The List

Everyone has their “list.”

Well, if you’re Type-A like me, you probably have lists for everything, but I’m talking about THE list. Well maybe not THAT kind of list like in Friends, but a list of your top celebrities.

So when Pam and I were just casually walking down Broadway, heading back to our hotel after picking up Letterman tickets, and happened to spot Jake Gyllenhaal walk right by us, I nearly fainted…

…Because he’s on my list. In fact, he’s near the top.

It goes as such (in no particular order…it’s already hard enough narrowing it down this much) –

  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Love & Other Drugs anyone?!)
  • Leo (enough said)
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch (who was actually on the Today Show the day we were in NYC, but we didn’t see him out and about.)
  • Heath Ledger (RIP. Died on my 19th birthday. :()
  • David Beckham
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Shia Labeouf (only sometimes; it depends on how hungover he looks)
He made the list. I saw him in real life. I can throw my bucket list out the window.

I’ll get to the story of how/when we saw him later, but I’ll start our Tuesday in NYC from the very beginning!


It all started with breakfast! We went to Carve, a small local place near our hotel to grab fruit, coffee and a bagel.

After breakfast, we made our way to the Ed Sullivan Theater to see how to get tickets to watch the taping of The Late Show with David Letterman. The process to get tickets was pretty easy. We walked right up, filled out a form and then talked to either a page (I think that’s what they’re called?) or a producer for a couple of minutes. He asked us basic questions about where we were from, what we were doing in NYC and what we liked about Dave.

They told us we would get a call sometime that afternoon, at least two hours before taping, to let us know if we got tickets.

Pam and I were just walking around 5th Ave. (shopping!) and happened to stop inside the St. Regis hotel to look around. Ohmmyglamourous! We felt so fancy using the restroom and I just had to take a picture.


We were leaving the bathroom when my phone rang from an unknown number. I immediately answered and the woman on the other end told us she had two tickets to the Late Show for us. We began cheering (loudly) and jumping up and down.
Let’s just say might have interrupted a very important business meeting happening next door. Oops.


They told us we could pick up our tickets later that afternoon, so Pam and I walked around a bit more and peeked “inside Studio 1-A” (and as I typed that I thought of Ann Curry’s voice). Sadly, we missed Matt Lauer.



It was pouring down rain, so we went into the NBC studio store next door and happened to catch a live interview of two Grimm actors! (Are you counting the famous people throughout the day? Grimm actors – 2.)



After a bit of shopping, we got hungry so went to the famous Carnegie Deli. I’ll just be frank upfront – I don’t really like deli sandwiches. They just don’t do it for me; I’d much rather have a burger or something more savory, but we thought we’d give it a try.


Well, it was hard not to love a sandwich as big as my head. And yes, we split that.



After lunch, we wanted to go back to our hotel before heading to the Letterman Show to change because it had been raining all day and we were pretty damp.


And then it all happened so fast.


I was walking slightly in front of Pam and had my head down as I was holding my umbrella.

Jake turned the corner and I first noticed his eyes (those eyes), then I noticed his lips (those lips) and that was all it took to know it was him. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a single doubt in my mind that I had just walked by Jake Gyllenhaal.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL (last time, I promise ;))
He was wearing athletic shorts and a zip-up hoodie. He had his hood up and was walking pretty fast.

I turned around to see if Pam saw him and she was already running in front of him so she could walk the other way and catch another glimpse of him. She was like, “your camera-take a picture!” but I had my camera in my purse because it was raining and it took forever to dig my camera out. 
I snapped this picture and it doesn’t do it any sort of justice, but I’ll take what I can get. (My eyes will never forget. And when Kevin reads this he’ll just roll his eyes.)
And as I write this post, I’m cracking up to myself because in one of my posts before my trip, I wrote the following:
“Speaking of New York: please give me ideas on what to do and places to eat! Because I’ve been to NYC one other time (I was young), I have a few silly things that I want to do.
  • See someone famous (already requested tickets to Letterman, but seeing Ryan Gosling walking down the street would count). 🙂 “


HA!! Ask and you shall receive?

Famous people count: 3

And that’s the last time I’ll mention Jake. I promise. Maybe.


After calling Kevin, my mom and posting on Twitter and Facebook that I saw Jake Gyllenhaal (damnit, I tried to resist), we quickly changed and headed to The Late Show!



Ah the power of Twitter. I checked in at the venue and it got sent to Twitter and my friend Alex tweeted at me about our friend Joe who works at Letterman. I had no idea!


Small world!


The taping of the actual show was so fun! The guest was Brian Williams (and the band was a group called El-P and I didn’t like them very much). David’s jokes were great and it was really fun to see it taped in real life. The energy of the crowd and seeing the whole operation behind it was fascinating to me. (Famous people count – 5.)


After Letterman, Pam and I grabbed a quick bite to eat before seeing WICKED!


Our snack of choice? Hot dog vendor!!



It was delicious!



Before we knew it, it was time for WICKED!!!



Best. show. ever. EVER. Honestly, hands down. I’ve seen many Broadway musicals before, but this one is beyond good.


I cried. I had actual tears welling in my eyeballs and running down my face after each act. The costumes, set, music and singing was too good for me to even handle.


I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat for the last four days at work…I don’t think that’s healthy. Belting out “Defying Gravity” while writing press releases probably isn’t the greatest idea.



After the show, we ate at Rosie O’Grady’s in the Theater District, which was a fabulous choice! The setting was quiet and dark and the food was delicious – a perfect after-show meal. I got the lobster ravioli and it did not disappoint!



And that was our Tuesday in New York! Not bad for a Tuesday, eh?!
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