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February 20th, 2006
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Homesick Blues....!
Yes, I'm home, sick. *pouts* Back from NY, but feeling sick and sorry for myself!

I'm tired and achey - and have lips twice their normal size! Yep, feeling more than a bit freakish today, due to an attack of fever blisters. Hope that's not TMI - just being honest. Have gotten them since I was a kid, but I can't remember the last time I had an attack, and they are perfectly awful. Painful, itchy, and embarassing to be seen in public with. They started coming on Saturday, so, Jules, if I was a bit strange that day (stranger than usual, that is! *G*), that's why. Fortunately, I only do hugs goodbye. And, for those of you who don't get them, no, they don't cause you to have the other kind of herpes, fortunately! That's my public service announcement for the day - thank you. *G*

Okay, if you're still reading, I had a great time in NY! anonypooh has a brand new toy - think of a mini-laptop/PDA/phone - about 1 1/2 times the length of a PDA - that allows you to attach a foldable keyboard to it and type in entries - and post them! So she was able to keep up her journal as long as she could find a place with wifi - like Starbucks. *G* We went to Starbucks about every day! So, if you want the real low-down on what we did, go to her journal here: http://anonypooh.livejournal.com/161658.html?view=1863546#t1863546 .


Pooh, if you're reading this, I'm sorry for being such a stick in the mud! Turns out (as you might have read up above) that I was coming down with something, which is probably why I was so ready for sleep all the time! Well, that, and I'm not used to being out until the wee hours of the morning every night - how do you DO that?! I still can't get over how Mr. J looked absolutely normal the next morning after consuming the equivalent of 10 pints in one night while we were watching CoRo in Bridgeport. Anyway, that's just the way I am - and, believe it or not, I used to be even worse - plus whining. Hopefully that wasn't the case this time; let me know if it was. I'm up to walking all over the place, which is fun, and going with the flow, as long as I get my sleep, and get food and drink when I'm hungry and thirsty - *G*.

Anyway, we had a really good time in NY! Hotel 17 was just a great little place to stay, as usual; it always feels like coming home there, and so much nicer to turn into a little place in a row of brownstones at night, rather than some big hotel lobby. Always lots of different accents/languages, and very quiet, too. *S* I walked around a bit and found Forbidden Planet again, and later, we went to The Strand, a truly incredible bookstore that's also near Union Square. Also, there's the Beauty Bar (*G*), and a couple of off-Broadway theatres nearby, a great place for breakfast called the Grammercy Cafe, and - well, it's just a very convenient place to stay, and very New York. Lots of people walking their dogs, and even a little cat in a window next to the hotel that we always checked on - *G*.

I came in on Wednesday morning, and "Spamalot" was at 2 pm - right around the corner from "The Phantom of the Opera", which had a line around the block! There was a poster of Alan Cummings as MacHeath in "Threepenny Opera", which made me think of you, lilithlotr. And the Schubert, with the "Spamalot" up in lightbulbs on the corner, and big photos of the musical all around it, made me think EXACTLY of "Guys and Dolls", freakspawn! It took a while for me to get into "Spamalot!", because so much of it was familiar from "Holy Grail" that it was a bit off-putting - but then they had to go in a different direction, obviously, since they couldn't end it the way they did the movie, so things started to get more interesting. Basically, the end of the first act is the command to find the Grail, and the second act is each of the knight's experiences. They even managed to get in the Black Knight's scene, with some well-done stage trickery - *L*! But the best parts were the new parts, like a long song that Sir Robin (David Hyde Pierce, having a GREAT time, and doing wonderfully!) sings about how you can't have a successful Broadway show - if you haven't got a jew! *groans* Tongue in cheek, of course, and very funny! Mind you, Tim Curry was already out of the show, and Hank Azaria had the day off, but everybody in the cast was great; still David was really the star of the show for me. *sigh* Love that man. And kept thinking how perfect the part would be for Billy Boyd when it comes to London... hmmmmmm! We then walked around Times Square and oohed and ahhhed at the lights, and all the groups coming to town (Flogging Molly! The Subdudes! The Pogues!) and shows to come, like a new vampire musical. Later, I think, we met up with Lisa, Lorna's sister, at a restaurant (stupid me, I had my phone in my rolled up coat and missed her call, so she was waiting half an hour downstairs while we were upstairs). Lisa is such a gem. Here she was, straight from work, but full of energy!!! Your family is amazing, Lorna. And she was so eager for us to have a good time - such a sweetheart. *S*

