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  • Sep 25, 2010
    To the Ladies of Room 219

    Special thanks tonight go out to the ladies of Denison University's Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  Let me explain.

     

    After most shows, we have to hop into the bus and head to the next city.  Often, we rent a couple of hotel rooms so that guys can get cleaned up before we pack into the buses to head out.  That's what happened tonight after the (fantastic) show in Newark, Ohio.  Ryan, DR, and I were the last of our bus to get to the hotel before we were to roll on to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  DR stepped into one hotel room, and Ryan stepped into the adjacent room.  Each was in the shower shortly.  I shouted to each through their respective bathroom doorways about what my twitter name was going to be (we'd been brainstorming all day; you'll all find out shortly).  DR was out first, so I hopped into the shower in that room.  I will attempt to piece together the events of what transpired next from various eyewitness accounts.

     

    See, Green had assumed that, since both doors were held open by leaving the security latch engaged while closing the door, that both rooms were ours.  This was, and remains, a fair assumption.  Since ten of us were sharing the two rooms, neither DR, Green, nor myself had keys to the rooms.  

     

    Green was sorely mistaken.

     

    As I am getting dressed (apparently I am a quick showerer compared to Green), I hear all kinds of high-pitched commotion - nervous laughter with a dash of fear - coming from the hallway.  Apparently, the very kind and possibly overly-trusting ladies of the Theta house at Denison had been rehearsing for Anchor Splash, which, according to Google, is some sort of aquatic-themed philanthropic event.  (Think Easter Seals telethon crossed with The Little Mermaid.)  They had been utilitzing the hotel pool and were discussing their routine with some fellow anchor-droppers across the hall.  When they returned to their room, they were surprised, dismayed, and terrified to find one Ryan Louis Ahlwardt, clad only in a towel, brushing his teeth in their bathroom.  

     

    Honestly, this is difficult to type through my laughter.

     

    Equally terrified was young Mr. Ahlwardt.  For those of you who don't know Green that well, there are few more well-mannered, chivalrous, or respectful first-tenor a cappella singers out there.  Most of the high-pitched nervousness and fear that I heard was from Green; nervousness for having offended and embarrassed these innocent, chaste young debutantes; fear that they would (as they probably should) alert the authorities to the uninvited presence of this near-albino trespasser who had violated the sanctity of the covenant of their sisterhood. 

     

    Back to the facts:  as these polite young Ohioans entered THEIR hotel room, they asked Green, "Um...what are you doing in our room?!?"  Green, with toothbrush hanging halfway out of his mouth (all true), responded something like, "Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh."  After catching what he could of his breath and his wits, he said, "I swear I'm not a creeper.  Let me change right now and I'll explain everything."  If I wasn't clear before, Ryan was wearing only a towel.  And he was brushing his teeth.  

     

    At this point, what seemed to be the entire Beta Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta had assembled in the hallway.  Green, now clothed, explained that we were in "an a cappella group called Straight No Chaser," that we had just played a show down the road, and were about to embark for our next stop in Indiana.  Theta # 1 - I didn't get her name - responded, "I just tried out for an a cappella group!"  Note:  if Straight No Chaser has any pull in the a cappella community at Denison University, I suggest this aspiring young vocalist be accepted unconditionally into any group.  You'll know Theta # 1 by the fresh SNC business card I handed her in an awkward effort to lend some credibility to what must have seemed an outrageous explanation from Green.

     

    Through Green's disarming charm and the kind understanding of the Theta ladies, disaster and potential misdemeanor charges were averted.  Green and I nearly sprinted back to the bus so we could recount this true-life comedy of errors to our busmates.  

     

    My hope in writing this blog is that one or more of the ladies of Denison University's Kappa Alpha Theta house will visit our site and read our perspective on what must have been an unusual night, to say the least.  Should they reach out to us, perhaps we could remediate the shock of seeing a half-naked Ryan Ahlwardt by sending them a CD.

     

    Or at least returning their towel.

     

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Don_3's picture
on 25 September 2010 - 1:56am

Special thanks tonight go out to the ladies of Denison University's Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  Let me explain.

 

After most shows, we have to hop into the bus and head to the next city.  Often, we rent a couple of hotel rooms so that guys can get cleaned up before we pack into the buses to head out.  That's what happened tonight after the (fantastic) show in Newark, Ohio.  Ryan, DR, and I were the last of our bus to get to the hotel before we were to roll on to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  DR stepped into one hotel room, and Ryan stepped into the adjacent room.  Each was in the shower shortly.  I shouted to each through their respective bathroom doorways about what my twitter name was going to be (we'd been brainstorming all day; you'll all find out shortly).  DR was out first, so I hopped into the shower in that room.  I will attempt to piece together the events of what transpired next from various eyewitness accounts.

