today is drew barrymore’s birthday, shes 36

without drew barrymore i would have never met ashley

pictured, far right.

for it was because i was looking for drew barrymore pictures did i find a drew website

and on that website was a folder by all the superfans, of which ashley was the star

so i emailed ashley in hopes that she would maybe possibly hopefully be a fan of Tsar

instead she became a fan of the busblog, and moi. (and vice versa)

best laid plans i guess.

anyways here are my six favorite drew barrymore films in order of importance

The Wedding Singer
Ever After
Charlie’s Angels
50 First Dates
Whip It

and here is my favorite drew barrymore fan site, in order of importance

the drewseum

today is ashleys birthday, shes 30

i cant believe it either.

wasnt it just the other day we met

wasnt it just the other day i went to vegas to meet her

mostly due to our shared love of miss drew barrymore?

sure feels like just yesterday.

but time has come and gone and ashley is now married, has a beautiful daughter,

has a big house, a great job, and a website all about our favorite actress

in fact every now and then she does a little video where she and her bff anne

chit chat about their obsession

and as you can see, shes the hottest 30 yr old mom in vegas who isnt a “dancer”

and i miss her very much

happy birthday ashley!!

tony answers your questions about love life and laughter

Steven Allen Adams: Are there any plans for a new book, a sequel to How to Blog?

i dont like writing books. i didnt like writing Blook, How to Blog, or Stiff. i like to blog. i have zero plans for any new books. but i do have a lot of titles for them. so expect something around Christmastime.

timmay!!!!!: 1. who will be meeting in the western conference finals? 2. who will be meeting in the eastern conference finals? 3. who will be meeting in the nba finals? 4. who will be winning in the nba finals?

1. dallas has proven itself as the rightful champions out of the west. 2. da bulls and the heat, sorry will face off in the east. 3. the mavs will get to go up against phil’s old team, da bulls in the finals. 4. da bulls lead by the league’s mvp

JimmyGraham: Still write in notebooks or do you only dream in digital?

i have the greatest notebook ever. i used to sell them in the busblog cafepress store. its a little white notebook that says “nothing in here is true” in pink letters on the cover. i never use it. almost impossible to copy and paste from it.

Sierra Christman: What are 5 things on your bucket list?

dont really have a bucket list, so lets try these five things

1. be at Wrigley when the Cubs are in the World Series

2. own a waterbed

3. have a fridge in the garage

4. have a dog that doesnt need a leash

5. eat at the white house

Bill: Would you ever consider regrowing your ‘fro ?

no. that era is passed. when i sold my fro on ebay that buyer really got the final product.

ashleyAndrea: What’s your favorite name in that photo?

as much as i like all of the names including yours, Andrea, its pretty hard for me to see the name Ashley and not think of the daisy princess who i still think about almost every day and miss dearly.

Tracey: I want to know a couple of things: 1. Who was your first celebrity crush? 2. What book have you re-read the most (other than the bible)

1. Jodie Foster

2. J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories

Raspberry: How should I shut my brain off? (besides decapitation with a katana, ’cause no one is volunteering to do that for me) xo

I try to use natural herbs, rock concerts, kissing, and eating. But none of those things really work, so if you find a solution please lemme know cuz i agree its annoying.

photomattmills: where’s your secret blog?

on the internet, where it belongs.

omg ashley and drew are so bffs now

remember a long time ago when ashley was all over this blog?

remember how she loved drew barrymore and thats how she and i met?

remember how shed go to the tonight show and show up super early and wear hand painted tshirts with her friend anne and give her gifts and drew would wave at them and hug them?

remember how they actually met her and later made a fan site called the drewseum?

every year, it turned out, they would go visit drew’s production company in beverly hills and give her a gift.

this year drew was there waiting

today is ashley’s birthday

shes 24. we met on the internet.

ive told this story many many times before but who cares its adorable.

when i first met her she looked so damn young that i wanted to lock the door and not let her into my car out of fear it was all a trap.

earlier that year we had met in a drew barrymore message board. we both loved the actress, but little did i know how much her love of the child star overshadowed mine.

