Friday, September 23, 2011

East Coast Adventure: Part 2

I haven't been sick in a long time and I've been really proud of myself for keeping up that streak, but I woke up this morning with one of those annoying pre-runny nose sniffles, and I am really nervous about it. I don't want to be a sniffly bridesmaid. I have to look pretty for Lauren ALL DAY tomorrow and nobody looks pretty with a red nose.

I'm going to try to happy-thoughts it away - that works, right? I'll mind over matter the crap out of this runny nose. In the mean time, let me tell you about yesterday.

Eia and I woke up kind of late again (don't judge us) and took the NJ Transit to what we thought was going to be Penn Station. Halfway there, however, they informed us that due to a power outage, no NJ lines were going into NYC and that we were going to Hoboken. Um. Okay. Hoboken. Cool. Luckily it was easy enough to transfer to a Path train back into the city, but it set us back at least another half an hour on our journey into the city.

When we finally got to the right station, Eia and I stepped out into the street and did that sort of spin-around-in-awe-now-we're-in-a-giant-city thing, taking in all the people and sights and buildings and smells. Not quite sure where we were exactly, we walked a few blocks before ducking into a little boutique and doing a bit of random shopping. I think clothes are the best souvenir, really, because then every time you wear them, you think about the good time you had there on that particular trip.

Anyway, shopping bags in hand, we continued to wander in the general direction of Time Square. Along the way we stopped in various other stores (including the Strand bookstore and a giant Forever 21) and we ate lunch in a "Goodburger (Home of the Goodburger)", which we couldn't figure out if it was affiliated with the Nickeldeon sketch/movie or not.

We ran into some interesting people as we ventured around too, including a bum on the street who asked me, "Can you help me get to Hawaii?" to which I replied saucily, "Can you help me get to Hawaii?" I quite enjoyed his retort, which was, "I asked you first!" We also saw a really frail old man on the subway who I'm fairly certain was blind singing for tips, and the whole situation was hilarious because he was singing, "If you want my body, and you think I'm sexy..." I can guarantee no one on that subway wanted his body. Haha.

We met up with Robyn a bit later and headed to Time Square (after doing the standard nerdy tourist picture in front of all the flashing lights) because it was time to see "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" ... with Dan Radcliffe! This was one of the things we were most excited to do on this trip, and I'm so glad we were able to get tickets. The show was incredible. The choreography was amazing, the sets were stunning, the costumes were perfect and all the actors were just fabulous. I was so blown away by Dan. He had so much character on that stage, his dancing was flawless, and he just played such a lovable leading man. I'm really happy for him and his broadway career, and I hope I get a chance to see him in more shows.

We went to the stage door after the show (come on, of course we did) and managed to get him to sign both our playbills; Eia got to touch his hand (lucky duck) but I was filming the whole thing, so I'm not too jealous. He was so sweet to his fans, which made me really happy. This was my first time ever meeting a big Potter star (aside from Scarlet and Evanna at Leaky) and it's just really nice to know that they haven't become jaded or anything.

Waiting to meet Dan after the show was pretty fun in itself -- I haven't ever really gotten the chance to wait in line and fangirl over meeting anyone like that before, so Eia and I just soaked the whole thing up. We made friends with another girl who was waiting with a Harry Potter book in hand -- after a few seconds, though, her eyes widened and she asked me if I was Kristina Horner, which was kind of cute. Then another girl behind us recognized me as well and even had ME sign her playbill, which just felt really, really wrong. I'm sure the people who were standing around us were thinking "who the crap is this person?" Embarrassing.

I loved the whole experience, though. The musical, I mean. I had a difficult time convincing my brain that we were actually seeing Dan in person, the guy who played Harry Potter - that he was in the same room as us and playing a different character. But it was so amazing and fun and I'm so glad we could go. :D

After the show, we literally ran into Alex Carpenter on the street. I mean, he knew where we were, so it wasn't that huge of a coincidence, but it still felt pretty funny to be walking around a big foreign city where we know pretty much no-one, and then to just see our good friend standing on the corner. He was with some other friends of ours (Becca, Mary Beth and Nikki) and so we decided to hang out a bit longer in the city, rather than taking the early train back in. It's actually been kind of a long time since I got to hang with Alex, so we had a very fun evening. We ate food at Junior's (I tried a potato pancake! And ate strawberry shortcake cheesecake!) and had an appletini and we ran around and the whole evening was just a nice way to end a really lovely day.

Eia and I made friends with one of the ticket guys on the way back to New Jersey that night, so we spent most of our long train ride being silly with him. He was trying to teach us how to read the complicated pink ticket sheets but we weren't having it. I told him I thought the part that said "CENTS" meant you could add on a scratch-n-sniff option. He laughed at us.

I'm having so much fun here, and the wedding hasn't even started. Lauren and Matt are actually on their way right now to pick us up, so the good times are REALLY about to begin. :D

Flights taken: 23

15 comments:

Love, Chelsea said...

Drink lots of emergen-c. You are making me want to plan a trip to NYC!

Summer said...

Haha! I live in Hoboken and take the path to the city everyday! If I had seen you and Eia in the path station, I probably would have actually passed out from shock, lol.

StarrySkyPixy said...

Woo-hoo good times! I would've made you sign my playbill too....

Friso1990 said...

Try drinking some warm thinned down lemon juice with honey or sweet tea. Maybe a steambad with vaporub or eucaplyptus oil.

Amazing that you met HP. Besides embarrassing, was it fun that you were also a bit of a star?

Have fun at the wedding!!!:D

The Teacup Monster said...

You have an amazing life! I am a little younger than you, but I hope that my life will be equally exciting. I want to see Dan on Broadway so bad! I wanna see Dan on Broadway and meet him! I too would have asked you for your autograph! Have fun here on the east coast. My friend went to NY last year and had the option to see that play but her mom decided to see Phantom of the Opera, so that's what they saw. I would have gone to see Dan though.

Kathy S said...

Have fun. And give a congratulations to Lauren and Matt for all of us!

Emily said...

Hah - you must have been on the N/R/W train. I used to live in NYC and saw that guy singing "If You Want My Body" just about daily on my way home from work. Marvelous. Glad you're having a great time!

Stefan said...

So crazy you were so close to where I work! If I had knows I would have come and said hi.

The Teacup Monster said...

In addition to my previous comment I'd like to say that I really wish I could buy an ALL CAPS shirt and stickers but they aren't sold anymore. I don't know what to do about that.

Mali said...

I'm sorry you're getting sick! Take Zicam right away, the kind that is a little pill that dissolves in your mouth, it will put an end to your sickness! I swear by it!
I hope you feel better!

StarrySkyPixy said...

I got my Pottermore email today (sent at 3:26 pm CST)! I'm not cursed. I haven't logged in yet, I'm so scared.

Danielle said...

Sounds AMAZING! I would give ANYTHING to see Dan live! I've only seen videos on youtube of the musical :(

kira902k said...

Ah! I'm SO excited to see How to Succeed, you have no idea. Wish I could see Dan though. Le sigh.

ALSO, you better blog about the wedding! In detail! I'm dying to hear details from it. And see pictures! Ah ah ah :D

StarrySkyPixy said...

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landon springer said...

sounds really amazing, I love it, thank you so much for sharing this story with us, just put an end to your sickness! I swear by it!I hope you feel better! keep it up +.+

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