The Letterman and Pettit Show

Trip Start Mar 26, 2010
Trip End Apr 06, 2010

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We woke up this morning to the sound of the doorbell ... while Janice and I slept, Inigo and Jaione snuck out and brought us some breakfast. I could get used to this!

11am ... a second clutch Letterman performance by yours truly. We'd secured one pair of tickets for today's recording, but somebody who shall rename nameless missed her trivia question so Inigo and Jaione were without tickets. The plan was to call in for standby tickets at 11am sharp. Janice and I were armed with our cell phones and dialed in, ... right at 11am ... a woman picked up and started gathering info. Although we'd been told ahead of time that standby seats did NOT require a trivia question, she asked me one anyways ... and I ... nailed it. BOOYA! We goin' to Letterman baby!

First stop of the day was to Times Square. We wanted to get discounted tickets for a show later in the evening, but the place didn't open up until 2pm, so we headed off towards the Ed Sullivan Theater and got our grub on at Carnegie Deli. It was a crap ton of food, but honestly ... wasn't amazing. Definately worth the experience once, but I wouldn't go back. Packed as all get out, photos of celebs on the walls, ... good cheesecake. That part was good. ;)

Then, it was off to the Ed Sullivan Show for the Late Show with David Letterman. I'm not sure what we said or did or didn't say or do, but for some reason, we got special treatment, ... but not in a great way. As we checked in, I noticed that they scribbled RED on the back of our ticket. The people in front of us didn't get that indication, neither did those behind us. ... ... We'd hoped it meant some sort of front row thing ... but alas, no. Quite the opposite. For some reason we were selected to be last in to the building. Janice and I tried to come up with an explanation, ... were we not excited enough? was it because the woman who asked Janice the trivia question seemed to hate her? ... ... Inigo suggested maybe the knew we were trying to get them in so they tried to pair us together? ... ... In any event, we got our tickets, with our friends, and we sat happily in the upper deck.

While we waited for the show to start, it was back to Times Square for discount tickets. After much deliberation we chose two shows, only to find the first choice sold out and the second missing its star performer for the night ... so a show will have to wait.

Back we go for the Late Show! We are seperated in to groups and they scream and yell and get us all psyched up ... then they usher us in ... we end up top section, last row ... but there isn't a bad seat in the house. Tonights guests: Luke Wilson, Pam Stout (Tea Party Prez from Idaho), and Alan Jackson (Yeeeehaw!). All were great. A perfect mix of celebrity, politics and music that ended up spawning great conversation throughout the rest of the evening.

Since we scratched the original plan to see a show tonight, we decided to take up Andrew on an invitation he extended to us to visit his restaurant he is cooking at, "The Modern" (named for being next to the Modern Art Museum). A super fancy place with a bar/lounge area for people in more scrubby clothes (us) ... Andrew had the staff take extra special care of us. We had two waiters, and they treated us like VIP the whole night. By ourselves, we ordered six items to share, and Andrew donated several more plates to the cause. So ridiculously good, we cleaned every plate. Food ranging from duck confit to steak tartar to a "country egg boiled for 45 minutes in a jar" to ... man, I'm just killing these dishes with my horrible memory for their official descriptions. It was bomb ass food. Just check the photos and take my word for it. Coffee, dessert, ... and then a REAL treat. A personal tour of the entire kitchen with Andrew! So awesome. Met the chefs on duty, saw his work crew, and chatted it up with the folks in the back. Waaaayyyy cool Andrew. YOU THE MAN!

We stumbled out of the restaurant needing to walk off the food, so we headed back to Times Square for the full night time bright light experience. Very bright. Very cool.

Dogs are barkin' again, and Jaione came up with the idea to head back to the apartment to watch the Late Show on TV that we'd watch be recorded. YESS!!!

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