Hi chris and everyone. Its been a good week so far. Glad all had a safe 4th. I donate blood often and its a great thing to do. I think Im up to 5 gallons now. Not a huge amount but I go when I can. I am also an organ doner its on my drivers liscense I think that is also a worthy cause. So Sly is 60 wow I wish I was in the shape that he is in at 50. I am walking everyday im up to 5 miles now . since I live in rural america I dont use an I pod I perfer the sounds of nature all the birds singing the squirrels and chipmunks. Ihave a deer thats gotten use to me she comes within 5 ft of me now. She has given birth to two fawns all spotted . Its a shame urban sprawl has forced them into a small area for retreat. But in a way I would never have gotten this close to them before. Any way going to see the new Pirates of the Carribean soon. I too have read your article that you didnt interview for . I wish you all the best on whatever Rolls you play I know you will do a fantastic job but then I am biased in my opinion. hahahha. Take care all and thank you for all your great insights. Love to all Tommy

  • At 5:35 PM, July 07, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Chris, you've got a deal! Thanks for the pint!

    When I'm in Philly next week, I will run up the steps for the gang.

    Take care, everyone!


  • At 2:41 AM, July 08, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey everyone, hi Chris! This forum is just buzzing with positive energy here and I hope none of you will mind I snooped off a bit over the past week to refill my own cup..Enough to go around anyway it seems! ;)

    Haven't been posting much myself due to lack of time but I want you all to know your comments are heartwarming, inspiring an encouraging so thanx all for that.
    Patrick- if I can get my hands on the magazine over here too do you think Chris will put in another pint? *looks innocent*
    Tara- welcome aboard and join the fun.
    Tom- sounds you're really close to nature out there. WOW! Keep it up!

    I'm looking forward to seeing Pirates as well, especially since the Rotterdam premiere will have some festivities that include the performances of two of my friends doing a fire spectacle and swordfighting! Enjoy Summer everyone and Be Inspired! XXX

  • At 3:08 PM, July 08, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Great idea prompting everyone to think about giving blood. Quite often it isn't until an emergency occurs does someone think about giving blood. I would if I could but myself and all of my siblings, cousins etc, have been banned from giving blood due to the repeated incidence of Cruetzfeldt-Jacobs disease (CJD) on my mother's side of the family. Normally there are only around 300 cases a year in the U.S. annually. We have had 3, 2 aunts and a cousin die from this in recent years. Seems we fall into the 5-15% of CJD cases that may have a genetic link so Life Source and the rest refuse (and rightfully so I guess)our blood.

    Any of you who voluntarily give blood on a routine basis, I tip my hat to you. I am exceedingly jealous!


  • At 4:21 PM, July 08, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    OK, I kept up my half of the deal! I just got back from donating a pint of blood at the local hospital. They repeated what Patrick said about having to cancel procedures because of lack of blood and this summer they are desperately in need of blood donations. I'm a total chicken of hypodermic needles but this is almost painless and I was in and out in less than 20 min!! Thanks for the inspiration, Patrick! Have fun on the Museum Steps in Philly!!

    Welcome Tara! How great to see a new face (figuratively) in here! Thanks for your great comments about GOTJ2 and in fact, I do indeed own a motorcycle that I have for sale. Are you in the market for one? Actually, I rode it through a mountain road this morning and started to question weather I still wanted to sell it!

    Wow, Tommy! You're in the five gallon club!! Well thanks!! I've got several pints to go to catch up with you.

    Sorry Jaschenka, I think if I put in another pint, I might just shrivel up like a prune.

    Hey Tim! If you can't donate blood, maybe you could donate an organ or something? (Put the scalpel down, I'm just joking)

    All The Best to All Of You!


  • At 7:26 PM, July 08, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Inspiring posts everyone!

    I'm inspired by Chris' being inspired by folks like Sylvester Stallone who are now in their sensational 60s! (Quite a number of them mentioned in the news this week, including George W, Bill Clinton and Steven Spielberg)

    And by the enthusiastic discussion about giving blood. After having a bit of a difficult time the last time I gave, I admit I've been hesitant to return. You may be just the encouragement I need to get into the swing again. I appreciate all your stories.

