I just (okay on Monday) got back from a long weekend in Manhatta
n. I was there for a fan luncheon for Eden Riegel star of the webseries Imaginary Bitches,
and who is now back on All My Child
ren playing Bianca Montgomery, Erica Kane's daughter.
I wanted to eek out as much time as I could so we (my brother and a friend went with m
e) took very early flights and got to our h
otel by 3pm on Thursday. My friend wanted to see Avenue Q so we did the lottery and got front row t
ickets. Christy Carlson Romano is playing Kate right now. The show was great. Then on Friday we went shopping and walk
ing around Greenwich Village and Soho, and then stood in the TKTS line so my friend c
ould get a ticket to Equus. Then I got a Nathan's philly cheese steak for dinner. Yum!
On Saturday was the luncheon.
I ran the video camera for the luncheon s
o I didn't get to interact too much w
ith Eden or her husband Andrew Miller (creator, writer and director of Imaginary Bitches and of whom I am al
so a huge fan) or any of the other BAMmers who were at the event. The atmosphere was very informal and eve
n though I had never met anybody in the room before that day I knew most of them from fan message boa
rds. I loved that I felt like I could be myse
lf with these people. I didn't have to be "on" or concentrate on not saying off the wal
l things. It felt like the annual Christmas Day Zo
mbie Movie Viewing Party that my friends have each year. It was that confortable and welcoming.
To me at least. Afterwards a group of us went to hang out at a local pub. It was great. I didn't feel like I was tagging along or that I might be getting a little bit annoying. I have a tendency to be too much sometimes, I know this and will try to keep myself in check when I feel it becoming noticable. I never felt like that with this grou
p. Maybe part of it was that I was generall
y calmer while I was there. Manhattan has always felt like home and m
aybe that affected my whole demeanor. I don't know. But I know that I never once felt like I h
ad to keep myself in check, or pull back the entire time I was there.
After the pub we went to the hotel bar w
here a couple of people were staying and s
tayed there for a while. Then we went to Sbarro in Times Square f
or pizza. The next day a group of us met up and we
nt to the Sports Museum after having brunch in the financial dis
ctrict. Then we walked through Battery Park and took the train back up to meet a group for dinner. We had amazing Italian "family style" food and giant desserts! Then we took lots of pictures and went b
ack out to let some of the others take s
ome pictures in and of Times Square. I Went back to the hotel and packed getting to sleep about 12:30am then I got up at 2am to make sure the rest of my group wa
s packed and ready to leave for the airp
ort. We wanted to get there by 4am for our 6a
m flight. I landed back home at 12:07pm and went s
traight to work, then to my mom's to pick up my dog Luci,
then I went home and work on an Imagina
ry Bitches fan video in response to a po
sted call for such videos back in Septem
ber, but with the costumes for "World of Mirt
h" which opened while I was in NYC and then t
he luncheon and not to mention actual wo
rk work I hadn't had time to make a video until a
fter I got back. But now it's done and on my YouTube
So things are slowing down a bit and I c
an actually breathe a bit. I really needed that trip and it's done m
e a giant world of good. Like Jupiter sized not Mercury sized. Lots and lots of good.
I'll post a link to some pictures once I g
et them scanned in.