one email turned into two, then we started chatting via AIM for hours.

i was about to break up with my truest for the 2nd, and final time, and having the daisy princess there to distract me was vital to my breaking heart.

after moving into my new bachelor pad ashley and i would chat until well into the night. never anything more than G-rated fare, i assure you. and if it ever got R-rated she’d say “gross” and id laugh it off.

but trust me, after checking her ID on our first encounter of her hometown of Vegas, even though i didnt believe that she was 19, i still moved in for a tad of romance as the night rolled on and i realized that indeed she was the genuine article, the chat buddy i had bonded with all those many months.

one thing led to another and ashley moved to LA. orange county technically, but so cal. id drive down to her, she’d drive up to me, we’d spend lost weekends together.

she was the first girl i dated who was a princess. she wasnt ashamed. she wore it on her sleeve like a tiara. i found it nice that she would get jealous over the slightest things. it was funny to me. i liked that she needed me to hold her all night as we slept. some may find that annoying, i didnt.

we went to tons of concerts, ate lots of pizza, and basically loved each other.

but from that first encounter on, i knew we were on borrowed time. i was regularly trying to break things off, but she would have nothing to do with that. and that tension made for great blog posts and web pages and unfortunately many tears from the sweet blonde angel.

im so happy for her that she now has her dream house, husband, and adorable child. its all the things she always wanted and deserved. i do miss her blogging. she was good at it. but clearly shes spending all that time on her precious lil princess.

i miss her very much and still have lots of love for her.

happy birthday daisy girl!

people may not realize but there was a daisy princess

who was critical to the early development of this site that you are now reading

the other day she got to meet one of her favorite people of all times

ms gwen stefani from the popular group no doubt

im very happy for her.

i wonder if she will take advantage of the live chat we are doing this afternoon with the celeb she named her lil daughter after, milla jovovich?

the busblog, the daisy princess

and other drama of 2001

i didnt want a blog, i didnt want a teenage long distance gf, i didnt want 9/11 to change everything.

shows how much control i have in my life.

in the wake of the tragedy that was my longest relationship ending came a wonderfully strange romance with someone known here as ashley. it started out as an innocent hunt for drew barrymore photos, it ended in some of the more interesting tales ever described in this blawwwg.

speaking of the busblog, it was in august of 2001 that this here thing was formed as a way to blow off some steam as i toiled away in one of my saddest jobs ever.

at first i couldnt believe ashley liked me as much as i liked her, likewise i couldnt believe how quickly this blog skyrocketed to popularity. probably because at the end of the day i would take the bus home and go to my empty apartment and spend the night alone. none of the rewards that one would expect were in my driveway, socked away in a bank account, or waiting for me in my boudoir. for a long time it was all virtual.

then one day i took a chance to meet the girl who i had only known online. it wasnt the smartest thing to do, in retrospect, flying to las vegas alone. any number of terrible traps could have befallen me. she was far too cute for words, let alone, for me, of course it was a trick. of course i would be robbed and kidnapped, and sent to work in some diamond mines in south africa.

when i first saw her she was this little poof of white and blonde and smiles and immediately i carded her and all night i waited for the hotel door to be broken down but all that happened was charlies angels (the movie) on the tv and diet cokes and smiles and the start of something that could not be stopped no matter how many times i tried to pull the plug.

it couldnt have happened at a more important time for me, and im very glad it happened with ashley because i learned far more from her than youd ever guess. the most important lesson being, its ok to ask for love, and its perfectly fine to demand it.

good friday + matthew good + good manners + it’s all good =

true love will find you in the end

raymi: white chocolate or brown

when i was 20 i found myself in lausanne, switzerland with a korean girl from iowa city named ae. i said ae i want to buy a swatch here. so we bought swatches. then she said tony i wanna buy some white chocolate and then eat it. so we bought white chocolate in switzerland and i can say honestly that white chocolate may be pretty and unique but it has no soul and theres a reason why brown chocolate is so much more popular.

