Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My travels

" So...how was your trip?" you ask. It was fabulous! (And thank you for asking.) I flew in to New York on Saturday morning and met a friend, a labor and delivery nurse I used to work with, and her daughter at the Marriott Marquis. I love that place--the only hotel I've ever stayed in with beds more comfortable than my own. We had a great view of Times Square from our room. (Sorry...no pictures. The Ex has the digital camera. I get my revenge by refusing to return the digital camera battery charger I some how ended up with.) Plus, the Marriott accommodates pets, which is great since my friend travels with her French bulldog and her daughter with her chihuahua.

The chihuahua, by the way, is a little shit. We got back to our room after eating some lunch Saturday to find the maid standing outside the door. She said, "I'm not cleaning that room. The dog in there is barking and growling and I don't want to get bitten." The dog she was referring to weighs all of six pounds--less than some rodents. When we were out walking her, she (the dog, not the maid) attacked a Rottweiler. He looked down at her and cocked his head to one side as if to say, "Are you fucking kidding me?" See what I mean? She's a little shit.

But, I digress. I got there at about 9 on Saturday morning, and my friend and I headed to the box office at the Nederlander Theater. The point of this trip was to see RENT on Broadway. Two of the original cast members, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, are back for six weeks. My friend and her daughter are RENTheads--they've now seen the show twenty times--and they were extremely excited to see these guys again. I had never seen RENT before and was equally jazzed. (I'm bringing back the word jazzed.)

Anyway, my friend and I walked to the box office to get tickets for Saturday night's show. She has the most incredible luck when it comes to getting good seats. She never buys them ahead of time, and she always sits in the first six rows. We arrived at the box office at about 9:40 and they opened at 10:00. There were a couple people behind us in line also looking for seats for that night's show. When we got to the window, the ticket man said, "What do you need?"

She said, "Your three best seats for tonight."

He said, "Well, tonight's show is sold out."

She calmly said, "Please look again."

He raised his eyebrows as he said, "Oh, uh, wait a minute...it looks like we just got a phone cancellation. I've got three in the sixth row, center."

She said, "I'll take 'em."

He said, "Wow, ma'am, it's your lucky night."

And it was--the show was amazing.

We spent Saturday afternoon walking around Greenwich village, shopping a bit. I'm more of a walker than a shopper, but I love that part of the city. It was a perfect way to spend the day. I flew back on Sunday morning, totally exhausted from my fabulous weekend.


CS said...

That's a sweet piece of luck with the seats. Glad you had a great trip!

Susanlee said...

That's fabulous! I love New York and I love Rent and I would practically sell a kidney to see Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. You're the luckiest little girl ever.

Re: My shower picture. Trust me, that's not the only place to find wet naked Susan on the internet. You just gotta know where to look. *wink*

Mme Benaut said...

Very classy act getting such great seats and being able to take the dogs with her is a bonus. You can take a dog but you can't have a cigarette at the Marquis Mariott.
I have smuggled my cat into numerous motels while travelling by car from Brisbane to Sydney and Sydney to Adelaide - that's a very long way; a bit like Florida to New York to Denver (or something like that). Unlike some dogs, my cat is completely house-trained and flea-less.
So glad you had such a wonderful weekend Terroni, you certainly needed it.

Terroni said...

Hi CS :>

Susan, must you tease me like that?

Madame, you can't smoke indoors anywhere in New York--no bars, no restaurants, nowhere!

Cheryl said...

If anyone deserves a fabulous weekend, it's you. I've never seen RENT. The only Broadway show I've seen (1st row) was The Lion King and that was amazing. I just love to visit NYC.

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great time hun you deserve it.

sinclair said...

good story! glad to hear the trip was fantastic. I did get your note about the best coffee in midtown, dammit, and am just now realizing that it somehow got buried in my inbox & I never replied. no matter, really, because I'm a coffee snob (having come from seattle) and there is no good coffee here anyway.

Dear Prudence said...

I am so jealous. I have never been to NYC nor do I know anyone who could show me around. Sounds like a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Glad you had fun! I wouldn't take no lip from that little turd though. Duct tape is a many splendored thing! :)

Mme Benaut said...

T, the no smoking law is coming here too, later this year. At the moment, one can still smoke in pubs but only if one metre away from the bar. All restaurants are "non smoking". This is to protect the health of the staff and to avoid massive law suits from employees while the smokers congregate outside the doors in near or below freezing weather, adding bronchitis to their ills. Of the Oz population, only 25% are smokers.

Maria said...

I've seen Rent three times. And all three times, I swore it was the best show I'd ever seen. I LOVED Anthony Rapp and was very lucky to have seen him in it.

I'm the one who goes nuts with everyone else when the scene opens and there comes that red scarf....


And the closest I have gotten is row 10. You lucky ass bitch.