Upcoming trip brings back memories
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By Misty Fritz
Not quite two years ago, I spent a whirlwind weekend in New York City with a large group of friends, all of whom I initially met on the internet simply because we were all fans of the same television show.
My trip started out with an Amtrak ride to Chicago, where I met up with three friends driving through from Minnesota, and we drove out to NYC from there, stopping overnight near the Ohio/Pennsylvania border.
I think we managed to find the cheapest accommodations in NYC: approximately a dozen women, ranging in age from early 20s to late 40s, crammed into a four-bedroom, one bathroom AirBNB apartment in West Harlem — we only spent a grand total of $65 per person to stay there for two nights, and the apartment itself was decent. Surprisingly (or not), we had more problems overloading the wifi than we did with trying to arrange shower times for everyone.
The first night we got to the city, we took the subway down to Times Square, and that was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. It was nighttime, but you almost couldn’t tell from all the lights. I felt a little bit like a country cliche, but I was honestly in awe.
I was in NYC itself for less than 48 hours, and in that time I managed to squeeze in three Broadway shows (two evening performances of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and one matinee of Fun Home), a visit to the famous piano bar Marie’s Crisis, and a casual meetup in Central Park with nearly 45 Glee fans. Plus lots of socializing with the ladies staying in the apartment, of course. Not much sleep was involved.
Anyway, that was then. By the time this paper reaches your mailbox, I’ll be on my way up to Minneapolis to see two of the friends from my NYC roadtrip. Why? Well, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is doing a national tour, and it’s showing up there this weekend. I could have easily gone when it was showing in St. Louis at the end of January, but that would have been too easy, and not nearly as fun as reliving the experience with two of the people I saw it with the first time. And this time, I managed to grab a third row center seat, much to my surprise.
As a bonus, one of those friends is an author who released a book recently, and I’m excited to be able to support her while she does a reading at a Minneapolis book store the afternoon before the show. Now I just need to squeeze in time to read her book before I go.