A Magical Weekend

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A few months ago, my daughter Tracy and I planned to meet in NYC to see Evita which is back on Broadway.  Little did we know that Hurricane Sandy would hit the region just four days prior to our visit.  We carefully watched the news for updates.  Our hotel had power and LaGuardia and Broadway reopened so we decided to go for it.  Our biggest concern was getting from the airport into midtown since not all bridges and tunnels were reopened and there were massive images of gridlock on the news.  We opted for a city bus to a subway station and an hour later we were in our hotel.  The city was encouraging people to use public transportation so our trip was  free.
The first thing we did was head for NBC to get standby tickets for the Jimmy Fallon show.  We got tickets #92 and 93 but were not discouraged because we figured some folks with regular tickets would not be able to make it into the city. With standby tickets in hand, we headed for indian food and saw Lucy Liu walking her dog.  We snuck a bad cell phone photo of her.  🙂  After lunch we headed to the Museum of Modern Art where we got in for free (IBM is a corporate sponsor).  Then it was time to line up for our standby tickets and we got in!  NBC was filming the hurricane benefit concert just across the hall.  When Jimmy Fallon’s band was announced, who walks in with them but Sting!  He sang “Walking on the Moon” then went back to the benefit.  The guests that night were Christina Aguilera and Colin Quinn.  A night to remember!

On Saturday, we headed to NBC again and were in the Today Show audience.  We stood right next to Lenny.  Did you see us? 😀  From there, we headed to the Museum of Natural History (free again) for a few hours.  We opted to get cheap evening Evita tickets so we could cram a second show in and caught a really great matinee performance of Chicago.  On Sunday, we crammed as much of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (thanks IBM!) as we could before heading back to the airport.

Tracy just started her second trimester, so this was a very special trip (yep, we’re going to be grandparents!).  We crammed a LOT into two memorable mother daughter days.  Now Claire and I need to decide on a magical destination.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 11:57:28

    It was a magical trip, so many great memories. Thanks so much for a great weekend. I miss you both!


  2. Jennifer
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 15:23:07

    WOW!! Looks like great fun!! I watched Jimmy Fallon that night! Bet it was great being there in person!


  3. Gloria
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 18:50:54

    I had my fingers crossed for you – so glad you got to go


  4. Lora
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 19:57:45

    So happy you two had an awesome adventure!


  5. LimeRiot
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 22:41:58

    What a fun trip! I’m glad that everything worked out so well.


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