Welcome to NY where we will take your cameras but give you your guns back…

I don’t want anyone to think that I wasn’t prepared for this trip but holy crap I don’t think I was completely prepared for this trip… Fun started early like midnight last night early when I found out I was bumped from my 8am flight which means my only option was a 6am flight. After the drive south this was not good news but what are you gonna do? So we arrive at LaGuardia and I begin my hunt for a means to Manhattan, keeping in mind that I am now a solid 4 hours ahead of any of my travel companions. But as luck would have it I found a shuttle driver who spoke only spanish and seemed to be fed up with his non spanish speaking passengers. With cabs into town costing over $40 the $14 shuttle ride sounded like a great idea… and it was. The Shuttle driver was Ecuadorian and his name was Ramon, since traffic was so bad Ramon and I got to know each other pretty well and I got the weird sense that the other passengers all felt that we were trying to kidnap them or something. He pointed out things about the city as we passed that I would have never been privy to and I will forever be in his debt for that. From there I checked in to the hotel and dropped off my bag, walked around a whole bunch until the rain “forced” me into a really nice pub called the Blaggard. I waited there for an hour or two and then Brandon and Natalia showed up, we quickly regrouped and headed to NBC headquarters for a tour, we didn’t have much info on this tour but were hopeful. IMG_1881 IMG_1882

So, we didn’t know what to expect but these pages seriously look like everything 30Rock has pushed on us about Kenneth. I don’t watch nightly news but seeing the sets and equipment was pretty cool, also, they were recording a show with some chick I had never heard of in the set right next to us, we were in the background looking touristyish. The next thing we saw was honestly pretty damn cool, they took us to the SNL set and they were actually rehersing a bit. I am not kidding here, Keenan, Andy Samburg, Drew Barymore (who is the host this week) and the new girl who said F$@k last week on SNL were all on stage about 35 feet from us rehearsing their lines, not that I was star struck but that was pretty cool. Everything after that was cheesy “magic of TV” type stuff so its not really worth mentioning.

After that we hit up the Nintendo store which was what you’d expect, logs of Nintendo stuff and video game promos. IMG_1883

There were actually some really interesting old school systems on display, of course next to plenty of merchandise.

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We then went to another bar called “The Perfect Pint” where we stayed for probably too long, and decided that it would probably be a good idea to head back to the hotel and wait for Keara to show up. So thats where we are now, waiting for the last of our group to show up. But, on our way back we saw this…

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That’s right, its a Ferris wheel inside a god damned toy store… WHAT?! well yea, that’s half way through day 1, I’m going to take a nap.

Cojelo con take it easy,

Robbie

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