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Oh, Kristina Thursday, 24 September 2009

Posted by Ian Cole in Ian C, New York 2009, The Ians on Tour.
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Kristina at Carnegie Hall

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Ladies who lunch Thursday, 24 September 2009

Posted by Ian Cole in Ian C, New York 2009, The Ians on Tour.
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A quieter day today so far after last night’s Kristina concert experience (more on that later). Earlier met up with a group of fans who were off to take the Staten Island Ferry. Then met up with Dora (Florida), Laura (New York), Mikey (US, lives in Abu Dabi), George (Austrlian lives in Japan) and a friend of Dora’s (sorry forgot her name, will have to get that later from D). Went to Virgil’s Real Barbecue, a placenear Times Square  that Dora had recommended for its Trainwreck Fries (which were delicious as she’d said). A nice fun but not too hectic afternoon. Sorry forgot to take photos.

Empire State Human Thursday, 24 September 2009

Posted by Ian Cole in Ian C, New York 2009, The Ians on Tour.
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Empire State BuildingTime to visit the Empire State Building, that iconic tallest building in New York and star of so many movies.

It didn’t take too long to get to the top either. Ticket sellers on 5th Ave were selling combo tickets for the NY Skyride (simulated ride over New York) and then the observation deck. Okay, the Skyride was a bit lame, but it bypassed the 90 minute waiting time for the observation deck alone.

The view from the 86th floor observation deck is spectacular, even though it was quite hazy and also raining over beyond Brooklyn.

The 102nd floor observation deck was also open, so for a bit extra I went up there too. When The Ians first visited New York in 1995 the 102nd floor was closed. The room is quite small, but the views and just being there is worth it.

Ian and KevinAfter that was a meet and greet session with Kevin Odekirk, who is playing Robert in the Kristina concert, in the foyer of Carnegie Hall.

He was charming and accommodating, told us a bit about his career and how he got the concert gig, answered any questions, gave photos and autographs and even showed off a photo of his baby on his iPhone. He loves the show and is really pleased that he gets to sing two outstanding songs, then dies.

Afterwards the group went to the nearby Hooters, which was an odd location for a group of ABBA fans who are mostly gay men and straight women. Still there was beer and food and fun times with everyone.