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...