Dan: did u see feaver on comments

Fascinating piece that I totally disagree with as it confuses cowardess, ignorance and laziness with honesty. I agree with his Wilde quote but that doesn’t mean that people cannot be civil about their biases. We allow “masks” in that commentors aren’t required to use their real names but if they still can’t enunciate themeselves without vulgar language and ad hominem attacks they should still be heard because they are “keeping it real”? The Brits seem to have zero problem in Parliment’s Question Time grilling their leaders with no masks in an educated, civil, and on-topic manner. Although that’s an ideal, there are endless forums where anonymous commentors can act like fools (reddit being the funniest) but that doesn’t mean that newspaper forums should go down that path because it hasn’t been proven that that freedom leads to higher truths. Indeed rarely do brilliant insights get surfaced in free-for-all threads because Smart people usually see that mess and wisely step away from it. Either way it’s shocking to see this guy come to this conclusion. I thank you for the link and I look forward to hearing him talk about it more.

4rilla: Cadbury Egg or Peeps?

i embrace my sweet tooth but peeps are something i can eat one or two of a year and be perfectly happy to move on. cadbury eggs however dont have a very long shelf life in my home.

Ashley: why does weezer suck so badly these days?

this is what happens when your lead singer songwriting genius gets married – he loses his edge. once people are satisfied, rarely do they make creative art any more, especially if they originally started out using their art as a bird call of “here i am, here i am”. sadness, loneliness, horniness are the best motivators for the creation of great rock music which is why the only people who have been able to age creatively and still put out great music are the exceptions of other trueisms too: tom waits, neil young, bob dylan. weezer’s last single “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” is one of the best Weezer songs ever but because of the musicality not because of its passion. the deeper well is in the blues, not in prog rock.

David: why do some people still think it’s acceptable to wear crocs? if the hottest female you know was rocking them, would it be a dealbreaker?

one of the hottest females ive known actually left her crocs over at my house and theyre still here at the foot of my bed. theyre clearly not sexy, but for some reason people find them “easier” to work with than sneakers. i can understand this mindset in climates where theres mud, rain, or snow, but here in southern california when it doesnt rain even when its predicted, theres not really any excuse unless youre still in elementary school, and even then its sending the wrong message to the children.

Mike: it’s not a sin as long as you pull out right?

it’s only a sin if one of you is married to someone else. the sin is not in the action, but in the broken commitment.

zona: Five earned runs in 5 innings. Four of them went yard. Do you think my nephew Ted might be tipping his pitches? And does he owe the rest of the boys dinner table dances for bailing his ass out for the win?

yes and yes. my fear with the Cubs’ aquisition of Rich Harden last season was that your boy was going to feel like he could coast because he was no longer so valueable. with a rotation of carlos zambrano, the suprisingly consistent rich dempsey, and harden, ted is perhaps better suited as the #4 starter. in 12 starts with the cubs last year, harden pitched 71 innings, had 89 strikeouts, only walked 30 batters and had an era of 1.77. arent those the numbers of a #2 starter as opposed to your brethren? i say with less pressure and easier competition, lefty would probably give up less runs and win more games.

Basart: What’s your take on the LAT front page ad “scandal”?

my take is i never really understood how hard of a job being a publisher or an editor of a major U.S. newspaper in 2009 was until this week. you’re surrounded with unprecedented and scary options that are guaranteed to upset people no matter which way you go. what was most interesting was the literal calling onto the carpet of management by the workers who had to answer for their actions, and did so. i really dont think i could be in a more fascinating place than in that newsroom right now, and when the stories are written about how this industry navigated through these unforgiving waters, i hope great care is taken in showing all sides, because it is a complicated and emotional and strangely delicate happenstance.

maeko: What will Miley Cyrus’ next racial insensitivity be? Hmm. I’m dying to know.

miley is a little hillbilly girl raised by a guy named billy ray. history has shown that child stars in positions like hers rarely turn out whole and healthy. so im willing to give her a break on this one because her future is probably bleak. ps thanks for the shout out!

adriel: why the hell don’t kids listen to their parents?

the replacements suggest it could be because children have physical deformities.

