Monday, January 31, 2005

Day of Opening

Well we open tonight. The final dress went very well. For the afternoon dress yesterday there was a ton of press there. So different than in the States and very cool. They shot the show and then did a sort of "press conference" interview session with the cast. I saw a proof of the sourvenir program and it's gorgeous.

Chris went off to see Kabuki this morning and I am going to meet him later and we're going to do some final shopping.

I can't believe I leave tomorrow. I'm looking forward to starting on the Disney project. It will be fun to start a new show. I love R&J and as I watch it I feel a great deal of pride in the show. The show changed my life and has given me unbelieavable opportunities. Sometimes I forget that. On the days when I get frustrated, I forget that.

more later

more pictures are up on my site. The typos of some of the names will be fixed asap :-)
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Sunday, January 30, 2005

First Tech

I was going to write more about Kyoto tonight but we had tech today and I'm a bit tired. Suffice to say (for now) that we went to To-ji and Daigo-ji which seemed epic in size and also more rustic than the temples I had seen the day before. Daigo-ji is up in the mountains and the grounds are sprawling and felt practically deserted the day were were there. Weather-wise, it felt like spring. As we climbed and climbed we came across a beautiful path that if you followed for an hour you got to the top of the mountain. Mariko didn't have her hiking shoes. Neither did I actually but I did start the trek on my own, knowing I couldn't do the whole climb because of time constraints and because I felt bad leaving Mariko down at the bottom of the hill--- though she wholeheartedly encouraged me to go up. It was this day that truly convinced me to come back to Japan-- I want to climb that mountain damnit! :-) And I want to explore more of Kyoto and other parts of the "real" Japan. LOL that phrase... Ive heard it several times since Ive been here.....
Then.... a bit more shopping. oy. And then some lovely tea and sweets. We shared carrott cake, apple crisp/pie, and some sundae concoction. All were delicious.
Then we picked up the luggage and hit the train again. Back to tokyo and the hustle and bustle and the lights of Shibuya. It was saturday night so..... It was pretty wild.
I wasnt going to write anything about Kyoto before bed... alas... but more later. this was just the nuts and bolts.

TEch today went really well. Got through the whole show. Chris' lights look as gorgeous as ever.

more later

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Two Days in Kyoto

What a couple of days I've just had! My interpreter, Mariko, Chris Lee and I went to Kyoto. Everyone had told me that I must go-- "If you're in Japan, you have to get out of Tokyo and see the real Japan. Go to Kyoto." Boy, am I ever glad I did. It's unbelievable. Kyoto has 1600 temples and hundreds of shrines and I really felt like I was seeing some of the true history of this ancient culture.

We left Tokyo on Friday morning and took the high speed train to Kyoto. As we zipped along we saw Mount Fuji towering in the distance but I unfortunately did not get a picture of it.

We got to Kyoto and stayed at the Rhiga Royal which was lovely and very convenient-- and we spent no time in the rooms except to sleep.

Our first stop was Sanjusangen-do. It was originally built in the 12th century but was restored after a fire in 1249. The most amazing thing about it is the 1000 (!!!) gold plated, full size, buddhas-- 500 hundred on either side of a larger than life (to say the least) one. In front of the statues are figures of different buddhist deities. It was overwhelming and gorgeous. No pictures are allowed, and no picture could do it justice anyway. Mariko informed us that the "official" color of Japan had been red but when Zen Buddhism took hold-- such garish display fell out of favor. You could see the original color peaking out. I lit a candle and said a little prayer for my friend RoseAnne's father while I was there also.

We then went to Kinkaku-ji which is the home of the Golden Palace. It is breathtaking and I'm pretty proud of my camera skills on this one. The grounds are gorgeous and just inhaling and exhaling the clean air was soooo relaxing. We also had some tea in the tea house on the grounds. We also lucked out on the weather--- it was sunny and warm. It was here that I started to feel a true relaxation take over. Just to be out of the city-- but to be surrounded by such history and beauty and to be in Japan (!!)