The next day we walked most of the way down to Battery Park and went to see the Statue of Liberty. Silly me - I talked them into going on the boat that goes to the Statue, but then the time it took to disembark and embark was so long that I then talked us into not going on the Island! *smacks forehead* Ah, well! We wanted to get back to the hotel by 2 or so, so that we could pickup the car at 3 to drive to Connecticut. anonypooh had a great set of driving songs, so I got to play "name that tune" all the way up. I was amazed at how many I knew - but they were mostly '80's pop songs from the video era, so that helped. *G* Warning: if you take the Triborough Bridge, the damn thing SPLITS after the toll - and I mean IMMEDIATELY after the toll! We weren't ready for it, so we ended up going the wrong direction and having to backtrack. Very strange set-up. But we had no problem finding The Acoustic Cafe, which was in a tiny one-main-street town. We had a nice drink at a little pub, then went to the Cafe for a great, low-key CoRo set. The place was only half-filled - let's say about 10 of us fangirls, and maybe 10 people there who were probably friends of CoRo or their opener, Charlotte Kendricks! The advice somebody gave at the CoRo forum was good - we sat nearer to the back, where we were up higher. Jordan came by afterwards and we all talked a bit - us and the 3 girls behind us, who bribed him with chocolates - *G*. We drove back home, after a brief stop at a donut shop, where - the highlight of their trip, I'm sure! - J and Mr. J got to see a POLICEMAN AT A DOUGHNUT SHOP! Yes, the stereotypes ARE true - *L*!!! Mr. J wanted to stop and talk to the policeman, but after 10 pints I didn't think that was a good idea, so I kept steering him away - *G*.

The others were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning, but I was barely able to get up out of bed and out to a restaurant by noon. Come on - I was driving back at, what, 1 in the morning? *groan* And had to get up to return the car at 7 am, since we couldn't park on the street after 9 am. Ow. We went to Rockefeller Center and went to "The Top of the Rock", which had NOBODY there! I mean it - no line at all! It was a Friday, so that might have been why - plus, apparently it's a new thing. You actually get to go outside at the top (with big plastic panels protecting you, but also spaces between the panels for your camera, which is cool). Rockefeller Plaza is just a cool, pretty place to go to - the skating, the Art Deco artwork, the sunlight and flags. We then walked up 5th Ave., along the shops, to Central Park (and FAO Schwartz!), and then took a cab home. That night was another Common Rotation show, this time at a place that had no sign - that's how cool it was - *L*! More people were there this time, although a large number of them looked familiar from other shows. Another great time, and we stayed on to listen to the rest of the music, then went to Bleecker St. to The Peculier Bar, had some drinks and a little bit of food. I was ready to go to bed, but the others pulled me into The Bitter End next door, and we caught the last two (long, incredible, jamming) songs by the band there. Imagine a group that's in their early '20's, playing like they were at Woodstock - I mean REALLY jamming to "I get by with a little help from my friends" - monster jamming! They were incredible. What a way to end the night!

Then it's up the next morning to see "Strawberry Fields" - a Beatles tribute group - at B.B.King's, a tourist place in Times Square, but a very nice one. Lisa and I were joking about the power of the "pout" - J had her lower lip stuck out and was giving puppy dog eyes to the doorman (who looked like a brunette Seth Green) when they made us wait outside - and, sure enough, as soon as she did it, they let us in!!! *L*! I wasn't too into the show at first - it felt strange having these guys who were way too old to look anything like the Beatles pretend to be the Beatles! - but they did sound really good, especially instrumental-wise. And the drummer was fun - *G*. It got a little less strange as they progressed into the later stuff, because then I didn't have a visual image to compare them to, since that stuff was never performed live. Unfortunately, I think I was also coming down sick at that point, so I spent a lot of the shows with my eyes closed, just listening. Lisa and J had fun and danced in their seats the whole time, though - and were rewarded with a drumstick from "Ringo" - yay! *L*! Lisa was sooooo sweet and offered to take me around, but I hated to take up her Saturday after she'd spent so much time at work. Still, we walked J and Mr. J down to the train station to say goodbye (*sniff!*); they were going on to Boston. Then we walked back and she was kind enough to take me to the International Center for Photography, where Viggo had had a signing the day before - but there was no sign of it, or him, at all. There was an exhibit on Che Guevara, but I just wasn't in the mood. A shame, because I later saw a good writeup of it in a magazine, and I think Lisa wanted to go, but I couldn't see the appeal, and it was 10 dollars for admission (sometimes I'm very cheap! *G*). So then we went to see the Public Library and Union Station, since we were in the area, and I wanted to see them. Finally, after some cool shopping in the market at Union Station (reminded me of Europe!), we parted ways.

