Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'...all of our good times.'

Ok all. I'm going to finally discuss my trip to New York. I have had the opportunity to go to New York twice in the past 6 months. Seriously, it truly is a blessing and a dream come true to get to go there once. Let alone twice! This is just the first two days Sunday and Monday. I figured if my posts started getting too long than nobody really would read them.

I went to New York with some friends of mine so that I could see Hanson perform their 5 of 5 Series. Which basically was Hanson did their anthology. Each night they would perform a different album and play them in chronological order. The official trip began on April 24th. Kira flew into Oklahoma City from Sacramento. We met up with some friends and went to one of my favorite places in the city, big truck tacos. (Seriously, their tacos are divine). After eating we went to Norman Music Festival. We left pretty early since we had an early flight out the next day. So we headed back to my house, made sure we had everything we needed and tried to sleep. We made it through security and everything in one piece and got on the flight out to Dallas. Getting to La Guardia was a little trickier... After being pulled off one flight/stepping off we made it 'on a flight to NYC.' We arrived to a wet and dreary New York. I suppose that was to be expected since it rains so much there. Anyway, after putting on our rain jackets and boots we figured our best bet would be to take a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. Boy were we wrong! The shuttle had a driver and a ticket taker that spoke almost no English. It was during the 2nd stop that we were informed that that was the last stop. So we got off the bus, took our bags and tried to figure out where we were-- we had no idea. After walking several blocks we decided to get some pizza. Yes, the delicious authentic New York kind that is the size of your head. After that we walked about 40ish blocks or so and made it to our hotel. After checking into the hotel we were off again to Port Authority to pick up Colleen. She took the bus from Boston. After eating the worst mac and cheese, maybe of my entire life, we attempted to figure out the subway system. Once we mastered that (ok, once we asked a million people) we made it back to the hotel. We attempted to go to a piercing parlor, but it was closed before we got there. We headed back to the hotel and went to bed.

Monday morning we were up bright and early so that we could go to the Today Show. I mean after all, hanson was going to be on the show. Caylen showed up at this time. She had taken a red eye from Seattle. Little did we know that they were going to be on in the 11 o'clock hour with Hoda and Kathy Lee, so we spent all morning at the Today Show. (Ok, it WAS pretty cool even if it was cold and raining.) After the Today Show Kira and I went to the Museum of Modern Art. It was so freaking cool! Seriously, thanks everyone that recommend to go there. Tim Burton had an exhibit going on along with Marina Abramovic. The Tim Burton part had early drawings of Edward Scissor hands, Nightmare Before Christmas, random sketches, the masks from batman, claymation, and so much more that I know I'm forgetting, but it was so cool. After seeing Tim's display we ventured all around MoMA starting at the 6th floor and working our way down. We did skip sculptures and paintings simply because we didn't have enough time. We did see Marina's exhibit which was 'The Artist is Present.' Her display was a little bit nutty to say the least, but it was modern art. She had these crazy videos going on... one of them was a lady screaming until she lost her voice, another was a naked lady dancing with a mask on her face until she passed out. Then there were the real naked women on display.... there was one sitting on this bicycle type seat on a wall, another was laying on a table with a skeleton on her, and then there were 2 standing in between a door way. Of course I had to walk between them. After MoMA we went back to the hotel and got ready for Middle of Nowhere night. We got our tickets first and then We ate at this DELICIOUS place called Pax. They had THE BEST yogurt parfait I've ever had in my entire life. Seriously, if I had to marry food, it would be a vanilla parfait from Pax. After we stuffed our faces we went down to the Gramercy and got in line. Once doors were opened we decided to sit right behind the soundboard/sound guys. Best seats in the house. For real. We could 1) See the set lists 2) See the stage 3) Hear perfect without tons of screaming 4) Knew when the boys were going to come on because the sound guys had walkie talkies and they'd be like 'have a great show' like a second before the boys stepped on stage. The show was incredible. Seriously. I wasn't sure how well they would do 'Weird, 'Lucy' and 'With You in Your Dreams' since they're more acoustic, but once again, they blew my mind. Especially 'With You in Your Dreams.' This is important to hear because people that weren't there feel rather blah about it. They broke the crowd up into helping being a chorus and gave different sections to the song and it was incredible. Seriously. I can't even describe how cool it was to be in the crowd as part of it. The video versions do not give it enough credit at all. It was one of my favorite hanson sing alongs ever, and I've been singing along for a long time. After the show we went back to the hotel and chilled/went to bed. And prepared for yet another long day in NYC.

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