Who knew I was such a fan

9 06 2010

Remember when I was SOO excited to be a “grown up” and be able to choose to be a ridiculous flighty teenager at the GLEE concert?  Well…I may have forgotten that whole ‘grown up’ part and turned into a ridiculous, screaming (well…I raised my voice) GROUPY. Some would even say that I fit right in with the 10 year old boys screaming for Simon and Ryan Seacrest.

Kidding.  Definitely Kidding.  I was not screaming for Ryan Seacrest (but I did take a picture of his car).

But I did manage to find my way into the Nokia Theater while I was in LA to watch the American Idol Finale performance show.  It’s just called, ‘being in the right place at the right time’.  Or, ‘eavesdropping on your booth neighbour and demanding that he find 2 tickets to the show and telling him that you were going to be his new BFF’.

Regardless of how it happened, I made it into the Nokia Theater, watched Lee and Crystal battle it out live and I’m embarrassingly admitting that I ran like a little school girl to the back of the theatre (with my new BFF saying, “Traci I ran for you, now pick up the pace”) and stood at the gates waiting for somebody (hopefully famous) to come through those back doors.  Well, we didn’t have to wait very long before Ellen and Kara came out and actually came up to take photos and sign autographs.  I was not properly schooled in the art of celebrity chasing so I awkwardly stood by the gate, half-heartedly called their names and unsuccessfully tried to take photos with them.

I did manage to get someone to sign my “Official American Idol T-Shirt”; however at first I didn’t know what her name was or which season of Idol she was really from.  But, it was a start.  From there we went to the front of the theatre where the current season Idol’s were making the rounds, taking photos, signing autographs and being interviewed.  After 30 minutes of hanging around I started to come out of my Idol frenzy and I thought to myself, “what am I doing?  I am NOT this person.  I’m not a groupy.  I have GOT to get out of here”.

After I slept off my Idol high, I headed back to the convention for the final day and tear down.  As soon as I got to the Convention Hall, which just so happened to be beside the Nokia Theater, I saw the media barricades, the red carpet and I started to feel a little tingle of excitement.  I mean, who finds themselves in the heart of the American Idol frenzy and doesn’t participate.  Don’t worry – I came prepared this time.

With my sharpie and American Idol T-Shirt in one hand and my camera and flip video in the other, I met up with my partner in crime and together we spent 3 hours at the back gates of the Nokia Theater.  I know, it’s a long time.  But you feel like you put so much time in that you should stay, and then you feel like if you leave you’re going to miss someone really good!!!  We saw a lot of people – Christina Aguilera, The BeeGees, a WHOLE bunch of past Idols, Alanis Morrisette, etc.  This time I committed to one primary goal – Autographs.

Here is the final list:

Kelly Clarkson, Kris Allen, Brooke (someone or other), Alanis Morrisette, Robin (from the BeeGees), Jordan Sparks, Reuben Studdard, Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent host OR Mariah Carey’s husband), Orianthe, Kimberly Clark, AND Ellen Degeneres (however she only put on a dot because she couldn’t write on the shirt- but I swear it was her).

Well, I don’t know if I’ll ever do this again, but at least I can say that I did it.

Check that off the list.  And I did get a couple of photos…

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Good Ol’ Country Livin’

15 04 2010

Whenever I think of New York, I think of New York City and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, thin crust pizza, unlimited wine at Wolfgang’s, specialty cupcakes, boating in Central Park and the swagger that everyone has in Brooklyn.

I DO NOT think of dilapidated barns, grazing cows, bleating goats or rolling green bluffs.  But, as we are back on the road and traveling in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, this is what we have.  It’s pretty cool to be out in the country – a whole different experience.

It’s been a nice change to explore all of these small towns (villages really) and take in the local flavour.

We’ve been eating in small town diners, although one flavour that we tasted that we probably won’t taste again….Scrapple.  What do you think of when you see “2 Eggs and Scrapple” or “A side of Scrapple” on the menu.  We sat at the table debating what this meant… ‘another word for a scrambler?’, or ‘maybe it’s saucy apples.  Scr-Apple?  Apples?  That makes sense right?’  The most country of our group told us that she didn’t think it had anything to do with apples or any other kind of fruit.  Well, she was right.  When we asked our server what Scrapple was she said, ‘Exactly what it sounds like.  The Scraps – all the parts of the pig that you can’t sell off, ground together and fried.  Cooked well done’.  Ohhh………

Well, we can say we tried it.  Check that off the list.

While we were in Pennsylvania we had the opportunity to stay at an Inn.  140 year old building.  8 rooms.  And a bone-in ribeye to die for.

To be honest, we were a bit wary of staying at an Inn.  Are there going to be shared bathrooms?  Do we have to sit at breakfast and dinner and introduce ourselves and stare at other people awkwardly while they’re looking at us looking at them?  Is there going to be Internet?

As we drove up to this quaint building, The BriMarie Inn   (www.thebrimarieinn.com) and walked into the house, we were pleasantly surprised and ended up extending our stay.  It felt like home.  I admit, I was nosy and explored all of the rooms that I could while we were there.  And we spent our evenings with a couple of drinks on the front patio and eating dinner in our own dining area drinking good wine and eating great food.  If you are ever in the Sayre, PA area, you definitely have to stop by.

Today we drove through the winding roads in none other than American Idol contestant Aaron Kelly’s home turf.  How do I know that?  Well, we saw signs everywhere.  How cool is that?