    I'll be looking forward to how you all like Pirates...hoping to go see Johnny Depp. Last fall when we were camping at a state park, we took a walk up a wooden stairway walkway over some forested dunes. Well, there boldly etched into the wood (several times!) was some fan's testament to Johnny Depp! I remember thinking at the time...."someday that will be Christopher Showerman's name we'll be seeing!"

    Can't wait for Chris' good news...and Jaschenka...I'm always inspired by your "Be Inspired"!!! Sue

  • At 12:47 AM, July 09, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Hi everyone!

    Chris, very glad to hear your exciting news!!! Thank you for sharing with us and congratulations on them all ! I do keep my fingers cross for you for the He-man role.. also looking forward to hearing your surprise.

    You do look excellent in the photos..( my favourite one is still hasn't changed though) it must feel very good to make the best of your body with a great willpower.. when i look at them the first thing i see is your will power before you.. as Dave said we are aware how hard you worked for it..

    Despite all your excellent physical appearance which gives you a very wide range of possibilities in action movies like He-man, Superman etc., i can't stop thinking that you would be a wonderful character actor too where you can bring out more of your soul besides your pyscial appearance.. until then i am totally with you with the actions roles..

    I have always liked Sylvester Stallone and his action movies.. when i run, eye of the tiger is one of the songs in my ipod which helps me keep going with his image of hard working in the movie..

    Tom, your walking environment sound so good..i probably wouldn't use ipod there much..deers and fawns.. Wow..

    Jaschenka, nice to see you back..

    Thank you all for your energy you have been sharing.. after reading all the posts here, the smile on my face gets larger and larger and i get lighter and lighter..

    Have an excellent week and more!!

  • At 7:34 PM, July 09, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Wow, looks like this is going to be a good week for the Red Cross. Another example how a positive comment can be turned quickly into positive actions!

    On a lighter note - I'm ready to compare notes on "Pirates" Chris. I don't know how many folks saw it yet - but based on the theater I went to I would have to saw just about everyone has already - I have to say that this is going to be the 'blockbuster' of the summer. A little long and the pacing tends to slow down when Johnny Depp is not on the screen (naturally) but a fun picture all the same - with several surprises as well.

    So, did I enjoy it? Well, let me put it this way - I've seen it twice already.


  • At 7:37 PM, July 09, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Okay, I pressed the submit button before properly reviewing my comments. But the sentence in my second paragraph that reads:

    "...but based on the theater I went to I would have to saw..."

    should read:

    "...but based on the theater I went to I would have to say..."

    There's just never a good editor around when you need one!


  • At 4:20 PM, July 10, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Ha ha ha Dave I do it all the time. I really cannot type and spell anymore I was once a great speller hahahha. Anyway i wanted to post again to say that I went to see the Pirates of the Carribean . It was excellent, the special effects are wonderful as I have said though I am no critic I go to be entertained. I hadn't noticed in the first one that Jack sparrow was a gay Pirate, but I read in a sunday newspaper that the casting director said he was. It was a surprise to him that Johnny Depp really embraced the character. Well one look at the way Jack walks in this movie which is so funny you get the impression he just might be a little light in the loafers. I have no idea where my gaydar is but..... hahahah anyway it was a wonderful movie and I cannot wait until the next one comes out. I agree with Dave it should be a blockbuster movie. I am smiling now thinking of Johnny Depp walking on the beach he is a great actor I dont like all of his movies but he always gives a great performance. I thought Gilbert Grape to shorten the tittle was very good for him as well. Hope you will all check it out it was worth the $8.50 it cost me and the horrible thunder and lightening downpoor I drove home in at midnight. hehe. Love to all Tommy

  • At 5:20 PM, July 10, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The only rule in "interviews" is that they have to be able to show that, at one point, you actually did say what they say you said.

    It's kind of like Homer Simpson piecing together a statement from bits of answering-machine tape.

    Congrats in advance! Whatever the good news is, you deserve it; if you don't get the jobs God forbid, they were wrong for you.

  • At 5:55 PM, July 10, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi Chris and everyone! I'm very glad you had a week full of good news and surprises Chris! Congratulations for everything! Thanks for posting the article; i like it, the photos are awesome and you look great. But you always look great because not only you have an amazing, beautiful, natural, lean physique but especially you've amazing, beautiful, very kind hearth and soul. This is the reason because you make a big difference in Hollywood and everywhere and we all love you so much exactly for that!

