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Wow, do I need a pick me up! Today was a very VERY VERY bad day at work so here’s a little something to lighten my mood and hopefully your mood as well. Call it my tour of eye candy.

Starting with a goodie:

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Some Firth action:

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Indulge me:

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Wish I could get his sexy voice on here too:

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Vampire Segment:

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And of course:

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How about vampire adjacent?:

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How about writer of vampire musical?:

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Which obviously leads me to:

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More funny guys:

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I’d pay so much to be in the middle of these three:

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I am hotness (and so can you!):

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Another New York person:

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How about some singers:

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And of course, my Michael:

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Yep, that never fails. 🙂

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So I was all in a rush this morning to get my photos developed from my last two trips to New York City and the digital CD I got of the photos is corrupt so I can’t post them on here. GRRRRR! So, just use your imagination.

Anyway, had an awesome weekend trip to NYC with friend of the blog Sarah this past weekend. We met up at about noonish and after a brief unloading of luggage at our hotel on 6th Ave, we headed out to Central Park, just gabbing and walking around for a few hours. Eventually we landed on a bench on Central Park West and just people watched for awhile. It was very nice. The weather was perfect: 80s, sunny with a nice breeze.

Here is where a picture of the Booth Theater where Next to Normal was playing would have been.

Saturday night we went to see Next To Normal which, after a full today of listening to the CD non-stop, might be my new favorite musical. Before the show and after a brief yet intense rain downpour, we went to a nifty burger place just off of Times Square for appetizers. Cannot for the life of me think of the name but the food was good and decently priced. I already have gushed about the show. After we went to another really cool restaurant off of Times Square. Can’t remember the name unfortunately but it was next to a dueling piano bar. This restaurant, and this is no joke and no exageration, had the best burger I’ve ever had in my life. The thing was huge and thick and juicy, covered with barbeque sauce that was also some of the best I’ve ever had. That burger was the best thing I’ve eaten all year, no question.

here is where a picture of what was left of the burger would have been.

Sunday morning after Sarah and I left are laughably tiny two bed hotel room, we went to walk the Brooklyn Bridge (I admit I got the directions a little wrong, sorry about that!) The Brooklyn Bridge was pretty damn awesome. I had never been there before and it’s always fun to do something new. Got loads of great pictures:

Here is me on the Manhattan side of the bridge, getting ready to go over. See I’m supporting my Mets!:

Here is a view of the Statue of Liberty, awesome cause I hadn’t seen it since I was like 4:

Here is Manhattan from the Brooklyn side of the bridge:

Here is my signature picture of Sarah and I, taken by yours truly. Gettin’ pretty good at those:

Cute right? I still hate how I look in pictures. You don’t have to disagree. 🙂

On the way back to our hotel to pick up luggage, we came across the annual gay pride parade going down 5th Ave. We had some extra time so we stopped to watch for about half an hour. It was a pretty festive atmosphere though I had expected the parade to be more flamboyant than it was. It was mostly just people marching down the street and us cheering at their various messages of diversity and sexual tolerance.

Here’s some of the floats:

Here’s one of a particularly striking queen. I really loved her frilly rainbow thing she had on:

I have to say though, I’ve seen much better drag queens walking around Provincetown but hey. 🙂

So that was pretty much it. Sarah’s bus was a little before mine so I went to the Borders by the bus stop and got the Next to Normal CD and ended up chatting with the cashier about the show which she loved too.

The bus ride home really suckedas the bus had little to no air conditioning and we got stuck in traffic for like an hour trying to get out of the city and then again getting onto the Mass Turnpike. Stuck in traffic in New York, I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. It was so hot and stuffy on that bus I could barely breathe but it did seem to get better as we went along. Still, 5 hours to get from New York to Boston is a little extreme I think. I have more to say on that subject but I’ll save it for another post.

Besides that little blip, it was a very fun weekend. And once again, I realized how much I would love to live in New York. To spend a day people watching in Central Park, go to all these fabulous shows, the museums, just walking around the city and being a part of that energy – it all appeals to me very much. Some day I guess. 🙂

Oh, and I finally have figured out where that big ass New York & Company store is in the city! East upper 50s on Lexington by Bloomingdales. Girls, we HAVE to go. It looked huge!

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I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. One of the best shows I’ve seen in years (which is saying something)… and I’m not telling you a damn thing more about it.

Sorry but this is one of those shows I can’t talk about.  I normally like to know shows before I see them but Next to Normal was a huge exception. I didn’t know a thing going in and that’s absolutely the way to see it.

Be warned Boston friends, I will be trying to persuade to go see this.

I’m serious, that’s all I’m saying about it. 🙂

ETA: In love with the CD!!!! Though one of the characters on it is different from the guy Sarah and I saw on Saturday and I prefer the one we saw live but this one’s good too. Sarah will know what I’m talking about. 🙂

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APTOPIX People Michael Jackson

UPDATE: Even now, this next morning, I still can’t believe Michael Jackson died. The images of fans holding vigil basically everywhere is incredibly moving. MTV ran an all-night marathon of Jackson’s videos. I woke up this morning early and watched “Thriller” and “Billie Jean” and all of those classics. Just still so sad. Of all the celebrities that have gone through struggles, I thought Michael Jackson was the one most likely to bounce back from it.