Next stop-- Ryoam-ji which is a zen buddhist temple and has a very famous rock garden. I can't describe the quiet. It was so very peaceful and the simplicty of the garden (which tried to capture in pictures) just lulled me in to a kind of ultra relaxed state. The smell of the wood of the buildings was extraordinary and we enjoyed a long leisurely strong around the beautiful lily pond. I thought of my father a good deal of the day and of how much he would love to be seeing the things I was seeing. The rock garden made me think of him most, probably because of the garden he so lovingly tends at home.

Then it was on to Kiyomizu-dera which is.... well... we got there toward the end of the day during sunset and it was just breathtaking... again- the color of the buildings was just amazing. And the sun just turned everything golden. Everywhere I looked there was beauty. I'll never forget it.

All the way down the hill from kiyomizu is incredible shopping and I did a good deal of it LOL. I don't know how I'm going to get everything home.

We ran back to the hotel to check in and i took a quick shower and then it was off to dinner. Mariko picked a fantastic place and we had a traditional Japanese dinner though I have not been nearly as adventurous with the food as I could or should be.

We then took a walk around the Gion district-- lots of dark wood and bright red lanterns--- gorgeous.

Look for pictures on my website www.JoeCalarco.net
And I will write about our day 2 tomorrow.

We start tech tomorrow too so.....

I will also write more about what being in Kyoto felt like. It was extraordinary and made me think about a lot of things, like patience and peace and healing.

joe

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Chris Lee is here! He is the lighting designer for R&J. It is nice to have a familiar face here. He was given a lovely welcome dinner by the staff last night.

The show is going very very well. The runs the last few days have been fantastic. The guys really seem to be embracing the show.

Chris and I tried to do a little sightseeing this morning. I got us lost on the way to the Imperial Palace... BUT.... we got there and just as we stepped onto the grounds, we were stopped and told we had to wait because the Emperor's car was about to drive by. So the car drove by and the window rolled down and the Emperor and Empress waved (!!) Aparently this is very rare-- I mean to see them drive by and wave. Thank god I got us lost !! The grounds were beautiful and I wish we could have spent more time but we were already going to cut it close getting to rehearsal. We ended up being late-- I was mortified but... alas...

A great day all around.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Kamakura

So on my day off today Shuto who plays Romeo took me to Kamakura which is about an hour south of Tokyo and dotted with dozenz of temples and shrines. We only hit 3 sights (and that took over 4 hours) and it was well worth the trip. It was incredible to see a side of Japan outside of Tokyo, and the trip made me even more excited to go to Kyoto.

note: pictures from this excursion will be on my website www.JoeCalarco.net soon.

The first stop was the Great Buddha. Great indeed. The pictures of it can't convey the surreal experience of first coming upon it. Its sooo huge (almost 44 feet high and weighing 121 tons.) You can actually go inside the Buddha which we did. I took a lot of pictures, only a few which will appear on the site.

Then we moved on to the Hasedera Temple which is only a short walk from the Great Buddha. In Hase Kannon on the grounds contains a gold leaf statue with 11 heads. Its unbelievably gorgeous but you're not allowed to take pictures of in the temple. The Benten- kutsu cave was beautiful and haunting --- you have to duck so as not to hit your head. There are some pix of little tiny buddha figures in a latter part of the cave that people write their names on with their wishes.

We then went and had some lunch. Noodles and shrimp.... yummm.... and some warm green tea which was very welcome with the freezing cold weather. I know its nothing compared to the blizzard conditions youre all enduring in the Northeast but it was pretty cold and rainy. It started out as a gorgeous light snow but turned to rain by the end of the day. Actually right now there is a gorgeous snow fall outside my hotel window. I'm on the 22nd floor and by the time it hits street level it is rain but up here its gorgeous.

We then went to the Hokokuji Temple which is quite a bit aways from the other two sites we went to. Shuto really wanted me to see this temple and I'm soooo glad he did. It is a Zen Temple and even though halls themselves were closed, the grounds themselves are lovely, the most unbelievable part being the bamboo grove/garden. I took pictures but they don't do it justice. It was unreal and sooo beautiful. We started to leave the grounds twice and two times I had to turn around and go back and walk around through the bamboo and just inhale the amazing scent and just look up, up, up.... The feel of the bamboo was also an incredible, truly, sensual experience. We also sat and drank tea looking out at the bamboo.... Beautiful.