    It's very sad to know that surgeries are cancelled because of lack of blood so it was very good that Patrick told us about this big problem. It very important for everyone to donate blood.

    Great to hear that Tommy loves walking in the natural environment because i absolutely love it so much too! When i can it wonderful to me walking in the parks, woods, hills and mountains near my home and i love hearing the sounds of nature.

    Chris, i looking forward to know your surprise and i wish you all the best for all of your new projects; i keep my fingers crossed for you as always!

    Love and Happiness to all!

    Alex from Turin, Italy.

  • At 6:05 PM, July 10, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Annonymous! I couldn't agree with you more about the things that happen and don't happen for you are always for your greater good! And actually I was quoted a few times with scentences I have never spoken before...however I have said or typed all of those words individually at least once in my life, so I guess it's fair!!

    Hey Dave and Tom - So glad you liked Pirates. I saw it Sunday Morning and thought it was a bit long and sequel-ish. I thought it was a decent movie but Capt. Jack's affectations that Tom mentioned above were a bit distracting for me. Of course, what do I know. It was the largest Box Office Opening Day in movie history!

    Hey Sue! Thanks for all the encouragement!

    Hey Lara! I like to work out to "Eye Of The Tiger" too!! Go figure! Thanks for your comments on my photos and I think it would be a blast to play an off beat character as you suggested!

    And as for my secret... Well now I have built it up waaay bigger than it deserves and I hate to dissapoint those of you with great expectations - but it has been fun having a secret I must admit. So I'll just wait and tell you all tomorrow!


  • At 2:36 PM, July 11, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Chris, THANK YOU for donating. I am sure that someone in a hospitl has appreciated the gift of life that you so freely gave. I hope you are inspired every 56 days to donate again!

    And thanks to the Forum Family for becoming more aware of blood donation. It is my passion and my livlihood, so I appreciate both your awareness and your considering a donation in your local community--even in Italy!

    I hope to see Pirates this coming weekend with our friends in Wilmington, DE before heading to Philly on Saturday for Cirque du Soleil's Quidam roadshow (and running up those museum steps for everyone!). I also collect Hard Rock Cafe trading pins, so I guess I will have to stop by the Philly HRC for a diet soda and a pin!

    It is uplifting to be part of this Forum Family. It makes the world a smaller, and more caring place.

    Happy Tuesday to all! I'll check in during my travels.

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 8:10 PM, July 11, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Alex!! Thanks for your lovely words. Sorry, I think we must have been posting at the same time and I didn't see your post before. So maybe you'd like to donate some blood there in Turin, Italy?

    BTW, congratulations on winning the World Cup!

    Hey Patrick! You have really started a movement here! Really sturck a vein, so to speak! Good luck with your travels this week and I hope the supply of blood starts to increase.

    Now for all of you who have waited paitently for my "surprise": I was asked to join the live touring show "Legends" starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans. I haven't agreed one way or the other yet, but it was really nice to be considered. The tour covers the contiguous US and some cities in Canada. I'll keep you posted as to what I decide to do.

    All Things Possible!

  • At 1:41 AM, July 12, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey all.
    Amazing to see how some small posts on a forum truly seem to make a difference out there: talking about a chain reaction! Wonderful.
    Chris, that touring show sounds great! I'm sure you'll keep us posted on what you decide and you know you have all our support in that. Looking forward to hear details about it and good luck with that.
    Enjoy Summer, everyone.
    Be Inspired!

  • At 8:56 AM, July 12, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all!

    No problem Chris and thanks so much for your kindness as always! Yes, we must have been posting at the same time so here is another Synchronicity! Thanks for your kind words about the World Cup which has been a success for Italy. Also thanks for let us know your surprise: it's great to hear you have been considered for the live touring show "Legends". I think that the title is really appropriate because you're a legendary friend, man and performer for all of us! Good Luck and i looking forward to know details and what you decide to do about this your possible new venture. Anyway, live show or not, you always will be legendary for us!

    I hope Patrick have great and relaxing travels in US in the next days and yes Chris, i like to donate some blood here in Turin.

    Yesterday also my last grandmother passed away peacefully so after years of illness and emercency hospitalizations, her soul leaves her body. I always took care of her like previously i did with my other grandmother until she passed away in 2002. They have been very tough months and years but i'm ok also thanks to support, love, strenght, joy, that i received by some my dear friends; so i want to thanks very much a great friend the Universe, my special friend-man-hero SuperChris and this wonderful Forum Family. I love you all!