It’s just another thing from my childhood that’s gone now. Inevitable, I know, but still humbling.

Shocking. I don’t know how else to describe it. Michael Jackson died this afternoon at the very young age of 50. For all the circus surrounding him the last decade, Michael Jackson will be remembered as a revolutionary and legendary musical artist. The King of Pop. He had been making music, in collaborations and on his own, for the past 40+ years, his songs are played throughout the world…still. And the saddest part is that it seemed he was on his way back, a European tour starting in just less than a month or so.

No, wait. That isn’t the saddest part. The saddest part is that he leaves behind three children who suddenly don’t have a father. He leaves behind siblings and parents and millions of fans worldwide. I can understand their devastation. From a fan’s point of view, if a performer I was in admiration of were to one day just not be there anymore, I would be done for.

Personally, Michael Jackson brings back a lot of really fond memories for me. As the years have passed, I don’t remember much about growing up, about the time when my family was just the four of us. But I do remember our car trips, listening to my parents’ music. Most of that was Michael Jackson. I remember singing at the top of our lungs to the song “Man in the Mirror” and I remember all of us gathering around the TV for the world premiere of the “Black and White” video. I remember my mother vehemently supporting Jackson through the onslaught of legal troubles that ensued and I remember listening to Michael Jackson well after those first allegations. I remember being scared of the “Thriller” video and and watching Jackson and his sister Janet in that crazy-ass “Scream” video. For me, Michael Jackson will forever be linked with those childhood memories of when life was just a bit simpler. His was music the four of us could listen to and enjoy.

I feel for Michael Jackson’s family tonight. No matter what you thought of him, you can’t wish that kind of pain on any family. It’s just all really shocking. As my mother and I said this evening after she told me the news, death just sucks. Every time.

If nothing else, he’ll be remembered for this:

Its close to midnight and something evils lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You’re paralyzed…

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Ouch!

David Wright got hit by a pitch in last night’s shut-out loss to the Cardinals.

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Again, 😦

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Crap

According to playbill.com, Will Chase is joining Billy Elliot. Grrr. I had resigned myself to not seeing this show until it tours and now an actor I would love to see again is in it.

😦

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Some thoughts for a cold and dreary Wednesday:

  • It has been such a gloomy, rainy, cold and blah month of June that I think I’m even beyond complaining about it. It’s just a way of life now. I had heard earlier in the week that it would get warm this weekend and that is definitely not happening now. The good news is that tomorrow and next Tuesday seem to be, as of right now, sunny days. The weekend looks hit and miss. Oh well.
  • I, and it seems many of my fellow commuters, am tired of waiting for summer to get here. I’ve been defying the watery skies, bravely daring to wear sandals on some these rainy days. Though my feet are getting quite wet and cold, it feels good to be doing something – ANYTHING – remotely summery. I highly recommend it.
  • For the love of God, MBTA, turn on the fucking air on your buses and T trains. In this kind of humidity, when everyone has long pants and rain jackets on, it is absolutely boiling on those vehicles. Every year we go through this and it is just ridiculous. You don’t have to blast the AC, just get the air circulating or something. PLEASE!
  • So my boss is getting married in August and for the past few months I’ve seen him have to suffer through all the preparation for the big day. This has prompted me to not want to do a wedding. He keeps complaining about the money and his lack of time and all that and it just seems to me that it isn’t worth it in the end for me. I still say eloping is the way to go, spend the money on the honeymoon and then come back and have a reception for everyone.
  • Harvard announced yesterday it plans to lay off 275 employees within the next weeks. So glad now I didn’t get hired there 3 years ago. I would definitely have been let go, though…well I won’t talk about that on here I guess. 🙂
  • Even the sportscasters on WFAN broadcasting the Mets/Cardinals game are complaining about the rain!
  • Speaking of, Huffington Post has a feature on NY sports stars and their significant others and David Wright’s girlfriend is, unfortunately, insanely hot.  So not fair.

TIMELINE:

  • 3 days until Nicki and Sarah’s big New York adventure and Next to Normal! To those I told I could get you the CD, my coworker has not given it to me yet so sorry about that.
  • 1 week until Johnny Depp and his new movie Public Enemies
  • 3 weeks until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!!! Midnight show baby!
  • 4.5 weeks until Rent!
  • A month and a half until Nicki, Laura and Alyssa’s great adventure to New York! I’m getting more and more ideas ladies! Ones I think you’ll actually like.
  • Less than 3 months until the first Patriots game. If I think back, 3 months ago I had just turned 26. Not that long to go then. 🙂

So there you have it. The news is just too depressing right now, I can’t even think about it. Between the chaos in Iran, North Korea threatening to shoot a missle at Hawaii (WTF?), the endless fighting between the Dems and the Republicans/media blowhards, the continuing economic struggles and then this weather, I desperately need to focus on keeping my mood up. That usually means I need to post a picture:

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Aw, they look so young!

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