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RizzlesCon2012 [Jul. 26th, 2012|09:10 pm]
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I know I have been long absent (just super busy with work and with travel and with fun). And I know this post isn't even about NYC. But, it is about something near and dear to my heart: delving into my current favorite fandom. In this case, the TV show Rizzoli & Isles... So bear with me and I do hope to get back to blogging about my adventures in and around NYC soon enough!


I was looking for a single sentence, a single thought, that would sum up my experience at RizzlesCon2012 this past weekend and I feel that the quote above is it (with 'Karaoke anyone?', 'Starbucks run; you want anything?' 'Because who *doesn't* want to spend Sunday seeing an autopsy chest and listening to a coroner talk?', 'Yes, of course we'll have another round', 'We're going to IHOP!', 'Fan-Rizzles-tastic', all close seconds).

But I digress.

As I was saying: Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. For, if you haven't heard, this is what happened. Two fans – just regular ol' fans – organized what was shaping up to be a Rizzoli & Isles spectacular. A three day convention filled with the cast and crew of the show as well as true life law-enforcement and entertainment industry people. Then Warner Brothers decided to be...oh, let's go with dicks 'non-supportive'. After months and months of being aware of what was going on and saying nothing, on the eve of the Convention – literally on the eve of the convention – they pulled the plug and made all cast and crew 'unavailable'. Nice.

So those of us that had purchased tickets and travelled all the way to Anaheim had two choices: throw ourselves a pity-party or just throw ourselves a party. We chose the latter. And, seriously, what a party it turned out to be. Friends, laughter, bad singing, fascinating lectures and demonstrations, putting faces to names on a screen, having the pleasure of people tell me "I love that blog!" when I told them I run the R&I text from last night tumblr, camaraderie, a #flatrizzles invasion/revolution (which tended to lead to more laughter), and just plain fun, were the order of the weekend.

Now, I admit that I would be lying if I said I didn't still have some disappointment that the cast and crew weren't there. So I'm not going to say I'm not. Because I *am* disappointed. Of course I am. But that was not going to stop me (and everyone else that stuck it out) from having an absolute blast anyway.

Okay, that was the summary. The details are below (and fair warning there's LOTS of details, probably quite boring to many of you). But first two more notes. First, this is *my* experience so it has a lot of pictures of me and what I did and what I enjoyed. Other people's experiences may vary, obviously, but this is what it was for me. Second, I'm a crime show junkie, unabashedly so. As I've told family and friends, if there's murder or a courtroom, I'm probably going to like it. I'm also a geek so attending lectures and learning new things is actually something I love doing. As such, the lectures at this con were right up my alley. And it's details of alllll those lectures, more than anything else, that you'll find below. Again, fair warning. :D

Right then. Let us begin.


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CardinalSm [Jan. 22nd, 2012|04:32 pm]
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CardinalSm, a photo by redwingx on Flickr.

Went for a jog in Central Park this morning... paused to snap a picture of this beautiful cardinal; it's bright red set off from the black and whites of a snow covered park.

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2011: Year In Review [Dec. 26th, 2011|01:59 pm]
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2011: Year In Review

I'm not sure how this year managed to go so fast, but it did. It seems like just yesterday I was writing the 2010 year in Review and here I am writing 2011's. As always, it's been fun to take a trip down memory lane. What a fun packed year it has been. And on to 2012! :)

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(no subject) [Dec. 25th, 2011|11:29 am]
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Rockefeller Center Tree 2011
Happy Holidays to all my followers!
May it be safe and full of love and family and food and joy.
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Celebrity Bartending [Nov. 19th, 2011|11:00 pm]
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Alright, on to another fav holiday benefit: Celebrity Bartending. I've attended this event two or three previous times. This year's was by far the best of the bunch. They've all been fun, but this was just fun plus-plus.

