HotForWords at Borders in NYC! August 20, 2009Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Media, Personal, Travel, TV.
Yesterday afternoon, I took the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) out to Manhattan for Marina Orlova’s book signing at Borders in The Shops at Columbus Circle. She was promoting her new book Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings, which was released on Tuesday.
Once on W. 34th St. from Penn Station, I walked to 6th Ave. and turned left. I wanted to pass some major media buildings that were on that street. Among them were HBO, News Corporation (FOX, New York Post, etc.), and SNY (SportsNet York).
I then turned left at W. 49th St. and turned right on Broadway.
Last night’s taping was in progress as I walked by.
Gorby has been featured in many of her videos.
Before addressing the crowd, Carlos Sanchez of SneakGeekz presented Marina with a pair of sneakers:
Next, the signing.
When it was my turn to have my book signed, I introduced myself as MCLIJazz from her website, where I’m a semi-regular commenter. She knew exactly who I was and that I was initially up in the air about going, but decided to go and made it.
I boarded the [air conditioned] C train to [equally extremely hot] Penn Station. A few minutes after that, I was able to catch the [air conditioned] LIRR Babylon train and headed back to Wantagh. I was in Wantagh 50 minutes later.
I had a great time and it was a pleasure to meet Marina (and Gorby) in person.
Before heading back to Los Angeles, Marina wrote a talked about the signing on her website:
Hi guys!! The turnout at the book signing was AMAZING!!! I got some great footage, so I will be posting that as soon as I get back to LA and edit it! It was so great to meet you all! Thank you so much for coming out!
And I might even show up in that footage.
8/31 UPDATE: While at Borders, Marina was interviewed by Predicto TV:
9/28 UPDATE: Footage from this appearance was finally shown on Marina’s website today. It was part of a video promoting her appearance at Book Soup in Los Angeles on Thursday. I was only featured for two seconds saying “It’s-it’s great to be here.” That’s good enough for me.
Wantagh HS Class of 1999 10-year Reunion August 20, 2009Posted by Mike C. in Personal.
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Last Friday night, my graduating high school class, Wantagh High School Class of 1999, held a mini-reunion (pre-reunion, Reunion Part 1, etc.) at the Johnny Malone’s bar, a few blocks north of the school. It was great to catch up with my fellow alumni. The same can be said for the main reunion Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s reunion was at Lido Beach Town Park in and around Mushroom dome #9.
It was so much fun. Now, I want to hang out with them all the time.
Thank you very much to Katelyn Brucia, Lisa Leone, and Sharon Oliveri for putting the reunion together. You all did a fantastic job.