Friday, May 28, 2010

I wanna rock!

So, one of the best things about living in NY is meeting people who have all kinds of jobs. Purse designers, Rockettes costume sewers, writers, actors, scientists. I know people who work for ad agencies, the museum of natural history, Sports Illustrated, NBC, law firms, the mayors office.
I have a friend who works for the Broadway League and since she knew my time in NY is limited, she decided to give me free tickets to some shows!
First up, last Friday I went and saw the Broadway play Race. Race, which opened in Dec. 2009 and stars David Alan Grier, James Spader and Kerry Washington, is a drama about a team of lawyers tasked with defending a white man accused of raping a black woman.

I enjoyed the play. The back-and-forth dialogue between the three main characters was fantastic and keeps you on your feet. I will admit, however, that some of it felt forced. I'm not sure if it's the nature of performance acting, but it did take me out of it at times.
Last Saturday I was able to see Rock of Ages. What a fun show! Rock of Ages, starring Constantine Mouralis of American Idol fame, is basically a rock show in script format. I laughed so much during this show and the music was awesome. The story, which chronicles a group of people working at a bar in the 80's, never dragged and was engaging. They gave out these "lighters" to hold up during the power ballads! Loved it!

Before I leave NY, I'm going to try to get lottery tickets for Wicked!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Today Show with Stalker Lindsey

So yesterday I had this plan to attempt to stalk Neil Patrick Harris while he was on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee because I love me some NPH. I got into Manhattan around 9ish because Hoda and Kathie Lee start at 10. I knew it was a long shot to meet him since the weather was sucky and he most likely wouldn't come out to greet the fans.
When I walked up to the Today Show area in Rockefeller Center, I was approached by an intern who asked if I wanted to be on the show. I said yes of course! And she proceeded to tell me that I would be on a trivia portion where I could win a (an?) $100 gift card. I was nervous because I didn't want it to interfere with my stalking, but hello! a shot at a hundred bucks. I decided to go for it and I'm glad I did because not only did NPH not go outside, I also won $100!
That's the video of me answering the question.

Basically, everyone who signed up to participate went to the NBC Experience Store at 10am because the segment airs at 10:30. We were lined up in order so Kathie Lee could go down the line when asking questions. The theme for this week was about college and graduates and my question was easy. True or False: More woman than men will enroll in college this fall, which, of course, was true. I got a $100 Visa gift card! Now I just have to figure out what to spend it on!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jersey Shore *fist pump*

To celebrate her new job and to conclude our amazing time of unemployedness together, Jess and I decided to take a trip to the Jersey Shore, more specifically Point Pleasant beach. It was a nicer day, but very windy. We had a fun time taking some pictures and just being dorks.
So true!

Yes, we did take jumping pictures.

I'm the King of the World!!

Last Saturday I felt on top of the world. I overcame one of my biggest fears: BUGS. Yes, bugs. As a child, my parents had to stop taking us on camping trips because of my bug fear. I would freak out about moths!

Moving to NYC has been an experience because of the issues with vermin such as cockroaches and mice. I am proud to say that I can kill a cockroach in 5 seconds flat. Those suckers are fast! I throw books at them and have a can of Raid nearby if needed. I actually haven't seen any in my current apartment, but we had them when I lived in Bay Ridge.

Killing a cockroach is one thing, holding one is completely different. In the Discovery Room at the Museum of Natural History where I volunteer, we have various animals and insects. The only thing we can take out for children to hold are the cockroaches and whenever I was volunteer upstairs, I would have to go get someone if a kid wanted to get one out. Finally, I decided enough was enough, I was just going to do it myself!

So I did!

I started out by touching one. Then Stephanie, another volunteer, took one out and put it in my hand. Then, I put it back in the cage. Then, I picked one up! These are Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and some of them are very old, so they aren't too fast. Their hissing sound is due to their ability to force air through the breathing pores (spiracles) found on their abdomen.

I call this cockroach Lady CaCa (I name everything in the museum after singers and admit it, this cockroach just screams royalty).

After conquering this fear I felt fantastic! I can do anything now!

Confession #1

I have a confession to make. I'm in love with this man.
I stay up late to watch Late Night. I follow him on Twitter. When I can't sleep I watch re-runs of his show. Combine comedy with cuteness and put it in a suit (well fitted suit, I might add) every night and I. Am. Sold.

I've been to the show 3 times now and I just love it. Jimmy seems to really be making a name for himself in the late-night realm and has an array of hilarious spoofs. See below:

  • 6bee is a spoof of Glee where the Late Night cast must come up with money for new cue cards so they decide to enter into sectionals to win the cash. Hilarious, spot-on, and they are actually pretty good performers.
  • Late, similar to the show Lost, is a series where Jimmy and the Late Night crew are involved in an elevator accident and end up on an abandoned floor and can't get out. The camera work is identical to Lost and so over the top it's amazing.
  • Real Housewives of Late Night is Late Night's take on the Real Housewives series'. Jimmy and a lot of the crew dress up as women and play their wives. So close to the original series, it's scary.
  • 7th Floor West is a recreation of reality shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach. Again, spot-on with the spoofs. The first episode's main dilemma is when Jimmy has to decide what tie to wear on the first show.
  • And then, who can forget Robert is Bothered starring Jimmy Fallon as Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen of the Twilight series. So, ridiculous it's amazing. And he sits in a tree!

So there you have it. A little Jimmy Fallon sketch 101. As I said, I love him. The only downside is he's married. And not really accessible. But so cute I want to pinch his little cheekers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If there's anything you want, come on back cause it's all still here

I remember when I first moved to New York, I hated the news. I can't explain what it was about it that I hated, but I can guess that it was just cause it was different. Everything was different than what I was used to and I think the news just confirmed that for me. Now, I find comfort in the news. I find comfort in the consistency. I find comfort in being part of a great city.

I am coming up on my third anniversary of living in NY (tomorrow, to be precise) and I'm nervous. When the year started, I knew 2010 would be a year of change, I just didn't realize how much change would come about.