After that it was getting to be late afternoon, and we were both a little tired, plus Shuto had a scheduled haircut for the show. Hokokuji was an amazing way to end the visit. I'm so glad we went there last.

I will write more later. It was incredible and makes me want to see more of Japan. I'd love to come back in the Spring or Fall.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

end of the week

Had a lovely dinner with the staff from the show and Parco Theatre last night. Great food, drink, company= great time. It was lovely and relaxed and fun.

We finished staging the show today and then ran the whole thing. It was great to see a full run. We get the platform in the studio as of monday which is just amazing- to have the luxury of having the guys get used to the platform before we go into tech. I did a tv interview after the rehearsal. I was hoping to get out to do some shopping after rehearsal but I didn;t get home til after 9:00 and was wiped out.

Shuto (romeo) is taking me to Kamukura tomorrow to do some sightseeing (!!)

I can't believe how the time has flown. I only feel like I've been here a week and it's been three. Of course the first week was just getting over the jet lag but still... Where did the time go? I would really like to come back when I'm not working. When im working I'm so focused on the show that it sort of wipes me out. I've seen a lot but not nearly as much as I'd like. And this show has always taken more energy out of me than most. It takes even more out of me the more times I do it: it seems to take more concentration curiously enough.

Wow its 11:30 already. I'm going to try to get a good nights sleep for tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Its late

It's 1:45 AM and I'm watching the Inaugural on CNN. No comment.

Rehearsal was good today. We got through the bashing scene, which is always such and uplifting scene to reheare (sarcasm.) The guys really dove in and it was powerful, greatly aided by my assistant Kazuki taking them through the fight moves. We also ran the first act for the first time in a few days and we ran the first half of the 2nd act. We're almost there!

I then came home, checked some email, and then decided to get out and see some more of the city. I jumped on the J&R line and went to Shinjuku and just walked around--- forgot my camera---grrr. I plan on going back and I think I found a place to get a gift for my brother in law. Then I cam back to Shibuya and walked around this area some more. There is so much of everything. It's overwhelming and the city seems huge.

I can't believe I only have less than 2 weeks left here. The time has flown!! The quicker the time comes to leave the more I want to spend more time seeing Japan. But again I have 2 day trips planned.

(Cheney is taking his oath.)

Costume fittings today. The guys look great. And they made the shoes for the guys (!!) Not bought, but made. Very cool.

Watching DC covered in snow I must say.... the days here are in the 40s. It can get cold at night--- into the 30s but nothing like you all have going on in the northeast.

OK- I'm fading a bit here. Dinner witht the staff tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Just Before Bed

Oh, forgot to tell you--- at dinner tonight I ate some whale (don't anybody get all environmental on me, please-- I only had one piece.). It was fried so it was sort of like eating chicken with a little bit of a zing. It was yummy I must admit.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

A little homesick today

It's Tuesday in Japan.

I woke up a little blue today. I should have hit the gym immediately but alas... I answered emails instead and did some work on the show. Not that those are bad things but I think the physical exercise would have helped. I think I was just feeling a little homesick. My nephew turned 2 on Sunday, and I haven't seen my family in a while... blah blah blah. I mean, in the end I'm in Japan for God's sake so I should just shut up! LOL. I was in a pretty foul mood all day but working with the actors cheered me up as it always does. Again, I think it was just a one day thing. I went out to dinner with Kazuki (my assistant), Mariko (my interpreter), Shuto (Romeo), and Ryuta (Juliet), after the show and feel much better now.

Rehearsal was shorter today. Kenji (Nurse/Tybalt) has been sick so we had a shortened day. We still got a lot done and he will be back tomorrow. Shika (Mercutio/Friar) didn't join us for dinner because he also isnt feeling well. It's a lousy show to rehearse or do if you're feeling sick.

Shuto has offered to take me on a day trip to Kamakura on our day off on Sunday and I'm looking forward to that. And Mariko and I are talking about going to Kyoto on the first load in day when I don't have to be at the theatre. I'm thrilled about both of these trips--- a chance to see more of Japan outside of Tokyo. Yey!!

Ok, off to take a bath.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

haunted by Kabuki

I was drifting off to sleep and my day just wont let that be; Kabuki- the experience stays....
The sound of the hyoshigi (wooden blocks struck together to signal the opening and closing of the curtain.) It does "announce" in the most beautiful haunting way to me.