    You're absolutely right Chris, all things are really possible!

    All the best to all of you!

    Alex in Italy

  • At 1:59 PM, July 12, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Chris, your surprise is a big deal!! Thank you for sharing it.. i am sure you will make the best decision about it.. as you said regardless of your decision it is great to be considered.. HEY!! it seems like they are aware of you more and more.. this is just a start for BIGGER things to come when the time is right.. i am very excited for you.. i am sure we all are our so very dear Chris after all..

    Alex, sorry for your grandmother but good to know that her soul left in peace...i have great respect for you for being able to give very long and being able to stay tuned with the universe's love and gifts..

    Patrick, i just read in the paper yesterday that they have strated a nation wide campaign here in Turkey to collect more blood..i didn't know they really needed blood like in the US.. i like to contribute but first i need to talk to my doctor.. i have been losing weight becasue of my stomach problem last couple of weeks and i was told by another doctor that i don't have enough blood for my self.. so it kind of scares me to be too weak after wards.. BTW, the first time i gave blood voluntarily was in the USA when i was an exchange student in NY.. i still keep the pin they gave me.. Anyway, i will try to be more sensible about it... Thank you for creating such awareness.

    Love to all,

  • At 3:22 PM, July 12, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Hi All again
    Alex I am sorry to hear of your grandmothers passing. Its hard watching them fade away I feel for you. I have taken care of my grandmother and my Mom and now my DaD . HE is not good at all and is dropping weight fast. Its hard when your the only one who does all the caring for there needs. I really do feel for you. One lady I met did the same thing and she told me that you won't realize how tired you are until its over. so rest up Man, better days are coming and rejoice in there continued life if thats your belief.
    Wow Chris Linda Evans and Joan Collins those ladies will be all over you. hehe Sorry. Just a joke from there tv personnas. They do look great for there ages. good luck if you decide to do it.
    Lara don't worry about giving blood until your healthy. there are plenty of heathy people out there that need a little proding. I commend your spirit and I wish you well.
    Patric I live in the Poconos two hours away from philly. I was at the airport two weeks ago. have good trip.
    anyway hope all have a good week and a good month. Love and hugs Tom

  • At 8:11 PM, July 13, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Alex, my condolences on the passing of your grandmother. It may sound trite at this time, but I hope you are able to focus on the good times you had with her. I think that grandparents are the most special people and anyone who has one (or hopefully more) is indeed blessed.

    Chris - I too know the thrill of being accepted for a role and what a joy it is, even if you have to turn it down. I know you will make the best decision for you (which we all need to do) but I am sure you are wondering what it would be like to act opposite two living "legends" at least to us old time fans of night time soaps! Though I was more of a "Falcon Crest" and "Dallas" kind of guy myself.


  • At 5:20 AM, July 14, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Greetings from Wilmington, DE! We made it throughh Baltimore unscathed yesterday, and we are going to Altantic City today to become millionaires. I will keep all of you in mind when doling out the cash.

    Tim, you mentioned LifeSource in your response. Do you live in the Chicago area? I work for the Institute for Transfusion Medicine in Pittsburgh which owns and operates LifeSource!

    Alex, sorry to hear about your grandmother. Be thankful that you had her with you for so many years, and know that she is with you still.

    Chris, great news about the possibility of Legends. I watched every episode of Dynasty from pilot to final, without taping anything! I was devout, and I miss it. Let us know the tour schedule so we can see our modern-day legend (you) perform with some of the greatest catfighters in the world!

    Tomorrow I tackle the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and will jump up and down at the top for everyone!

    Have a beautiful Friday!

    Patrick from Pittsburgh in Wilmington

  • At 2:43 PM, July 14, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    I live northwest of Chicago towards Rockford. After 9-11 I went to Life Source to donate blood. I was turned down and thought maybe it was just them. I found out quickly that everyone has the same protocol as far as CJD is concerned. Sucks to be me I guess.

    Looking back at Dynasty, Joan Collins got to fight it out with some classy lassies, Linda Evans, Diahanne Caroll and my favorite, Stephanie Beacham. Growing up my family used to watch it all the time. Watching the reruns now is pretty painful as the show was pretty cheesy.

