Monday Knight is out of the hospital and back to her knock-'em-dead gorgeous self. But even she didn't know what was
waiting for her just around the corner. And it all began in--of all places--Grand Forks, ND.
You see, *NSYNC was scheduled to perform at the local Alerus Center on March 29, 2002. Their opening act was Smash Mouth.
Well, Monday was in luck, because her creator, Janet Elaine Smith, and her husband, Ivan went to one of their favorite hangouts,
Branigan's, for dinner. (Well, in ND we call it supper, but you get the idea.) The hostess greeted them with "I can seat you
in the dining room tonight, if you'd prefer. It's kind of smoky and loud in the lounge tonight." We said it didn't really
matter; the chairs in the lounge are much more comfortable.
When our waitress, Tiphani, came over, she said in a near-whisper, "The band that is opening for *NSYNC is sitting over
there." She nodded her head in the direction of the tables on the other side of the fireplace. "Their name is Smash Mouth."
It wasn't as loud as we had expected. In fact, they were quite well-behaved, although they were obviously having a good
time. Before long, Lisa, a young girl who has sort of adopted us as her second parents, came bouncing in. "I saw your car
parked out front, so I stopped." Ivan told her that the opening act for *NSYNC was sitting over there, and Lisa's mouth dropped
open as she gasped then asked, "Oh, my God! You mean Smash Mouth is HERE?" There was only a momentary pause before she said,
"Do you think I could go over and talk to them?" Ivan said he didn't know why not, and we asked Tiphani, and she said "Go
Well, Lisa was in a teenager's heaven as she talked to them, then she hopped back over and asked if we had a pen so she
could get an autograph. "Oh, and some paper, too?" In a flash she was gone. They not only signed two paper autographs, which
they gave to me for my daughter and her roommate, but they signed a plate for Lisa. Lisa, who has worked as a waitress, said
when she saw the size of the tip they had sitting on the table, she was sure they wouldn't complain about one missing plate.
By now, intrigued myself, I went over to join them, carrying a copy of Monday Knight with me. I said, "Do you
talk to old ma's who don't even know who you are?" One of them grinned and said, "We all have old ma's and most of them wish
they didn't know us!"
I showed one of them my book and said, "I'm nowhere near as famous as you guys are, but I am at least a little bit famous.
This is my latest book."
One of them took it and began to read the back cover. "This is so cool!" he said, while I just stood there and grinned.
"Would you like it?" I asked.
"Wow! Yeah! I can read it first, then we will pass it around. We are touring with *NYSNC and now we can say in our opening
act that we met somebody famous in Grand Forks, North Dakota!" Then THEY asked ME for MY autograph!
So if you see Smash Mouth and *NSYNC coming to your town and you get a chance to talk to them, ask them if Monday Knight
is enjoying the tour.