We decided to get up early and try our luck with getting tickets for The View. I'm not a huge View fan, but you know, all for the experience. We went to the studio, and got into the Standby line. There are two lines there, Standby, and Lucky People Who Already Have Tickets. The LPWAHT line didn't really have anyone yet, since, you know, they didn't have to stand in line to get tickets. Anyway, there was only one person in front of us, and she was absolutely lovely. I'm really mad I didn't get a picture of her with all of us. I know someone took that picture, but it wasn't me, so I don't have it. Her name was Christine, and she was from Brazil. Every one of us had some connection with Brazil, all through missions someone in our family had served or were serving. It's amazing how when I look for the opportunity to share who I am, they just present itself. Most of the time, I'm just saying, "Hey, I'm Mormon; watch me and decide for yourself. Don't let anyone else tell you who we are." It puts a little pressure on me to actually do what I believe, but it's good pressure.
Christine spoke impeccable English and in fact, had taught English in Brazil, so we had really good conversations and her life was VERY interesting. She was visiting New York in between jobs, and she was really fun.
Soon, an intern came out and gave us numbers to get back in line later to see if you actually get tickets. That's the way they do that. Come wait in line, we'll give you hope, and then send you away, then bring you back in line later to either fulfill your dreams or dash them away. Lucky for us, it fulfilled our dreams! We went and ate some breakfast, saw some sights, then came back into our line. As we got back, there were a lot of people there already, but the papers we got all have numbers on them, so you get back in line in the same order you left. We just passed everyone by and got in line behind Christine. The intern moved in the LPWAHT line and then checked with inside, and then counted out the tickets he had left. There were six... and we were numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5! We were in; with Christine! The poor three kids behind us. They were all HUGE Kelly Clarkson fans, who was going to be on the show, and only one got in. The other two were devastated, but too bad... Only one.
There were only 175 tickets. We obviously sat in the back....
When we walked in they gave us papers that essentially said, if you get prizes today, you get to pay the taxes. Wait! What? Prizes? Does this mean we get prizes? What does this all mean? Could we actually be getting something? We sure did! We got this:
We all got the new Skylander game and a Wii U to play it on, and the new Kelly Clarkson CD!! How awesome is that!?! What a lucky day to be there on!
Sidenote: I instagrammed this picture and my 8 year old nephew commented: Aunt Susan, you need to give that to me. I'm your favorite nephew. HA! Paden, he cracks me up!
Anyway, it was quite an experience, and we got chosen to come down and be the groupies in front of Kelly Clarkson when she sang, and it was just really fun. But I will say that, just like Letterman, being that happy and excited for so long just makes you tired. It's not natural, people. It's just not natural.
When we were waiting between getting our numbers and seeing if we were getting tickets, we went and had some breakfast. We got to see this sight:
The Manhatten Temple! It is so beautiful, and so surprising to see right in the middle of downtown Manhatten.
And we also saw:
Lincoln Center. It wasn't nearly as great as it seems on TV. Weird.
So after we got done with the View, we still had so much more to go on the day! But how do you surpass the prize getting? Doesn't that surpass everything?!
Well, we went to Canal Street.
People, that surpassed it. It was the craziest thing ever. First, I got to ride the Subway, and I'm telling you I was a complete novice there. People were looking at me and saying She's an obvious Tourist. Too Funny. The Subway is something everyone should experience.
And then we went to eat... We found a really good restaurant in Chinatown called Wo-Hop. Here's what I learned on this trip about food... Lori Earl is a foodie. She's one of those people that like to take pictures of their food, and that likes to find the out of the way place, and likes to experience it all in food. So, we ate at a lot of different places. It was awesome. And Wo-Hop's was awesome. A little shady, but really awesome.
Then we went to Canal Street, to get us some bags. People, that is an experience, and I really just relished it. Everyone needs to experience Canal Street.
Suffice to say, I never need to do that again, but I'm glad I did. It was crazy.... Just ask me and I'll tell you the story.
After we got back, we went to another Broadway show, this one Big Fish. I remembered liking the movie and sort of remember the plot, but I forgotten enough that the Broadway show kept my interest the whole time. No sleeping in this one. ;) It was really good! It didn't hurt that we were like 8 rows from the stage. So awesome. Truly....
So many great experiences!