Monday, October 24, 2011

Waiting in Line

October 9, 2011

Not up as early as I wanted to be to get into another line. However, we did get to go to the bagel shop right around the corner from our hotel. I don't remember the name, but it is on Broadway between 54th and 55th street. If you want a great bagel sandwich, fruit, and coffee, this is the place. Plus the people are great there. We enjoyed talking to them. That is our theme all day though, meeting new people.

We got to "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" to try for rush tickets, and again we were in the back of the line. But, it is all about the experience. So, while in line we met a great couple of Israel, and Mike was able to help a cabbie that broke down on the street. Didn't get the rush tickets, b/c they ended up being partial view, so bought tickets for Tuesday evening. We really wanted to see Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway, and John Larroquette (Dan on Night Court). So, at least our wait in this line was an expensive one.

We felt lucky after not getting rush tickets, so we ran over to try to win the lottery for Wicked one more time. I mean you would think 3 times the charm. But, not so much. At this time, I was finished with waiting in line, but what did we do? We waited in line for cancellation tickets for the 3:00 show of Wicked. At this time, it was 1:00. However, again we met the nicest people. We met a family of four from Montreal Canada, a great couple from Tennessee, and another couple from Connecticut that lives only an hour away from the city (lucky ducks). I made it into the show with 15 minutes to spare. I was four rows from the stage, and could see the sweat on the dancers.

So, a note to remember that if they don't sell out all the tickets, they will sell them as cancellation tickets for less than half. The ticket I had was worth $304.00. Believe me, we would never be able to pay that much for a ticket. However, the show was amazing, and I enjoyed it so much. I think it was even better b/c I have become such a GLEE fan. Yes, I am a Gleeck.

After the great show, we needed to eat, so we stopped by the Irish Pub, Emmett O'Lunney's for an early dinner. Oh my goodness!!!! The service was fantastic, but the food was amazing! I had an Irish Beef Stew, which was mouth watering. The stew meat was so tender, and the vegetables in the stew were great. In the middle of the stew was mashed potatoes, which were also terrific. The mashed might not have been as great without the stew, but it worked for me. I literally stuffed myself, b/c I did not want it to go to waste. Mike had fish and chips, and it was phenomenal. I think this was the best meal we had in NYC. The only thing that distracted me were the multitude of televisions around the place. It was hard to have a conversation b/c there was too much going on with the games.

Time for a nap, and then out for dessert. We had to ask where to go for a great cheesecake, because I refuse to pay the $10.00 for cheesecake and $5.00 for a cup of coffee at Lindy's. Their cheesecake and coffee is good, but not worth that much. We asked where to go, and were given Juniors, so we located it and went. Wow, the service was out of this world, and the prices were great. The coffee was in a very large mug, which did get cold quick, but it was great coffee. I also put a million creams in my coffee. The cheesecake was terrific, and I didn't feel like I ate enough in money that we could have eaten two meals. I don't know how it was, but the woman next to me ordered the mac-n-cheese, and it looked great. It was crowded and loud, but we enjoyed hanging out there for a short while.

Afterwards, we took a walk. I turned the corner and there in lights was my soul mate. Harry Connick Jr. will be on Broadway in November, and I think I heard my heart break just a little. Of course I got there too early and missed him. I think this only means I will have to return a little sooner than I planned.  He will be in on Broadway in"On a Clear Day You Can see Forever", and I MUST return to see him. I missed him in "The Pajama Game", several years ago, and I don't want to miss him this time.

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