I went back to Union Square and saw a play called "Dog Meets God". It was both an extension of the Charlie Brown world, where it asked what would happen when those kids grew up - in a very ribald and dark way - and a strange forum for TV stars to act - *L*! The poster had the faces of those people in it... and the name of the show they came from ("The O.C.") next to them. So you knew what the major selling point was. Still, it had gotten good reviews - and Eliza Dushku and Ian Somerhalder were in it. But, they weren't in this performance - they were gone from the run already. It was quirky and interesting, but dark and grotesque as well, with some pretty lewd sex, a beating, and a suicide - oh joy! But it was still... interesting. *G*

Went to bed early, woke up feeling - well, like I do today. So I lurked about, hood over my head, feeling like Quasimodo, and went to see "Walk the Line" to kill time before catching my cab. Really good movie, although I had to miss the ending, darn it. I love the Carter family, so it was interesting to catch the bits about June Carter, and there's a lot in it about the early days of rock and roll - and, yes, Joaquin does an incredible job as Johnny Cash - way to go!!! On top of that, all three movie previews I saw - had LOTR ACTORS!!! SQUEEEE!!!!!! "Da Vinci Code" had Ian MacKellen, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing" had Sean Astin, and "On a Clear Day" had Billy! Yes, folks, it's official - the Second Year of LOTR Actor Movies has begun! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!

And that's it, folks! Photos to come... eventually. Right now, I may go back to sleep...

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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:February 20th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear your feeling so sick. Hope you get better soon! But it sounds like you had a good time. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Ah, thanks! I see you used your "traveling" icon! *S*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
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"No Fun" is right - *L*!

I won't give away the ending, but the message of the musical is that everybody has to find their own Grail - so, in the end, they do. *S*
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From:anonypooh
Date:February 20th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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get well soon you!!! And stop apologising! ... We had a fantabulous time together... I have photos!! ..speaking of which check out the R&$ thread on the CR forum *cough* I don't know what's up with me - I've been awake and ready to rock n roll at 6am every day thewn and still!! - I bet next week I get some major relapse in sleepyheadness! What a great summary review you have ... mine is so choppy and messy. hotel 17 is indeed the home from home :) Let me know when the best time to phone is .. I don't want to disturb your getting better time! xxxxxxxxx
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Photos - yay!!!! And more to the point - you're ALIVE - YAY!!!!

The R&R thread on the CR forum? I'll have to check it out.

Silly - your reviews are so much fun to read. In fact, because of that, I wasn't going to write anything, but old habits won out. Anytime before 10 pm is cool!
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From:freakspawn
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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awwww no wonder you wanted your sleep! Glad you managed to have a good time even whilst feeling under the weather!

Spamalot. Aha, see I liked the bits that were the same as the Holy Grail, am such a huge fan, but I also enjoyed the other bits. Yeah I just loved the whole thing really :)

LESTAT THE MUSICAL! I hope you took pictures of the outside, I requested them off Jules!

Thank you so much for saying such nice things about my family, I love them so much, and think they are all wonderful. And yes Lisa is a sweetie :)

Glad you managed to enjoy Conneticut, even if you didn't get to see much of it, next time you should definately do a bit of sightseeing there, it is gorgeous!

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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 21st, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
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That's right - you saw "Spamalot!" I forgot - *G*. Did the outside of the theatre remind you of "Guys and Dolls", too? Don't expect much on LESTAT - it was just a bit sign in Times Square with that in big letters! And your whole family IS sweet. *S* I think J and Mr. J did enjoy seeing what the houses looked like in Connecticut, at least. It's a rather nice drive.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
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*arrives with Dr Maturin on one arm, Billy Boyd on the other and Hugh Laurie on the third*

I thought you might need these.


:D I'm glad you had fun in NY, pity about the sickness coming on.

I'm thinking I might want to skip over to England when Spamalot gets there.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Three arms, eh? I should have expected it from a new! *welcomes them ALL in!* Ymmmmmmmmm.

Oh, you should! I'm dying to see who they have. Jules says that Tim Curry will be back in it again (as King Arthur)!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)

Welcome back home!

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I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. At least it sounds like you had a wonderful time in New York! I envy you getting to do that. :) You get to feeing better soon, you hear me? *hugs*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 21st, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)

Re: Welcome back home!

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*l*! Nice new Bon Jovi icon, girl. *G* Thank you so much!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:February 21st, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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Awwww *virtual comforting stuff - whatever you crave*
And WHOOOOOT for moots with Pooh! ;) Did you blomp her for me? Huh, didya? ;)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 21st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! I blomped her as much as she could stand - *L*!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:February 21st, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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you know I'm going to ask if you got a photo of the Alan poster...
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From:freakspawn
Date:February 21st, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
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ooooh yes I second that request!
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From:freakspawn
Date:February 21st, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)

second half of my response....

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I adore Bleeker Street and all the pubs and clubs there! So glad you got to go to the Peculiar Pub and the Bitter End. We did that too in October, finished the night off with a bit of live music there it was great :D

So I presume the CoRo gigs were good? Hahaha I know Jules thought so:D

I heard the Beatles tribute was excellent, glad the others enjoyed it, pity you weren't feeling too good :( Way to go to Jules with her best pout :D

Did you see any reminents in Union Square of the pillow fight?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 21st, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)

Re: second half of my response....

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Ah, well, you saw Jules' reviews - yes, they were great! *G*

*L*! Nope, forgot to look for the pillow fight, dammit! *LOL*!!!! It would have been a VERY cold day for it, though - *shudders*.
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