More (free and cheap) Adventures in New York City

Turkey, May 2011

I will admit the picture does not actually have anything to do with this post. I just thought a theater atop a mountain is pretty epic.

On Tuesday, I had another great and awesome privileged of being in the studio audience for the taping of the Colbert Report. If you have never seen it before, you should look it up right now. Then come back and finish reading my blog.

While it was a really incredible experience and I would highly recommend it, I will probably never do it again for several reasons. First, I stood in line for about an hour before I even got the actual ticket to go inside. But, if you are on standby and do not get in, they give you a pass to come back at  a later date. More standing in line outside. Someone really smelled. A couple was sucking face like they needed each others saliva to live. The backpack in line in front of me kept hitting me. A creepy mustached man behind me made crude jokes. Then, everyone had to go through a metal detector and stand in a holding pen. Two hours later, we were seated in the studio.

That is when the magic happened. I won’t give away the secrets of the show. But, if you are a serious fan the few moments before the show starts are incredible. Stephen takes questions from the audience, out of character. Then, he danced and lip-synched to the entirety of Fell in Love with a Girl by the White Stripes. Also, Peter Jackson’s personal assistant was in the audience. I have never seen suit pants that tight on any man, ever.

The show did not disappoint and seeing behind the scenes will make future episodes a little more special for me. I really don’t know that I will have the time or patience in the future to go again, but I am glad I did it once.

Turkey, May 2011

Again, picture unrelated. After the show (and after calling my parents to make sure they TiVo the episode), my friend and I headed to the secret burger restaurant in midtown. Seriously, a secret burger joint hidden in Le Parker Meridien, one of those fancy midtown hotels. I was pretty convinced the doorman was giving us a “and what are you doing here?” look. But in the lobby, behind a big black curtain is a neon burger sign. Follow that into a little wooden burger shack, complete with pitchers of beer and graffiti on the walls. For $14.50 you can get  a cheese burger, fries, and a coke. They weren’t the best  burger and fries that I have ever had, but they were pretty good. At that price in midtown, they were simply amazing. So, if you ever find yourself wanting to explore behind the curtain in midtown, check out the Burger Joint.

Quote of the Day:

“When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla.”
– L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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