The stillness of these actors faces -- the control--- There is something there. Something in the purity and clarity of what there bodies are doing. That can't be lost. It's valid.

The flip of a fan -- the change in how it was used. I'm going to steal it for something I'm sure.

The Onnagata (actor who specializes in female roles.) In the second piece in the program, his portrayal was honest and true and just beautiful in its purity of emotion and of physical action. In a later piece another Onnagata played a decidedly different type of women-- rather unscrupulous and conniving. In one scene she sat on the floor draped in her Kimomo, one knee on the floor the other knee up, her chin in her palm, that hand leaning on her raised knee. She had to hold that pose for a very long time. And I became mesmerized by her. By her stillness yes but also for the fact that the stillness made total sense in the scene. She is waiting to hear news, some possibly very bad new and it seemed as if every fiber in her body did not want that news to come. I was entranced with this woman who of course was a man.

Red lanterns adordning the theatre. There is nothing like red. I must call Anne Kennedy and talk to her about Elegies.

very exciting day. more later as I also had a lovely dinner with my interpreter and friends.

joe

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Back from Kabuki

So I went to see Kabuki today and it was amazing! It was another one of those moments when I thought, "Oh my God, I'm really in Japan!" I mean it's one of those events that you can only view one place in the world. I just got back and many images are flying around in my head so rather than try to give a detailed account of the performance, I'm just going to ramble a bit.

My assistant on R&J, Kazuki, went with me and provided helpful bits of information along the way. His grandfather was a Kabuki actor as is his brother.

There were four pieces on the program and when that curtain first opens... well.... just gorgeous. The first piece (Matsu No Kotobuki Sambaso- The Puppet Sambaso) was all dance and movement which played right into my tastes. An amazing dancer (Ichikawa Somegoro) portrayed a puppet and he was just extraordinary-- the control and strength.... wow!

The second piece (Kajiwara Heizo Homore No Ishikiri- Stone Cutting Kajiwara) was originally a puppet play that was adapted to Kabuki in the 18th century. The plot is rather detailed but the thing that struck me most was the portrayal of the daughter in the piece which of course was played by a man and was beautiful.

The third piece was started out with a sort of pageant sequence that was very arresting and visually striking. Then the play continued and was at first a rather dark tale of murder, abuse, and greed. The second half of the play took a decidedly comic turn. Fascinating. the piece also seemed less formal in its acting style.

The final piece of the program was another dance sequence with the woman being portrayed by a very famous Kabuki actor who is apparently about 70 (!!)

All in all its about a 4 hour program but there are lengthy intermissions (between 15 and 30 minutes.)

The entrances on the Hanamichi (the extension that runs from the stage to the back of the auditorium) were beautiful and effective --- no wonder Western directors have taken to using the basic convention all the time. LOL

The actors do 2 shows daily every day (!!)

I loved the shouts from the audience (Kakegoe) through the performance when a particular actor entered or a when a certain moment impressed. They yell out the "house name" or Yago of the actor who they are praising. Each actor belongs to a specific acting house where they train.

I feel like this post is all dry info and not even detailed info but I wanted to get something down right after I got back. I will write more later. It was really amazing and beautiful and entrancing which is why I feel a bit inarticulate about the experience at the moment. My head is swimming.

joe
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End of 2nd Week

Saturday night in Japan at about 10:30. I just got out of a long, very relaxing bath, with Eva Cassidy (Time After Time) playing in the background. I forget how therapeutic a good bath can be. The bathtub in the hotel is big and deep so evening baths have become a bit of a ritual. Tonight's was especially satisfying because it was pretty cold here today and rainy.

We ran Act 1 today again and tested red cloths. Ah, the world of R&J. You'd think by now I would know exactly which material works best, but alas I don't. The fantastic stage management team has brought in many samples. Then we did a bunch of "table work" on Act 2 which we're going to start staging on Monday. As many times as I do this play, every time I really look at the text it is such an opening experience to the beauty and genius of Shakespeare. Every time I learn something new.

Tomorrow, our day off, I'm going to see Kabuki. I'm very very excited. New horizons...