 

See, Green had assumed that, since both doors were held open by leaving the security latch engaged while closing the door, that both rooms were ours.  This was, and remains, a fair assumption.  Since ten of us were sharing the two rooms, neither DR, Green, nor myself had keys to the rooms.  

 

Green was sorely mistaken.

 

As I am getting dressed (apparently I am a quick showerer compared to Green), I hear all kinds of high-pitched commotion - nervous laughter with a dash of fear - coming from the hallway.  Apparently, the very kind and possibly overly-trusting ladies of the Theta house at Denison had been rehearsing for Anchor Splash, which, according to Google, is some sort of aquatic-themed philanthropic event.  (Think Easter Seals telethon crossed with The Little Mermaid.)  They had been utilitzing the hotel pool and were discussing their routine with some fellow anchor-droppers across the hall.  When they returned to their room, they were surprised, dismayed, and terrified to find one Ryan Louis Ahlwardt, clad only in a towel, brushing his teeth in their bathroom.  

 

Honestly, this is difficult to type through my laughter.

 

Equally terrified was young Mr. Ahlwardt.  For those of you who don't know Green that well, there are few more well-mannered, chivalrous, or respectful first-tenor a cappella singers out there.  Most of the high-pitched nervousness and fear that I heard was from Green; nervousness for having offended and embarrassed these innocent, chaste young debutantes; fear that they would (as they probably should) alert the authorities to the uninvited presence of this near-albino trespasser who had violated the sanctity of the covenant of their sisterhood. 

 

Back to the facts:  as these polite young Ohioans entered THEIR hotel room, they asked Green, "Um...what are you doing in our room?!?"  Green, with toothbrush hanging halfway out of his mouth (all true), responded something like, "Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh.  Oh my gosh."  After catching what he could of his breath and his wits, he said, "I swear I'm not a creeper.  Let me change right now and I'll explain everything."  If I wasn't clear before, Ryan was wearing only a towel.  And he was brushing his teeth.  

 

At this point, what seemed to be the entire Beta Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta had assembled in the hallway.  Green, now clothed, explained that we were in "an a cappella group called Straight No Chaser," that we had just played a show down the road, and were about to embark for our next stop in Indiana.  Theta # 1 - I didn't get her name - responded, "I just tried out for an a cappella group!"  Note:  if Straight No Chaser has any pull in the a cappella community at Denison University, I suggest this aspiring young vocalist be accepted unconditionally into any group.  You'll know Theta # 1 by the fresh SNC business card I handed her in an awkward effort to lend some credibility to what must have seemed an outrageous explanation from Green.

 

Through Green's disarming charm and the kind understanding of the Theta ladies, disaster and potential misdemeanor charges were averted.  Green and I nearly sprinted back to the bus so we could recount this true-life comedy of errors to our busmates.  

 

My hope in writing this blog is that one or more of the ladies of Denison University's Kappa Alpha Theta house will visit our site and read our perspective on what must have been an unusual night, to say the least.  Should they reach out to us, perhaps we could remediate the shock of seeing a half-naked Ryan Ahlwardt by sending them a CD.

 

Or at least returning their towel.

 

Comments

DanaEbstein's picture

I had to read this again!!!! OH EM GEE!!! I laughed just as hard now as I did when it first came out!!! TOO TOO Funny!!!
EileenR's picture

Wow- can't believe it's been almost a year since this fun blog!
Marcaich's picture

This deserves a bump.. so BUMP
ToriCanuck's picture

This is truly hysterical! Poor Ryan!! lol
ngj3's picture

Just hysterical! What a great story. Good to know that Don would have had Ryan's back had anything else come of this.
Marcaich's picture

I just had to re-read this blog...again *giggles*
klancy96's picture

This may be the best blog posted on SNC's site. There are so many great blogs, but this is just all around awesome. So well depicted and perfect for a laugh.
KristinC's picture

Sorry, I just found this post. I am laughing so hard I am crying. CRYING.
KristinMichelle's picture

This made me laugh and I had to share it with all my friends. At least those girls have a story they can tell forever!!!
koko's picture

Great show at the Palace in Albany tonight!! You guys rocked the house!
Dennis McD's picture

