- November 8th, 2004
Well, I'm going to attempt to make this update not go on for pages and pages - this is the "short" version...so, if you need more details, you'll have to ask! :)
Overall, New York was great! My mom and I had a fab time - we lost a lot of sleep, spent a lot of money, and all and all had an exciting adventure. On our first, terribly long day (up at 4:15am to catch flight, to bed at 1:30am) we hit Times Square......we checked out Madame Tussand's wax museum and took lots of stupid pictures. I'll post some eventually. We checked out the shops and walked around a ton. Then we got half price tickets to see "Dracula: the Musical" on Broadway. I know it sounds lame, but it was really good! We were both impressed.
On Saturday, we tried out the subway and made our way to the Central Park area. We bought some fantastic art on the sidewalks - and had a fun chat with the girlfriend of one of the artists. I'll get the link to his website up here soon as well. Then we walked across Central Park to the Museum of Natural History. I really wanted to see the "Frogs" exhibit - which is leaving soon - it has 200 frogs, 25 species....and I LOVE the little poison-dart ones....but, sadly, the next showing was when we needed to leave to get to Siggy's play. So, on to that, the play was AWESOME (not like a hot dog)and just plan hysterical!!! All the (3) actors were great - and, for me, it was just really amazing to see Sigourney act live. She was extremely expressive (even more than usual), and you could tell she really loves the theater. For the first showing we sat at the top (like row 7) and the second we sat at the bottom (row 2)...and surprisingly, it was completely different. I wouldn't have expected that in such a small theatre, but, it was.
Onto the Siggy madness - I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole thing. It wasn't a bad experience - so it must have been a good experience. It was just complicated. LOL! We unexpectedly ran into Sig while waiting in the bathroom line....so my mom jumped in and got her auto for me....while I was doing my best to impersonate the wall! I was not prepared and I could have (and wished to die)....it was like a total adrenaline "fight or flight" moment and I was in flight hyperdrive. I just wanted to get as far away from her as possible!
So, that whole bit of my geek-smackness made me a bit more nervous about the next show and any attempts to meet/converse with Sigourney afterwards. Then, during the 2nd show, my mom got in trouble for trying to take a picture (which, we found out, is illegal - and rude - but, hey, we're not city folk. How should we have known)....so that was totally embarrassing and made me uncomfortable and even more geek-smacky and I decided I didn't want to bother her...but after my bathroom break before leaving....she & her husband Jim had already gone upstairs and were basically between us and any attempt at escape...so Jim's (nicely) explaining to my mom about how you're not supposed to take pictures (and she's getting randomly upset - for breaking the rules and embarrassing me, etc.), so she heads out, telling me to do whatever I want.
So I decide I want to give Sigourney her contract back and I throw the card I had for her in the package....and I'm hovering in the corner basically staring at Jim & Sig's backs as they talk to people - then Sigourney turns around to talk to me - and I try to explain, without going into the whole story, what I'm trying to give her (and I'm doing a horrid job)...so she's opening it, and I'm going - "I wrote it all down, I really can't explain it right now" or something inane - but she's really nice about it. She gives me a little hug and says thanks for saving her from whatever it is and that it was very sweet. Then she says she feels like she should pay me back and asked if there was anything that she could do for me. I said no, of course, and she said it was a good deed. To which, I did have a spark of me and said that it was my annual good deed, but it's too bad it was so late in the year"....then I told her to have a good night and I ran (okay, not really). She said to come back to the Flea sometime...so, I mean, that was GREAT! She was really, truly appreciative - very sincere - and that's all I wanted. It really does mean a lot to me, and it was rather cool to have a brief moment of relating to each other as people (and not the whole fandom thing)....but I just wasn't excited like I thought I'd be. It was all rather odd. I don't know whether it was because I was uncomfortable about the picture thing and worried about my mom (who's sniveling outside - I did tell her she was a good distraction because I probably wouldn't have been able to say anything otherwise. Maybe the problem is I was talking to Sig with only half a brain.) or because I was feeling so awkward or what....but, unless I'm really thinking about it, I just feel rather "eeeehhh" about it.
So, I'm just not sure about all that. It was great, but it was strange and it was not at all what I expected. But, I still think she's the best! :)
Okay, moving on, on Sunday we walked to the World Trade Center and checked it and St. Paul's church out. Then we navigated the subway (switching trains!) back to Central Park to buy more art....and then it was basically time to go. All in all, it was SO much mad fun and I can't wait to go back. The Flea is having a fundraiser - a luau this year....and I'd really like to go. It's in January, so I severely doubt I'll make it! Oh well.
If you wanna know more or want me to shut up or whatever - just let me know!