This week as I turned on CNN before bed you would have thought that California was falling into the Pacific the way they were covering the mudslides and rain. My friends and colleagues in L.A. assure me this is not so. Whew!

I'm on the 22nd floor of the hotel and the rain is pelting against the huge window (it covers one whole wall of the room), and the drops are streaming down the pane of glass; the neon signs and lights of Shibuya look beautiful through the rolling drops.

It's my nephew's second birthday on sunday. I'm going to try to find a cute online birthday card before bed.

Til next time...

joe

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Friday

Well we finished blocking Act 1 yesterday. The last scene always takes so long but we did it. Today we'll run Act 1 and work scenes.
Last night after rehearsal I went out to dinner with the cast and it was great to get to spend more time with them outside rehearsal. As I said before, they're a fantastic group of guys. I've been doing Viewpoints with them and they just love it. LOL.
Going to see some Kabuki on Sunday (yey!)
I got the first proof of "...in the absence of spring..." and am looking forward to whipping through that so it can be published. Look for it soon through Playscripts Inc.
The Cinderella Project is moving along and I'm really looking forward to starting rehearals in a few weeks in Toronto. We've had a couple of casting snafus, as always happens in this biz, but its looking like that all might resolve itself soon.
I have a lot of writing to do and one of my goals while I'm here is to make a dent in all of that. Rehearsals! Sightseeing! Writing! I'm trying to juggle. And will succeed.

more later

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Theatre

I went and saw the Parco Theatre today where the show will be presented. It's fantastic! Perfect for the show. Nice size -- I think around 480 seats and a terrifically raked audience.
We got through the balcony scene today which of course is a bear but the boys really jumped in and conquered it. They're really terrific. All four are lovely guys and are ideally cast in each of the tracks which is such a key to the show. I'm also lucky to have a fantastic assistant with Kazuki Takase. It cant be easy assisting me on this show with me having done 6 productions over the past 7 years LOL. He's great. And Mariko Kajima, who is interpreting for me is also great and lovely. Both of them are taking good care of me.

Bragging rights: Ive had 3 people compliment me on my chopstick skills. (smile)

Monday, January 10, 2005

My first day off

So I had my first day off and decided to do some sightseeing.

Well actually the first order of the day was to hit the gym. If gyms in the U.S. would have you take off your shoes before you enter the locker room as they do in Japan, our gyms would be a lot cleaner and more pleasant (smile.)
Then it was on to the Ginza area and my first thought was, "God, Lauri (my sister in law) would go nuts over this!" It's like 5th Ave/Madison Ave in NYC. Shop shop shop. There are all the biggies (Gucci, Cartier, etc) of course. It was most interesting to head down the side streets and check out the smaller shops. While in the area I also took a look at the Kabuki-za theatre, home of, yes... Kabuki. You can check out some pix on my website. I am going to be seeing a Kabuki performance this week which I am very excited about.
I then headed to the Asakusa section of Tokyo (again more pictures on my site). I was actually quite moved when I stood before the Senso-ji Temple. Watching people "bathe" themselves in smoke around the incense burner leading to the Temple was beautiful and sort of mesmerizing to me. The area is so different from Shibuya, where I'm staying, or Ginza; those areas strike me as magnified versions of New York. The blazing primary colors of Shibuya seem more beautiful to me than Times Square--- there is just so much of it. Asakusa was just a totally different version of Tokyo to me and made me really want make an extra effort to do a day trip out of the city to Kyoto or to some hot springs. I will make a trip back to Asakusa surely to do some more shopping. I did the first of my "gifts for the family" shopping-- for my sis and sister in law (shhh.....) I would have done more but it was a long day with a lot of walking. I will go back definately.
I was going to write more about rehearsal but I'm exhausted LOL. Suffice to say for now that it was an amazing first week and tremendously productive.
More later.

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Saturday in Japan

This will be short-ish as I need to do some work on the show and hit the gym before rehearsal.
Rehearsals continue to go fantastically. We're moving very fast.
Last night we went out for Korean barbecue after rehearsal and I got to spend a little more time with the guys which was really great. All four of them are really lovely.
I'm looking forward to the day off tomorrow so I can explore the city a bit. The first stops will be The Ginza and the Imperial Palace.
Pictures are going to be posted on my website if you'd like to check them out.

