the today show!

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the champagne folks!

we had contemplated being complete tourists and going to see a taping of the today show and after telling some folks back home about this, we were totally talked into doing it and even promised to make signs to hold up for certain people!  so yesterday we went down to where they taped the show and asked questions about what time to be there and what not.  we were told people start to line up at 4:30/5am!  hence why we had decided the night before to go to bed early.  that didn't really work out so well, and we ended up with very little sleep.  but who cares!?  vacation is no time for sleep!

we rolled out of bed, threw on as many layers of clothing we could, and headed into the night to line up for the today show.

  we got posterboard and sharpies and made our sign for molly and everyone back home while we waited in line.   at this point i'm having flashbacks to some very significant moments in my teen years...anywho!  there was already quite a line formed when we got there with people from all across the country and with all kinds of ideas of how to get on tv.  our favorite had to be the champagne glass people.  they made these awesome new years eve hats out of champagne glasses!  and it worked - they were later interviewed on the air!!  our efforts of getting up in the freezing cold wee hours of the morning paid off as well as we got some gorgeous shots of the tree lit up during the dark, and we got ourselves on TV too!  matt came by and did a piece right in front of us and molly got to see her sign.
ground zero
  she was thrilled!  and later in the day we got a phone call from a co-worker who said he saw two familar looking "nerds" on tv that morning!  i'll have to try and find the screen caps he sent us. 

after the taping we grabbed breakfast at a cafe nearby and attempted to wake up.  we took the subway south, and hung out by the water watching the statue of liberty.  the remainder of the day was pretty somber as we spent it down by ground zero.  over two years later and there's still a massive clean up going on.  there's still a big hole in the earth, and a big hole in most people's hearts.  make shift memorials still stood and crowds still gathered to view them.  it all still felt very raw and real.  just standing there you could see there was something missing from the city; you could feel it in the area.

later that night we headed out to see the empire state buildling and times square all lit up.  we then decided to drown out the dreary day at o'lunney's pub in times square - great spot!

   

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the champagne folks!
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