You wouldn’t BELIEVE how fancy this whole affair was.  It was held at a swank ballroom in downtown Indy, and they had limos pulling up in front of the building with all of the EIGHTY SEVEN nominees, and there was a red carpet, and people were all dressed up, and the ballroom was absolutely beautiful, and each of the 87 nominees got a chance to walk up on stage and get their nomination certificate and shake hands with the mayor.  And then we were all served an unbelievably delicious dinner, which was not only super tasty but also beautiful to look at, so I took pictures of all 3 courses (salad, dinner, and dessert).  Because that is how geeked out I get at events like this.


BEHOLD THE MAIN COURSE (which I took a few bites of before realizing I’d forgotten to take a picture):

I mean, look at those veggies.  They were wrapped in a veggie bow, for crying out loud.  It was like a gift of veggies.


So, this was a big enough event that there were jumbotrons to look at since the stage was kinda far away.  I took this picture of the tv screen as KT was getting his nomination certificate from the mayor:

And this is a photo of the room before people were seated – SWANK!!!

Anyway, KT and training coordinator Melissa and I sat and ate and just marveled at the fancy-ness of the whole event, and KT said, “This is the most exciting night of my life.”

I could have burst into tears right then and there.

So then there were a few announcements, and then it was time to announce the winners.  We all realized as soon as the MC started talking about the first winner that OMG it was KT!!!! And so I whipped out my camera to start video recording it.  Melissa was taking still pics, and both of us were completely freaking out and shaking so her pics are blurry and my video is all jumpy and nausea-inducing.  But you still have to watch it because it is SO AWESOME.  KT sang in front of that huge crowd!!!  And he got a really awesome trophy and more handshakes/pictures with the mayor.  It was just completely fabulous and he was so totally sweet about it.

I’m just so happy I can barely stand it.

Here’s a picture of him with his fabulous new trophy:

You can see Melissa’s happy phone-hands in the bottom left corner – she was immediately texting everyone she knows to tell them the good news, which is precisely what I did too. But not before I insisted on a photo of me doing some facesmashing with the new Rose Award Winner!

How cute is he?  How much do you want to hug him when you look at this picture?

If this story doesn’t put you in a good mood, you are officially soul-less.  This is one of the best examples of good things happening to good people that you can get.  AND, the awards ceremony is going to be broadcast on local tv on the 20th!  YAAAY!


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  • Lori

    Yay!!!!! That is so exciting. Reading this gave me the chills. I am so happy for him. Mock, you are awesome. The world needs more people like you.

  • Reminiscent_of_Purple

    Wow that is so great!! This made me smile so much my face hurt. Wonderful way to start the day!

  • mfish

    You know what else is amazing, that YOU made this happen. Most people love to share bad experiences but you chose to go out of your way to share a good experience and nominate a person who went “above and beyond” customer service – that is truly commendable! We should all try to do that. You GO Mock – thanks for an awesome story to start the day.
    Post Script: Still loving the hair – OMG it is fabulous and always on fashion point with the beautiful lilac sweater which looks awesome on you!

  • sunnyAZ

    I agree, you are awesome! What a fantastic story!!!

  • ER

    Mock that’s awesome! As usual, this post made me wish I knew you in person – I think you’d be a great friend, as I’m sure Daisy can attest! Just happy to be a part of your blog. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the heart warming story and photos 🙂

  • cindy

    I second all of the above!!

  • Mockarena

    You guys are SO SWEET – really. 🙂 But this is totally not about me. This is ALL ABOUT KT. You would have totally done the same thing if you’d have been in my shoes.

  • ChrissyB

    I’m all weepy! I’m so happy for KT. 🙂

  • Daisy

    So. Incredibly. Great. 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Ellie

    This seriously brings a tear to my eye. What a wonderful thing you did for a wonderful person. This ‘random act of kindness’ you showed a fellow human being is a PERFECT example of how more people in the world should be to each other every single day. But you also showed KT how it does pay to be kind to others too (even though it seems like he probaby would be kind to anyone even if they weren’t kind back.)

    YOU are wonderful, Mock. You just made this guys year and for that, you deserve an award.

    Oh and cute picture. 🙂

  • Shirley U Jest

    Wonderful story. Wonderful man. I just love it.

    Your hair doesn’t look as blond as it was during your DC trip…did you change it again?? Anyhoo, it looks FAB.

  • Mockarena

    Thanks Ellie!!

    Shirley U Jest – I haven’t done anything new – probably just the different lighting?

    I have now watched KT’s video like 30 times and I BEAM every single time. If I ever write to you guys that I’m in a bad mood, just remind me to revisit this post. 🙂

  • el pato

    i hereby nominate YOU for a ‘Rose Award’.
    you rock, mock! :o)

  • http://www.myspace.com/dorkymcspazatron Olivia J. Snarkypants

    That’s so awesome! When he first sang in the Cracker Barrel for you guys, who would have know it would end up so great?

  • Cousin-in-law

    Oh My God this is the best thing ever!!!! Seriously, what a freakin’ amazing thing. Way to make it happen Mock. You deserve the award next year.
    I love the whole damn thing.
    (sniff sniff, smile smile)

  • Jordon

    This is why I keep coming back, congrats to KT and Mock you are awesome, it would have been too easy not to have gotten involved and just enjoyed pleasant service…Bravo!!

  • Dani

    I got tears in my eyes watching that video. How awesome is that?! That KT is such a great person, and so are you for helping him to achieve some much deserved recognition. I love it!!