6 - October 31, 2003
It's time again for my world famous
The place where I tell you everything that is going on in my head
and stuff thats happening with me.
Meets the Cast of Sex & The City
Meets The Cast of Sex And The City!
I know I haven't been updating as much as I should have been,
but I assure you that I have been real busy! First of all earlier
this month I was lucky enough to meet Sarah Jessica Parker,
and Kim Cattrall -- both major stars from the
HBO tv series, "Sex & The City".
all started when I took a trip to Manhattan to visit the Universal
Television office to find out when my 5th Wheel episode was scheduled
to air. As of that time they told me that it was still in post
production and wouldn't be ready until January. However I did
get an episode number -- > # 549.When I left
the office, I had the whole day to myself and wanted to walk down
to the Brooklyn Bridge and cross it. On my journey there, I was
walking by W 10 St where I saw that the street was blocked off
halfway to shoot some movie or show. I wasn't sure. So I went
over to see what the crowd of people were gathering to spectate.
When I joined a group of people across the street, I could clearly
see that they were pointing into a restaurant where "Sex
& The City" was being filmed. So I decide to watch a
little filming myself. I've been in New York for a bit and I haven't
really seen any shows.. this would be my first.
realize that I had a picture of Kim Cattrall in my book bag from
the National Enquirer. I figured maybe I could get an autograph.
So between the takes, Kim Cattrall is rushed to her trailer by
her bodyguard and doesn't have time to give out an autograph.
I saw her pass this one girl on the corner and she said something
to her. I walked over to the girl and asked her, "What did
she say to you?" The girl replied that she was about to but
her bodyguard pulled her away. I then began to chat a little with
the girl. Her name was Joanna and she moved to
New York City from London, England just because she loved watching
"Sex & The City" so much. Sarah Jessica Parker is
her idol. Joanna was actually taking a 3 hour
lunch break from her alloted 30 minute one to be there.
J. Parker Meets cK!
chilled at that corner and chatted with Joanna for a bit as she
waited for Sarah Jessica Parker to leave the set and walk to her
trailer. This is where she would ask her for a picture and an
autograph. Time kept ticking away as she was getting more and
more late for work. Joanna finally decided to just run back to
work and come back after she was done. She took my phone number
to call me and find out when Sarah left the set or not while she
was at work. So I chilled there since I had nothing else better
to do. Lo and behold, while Joanna was gone, Sarah did leave the
set and was escorted by a bunch of crew and bodyguards. The mass
of people surrounding her along with herself approached my direction.
I didn't want to move, I just stood there. Sarah and her entourage
came within an arm's length of me --- I couldn't just let her
not notice me.. so I kindly said, "Hi Sarah!"
stopped for a step, looked at me and said, "HI!"
Then she was escorted to her trailer. No autographs, no pictures,
nothing. For some reason, I felt that was cool... nobody got even
that close to her and got to speak with her. I remember how vibrant
her perfume was. It was very strong, yet pleasant. I wish I knew
what it was. I had a great opportunity and I spoke to her like
I knew her. It was a little thing, but I can say that I did lock
eyes with Sarah even if it was just for a second!
Cattrall Meets cK
Joanna calls me, and I tell her that Sarah came out and I saw
her. Joanna was excited and disappointed at the same time, but
I calmed her down after learning from security that they will
be filming all up until midnight. Joanna will have lots of time
to meet Sarah afterall. As I was chilling there, I saw that Kim
Cattrall had left her trailer and went to film a scene. It was
about 30 minutes later where she was walking back and security
was escorting her back to her trailer. I had previously spoken
with security about getting an autograph and they actually gave
me the heads up on when she was set to come out. So when that
moment arrived, I approached Kim and held out the picture of her
in the National Enquirer and asked her if she could sign it. She
took my pen, and signed her name and smiled at me. After doing
that, she was rushed to her trailer, not being able to do anything
more for the other people who where there to meet her. I was again,
a lucky one who actually got an autograph!
had enough for one day.. I could go home now, but I did promise
Joanna that I would wait for her after she finished work. In the
meantime while I chilled by my corner, leaning on the wall, I
happened to meet 2 other women who were looking to get an up-close
peek at the celebrities. They were both from Virginia on a visit
to New York and leaving the next day. Their names were Becky
and Rupali. Becky is a nice lady who watches
the show religiously. Rupali is an flight attendant for US Airways
and doesn't watch the show at all. As I got to ask her more questions,
Rupali gave me the following information about herself:
US Airways Flight Attendant
"Don't even go there... HELLO?"