I'll post more later

joe

Friday morning in Japan

Fantastic rehearsal yesterday. These guys are really tremendous. Their muscle memory is astonishing. The opening sequence is clean as a whistle and they learned the first fight in record time, and it is already pretty clean. It's fascinating to me that even in a foreign language the story comes through. As they ran through the first 15 minutes of the show at the end of the day yesterday, I was totally amazed at how clear the story was.
My body clock is still basically off but I've just accepted it as a fact of my life for awhile. I'm going to hit the gym today, and I think that will start to help.

Tidbit: yes, we wear sandles at rehearsal.

I have an amazing view of Tokyo from my hotel room. Off to get some work done on the show and then explore a bit.

later

joe

Thursday, January 06, 2005

sorry for the delay

Hello all-

Sorry its been so long since my last post; it took a couple days for me to get high speed internet service at the hotel but here I am.

So... While I was sitting on the plane on the runway at JFK, it finally hit me, "I'm going to Japan!" It was a really joyous moment and it all finally became a reality.
The flight itself was not so bad surprisingly-- thank God for the business class seat on that one. The only rough patch was during hours 10-12; I was sort of ready to be in Japan at that point. I also got a ridiculously painful splitting headache while we were landing but alas... I survived :-)

I'm staying in Shibuya which reminds of the street layout of the Village and the lights and hustle and bustle of Times Square. The hotel I'm at - the Excel- is great. It's very sleek and spare. I have a fantastic view of Shibuya from my window and will post that a little later.

The first night I was here I was given a "tradional Japanese" welcome dinner. Well, there was fear I must admit but, surprise surprise, I loved the food (!!) Who knew?
First rehearsal went really well and the play read much faster than I expected. The Japanese translation is 150 pages (!!) long but it still read very speedily so I dont think I will have to cut anything. We thought we might have to.

It certainly is interesting and fascinating to have such a language barrier with virtually everyone around you, but it is sort of freeing as well. Yesterday we started staging the opening and these four guys picked it up soooo fast, I was astonished. Sometimes its taken days to get the opening of the show on its feet and somewhat clean. These guys whipped through the marching sequences and it looks incredibly sharp already. We're trying to figure out how to make the opening scene with all the Elizabethan sexual puns work-- some things are indeed "lost in translation."

I've joined a gym LOL. My body clock is still totally off. I'm looking forward to the day off so I can explore the city a bit. My mornings are taken up with refreshing my memory about the script and after dinner at night these first few days, I've been trying to crash. My interpreter says it will take about a week to get over the jet lag.

I do wish I knew the language and regret a bit not having tried to learn it though I don't know how much I really could have learned. And honestly I have no trouble being understood (eventually).

Two biggest surprises: the subway is not nearly as crowded as I thought it would be. And... no one jay walks. Everyone waits for walk signs; its very calming actually.

So my broad overview at the moment--- Tokyo is beautifully garish, exciting, strange, and also familiar (McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, and Subway, everywhere) disorienting, and very friendly.

hope everyone is well.

I will post more frequently now.

joe

Saturday, January 01, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR

First off--- Happy New Year to all! One of the great things about living a block and a half from Times Square is that at midnight you can hear the huge celebratory scream of a million people. It's quite a sound.
Question? Are there more people in the city this year for the extravaganza? Last night I was doing errands for "the trip", and the number of people seemed high and the energy was heightened and a little scary as only the energy of NYC can be at times.
This afternoon I was running more errands (why oh why didn't I pack sooner? LOL), and I somehow got caught in Times Square itself at about 2:00 pm. Yikes! Wall to wall people. Groups sitting all along Broadway on the sidewalks playing cards. Everyone was apparently trying to stake their claim to the best spot possible to see the ball drop. It took me at least a half hour to get out of there. Once I got to 8th Avenue and the subway (Whew!), I ran downtown to pick up some things and when I came back uptown and got out of the subway, the sidewalk traffic along 8th Avenue was at a standstill. I know its always like this but it seems just a little crazier this year.
Well, back to more packing, plus my occasional brakes to watch the Waltons marathon on the Hallmark Chanel. Yes I am a geek. But the Waltons does bring back memories of watching it as a child and some of those episodes are like little Horton Foote plays.