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18 February 2005 @ 08:45 am
A short update from LA!  
Well... My trip certainly started off on an interesting note! I had the day from hell yesterday... :( Luckily my flight in was fine (thanks so much for all your good wishes, they must've helped!) :), but for some reason, the traffic on the 405 was just ridiculous! :P It must've been due to all the rain! :( My 25 minute commute ended up being more like an hour and a half! I was so late when I got to the hotel that I didn't think I'd make it to Kevin's show on time. :P

When I checked into the hotel, they gave me a key and my room number and I lugged ALL of my things up to the room. When I opened the door, I was shocked to find someone else already there! :P I apologized, quickly closed the door and lugged all my things back downstairs and asked for a new room. :[ "Was something wrong with it?" The lady at the desk asked me. Umm... yeah - there was someone already in it! :[

She ended up giving me another room and luckily I was able to get to the theatre in time -- unfortunately Kevin wasn't so lucky! No one in the theatre really thought anything was odd when it was 7:30pm and the show hadn't started, but once 7:45pm rolled around and the show still didn't start, people started to get worried. :{ Finally a man came out to notify the audience that the show would start momentarily, and that 2 of the 4 stars of the show were not there yet - they were still stuck in traffic! :o I immediately knew it was Kevin because he lives so far away from the theatre. :P Poor guy!

The show ended up starting a little after 8:00pm - and was wonderful, BTW (but more about the show in another post.) After the show, Kevin told me that he couldn't figure out why the traffic was so bad. He said that he and Damon left his house at 5:00pm. He said on Friday he was just going to leave at 4pm and just hang around - just to make sure. ;)

Briefly spoke with Tom Griffin (who I loved from his Side Show musical direction days) as he left the theatre. He was late too. :( Also got to speak with Damon Kirsche and Tami Damiano (who are in the show with Kevin). I told Tami that I remembered sitting next to her at the first Robby Award show that I went to - and she remembered that. :) She was so sweet - I adored her! :)

It was so much fun speaking with them. Kevin kept forgetting where he did shows so he'd periodically turn to me and ask things like, "Where'd I do Guys & Dolls?" Haha! I was like, "El Camino!" Tami laughed at me because she thought it was funny that I had the database for Kevin's past performances in my head. :D

It ended up being a wonderful evening. :) Today I'm heading for the mall and will be seeing lindasings tonight for the evening show. :) Hope you're all doing well - I read through all of your entries, but I apologize in advance if I can't respond to them as much as I'd like. Have a nice weekend everyone! :)
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on February 18th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was bad last night. Our van left El Segundo at 3:30 PM (as usual), and I got off in the valley at 5:15 PM (about 1/2 hr later than usual). At least it wasn't last week, where it took over 2 hours due to two trucks dancing at the bottom of the hill.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh the traffic was so bad! :( It's a good thing I'm not staying all the way in Burbank this trip! Aside from that area getting hit really hard by the storm, it would take me FOREVER to get to the theatre! :P
Rachelreelcowgirl on February 18th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
What a day! I feel lucky to live in a fairly non-traffic-congested state now...but I remember California traffic and how awful it was! But I'm so glad the show was good and you got to see Kevin, Tom, Damon, and Tami. Have fun this weekend! :)
Sheri: Kevin 2001 headshotshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think the traffic was a little worse than normal - due to all the rain recently! :( I felt SO bad for Kevin though - that must've been an awful helpless feeling for him to be stuck in traffic and KNOW that the show should be starting... :( And Kevin and his cast are the sweetest! :)
ajayne on February 18th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a horrible experience checking into the hotel! That same thing happened to my mom when she went to Mexico last month.

Sounds like your night got better once you got to the show though. :) Glad to hear that it was great!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
It was the worst thing! Especially because I was running so late! It's funny now, of course - but then... :[

The show experiences so far have been wonderful! :) Kevin's been such a dear and it's so nice to finally meet his co-stars. :)
ajayne on February 21st, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Sometime I wanna see Kevin perform because you have said such wonderful things about him. :)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on February 18th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the trouble with the hotel. :( How good that the day still changed. :)

Big *hugs* to you

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's actually kind of funny now that I can look back on it. :) But back then... :[ It's a shame I was in such a rush too - that made it worse! :P

Hope you're having a nice weekend, Sabine! *HUGS*
Smithasmittenbyu on February 19th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
That would have been a crazy experience!! yikes... glad that was sorted out! Otherwise I hope you have a wonderful trip! :D
Sheri: Sheri & Kevinshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Smitha! :) And my trip is actually going quite wonderfully! :) It's funny because the non-theatre parts of my trip are really awful this time, but once I get to the theatre, the trip improves DRASTICALLY! :D
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on February 19th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
The 405 yesterday... was HORRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!! I mean TERRIBLE! I couldnt even get on it, I got on the on ramp and just continued in the lane to get off at the next exit. It was DEAD stopped. I guess it was the rain - cause it hardly ever rains here... LOL People are dumb when it rains.

Arent you happy though? Its been raining!!!! YAY!!! The sun came out for a little bit today and I was actually warm. Booo. COLD COLD COLD RAIN RAIN RAIN please!

And seriously, one of these trips out here I need to meet you! I mean you are SO close!!!!!!!
Sheri: Kevin 10 Com headshotshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it awful? I sat in my little rental thinking that getting to my hotel shouldn't be that hard! :P Aside from the fact that I was late getting to the theatre - I really had to pee (I know, TMI) ;) and all the rain hitting my windshield was not helping at all! :P

SO much rain here! I do love the cold, but the rain is getting really dangerous - especially in Burbank (where I usually stay on my trips!) :P

And yes! We should meet up one trip! :) By talking with Kevin, it looks like I'm going to have a full year of LA travel - which is wonderful! :D
La Zingaratwicebornjoy on February 19th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
sounds like you had a great time @ his show... i must be so slow cuz i just realized Kevin is performing in La Mirada. Geez. That's right where I go to school! I have to go... Lol. :)

have a great rest of your trip in LA, Sheri!
karmastyxkarmastyx on February 19th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
People driving + rain = Bad/stupid drivers in Calif. LOL

Glad the rest of the night worked out though.
Sheri: Sheri & Kevinshutterbug93 on February 19th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
It was so awful on the 405 the other day! :P I really thought I wasn't going to make it in time to check in to my hotel! :[ Luckily I made it - poor Kevin just wasn't so lucky! :(

See you and Carrie tomorrow! I hope you guys enjoy the show. :)