    Have a great weekend. If you live in the mid-west, I hope y'all can beat the heat...

  • At 3:52 PM, July 17, 2006 , Anonymous sue said...

    Hello everyone and hope your week is going great. Since the posting is still up, I'm reporting in that the blood supply is one pint fuller after me giving blood at our hometown drive today. This is also to thank Chris and everyone who posted about the importance of the Blood Drives. This is only the third time I've given...could not for many years, simply because of being under the required weight. Then when I gave a couple years ago, it was a breeze. So I went to give again. That time, I had quite an unpleasant experience of prolonged dizziness. So much so, that I was apprehensive about going through that again. I figured I must have been doing something wrong, as far as the way the day went with perhaps not eating enough, or drinking enough fluids, or hurrying, or working too hard to pump the blood (I was not focusing that time because someone was talking to me steadily and I lost track of what I was supposed to be doing). I've been thinking of trying it again, and the web forum gave me the inspiration to do so...marked on calendar...and did the Blood Drive. Just wanted Chris and everyone to know, this forum does have an impact. Had I not gone, or been able to give blood today, I would have been wishing I had. So thanks all for the discussion here on Chris' website! Thinking ATP today, I made it through! Sue

  • At 9:08 PM, July 17, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Sue, THANK YOU for your donation today. Giving the Gift of Life is always a blessing to someone in need. I appreciate everyone's heightened awareness about donating, and hope that all keep the 56-day donation date on your calendars!

    I am back in Pittsburgh from my trek to the more-Eastern coast. OK, I did not RUN up the Philadelphia Museum steps, but I did walk--Sly has nothing on me!

    Hope everyone is well and has the best week of your lives!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 5:15 AM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Thanks Patrick for your post...I have the next blood drive date marked on the calendar. I'm wondering if you might have some tips for blood donors on how to make it the best possible experience. I seem to be getting quite varied opinions when I bring up my situation. The main thing is that giving blood is easy I'd be interested in your thoughts, or anyone else's, on how you prepare for it.

    Also, I meant to say when I posted yesterday....Best of luck Chris, on your decision. Looking forward to hearing more about it...Sue

  • At 8:55 AM, July 18, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Hi Sue I usually get flushed when they take the needle out. tell them before that you need an ice pack and they will put it behind your neck this really works. also eat something light not greasy before you donate. after you give where I go they have cookies orange juice soda coffee what ever do drink and eat it and drink. You should not have a problem i do not since I follow these steps. You are not anemic are you? Just a thought. anyway thats what I do and this is what they did for me at the blood bank. they cover a large area and take in many pints I think they know what they are doing. hehe. I hope it goes well for you but if not don' t worry about not doing it again. there are plenty out there who should, try to get one to do it for you. I hope this helps. Remember ice pack behind the neck.. good luck Tom

  • At 1:45 PM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi everyone!

    Good to see so many people donating blood. Years ago I was quite shocked when I found out how few people are willing to do so. I cannot go as often anymore as I would like to as I have developed some allergies in the past few years that require taking medication. I have a little advice for you that I got from my doctor earlier this year. If you are low on iron in your blood eat red fruits such as cherries or strawberries or drink cherry juice (the real stuff, not the coloured water with arifical flavor). That gives back iron to your body and helps your blood to renew. I was quite fatigued at the start of the year which came from low iron levels. My doctor said I had lots of red blood cells but they were very small. So, instead of taking pills she suggested the above and it worked perfectly.

    I have been quite busy the past few weeks, work has been plenty, I created a new layout for my website of Kieren and I finished my course, that I talked about before, with a very good grade. So, I got a lot done and things should relax a bit now.

    As we are behind with movies the most recent ones I saw were "The Lake House" with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock and "Mrs Henderson presents" with Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. Both are wonderful movies that I enjoyed were much and can highly recommend. Next up will be "Pirates" which opens here in two weeks and I am very much looking forward to seeing it.

    At the moment, we have a heat wave here in Germany. It seem to get hotter every day and I am starting to dream of cold and rainy days. But, of course, we are never completely happy with the weather, are we?

    Hope all is well with everoyne!

