Because of the rain, there was a relatively small crowd gathered, and we did get our turn to film a 'shout-out' to possibly air at 8:00. We said we were in town from Indiana, and Jamalyn said she was celebrating her 40th. Whooo-hoooo! We were pretty sure it wouldn't be selected. After that, we decided we had had enough of the rain, and went inside the concourse at 30 Rock to get some breakfast.
Al Roker came out, and took time to greet every fan around the fence. Such a nice (and small!) man! The rest of the anchors came out to do their segment, but hurried back in when they were done. It was raining, after all.
It was about that time that Alex on the Plaza came over and struck up a conversation with us. We turned on the charm (and by 'we' I mean 'Jamalyn'), and we were soon the darlings of the plaza, the fans of the day (in our opinion, at least). He even brought out TODAY Show mugs just for us, and interviewed us for Sirius Radio (which aired later that day, according to a text from one of Jamalyn's friends at home).
Carlo's Bake Shop, of Cake Boss fame. It's one of Jamalyn's favorites.
We were taken up the elevator in groups, and seated in the studio to wait for JIMMY FALLON! It was so cool to see how things work, how they set up the stage for the guests (Kristen Stewart, Jim Belushi, and Yolanda Adams), hear the band, and just to be there in person.
Jessica brought along this photo of her with Jimmy taken when he was in Indy for the Super Bowl. She wrote a sweet note on the back, and planned to give it to him when he ran through the audience at the end of the show. While they were setting up the stage for Yolanda Adams (amazing gospel singer, by the way), Jimmy took questions from the audience. Jessica jumped up, held up the photo, and asked him what his shirt says. He ran right up to our seats (we were near the back), took the photo, asked where it was taken, and said the words on the shirt were from a Pink Floyd song. It was KILLING ME not to take a photo while he was right there by us, but I am not one for breaking the rules (or getting escorted out of the studio by security). She gave him the photo to keep, and he took it back to his desk, read the back, put it down on the table, and gave her a thumbs up! Day (month, year) made! So fun!
and enjoyed one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
We spent our last morning in NYC touring St. Patrick's Cathedral and making a trip to the Top of the Rock. Both were awesome.
The Empire State Building side.
Central Park side.
Jamalyn, Jessica, and Susan, Empire State Building side...
Our last NYC event was the matinee showing of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We checked our bags with the nice young man at the coat check, since we would be heading to the airport immediately after the show. It was wonderful, with all the great familiar music written and performed by Carole King. A perfect ending to our three exciting days in NYC.