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Oh, the places we go!

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Feb. 20th, 2009 | 05:32 pm
How does that make you feel?: tiredtired

First, let me say that I sang Karaoke for the first time about a month ago. I went with my sister (Jennifer), her girlfriend (Jessica), Jessica's male roommate (who's name escapes me, but he was kind of cute) and Kristi (one of Jennifer's friends). We went to the place in Austin called Common Interest, where the motto is "Liquor in the front, poker in the back." *LOL* I had my first jello shot, which was delicious! I played a little poker and lost terribly. My sister and I sang "Take a Chance on Me". Later, Jennifer told me that while I was playing poker, some random guy approached her and told her that we rocked. We rocked! Woo Hoo! Here is a photo of the two of us from that night.
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So. . . I've put this off long enough. Here I go. A month or so ago snokat posted an interview of Daniel Radcliffe on Conan. When they announced that the show, Equus was going to run until February 8th, the first thing that went through my mind was, "I still have time!" I went looking through my work bag and found my work schedule and found a couple of consecutive days off, the week of Feb. 2nd. I then went online and looked for tickets. Even mezzanine tickets were expensive. I remembered from my trip to London that some places offered discount tickets, so that is what I googled next. I found some decently prices theatre and plane tickets and not wanting to go alone, I asked my best friend Chipo to go with me the next time we worked together. The minute she said yes I booked the tickets! Now I had been debating, in my mind, whether the seats to the play were any good or not. You'll see why in a minute.

I worked the night shift on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd. It was a miserable, crazy night. Towards the end of my shift, I twisted my ankle (the one I twisted in London) and wound up sprawled out in the middle of the floor. Not a pretty picture. I finished the last two hours of my shift, talked to my Clinical Manager and HR, and then went down to the ER. I barely made it out in time to get to Chipo's apartment, change my clothes and drive to the airport. We made it with about ten minutes to spare.

The flight was uneventful and thanks to rdholmantx and Yahoo! Answers I was able to figure out how to get from the airport to the theatre. We took the AirTrain from JFK to Jamaica Station and then the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road to Penn Station. The smells when we got to Penn Station were wonderful. We walked for a bit trying to figure out just how far the Broadhurst Theatre was from Penn Station. I knew we weren't very far, but it was freaking freezing and I didn't know which direction to go so we called a cab. Within minutes we were in the theatre. I checked to see what time they would let us sit and we walked across the street for dinner, at Sardi's.

Just the week before Daniel Radcliffe was honored with his caricature being hung at Sardi's. Dinner was delicious. I had trouble trying to figure out who the actors in the drawing were. (Click for bigger picture.) You can go through the entire album by paging forward from this photo.


Dinner at Sardi's Dinner at Sardi's



Sardi's Sardi's



Sardi's Sardi's



Sardi's (close up) Sardi's (close up)



After dinner we went back across the street to the Broadhurst Theatre, to see Equus, and wound our way to the front (back?). We had to show the ushers our cell phones, to prove that they were off, before we were allowed to sit down. Our tickets were for stage seating on the second row, in the center. At first I thought we were only going to get to see the backs of the actor. I was pleasantly surprised. The seats were raised above the stage, in a semi-circle, almost like on a platform. Once we sat down and lean forward a bit, we could see the entire stage, perfectly. At times, when Richard Griffiths spoke it was difficult to make out what he was saying, as he was facing away from us. During the sequence when Alan Strang was having nightmares I could see the tortured look on Daniel's face. Whoever did the lighting, did an amazing job. After the intermission some people sitting in the row in front of/below us went and sat somewhere else, so we moved down into their seats. I feel that if I had leaned over and reached down and if one of the actors had stood up and reached, we would have touched. All of the actors did such wonderful jobs. Most of you know what the play was about, so I'm not going to go over that part. I do want to express my love for the men who played the horses. They did so well, and photos do not do them justice. It was almost erotic the way Daniel/Alan stroked them. My favorite by far was Nugget.

The only disadvantage to sitting on the stage was that by the time we got outside there was already huge line. We stood in the freezing cold and got yelled at multiple times by some guy that worked at the theatre to “Stay off the road!” and “Keep a clear path on the sidewalk!” Every time the stage door opened, girls would start screaming, but I'm so damn short that I couldn't even see who was coming out. Richard Griffiths passed by the fans without stopping, got in his car and was driven away. There was a really nice girl standing next to us. She was a lot taller than me, so when Daniel came out she snapped a photo for me. It's of Daniel signing autographs on the other side of the walkway.

Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Radcliffe






The rest of the trip went by rather quickly. We went to Time Square and the top of the Empire State Building. The view was amazing! There is something wrong with my camera that makes taking photos at night blur.

Time Square Time Square











After freezing out butts off most of the night, we took shelter in a Wendy's to figure out where to go next. I did have reservations to a comedy club, but we were outside of the theatre so long, we missed out on our time. We finally checked into The Hotel at Times Square and ordered some take out. We slept for about six hour and got up and started all over again. We walked to the Rockefeller Center from the hotel. As we walked around the ice skating rink we were approached by a man who asked us if we wanted to be part of the studio audience of the Martha Stewart Show. If we didn't have so much planned before out fight home at 1300, we would've gone. There were less than ten people there waiting to be part of the Today Show audience. We stopped for some hot chocolate on our way to Radio City Music Hall. We hopped into a cab that took us to Battery Park, where we got on a Ferry that took us to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was so cold that my fingers hurt. The wind was blowing so hard on our walk back through Battery Park that if anything it made us colder, because it blew snow in our faces. We were going to head back to Time Square, but we were running short on time, so we caught a cab to Penn Station, then to the Airport. We grabbed a bite to eat and then hopped on our plane back to Austin. I slept so hard that night.





Battery Park Battery Park



View of the city from the boat/Ferry. View of the city from the boat/Ferry.







A visitor in the ferry A visitor in the ferry



Ellis Island Museum

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captivebird

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from: captivebird
date: Feb. 21st, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
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Equus stage seats and Sardi's ... Wow! What a great trip! Super photos too. :-))

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
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It was an amazing trip. I'm still talking about it! I'm glad you liked the photos.

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Neecee

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from: lilyginny27
date: Feb. 21st, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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My God, you packed a lot into two days. what a whirlwind! It sounds like you had a fabulous time regardless of not getting close enough for an autograph. At least you had stage seating and got closeups that way!

I"m so jealous you were able to make it. I"m so glad you had a fabulous time.

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
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I was able to do more on this trip (less than 24 hours) than the week that I was in New York a few years ago.

I wasn't sure how good the stage seating was going to be until I got there. I was impressed! I am glad that I was able to share my trip with you ladies.

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the trip and that I got to share it with you. I have the worlds worst vacation mojo. lol. As we were boarding the plane to leave, the flight attendant was making the announcement, "We cannot depart until everyone is seated and buckled in."

Those are actually my old glasses, but thank you anyway! My newer glasses are broken. I had to dig out my old pair and switch between them and my contacts.

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ispellit

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from: ispellit
date: Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
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I enjoyed your report and the great pictures very much. Thanks for sharing it all.
Lovely picture of you and your friend too!
It must have been an exhausting but sparkling tour! Wonderful!

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
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I'm happy you enjoyed my report. I was my pleasure to share with all of you. I'm glad you liked the photos. I thought some came out really well. It was an exhausting but thrilling trip.

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maetgnisar

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from: maetgnisar
date: Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Wow! It was a really intensive trip!
The night view from the top of the ESB is absolutely magnificent!

What you haven't said about and what I'm dying to know of is how did it feel like for you to see such a famous person as Dan in flesh and bones, not just accidently passing by somewhere in the street, but intentionally doing some activity, performing it for you, even if not for you alone, and such an intimate activity as serious acting and not just some entertaining show? And so incredibly close to you at that?! ;-) I would have been extremely excited, I can imagine!

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
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It was an awesome trip and the view was breathtaking (figuratively and literally!)

Knowing that I took that trip specifically to see Daniel was thrilling. I was disappointed about not getting an autograph, but not surprised due to the cold weather. He could have been performing just for me. At the end of the show (during the standing ovation) all of the actors bowed to the general audience and then they turned and bowed to us! That was pretty cool. Daniel (shirt-less) and Richard and the other actors bowing to us, pretty surreal. I hope that answered your question, I'm pretty sure I was rambling. . .

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maetgnisar

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from: maetgnisar
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
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Ooooh, that answered my question indeed ;-) *ssssoooo jealous*

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Mar. 5th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
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