    All the best,


  • At 2:19 PM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Tom and Ute, thanks so much for your comments regarding comfortable blood donation. Tom's suggestion for an ice pack behind the neck will take care of diziness, and Ute's comment about increasing the iron content in the blood is right on. It is always good to drink a lot of fluids for about two hours prior to donation, and to have a good meal within that two hour period as well. Make sure you tell the donation staff about your history with donating blood, and they will do everything they can to make the experience comfortable and positive!

    Chris, I trust your absense from the forum is because you are rehearsing for the best part of your life!

    Have a great day, all!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 7:42 PM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Wow, thanks for all the input about donating blood! Thanks, Tom, for the hint about the ice one has mentioned that before, but it sounds like a good idea. They said my iron was good, although I like the suggestion, Ute, about the red fruits...I did quite well this time immediately afterward, unlike the last time, and didn't experience much dizziness until after I got home. I was glad I made the effort, especially being such an extremely hot day, 90s, that I wondered if it would cut down on the number of donors. I thought I was doing well to have a huge protein banana milkshake before I went, but I think maybe I still didn't drink enough fluids beforehand. I thought the shake would be good, because it would be light, yet filling, like Tom pointed out. But, interestingly, one blood drive nurse told me I should have eaten a huge eggs and bacon, and then lunch too! I was quite amazed that she said that, so that was really confusing. I think the more regularly you give might make a difference. A pastor in town I was telling about it today said he has given blood regularly for 20 years...and never has a problem...but that it is common sometimes for people to have experiences like mine. I just need to learn what works best for me, I guess. Patrick, what is your idea of a good meal beforehand?

    I appreciated all your feedback...that is very encouraging!

    Ute, I'll have to check out the website again, Kieren is in Sea of Fear with Chris, right? Can you tell us anymore about the movie, other than it's coming out Aug. 22? I need to pre-order a copy! I did see it on as you had posted before. You must be getting excited that it's coming out at last...
    Can you tell us more about Kieren?

    I've notice it's been hot in Europe too, same as here (Michigan) as I've been trying to tune into the Tour de France now and then...if I had a lot of time to watch television, I'd watch it daily. I love watching it, because it's as if you are there riding along with them on the beautiful country roads. I also enjoyed watching the World Cup Soccer final between France and Italy... almost posted that to Alex! Our son played soccer all through his school years, so I enjoy watching it now and then....

    Thanks again for all your suggestions on blood donations...I'm sure I'll do even better next time. And, yes, Patrick they do everything they can to make your experience comfortable and positive. They went out of their way this time, too, to make me comfortable. That is a good point to bring up.

    All my best to everyone, Sue

  • At 10:08 PM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Sue,

    yes, Kieren is in "Sea of Fear" with Chris. The film is a thriller about a group of people going on a sail cruise for spring break. They tell each other what they fear most and then one by one they are murdered in a way that is connected to their fear. They try to find out if the killer is among them or maybe comes from a boat that is following them, which they suspect could belong to modern pirates that are said to be in these waters...

    I have a little section dedicated to "Sea of Fear" on the website and did a sort of preview interview with Kieren and also interviewed the composer of the soundtrackBrandon Roberts, both you can find on my homepage ( Brandon has the title track for "Sea of Fear" as a sound sample on his website, sounds quite foreboding. He's a very nice guy and very talented.

    As for Kieren, I could talk volumes. ;) He originally comes from New Zealand and "Sea of Fear" was his first acting job in the US. Kieren is extremely talented and just a great guy. If you're in the US, you might have seen him recently on "Wildfire" on ABC and before on "One Tree Hill" (season II) on The WB. This fall he will star as the male lead on "Bianca" a new show on LifetimeTV which interestingly is based on a popular German show of the same name. On my website you can watch various video clips with Kieren to give you an idea of him and his acting. (

    Have a good day all!


  • At 10:11 PM, July 18, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Sorry, just saw that the second link was not the one to the Multimedia page. The right link would be:

  • At 5:01 AM, July 19, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Ute...thanks for the link to the website. It's a great site. It must be very rewarding to be working on that! I found it and will check it out thoroughly when I get home from work...beautiful site! Thanks so much...I haven't seen any of Kieren's work on TV, but will hope to find him soon! I appreciate you writing back about the movie...Sue

  • At 12:14 PM, July 19, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Sue,

    thank you for your kind comments, glad you like it. :) It's my creative outlet and I love working on it.

    Have fun exploring!

