New York Diaries: Part One

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Last week Sandy and I went to New York for 4 non-stop days. SNL, Daily Show, 2 Broadway Shows and brunch sitting next to Paul and Mira Sorvino. All in about 80 hours. Want to know the what we learned?

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Last week Sandy and I went to New York for 4 non-stop days. SNL, Daily Show, 2 Broadway Shows and brunch sitting next to Paul and Mira Sorvino. All in about 80 hours. Want to know the what we learned?

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Last week Sandy and I went to New York for 4 non-stop days. SNL, Daily Show, 2 Broadway Shows and brunch sitting next to Paul and Mira Sorvino. All in about 80 hours. Want to know the what we learned?

1. Cab rides in NYC feel crazier than in Chicago because they are. We got in an accident on the ride from the airport. Our driver threw $10 at the man he rear ended and then accused him of wanting money because he was black. Ahhhhh, New York. Your racism has a zestier “je ne sais zest” than Chicago.

2. Mira Sorvino meets her parents for Saturday brunch just like the rest of us. Except she has an Oscar… And her Dad is Paul Sorvino… And she paid the bill with her charm and fame.

3. The ice skating rink at Rockafeller Center is about as big as my living room. If you’re one of the few who haven’t been over to my place, my living room isn’t big. It also has about as many minority teenagers as my living room. Which is a lot.

4. Every Starbucks in NYC has kick ass M&M cookies. My brother didn’t believe me when I said that we don’t have them in Chicago. But we don’t, or at least not the Starbucks I frequent. Please tell me if you know something I don’t.

5. When we were walking by Lincoln Center (see photo on previous page) I found myself thinking, “Ah, the Opera! If I lived here THAT’S what I would do on a Saturday afternoon!” No I wouldn’t. I live in a city with a world class Opera and I’ve been once in 10 years. And that’s because I got free tickets. New York has a way of making you feel like you’re somebody different while you are there. I guarantee you, if I lived in NYC, I’d spend my afternoons picking up soft scrub with bleach and my perscription from Duane Reed and then catching the 4:20 showing of Zodiac. Note: those are both things I could do in Schaumburg.

6. Sandy was the only person for MILES who wasn’t wearing a black or brown coat. His coat is blue. I know, I know, how embarrassing. Sooo, midwest of him.

7. You can truly get whatever you want to eat, whenever you want it. Middle Eastern & French fusion at midnight. No problem. We proved that on Monday night.

8. You have to stand your ground on saying NO to checking your coat and bottled water at dinner. Trust me, it’ll save you thousands of dollars.

9. That place on Broadway where Justin bought his hot pants for our NYC shows in 2000 is still there. I didn’t go in. I wanted to keep the memories just as they are. Pristine and disturbing.

10. It pays to know people on the inside. We got VIP treatment on Broadway, at The Daily Show and SNL. More on that to come in Part Two.

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