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My trip to New York was really, really great. Now, I've done a lot of traveling in my adult years, and I've learned that vacation stories get old fast, so I'll condense my vacation summary in to the top five events of the trip.

1) Spider-man

The original point of my trip to New York was to see the Broadway musical Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. I had heard that it was bad, and it had it's problems during development, but I'm happy to say it was great! Matt and I both had a blast. It wasn't perfect, but it was certainly entertaining.

310/365 Spider-man

2) Central Park

Central Park was beautiful. We spent hours walking as much of it as we could. While we were there, we saw several famous spots including places where Hair was filmed. We also ran in to Laura Linney!

Central Park Angel's Wings

3) Broadway and Times Square

What a spectacle! We saw Harry Potter dance his ass off, we cried as Jan Maxwell and Bernadette Peters tore our hearts out in Follies, we visited a Toys R Us with a ferris wheel and we had unbelievable BBQ. All within a few blocks.

Big Apple (Color) At Follies

4) Bros

I admittedly didn't want to spend too much time hanging out with Matt's friends in New York, but they turned out to be some great folks to meet. Plus, they provided a unique insight in to day-to-day life in New York. Matt's friends Raffy, Shannon and Andy were gracious hosts and fun people to meet. I'm honored to call them my friends, and I can't wait to see them again.

Pepsi Cola Sign So Tasty!

5) The Statue of Liberty

We wound up seeing the Statue of Liberty in the late afternoon on our last full day in New York. It was a gift of an experience. We get some great pictures, and we had a very memorable and beautiful afternoon.

IMG_3695 311/365

6) Shhhhhh. WHITE CASTLE!!!!!!

Had to sneak this one in. Mid-vacation, I realized that New York has White Castle. I told Matt that if he cared about me at all, he would let me go there. It was his first time, and he liked it. Yes!

White Castle!


I need to say an extra thanks to Matt for really making this trip happen. I decided I wanted to go to New York to see Spider-man, and I didn't care who went with me, and I only intended on going to a night or two. Matt turned the trip in to a full-on New York vacation, and I owe him big.

Also, thanks to [ profile] chulo_los for suggesting Follies. It was great!
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A group of us went to the Orange County Fair on Saturday to celebrate Matt's birthday.  It was fun and exhausting.  We were there for 9 hours.

218/365 Fried food.

Cool.  Get it?!  I *think* @animbear liked his Crispy Creme chicken sandwich.  I liked mine!

Fair Food we did eat:

- fried Kool-Aid
- zucchini nachos
- pizza on a stick
- fried pickles
- fried veggie plate
- fudge
- salt water taffee
- Krispy Kreme donut chicken sandwich with jelly filling

Fai Food we did not eat:

- fried frogs legs
- fried twinkies

There's always next time.
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In November, [ profile] xxtapemakerxx Matt and I are going to New York. It'll be a fancy ladies bro-cation. The point of the trip for me will be to see the Broadway musical Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. I realize it's a silly ambition. A few people I know have seen it and hated it, but I bet I will love it. We're also planning on seeing The Book of Mormon, which according to my friend Mikey, is the funniest musical ever.

This is a big deal to me. When I was a kid, I was made aware of New York through movies like Annie and Muppets Take Manhattan. I've always been enchanted by it, and I always figured I'd go some day. But for multiple reasons, trips to the Big Apple have always been elusive to me. Then I just decided, "You know what? I'm going, even if I have to go alone." Luckily, I talked Matt in to joining me.

I feel very, very lucky in life that I can do these types of things. (squee!)
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While I was out of town a few weeks ago, I heard that tickets for Prince's 21-night residency were going on sale. I'm a hug fan, so I jumped at the chance to get tickets. I didn't realize the night I got tickets for was the night before Easter. Oops*.

Fast forward to Saturday. In the morning, JP and I met up with several friends for brunch at Blue BayouBleu Boheme in Kensington. I was itching to head up to LA, but I'm glad I stuck around for brunch. I had a lovely talk with my new friends Kevin and Michael. Kevin was particularly fun to talk to because he's a successful Broadway actor and knows a bit about theater. I wanted to know eveything about Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. I know it's awful, but I'm a little bit obsessed and I totally plan on seeing it (care to join me?).


When I got to [ profile] xxtapemakerxx's house in Anaheim, to pick him up for the show, he suggested we go to Fingerprints in Long Beach first. Um, yes please! Fingerprints is a famous-ish record store, where several indie bands (Rilo Kiley, Hold Steady, Ani Difranco) have recorded live albums. They recently moved to a much larger and nicer location. I was in heaven; spent way too much money.

That night we saw Prince. The opening act was Chaka Kahn. "What?!" we both said. She sounded great. During the show, we ran in to fellow LJ-er [ profile] titoagogo. Yay.

Prince tore it up. He played just about every hit in his catalog and plenty of random album cuts, including a medley of slow jams Scandalous, Insatiable and Adore. I'm not sure if he does this every night, but a bunch of folks from Prince's past came up on stage to join him. Chaka Kahn did Sweet Thing, Larry Graham (from Sly and the Family Stone) did a bunch of his terrible 70's funk**, and Sheila E played drums and sang!!!

The Symbol Stage Prince and Sheila E!

After the show, I bought a $10 bootleg shirt, and Matt bought a tour book. We dined on Taco Bell and watched Prince videos. OMG, yay.

* Fun Fact: I was extremely tired all Easter Sunday.
** Fun Fact: As much as I love Prince, I hate hate hate 70's funk like Earth Wind and Fire, Sly and the Family Stone and KC and the Sunshine Band.


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