On Wednesday, Jen was kind enough to accompany me to NBC Studios, where we waited (in vain, ultimately) for Late Night w/Conan O'Brien (stand-by) tickets. It was fun waiting in line and chatting with other Coney freaks. I met two girls from Calgary and found out that the young man behind us was from Finland. I told him he should get priority and move to the front of the line [Conan fans will understand the Finland-Conan connection - there's a running joke that he resembles the (female) Finnish president - hee hee].
After getting my stand by ticket (place holder actually) we were told to return to the studio later that afternoon where we would stand in ANOTHER line and see whether we would get an actual ticket. So all day long, the suspense was killing me!!
Jen went to work and left me at the studio - where I saw that The Today Show was being filmed outside of Rockefeller Plaza. I thought that would be kind of interesting, so I mosied over and caught the very end of a "Makeover your Dad" segment for Father's Day. The dad looked very handsome indeed - they did a nice job.
It's amazing what people in the audience will do to make sure they get noticed on this show. I got a charge out of these lovely ladies:
I was supposed to meet my Blogger buddy, Sue (the OTHER Sue), the one and only LZYGRL at around 10:30 or so. She was running late, so I hung out for a very long time in front of Matt Lauer and Ann Currie. You can see their profiles here (I know you're all excited about seeing these behind -the -scene photos!).
It was fun chatting with the rabid (!) Today Show fans. A few of them gave me sad, befuddled looks when I had to ask the co-host's name (I knew her face but not her name). "Oh," one woman said with a concerned look, "you're not a regular Today Show viewer?" Ahhhhhh nope. Sorry!
President Bush interrupted that day with a surprise news conference. Yeah big surprise - I think it's his second in 6 years maybe? Anyway, you may have noticed how Matt Lauer has that "intense" look on his face - he was taking copious notes - only to read 3 lines later written by Lord knows who off the teleprompter before he sped by us and ran into the building. (He probably had to use the loo). :)
Anyway, while the audience watched, ah NOTHING, I continued getting to know the hard core fans around me. Al Roker (the weatherman) came by to meet the fans and sign autographs. (!) Ok....
The real highlight of the morning was when a dragonfly came and sat on this shoulder for about 10 minutes. I really liked this woman, and so did the dragonfly, apparently!
The camera skimmed the crowd a few times. I hid, while others were calling their loved ones on their cells, frantically telling them to turn on their tvs- quick!!
I had had quite enough of the Today Show, so I walked across the street and hung out AGAIN at St. Pat's!! No, I didn't pray for Conan tix, maybe I should have. I'm actually not that pious, but it's "safer" than shopping...I was in hyperspending mode (not only on myself though!). I was just trying to make good use of my time waiting for Sue!
While waiting for Sue, I took this picture outside of Saks. I think the clothing is designed by one of the Rolling Stones. Their autographs were scribbled all over this suit.
Sue arrived and probably walked right by me at first. I forgot that we were supposed to meet by the handbags. I was really honored that she drove 45 minutes into town to meet me. I felt very special! She was so much fun and very sweet to buy me lunch! We talked non stop,and she regaled me with lots of juicy stories...dancing in the dark with Bruce Springsteen kind of tales, and of course my tongue was hanging! Not really. But she IS a Jersey girl, so yeah, she hung out at the same bar as Bruce, back in the Born in the USA days. Wow. We had a lot in common, I think! It was really wonderful to meet someone who understands my Pete/Who/Rachel/blogging obsession. She's a very smart, funny,generous and compassionate soul. And she's a gorgeous rock and roll mama, as you can see!
Sue had to leave soon - boo hoo. Maybe it's better that we didn't get to shop together after all as originally planned. I was hankering to get to a museum, so she helped me get directions to the Museum of Modern Art. We bid our farewells, then I went for a quick visit to the museum. Oh my goodness, I just went gaga. I had NO idea about the magnitude of the art there. But DUH- it is NEW YORK after all!
Here's a few of the many pics I took, to remember my brief visit. I can't wait to take Anjoli there someday. She'll go nuts.
A lovely view