Grand Romantic: The quest for Nate Ruess

21 June 2015

I'd like to think that when it comes to my finances, I've grown a little bit more mature in that I don't succumb to impulse buys as much as I did before. I've gotten better at discerning WANTS from NEEDS and although I still slip every once in a while (Hello, new NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in La Paz that I got last month, you're so pretty), this has happened a lot rarer than usual. Suddenly, it seems I no longer have the EQ of a pillow.

It's all a different ballgame when it comes to Nate Ruess, though.

You may remember him as the guy whose voice and looks and all-over human being-ness I have waxed lyrical about on this blog for a frequency almost equaling that of How I Met Your Mother's. On my 27th birthday, I dreamt that he and Pink went to my house to sing for me. After Pink left, Nate stayed so we can make-out. BEST. DREAM. EVER. My I Love board on Pinterest is meant to house photos of artists, singers, and actors I am a fan of, but now his mug is all over it. When we became almost millionaires, I thought of buying him and his affection but figured I should just hire Fun. to hold a private concert for me and my friends. Since I would be acting as his host here in Manila, he couldn't help but fall in love with me and my winning personality so then he would have no other choice but to marry me. Hah. BEST. DAYDREAM. EVER.

I haven't bought legit music in a while but I made sure to purchase Nothing Without Love when it came out. When he announced he was going to release an album, I couldn't contain my excitement and prayed to the music and fangirl gods that he visits Manila for a tour soon.

I was conflicted when pre-orders for the album opened. The first 900 people to pre-order would get an autographed copy and of course I was sure I NEED it in my life, but I was eager to have one the soonest time possible and ordering from the US is sure to take a lot longer than just popping to the nearest record store to get myself a copy.

I hemmed and hawed for almost two hours (that felt like an eternity because every second I let pass, I also let my chance to be one of the first 900 peeps to order become slimmer). In the end, my desire to hold an autographed Nate Ruess CD in my hands won.

YES! Order number 607, baby!

I send and receive an average of 50 emails per day. The email I received about two weeks later made me the saddest.

I don't really know what happened since I was even able to use my card for another big-ticket transaction after, and at the time I didn't have the sense to call my bank to ask why this authorization got declined. One possibility glared at me: there is no way I can still be part of the first 900 to pre-order if I repeat my transaction. My chance has passed. Woe is me.

THERE'S STILL HOPE! I thought. The release date was approaching and although my copy wouldn't have Nate's signature, having a physical copy is still better than having none, right? Well, I guess I'm the most unfortunate Ruess fan in the world because hello, hello, I COULDN'T FIND THE GRAND ROMANTIC CD HERE! I've searched the three biggest record stores in the country and I haven't had luck so far. Sad Krissy is sad.

Which leads me to the next thing I can do as a Nate fan.

I bought the album off iTunes, but I still WANT/ NEED the physical copy so I can hold the album sleeve in my hand so please please please PLEASE if you are are reading this and you are located anywhere in the world with access to a Grand Romantic CD please please please PLEASE let me know so I can send you money to buy me one, huhu. Thank you!

Meanwhile, listening to this album for the rest of my life.

♬♫♪◖(˘ε ˘)◗♪♫♬

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