    All the best,


  • At 3:51 PM, July 19, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Y'all - I'm back!

    I took a long weekend with my lady to the wettest place on the planet - Kauai, Hawaii. (Pictures and stories to come) It was breathtaking. So glad to see the awesome posts here since I took off!

    I LOVE that Sue Donated Blood!! WOW!! BRAVO! Thanks also to Alex who is going to. Sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother but your lovely description of her soul leaving really puts it all into perspective.

    TOM wins the prize for Tip-Of-The-Week with the Ice Pack behind the Neck. From the sounds of it, it is hot everywhere. So not only Sue, but Ute, Jaschenka, Tim, Dave and myself, we're all going to try that! BTW, Tom, next time you're in Philly maybe you could run/walk up the Museum steps with Patrick - bring an ice pack!

    Laura, good luck with your stomach ailments. Hope your young one is doing great!! You sound so happy lately!! Glad the new job is working out for you!

    Hey Ute! I loved your new site for Kieren! You have poured so much work into that. Bravo! When do you sleep?

    And to all, thank you for your lovely words on my touring opportunity with the Legends show. I have put it in the hands of my agents so am still waiting to hear what kind of deal they have struck.

    All Things Possible!

  • At 1:37 PM, July 20, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Hi Chris,

    Wellcome back :) Looking forward to hear and see more about Hawaii..

    Thank you for your wishes and remembering about my little one.. i can't see him as much because of work but still not too bad.. today i was on my way to work and was planning to see him tomorrow but changed my way towards his house to see him even for 20 minutes just becasue i missed him so much in two days.. i thought with the energy i get from seeing him i would work better and make the time i lost. and it worked :).. indeed i am happy and thankfull for the things offered/given by the universe including him.. that is why i am trying to find different ways to show my appreciation like all the blood donaters did here.. there are many ways..

    Have a great weekend all

  • At 2:38 PM, July 20, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Tom.. i meant to say this in my previous post.. thank you for your kind wishes and words.. BTW, i laughed at your joke.. a very good one

    Very best

  • At 6:38 PM, July 20, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Well, looks like the only blood I have donated this week is too the mosquitos! Not only has it been hot this week in my part of Michigan, but it was wet earlier - just the kind of conditions the little blood suckers seem to like to breed in.

    Ute - I checked out the website, too and I must say it is a very impressive piece of work. Bravo!

    Lara - I know what you mean about getting energy from seeing loved ones. This week I have had the opportunity to speak with several cousins that I don't get to see often and it lifted my spirits. Tomorrow my nephew returns from a trip through Europe and we are all anxiously awaiting his return to share in his adventures - again, this creates more energy. Caring really is the stuff that makes the world work.

    Chris - Hawaii...ahhh. I'm relaxed just thinking about it. Can't wait to go there someday myself. Though I was just looking at a trip to Tibet that I might just have to start putting my pennies aside for.

    Take care everyone!


  • At 7:52 PM, July 20, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Chris....glad you're back safely from Hawaii, and thanks for the encouragement to keep on donating type is one they always need, so I'll hope to go again...and definitely, Tom, I'll ask for the ice pack. Apparently they always have those on hand, right Patrick?

    Ute, I enjoyed reading your interviews with the Sea of Fear composer. That was really interesting. I'm becoming more aware of the incredible effort it takes to put together a film, whether short or long. Also enjoyed your interview with Kieren. Looking forward to getting the DVD.. Even though I'm not usually one to watch thrillers that much, with Chris and Kieren in it , I'll definitely add this to my collection!

    And thanks, also for your explanation of the theme...we'll have lots of questions to ask you and Chris after we see it!

    Have a great weekend everyone, Sue

  • At 3:59 AM, July 21, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Sue, you are absolutely correct--there is plenty of ice packs for donor comfort, and plenty of ice to pack the blood for processing. We only have an 8 hour window to process the blood products, which is why we work 24 hours a day to provide blood to the hospitals.

    Chris, I am SO jealous of your trip to Hawaii. My partner and I are considering Hawaii as a cruise destination. I was there before the turn of the century and almost did not return to the mainland.

    Sea of Fear will be a good one, but maybe I should wait until AFTER the cruise to watch it!

    Have a good weekend, everyone. Enjoy each day and lay down at night knowing that the day was good.

    Patrick in Pittsburgh


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