"You're all about BIG LOTS!"
"You're irkin' my last nerve!"
supposed to send me a picture of herself, but I haven't received
one yet to put up. But I can say that she was cute! She also insists
that the word "comfty" exists. Around
6pm, Joanna arrives after work and we meet up. We wait a
little for Sarah Jessica Parker to get out of her trailer. Joanna
brings a camera and a little envelope to give to Sarah. She handed
it to the security guard outside and then waited patiently. While
we were waiting, we happened to meet David Eigenberg
and Evan Handler who play Steve Brady and Harry
Goldenblatt. They chatted with all the women, stopped to sign autographs
and take pictures. They were pretty cool. Then just as it was approaching
maybe 8pm, the security guards told us that Sarah would be coming
out soon. So Joanna gave me her little flash camera and I was armed,
poised and ready to take as much clicks as I can. Suddenly, the
tralier door opened, and Sarah came out. Joanna went beside her
and I flashed away. Sarah paused for a few pics and then proceeded
towards the set. Joanna was so excited. Her dream came true. Joanna
waited for her roomate and they figured they'd stick around until
midnight when the filming was over for the day. I was going home,
forget that! But before I did that, we all went to the restaurant
beside where they were shooting (the Asean Cafe) and had a pint
Hallowe'en In Massachusetts
Costume Party at the HIPPODROME:: Springfield, MA
took a weekend off to retreat from the chaotic life of the Big Apple.
I went to Penn Station and ran to get the 6:40pm Amtrak train leaving
New York and heading for Springfield, MA. I was going to meet my
dear friend, Janet who was going to pick me up and we'd drive up
to Salem, MA for Hallowe'en. The train was scheduled to arrive around
9:55pm in Springfield. When I arrived to the level where they list
all the trains and departures, it clearly stated that my train was
"DELAYED". I went to the customer service
counter and they said that the scheduled train had a mechanical
failure and would not be departing until after 8pm. This sucked,
because now I would arrive too late to venture to Salem. So the
train did arrive and I got on it. It left around 8:30pm. The ride
was very pleasant. I arrived in Springfield, MA where Janet was
waiting for me. We were wondering what we'd do since going to Salem
was out of the question. We drove around a little bit and thought
to get a drink. We stopped at this club called the HIPPODROME.
It's a classic movie house turned into a nightclub. We walked in
there and it was Friday's Copacabana Night -- and a Costume Party!
Janet and I both get some traditional martinis. Her's was dirty
while I got
a chocolate one. We took our drinks and moved closer to the dancefloor.
Janet doesn't dance... so I went on the dancefloor myself and grooved
a little. I saw these two girls who were sitting at this table the
whole night and it looked like they were just waiting for someone
to ask them to dance. So I took it upon myself to do so. The look
of excitement on their faces was like Christmas! They were so happy
-- this one girl was latin dancing with me and I could NOT keep
up!!! Well... it got late and Janet and I had to get back to Greenfield.
So we left and did the drive home.
On our way back, we stopped off at Janet's friend's house. The same
people who were all going to drive to Salem with. Apparently everyone
was sleeping except one guy who stayed up with the cases of beer.
His name was Shawn. He was watching "The New Guy" on DVD.
We sat down and got into it, when the others started waking up.
They started a mini-celebration that I even arrived! Shawn's whole
plan was to get me drunk. I had 2 cans of BUD ICE beer and then
I was falling asleep. I went to a couch where I pretty much passed
out.The next morning I met everyone. There was Justin and his girlfriend,
Suzanne. There was also Ben. All of them were really courteous to
me. Apparently the song for the moment was by "Fountains Of
Wayne" called "Stacy's Mom". When I was on the train
ride there, in the car ride with Janet and now at her friend's house
I couldn't escape this song. Justin even had the video on his computer!
