No Jim or Pam, But There is an Abandoned Warehouse!

9:47 PM, Wednesday, May 21, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (2)

This week we got to visit one of the most famous cities in the world. Yes, we've been to St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston, but these cities have nothing on SCRANTON, PA! Yes, that's right. Home of Jim, Pam, Michael, and Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. The setting of The Office. We had the privilege of performing right down the street from the famous Penn Paper tower (which is actually an abandoned warehouse) featured on the opening credits. Scranton is exactly the kind of town you would expect from the show. It's small, there isn't very much to do, it's very industrial, and in the entire downtown area I did not see a single restaurant or deli...or even convenience store.

The town is proud of its most famous business...even though it doesn't actually exist.

Look familiar? If you watch The Office, you see this shot of the street in the opening credits of every episode. Only there's snow. It wasn't a perfect day weather-wise in Scranton, but at least there was no snow.

Take a look at the video below to see the opening credits. And also the very funny opening of the season finale that was on last week.

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Project Runway on Amsterdam Avenue

10:24 AM, Sunday, May 11, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I had an eventful evening the other night. I was home in New York Friday night and my friend Marylin and I decided to go out for the evening. We went to dinner at French Roast and then decided to go bar hopping on Amsterdam Ave. As we were walking from The Gin Mill to Soldier McGee, Marylin said to me, "Hey! Isn't that guy from Project Runway?" And she was right! It was Kevin, from the most recent season of Project Runway, standing on the street, having a cigarette. We went over to say hi. He was really cool and talked to us a while about the show. We asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood, and he told us he was bar tending at this bar Fred's. He told us he was there every Friday. So, we headed on to Soldier McGee's, but a little later went over to Fred's and had a great time. Kevin was a really cool guy and chatted with us a bit more from behind the bar. I was also sitting next to a fellow LOST fan, so we geeked out a little bit, talking about theories, etc. When we told Kevin we were ready to go, he said we should do a shot together before we left, so he poured three shots of Jack Daniels, and we drank to Project Runway!

Oh...only in New York.

Park the Car on Harvard Yard

6:07 PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

Yesterday we arrived in Boston, and we only had one night to take in the city. I wish we could have stayed longer. It was my first time in Boston. But we had a pretty good time. And by we I mean Genny and me. Everyone else decided to be lame and stay in. We drove down to Newbury St (pictured above), which is a really great area for shopping and eating. We also took a walk around the Boston Commons, which was really beautiful. It used to be the site of public hangings, but it was still really pretty. Today we performed at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, which was just a block away from Newbury St. So, I guess our little time in Boston was nice, but I'd love to go back and spend more time there. Luckily it's pretty easy to get to from New York. There are direct buses for only $15. Maybe this summer...

The tour is almost over! I'm pretty excited to leave Junie behind for a while. We have three days off in a row coming up and I feel like taking a vacation...but that would mean spending all the money I make for the week, so I guess I'll just stay in New York. Maybe I'll take a walk over to Central Park and pretend like I'm in the country. I hardly ever go to Central Park since Riverside park in right outside my front door. So, I guess Central Park would be a vacation of sorts.

P.S. Today I bought the most delicious snack mix ever. Nuts About Raspberries and Chocolate Trek Mix from Trader Joe's. Peanuts, almonds, dried raspberries and chocolate chips. What could be better?

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