I am desperate. Does anyone have 2 tkts for the Reading show?
jdhayes4's picture

Love this!! Just saw you guys tonight in St. Louis (you were incredible!!), and had to check out the blog since you all cracked up when I said I graduated from Denison. So glad the Theta gals were nice to you and repped Denison well. Can't wait to meet the new Ladies' Night Out member at our annual Alumnae Weekend this spring and hear the story first hand. And for the record, the Denison a cappella community definitely knows Straight No Chaser!! Love you guys!
Shaina's picture

LLH: It's a good thing I'm by myself in my dorm room. I think my roommate would think that I'm crazy for spazzing out and laughing so much! LOL!!!!
LLH's picture

Thanks Shaina, Sarah - just saw Ryan's tweet "To the tune of" Chapel of Love" .." had to laugh. Ryan - with this international coverage through the Theta organization, I can't help but think you may go down in their history books, as the Near Albino Kreeper Dude - a.k.a. NAKeD Maybe they'll make you an honorary member of Kappa Alpha Theta or NAKed KAT for short. :)
Aaron Nobles's picture

haha, this is too funny. I can only imagine the awkwardness of that moment, and really wish there was a video of it, because that is too funny.
S. Brandon's picture

I bet they loved finding the story here, too. Good thing they don't know that the whole site was set up hastily as a back-up story for the albino creeper. :-D Those black ops people can make anything happen.
Kathleen's picture

Whew! At least the Thetas have figured that Ryan really wasn't a "creeper" and Don won't have to represent him in court.......the legend of the near albino tenor is going global. Muahahaha
Lillian's picture

Thank you, Girls From 219 for adding to the fun here. Congrats to Theta Number 1 for making it into Ladies Night Out and to the Thetas for their second place finish in the Anchor Splash!
S.J.'s picture

LOL LLH....Too funny!!!
Shaina's picture

HAHAHA!!! Oh, LLH, it's a good thing I wasn't drinking anything as I read that... ;) There'd be water all over my computer!! Would you lookit that, Ryan? Your story will be told in Theta houses all over the world! Teehee... :)
jordyn's picture

FYI--this story has now reached Beta Tau Thetas in the central provinces of China and can officially be deemed a world-famous story. Miss you girls! xoxo jordyn (Denison '10)
LLH's picture

(to the music of "One Voice", apologies in advance) One towel.... covering Ryan Ahlwardt....All he had was one towel.....Clinging it so tight, his legs were oh so very white.... with just the one towel........standing in the hallway......one towel..... ...Toothpaste from his mouth did drool, Theta girls back from the hotel pool...and Ryan with just one towel......
The Girls from 219's picture

HAHAH oh my goodness!! we are two of the Thetas from the hallway!! Sorry for barging in on you in your towel! We were just as freaked out as you were!! Fun Fact...we just found out that "Theta Number 1" made it into our all-girls acapella group "Ladies Night Out" WOO WOO. Good luck on the rest of your tour, and try to stick to your own hotel rooms from now on hahah!!! PS you can send that CD to 7146 Slayter Union Denison University Granville, Ohio 43023...it would be much appreciated! PPS we also came in second for Anchor Splash!! http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1285851150790&ref=mf HERE'S OUR DANCE! Peace, Love and Theta, The Girls in 219
sandiracerqueen3's picture

Ryan...did the "new guy" set you up? Still love you all! See you again in November!
Joanne Harrity's picture

Don, Thanks for making a bright spot for me on this dank, rainy Monday. I can visualize this and it's hysterical although I'm sure Ryan did not think it at the time. Thanks for sharing your lives with us through blog, photos, and video.
Denise_9's picture

Don - Thank you for that incrediable visual of Ryan! It is like a bad scene from "The Three Stooges". Your the best Ryan - keep up the good work, but try to avoid getting arrested!
Brianna's picture

I can totally see this! Hilarious! I'm sorry you had that horrific experience Ryan. :) Thanks for posting this Don!!!
Kathy Burke's picture

Ryan----you can use my shower and my toothpaste anytime!! And I'm old enough to be your mom, so no hanky panky intended. I respect Lauren too much!!
Ginny's picture

Oh Man!! (((Ryan))))) Too Funny!! It definately needed a 'Put down the drink' warning. Thank you Don for blogging it! :-)
EileenR's picture

Great first blog, Don! Ryan, I can totally hear you swearing that you're not a creeper. Good thing you had the towel on. I only hope you weren't brushing your teeth "Night at the Roxbury" style.

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