What a fantastic weekend. On Saturday, after work, I headed over to the get-together that Karyn, one of the King Kong actors, was having to celebrate her birthday and the opening of the show. She's such a sweetheart and invited me during the dress rehearsal I attended. It was a couple blocks from the Empire State Building--very fitting with the Kong theme--and there was actually rooftop access (20+ floors). So the view was great, but it would have been better if it hadn't been raining. They put tents up, which helped with the rain, but killed the view. They also provided red robes for everyone to wear because it was a little chilly. Seeing everyone wearing matching red robes definitely made it look like we were all in a cult or something. lol (Or a scene from "The Village" maybe).
Today, I got up and met Mark, one of the actors, at Prospect Park. It's kind of like the Central Park of Brooklyn. Really very gorgeous. There's a carousal and a zoo and a lake and historical houses and all sorts of other great park stuff. Mark goes there all the time, so he gave me the grand tour. He showed me the secret cemetery within the park where Montgomery Clift is buried. The cemetery is closed off to the public and practically no one even knows about it, so I felt very privileged.
The only down side to this excursion was that I had to take the G subway (along with two other lines) to get from Brooklyn to Queens, and as all New Yorkers know, the G sucks. They were doing work on the line and it wasn't stopping at all of the usual stops. So instead of three trains, I had to take five and it ended up taking me twice as long as it should have.Â As a result, I missed the performance of the show that I've been helping out backstage, Memory. The stage manager had left my name at the box office so I could get in for free. Hopefully I'll get to go next week instead.Â
After work at the theatre, I entered the subway and was walking to my line when who do I run into? Mike McCarthy, my co-worker from University of Michigan. It's so weird because I was just thinking the other day that this city is so massive that I'll probably never run into anyone I know. And then of course ... there's Mike. lol Weirder still, after talking to Mike and his roommates for a sec, we headed to our separate lines. Of course, I wasn't thinking and headed to the 6 when I needed to take the R. As soon as I got to the 6, I realized my mistake and headed over to the R. As soon as I got there, I walked right out in front of Mike again. lol So we ended up needing to take the same line for a bit and got to catch up a little more. It was just so bizarre seeing him again after so long, and running into him in Manhattan (we both live in Queens, but he's in Astoria and I'm in Sunnyside).Â
The final highlight for the day was finding out there's a McDonalds three blocks from where I'm living in Sunnyside. I know this doesn't sound all that exciting, but I was talking to Katie this morning about how a person's metabolism slows down around a certain age and that I've probably only got 2 or 3 more good years before that happens to me. So I was thinking that I should probably live it up while I still can. And then, like a sign from above, I look out the window of the 7 train and see the golden arches. It was a very spiritual experience. lol jk But it was very tasty.Â
And now Heather is home from her weekend excursion and it's time for us to watch some "Antique Road Show."Â Haha, totally awesome.
Good weekend, huh? Am I right or am I right?Â