“kids wont follow”
the replacements

Kids don’t need that
Kids don’t want that
Kids don’t need nothing of the kind

I need some attention
From the house of detention

Kids don’t follow
What you’re doin
In my face out my ear

Kids won’t follow
What you’re sayin
We can’t hear

Can’t stop looting
Can’t stop smoking
Kids ain’t wondering
Can’t stop choking

Kids won’t stand still
Kids won’t shut up
Kids won’t do it
You talk to ’em now

Kids don’t follow
What you’re doin
In my face and out my ear
Kids won’t follow
What you’re saying
We can’t hear

Kids won’t follow
What you’re saying
In my face out my ear
Kids don’t follow
What you’re sayin
We can’t hear
What you say
Not tomorrow
Not today

matt: I know it’s not friday anymore, but I still have a question: Is it a bad idea to run off to another city&state with a girl? seems like that might be a possibility for me soon.

life is short and true love is rare. so if you love someone and you want to move somewhere funner, do it and expect others to resist, but know they could be resisiting out of jealousy, because true freedom is rarer than even love.

Alyson: I know it’s not Friday but I have a question/need advice: If someone has been making many, many blatant advances on you (me) for a while which have been clearly declined, when/is is ever okay to tell the girlfriend of the person in question if they just won’t take no for an answer?

once again i defer to the good book and the golden rule. if youre the type of girl who would want to know if your guy is hitting on others, then tell this young lady the way youd like to be told. if youd rather not know that your dude is a douche, then keep it to yourself but tell the suitor that his ways are not at all those of gentleman.

exclusive interview with the daisy princess days before her vegas wedding

ashley, the daisy princess, is getting married in vegas on sunday me: ashley youre getting married on saturday, is that true?

Ashley: true statement

me: how do you feel now that its just a few days away?

Ashley: excited, but a little nervous just in the way that i want everything to go well

me: what is the one thing youre most worried about at this point?

Ashley: hmm… people having a great time & things to look beautiful i guess!

me: how many daisies will be present?

Ashley: countless

me: who is your best maid?

Ashley: haha maid of honor! anne of course

me: what color dresses are your girls gonna wear?

Ashley: give you one guess

me: black, like your men?

Ashley: no one is wearing black!

me: who is in your princess court?

Ashley: haha where did you get these terms? besides anne, my bridesmaids are angie, clarice, and my sisters all in PINK duh

me: will you have a tiarra?

Ashley: no, flowers in my hair though

me: why no tiarra?

Ashley: i just felt it would be more me to have flowers. and i dont want to overpower my dress, b/c its a bit sparkley

me: sparkly shoes too?

Ashley: very fancy and HIGH L.A.M.B. heels for the ceremony, than cute flipflops for the reception which yes, do have sparkles

me: any other LAMB articles?

Ashley: nope, just the one. maybe L perfume though :)

me: band or a dj?

Ashley: dj, with little interaction so they’re not all cheesy & they can’t play typical dj songs like “YMCA”

me: “Shout”?

Ashley: nope. none of those DJ songs, you know the ones

me: what sort of food?

Ashley: salad, pasta, some meat stuff i havent paid much attention to, and instead of a cake, cupcakes! and a bar with 3 jars of pink candy

me: i think i saw some of that in your bridal shower, no?

Ashley: hmm no, there were some tiny jars with candies inside. maybe thats what youre thinking of

me: what songs do you want the dj to play for sure

Ashley: there are too many to list honestly. we made the list before we even got engaged. think alternative, rock dance songs. beck, beastie boys, chemical bros, and of course NO DOUBT & GWEN. so many more. i cant possibly list them

me: which beasties?

Ashley: intergalactic. i listed that just now b/c i knew you would like that

me: tsar?

Ashley: haha no. hahahaha. you are persistent when it comes to them

me: remind the peopel why youre a vegetarian

Ashley: haha seriously? because when i was 12, i started getting grossed out by meat, so i stopped eating it. and the idea of eating it now makes me sick. and i like animals

me: what happened at 12? what did you eat?