No matter how sick we got of it, we still wanted to hear it. Janet
slept well into the afternoon. In the meantime, Justin and Suzanne
had to run out. Ben was watching "The Matrix 2:Reloaded".
I joined him. For a brief second, Suzanne and Justin came back with
box of KFC for us to munch on while we ate. That was really
sweet of them. Then before we knew it, they were gone again. Ben
and I watched the movie through its entirety. Then when Janet woke
up, we went back to her place where we planned out the rest of the
day. One of the things that we had to do that day was definitely
visit the famous Poet's Seat Tower. Its like tradition
everytime I visit Greenfield. So we set out to do that. The beautiful
autumn air was crisp and it was a little chilly. The overcast sky
hinted of rain to soon come. Janet and I climbed to the top of the
tower and looked down on Greenfield, MA. Just as we were beginning
to get adjusted to the nice spectacular view, rain drops started
to fall. We had to walk back to the car. We went to the video store
and rented "RODENTZ"
We originally wanted to get a classic horror flick to watch for
the Hallowe'en weekend, but the favs like "Exorcist" or
"The Ring" were all gone. The "Rodentz" movie
looked good from the box, "Milo" seemed to interest Janet.
So that's what we got. We were going to watch the movies after we
got home from having dinner. We went to our friend, Nayana's
restaurant where she worked called The French King. Named
so after the historic French
King Bridge that it was located beside. It was nice to see Nayana
again, this is the first time I got to see her as a married woman.
As she took our orders
for tea, soups and rolls, I noticed that she was wearing little
snaredrum earrings. I asked her about the earrings and she told
me that Jefferson Starship
was at the bar and she was planning on being around them so they
can strike up a conversation with them. I wanted to see that for
myself. As Janet and I finished our little dinner, my friend Nayana
was perplexed because she promised that she would pass her husband's
demo CD on to one of the band members, but wasn't getting a chance.
I suggested to Nayana that she should chill out a little while I
handled the situation. I went over to the bar where nobody else
was. I strategically made Janet sit beside one of the band members
at the bar. I was thinking of how I would strike up a conversation.
I order a Smirnoff Ice and look over. They are all munching snacks
and drinking Heinekens. I see that one of them has a pack of Marlboros
and the other has some purpled box of cigarettes. Now I don't smoke,
but I am willing to pose like I do in order to talk to the band
if I have to.
top of Poet's Seat Tower - Greenfield,
I yell over to the guy in the middle with the purple boxed cigarettes,
"Hey! What kind of cigarettes are those?" The band member
replied, "Why these are Clove cigarettes from Indonesia."
I then asked him for one but he showed me it was the last one in
the box. I then went on to tell him that he hides the others in
his jacket so whenever someone asks for a cigarette, he points to
the one remaining. He enjoyed that. It seemed like he was very interested
to talk, I wasn't expecting that, but I did go along with it. He
introduced himself to me as Chris. He's the keyboardist,
and beside him was Slick, he plays the guitar.
I then asked Chris (playing stupidly) what does he do? He told me
that he's in a band called "Jefferson Starship". I then
asked him if he is like a cover band or something, and he insists
that they are the real deal. So I told them that I am familiar with
their songs. Its before my time so it was expected that I wouldn't
know anything abou thier music. I then
went on to tell them a little bit about myself and how I'm just
visiting out here from New York. Chris then told me that the band
would be coming to New York to perform on Tobacco Road, and would
like me to be there. I told them that I would love to. Just as we
were getting into more conversation, Nayana quickly took an opportunity
and introduced herself to Chris giving him her husband's CD. Chris
actually took it and said that he would give it a listen. We spoke
for a little more and then the band had to head off to a private
party that they were performing at. Chris told me about the band's
website located at: www.jeffersonstarshipsf.com
and I gave him my card. As Chris was leaving, he said he'd look
out for me on The 5th Wheel! (yes.. I told him
about that too)
Starship Met cK in Greenfield, MA
The next day Janet drove me to Springfield and bid me farewell
as I boarded the train back to New York City. I had a fantastic
time in Massachusetts!
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