Friday, May 13, 2005

Tower of Babel


Arrived for the show with the very long title including the word Puttnam to find that something had gone wrong in the processing of my ticket and the ticket cancelled. I was rather put out by this turn of events but did what could be done to rescue the moment. Decided at 19:49 that it wasn't too late to see something running to poor houses and set off. Somewhere I decided that I'd give Rent a shot and default to Brooklyn if Rent was sold-out.

I all but ran through the theatre district, frantic to find the New Amsterdam where Rent plays. For the first time I didn't have any kind of guide or map. I had to trust my memory. Those of you know about the usefulness of my memory as a navigational aid can stop laughing now. With still eight minutes before curtain I by-passed Brooklyn and the Pillowman convinced I could make it to Rent and back. Eventually I was reduced to collaborating with the pigs and asked a NYPD person.

The Policeperson tried, bless her heart, but she sent me to 40th. Rent is playing at 39th. What really stings is that if I hadn't gone into panic mode I could have visualised the poster that sat above my desk for years. At two minutes before curtain I abandoned all hope, resisted the urge to have a major tantrum, and took a cab home.

All that was sufficient that I'm quite content to have a couple of hours at my 'desk' taking in w23rd and blogging until Rocky Horror at midnight. I'm sure there are a million things that I could be doing but just looking at a what's on guide overwhelmed me. I don't like having clear plans disrupted, I get confused.

I've included a picture of the neon that marks out Hotel Chelsea. My room is sufficiently high that I look down on the sign, an unusual perspective. Obtaining this picture meant crawling out onto the suicide ledge and dangling the camera over 23rd but I got the shot.
The moral of all this? The police are not your friend and never to be trusted.

Tower of Babel- home to the whore of Babylon


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