Ashley: i had an undercooked burger

me: nice

Ashley: not really. i still remember how it tasted :P

me: ok, so what wedding gift do you really wanna get?

Ashley: money

me: for what?

Ashley: so i can pay my mortgage next month with no problem

me: mortgage?

Ashley: yeah i live in a house now, where have you been?

me: i guess ive been out of the picture. when did you get a house?

Ashley: i guess your spies are slacking. we moved in almost 2 months ago

me: wow. congratulations

Ashley: thanks! thats why im cleaning so much. people are going to be over here for the first time this weekend

me: is it close to your work?

Ashley: a little bit closer. but i wouldnt want anything very close to my work b/c its in the ghetto

me: so money

Ashley: yeah having a house is so money. hahaha jk

me: so instead of the gift we discussed, would you prefer cash?

Ashley: no, personal gifts are really special. and i would feel really weird getting money from you

me: where are you going for your honeymoon?

Ashley: just taking a little honeymoon to disneyland. actually in july we should be going to mexico. so that will be sorta honeymoonie

me: sounds lovely

Ashley: definitely

me: where are you registered if people wanna give you a gift?

Ashley: well i doubt anyone who doesnt know me would do that! :) but target, pottery barn, and bed bath & beyond, target giftcards are made of awesome too

me: you have lots of fans on the busblog

Ashley: i dont think so! i see the lack of comments your stuff about me gets thats ok

me: theyre just shy. times have changed. people are tired saying right on tony or damn look at ashley

Ashley: i know, most people lurk

me: ok so if people wanna get you something at those places what do they do. i ask cuz ive never done anything like this before. just your full name?

Ashley: actually you can probably find me just by searching ASHLEY BEV in Nevada, or the wedding date, 5/10/08

me: does your new home have a hot tub?

Ashley: actually it has a jacuzzi tub in the master bath. but i havent used it b/c i dont like baths

me: will you soon be getting a dog?

Ashley: no, i love my cat, he is the best pet anyone could ever have, dogs are a little too much work anyway & barking is annoying, i like dogs though. my dad has 2. thats enuogh. i can visit them when i want

me: are you the last of your close friends to get hitched?

Ashley: no, im middle of the road, in my group of high school friends, there are 2 married, 2 not

me: one of the very first times i ever interviewed you on chat, in early 2001, i asked you how old you thought youd be when you would get married. do you remember what you answered?

Ashley: hmm. i bet i guessed 24 or 25

me: i think you said 25

Ashley: i was pretty close! i know you think im 25, but im actually 26

me: so what took you so long?

Ashley: well we were engaged when we were 25, so i wasnt too far off1

me: oh crap, you said 23,

Ashley: wow seriously??? that was only 4 years away at that point, geez what was i thinking? luckily i never did anything stupid like marry immature boys on the strip! ;)

me: did you meet a bunch there?

Ashley: just one who i would’ve retardedly done that with

me: !

Ashley: i seriously THANK GOD i didnt. seriously

me: speaking of, how did you meet your betrothed?

Ashley: my best friend used to date his best friend. they sometimes brought her over to my house before she drove & i would say “oooh he’s cuuuute!”

me: which best friend?

Ashley: anne :)

me: fascinating

Ashley: they are our maid of honor & best man. they are still great friends, so everyone is ok

me: ok well we all wish you the best. and know your wedding will be beautiful

Ashley: thank you kindly

me: any tips you have for wouldbe brides for wedding planning, now that youre almost done?

Ashley: give yourself a lot of time, spread it all out.find vendors who you feel comfortable with & who you know you can depend on. have fun! :) and stay organized and dont be alarmed by slumps of procrastination where you dont feel like dealing with any of it, they pass

me: perfecto. well have fun ashley and if Chip n Dale accosts you at disneyland thats just some busblog spies saying congrats

Ashley: does this conclude this tittilating interview?

me: yep, other than me saying i love you, i always will, and i only wish the best for you. you were so important in my life, and for this blog. and if your dude does anything wrong to you, i’ll break his neck.