Friday, October 2, 2009

Back from NYC, Letterman & stuff.

I've been away so long that I almost forgot my password to re-enter the blogosphere. Fortunately after a few tries I got it right. So where have I been the past 3 weeks? Well, last week I was in New York City doing everything tourist. I had been to NYC a couple times, but never for more than a few days.

We visited The MET, MoMA, The Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History. Such incredible museums full of priceless collections! We were absolutely overwhelmed, but beyond thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to tour such American treasures.

We attended the Broadway musicals 'Billy Elliot' and 'Chicago.' Both were brilliant. Live shows on Broadway with the best of the best acting, dancing, singing, directing, choreography, acoustics, etc. in an intimate setting have no comparison in the world of entertainment. It is truly the major leagues without cavernous stadiums, expensive cheap beer and blaring music.

Speaking of MLB, we saw the Yanks vs. the BoSox at the new Yankee Stadium. Definitely, not the "House that Ruth Built".... but a beautiful sports stadium none-the-less. Unlike the new Cowboys Stadium the jumbo tron or whatever you call it wasn't located in the middle of the field, but was incredible to watch.

So, now back home to my reality. Mom MD is back to work, the triplets are in Kindergarten, and Brenna is trucking through 6Th Grade. Unfortunately, the bratty girl from last year is in her class this year and is still up to her 'old tricks', but we're addressing the issue with her teacher and hopefully can get her to leave Bren alone once and for all!

So what's this extortion attempt towards David Letterman? Even though I contend that this is the type of distraction that tends to turn Americans away from the really important issues of the day, I think it's fascinating. I can't believe that Letterman broached the whole enchilada in front of his studio audience, who by the way thought the story would be funny!!!

While in New York last week, Mom MD and I attended a Letterman taping. As a member of the audience you are instructed to laugh and applaud each and every joke (whether you understand what the heck was just said or not). Any other type of sound is frowned upon big time. After watching last night and knowing what I know about audience participation and expectations, the confession in which Letterman interjected humor felt beyond awkward and would have been very uncomfortable for the audience especially after they had been drawn in to laugh at everything Letterman says.......that's all I have to say 'bout that.


Maggie May said...

That last paragraph fascinates me! How totally awkward.

A Free Man said...

I heard that Letterman thing on a podcast I listen to and was wondering why the crowd kept laughing at something that was depressing and shameful. I'm so tired of stuff like this. Usually from politicians, but whoever. I don't care about and don't want to hear about your private sexual indiscretions.

shrink on the couch said...

I like how the blackmailer's lawyer said in an interview that David Letterman didn't tell the "whole story."

What does it matter in defending this idiot/thief who accepted a check for $2 million? Even if Letterman was sexually harassing, it doesn't justify blackmail. There are legal channels.

I remember reading about the Letterman audience laughing during his admission, or confession, or whatever you call his on air explanation of events. I didn't think about pre-taping instructions. Still, to have been in the audience and hear this deviation from the usual monologue makes for quite the story told round the water cooler.

Glad y'all had a great trip to NYC. I'd love to get up there with my family. It's been many a year ago, back when I was husband-less and kid-less. Would like to experience the city again and see my kids' faces when they see the immense size and all the wild looking people.

msprimadonna67 said...

Welcome back--sounds like you had a really great trip!