This event is a fundraising event for an organization called Stockings With Care. It's a wonderful organization that provides holiday gifts to children in New York City who otherwise wouldn't get any. They use funds to buy gifts directly and they also recruit 'Santas'. These Santas are given the gender and age of a child, as well as three things that child wants. The Santas then go out and buy the gifts, wrap them, and then drop them off to Stockings With Care, who then give them to the parents to give to their children. I was a Santa last year and loved shopping for my sponsor child. I signed up to be a Santa again this year and just got my sponsor child's information today. Off to do some shopping for him soon! :)

But, though I love being a Santa, I am also *more* than happy to support the organization by attending their Celebrity Bartending fundraiser. The cover charge and any tips the 'bartenders' get go directly to Stockings With Care.

So Stockings with Care gets money, and us fans get to order drinks from our favorite celebs – it's win-win!

And for Law & Order fans (like me!), this year's even was particularly win-win-win!

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CANstruction! [Nov. 19th, 2011|05:24 pm]
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Once again, this time of year has just snuck up on me like no body's business. THANKFULLY a random google search for something else returned something about CANstruction. Otherwise I would have missed it. And I would have been SO annoyed with myself if I had missed it because CANstruction is one of my favorite annual benefits this time of year.

For those that don't know, CANstruction is an annual competition of giant sculptures made entirely of cans of food. The food is then donated to local food banks at the end of the show. I'm always amazed at not just the creativity, not only the fun and uniqueness of the sculptures, but also the engineering ingenuity of putting these things together. I mean, cans of food aren't the easiest construction material! Yet, these sculptures are amazing.

And this year was no different. In fact, this year may have been my favorite yet! (of course, I probably say that every year!)

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Unicef Snowflake lighting [Nov. 15th, 2011|07:59 pm]
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I can NOT believe how quickly the Season is upon us. I say Season with a capital S because it's the holiday Season. ALREADY! When did this happen????

I've been trying to at least ignore it a little, for just another week or two. Wait until Thanksgiving, at least and then give myself over to my most favoritest time of the year.

But, New York doesn't *always* cooperate with my attempts at patience and moderation. Case in point yesterday evening (Monday, November 14). For on that day there was a lighting ceremony for the big snow flake that hangs over 57th St. and 5th Ave. And, well, Angie Harmon was going to host the event. And there were going to be performances by the Jersey Boys (from the Broadway show). And to top it all off, the ceremony was to take place *literally* two blocks from my office. TWO BLOCKS.

Tell me. How was I supposed to resist that???

Well, I clearly wasn't supposed to. So I went. :D

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Fall in Central Park [Nov. 13th, 2011|10:47 am]
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We are just about to go sliding right on into the holiday season, and I had resigned myself to essentially having missed the 'fall season' once again. But then I popped out of the subway last week on the south end of Central Park and …WOW! The colors had just POPPED. It was as if over night the colors had just come right on out.

So, there was a day (actually two) where I got to enjoy fall in New York. :)

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Empire State Building Rainbow [Nov. 11th, 2011|02:59 pm]
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I'm generally a big fan of the various lighting combinations on the Empire State Building and the meaning behind them. Well, last night (Nov 10, 2011) it was lit up in pretty spectacular fashion. The ESB website indicated that it was a 'private lighting' (which I assumes means that some one paid to have it lit in the way they wanted it lit (who knew you could even do that?!). In any case the lighting was...unique.

It was...for lack of a better explanation...tie-dye.

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Halloween Parade [Nov. 6th, 2011|07:07 pm]
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I know this is coming a little late but it's been one of those weeks and I figured (once again) better late than never.

I'm talking about the annual New York City Halloween Parade. I love Halloween in New York. As I said elsewhere, it is the one night a year you can't tell if the person is dressed in costume or just looks that way all the time. And pretty much everyone is in some kind of get-up.

My friend C and I were no different. So, in our get-ups (her in a gunslinger's outfit, me as a chalk outline of a dead body (yes, you read that right), we headed off to the parade. What a freak show, in the absolute best possible way. What fun.

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