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Psych season 6 premiere: To Predict and Serve

11 Oct

Psych Fan Day in NYC

Psych-o [sahy-koh] noun: a person, of sane or unstable qualities, who follows the TV show on USA Network, and also happens to be in love with James Roday and Dule Hill. 

I flew to New York in a whirlwind. Well, I actually booked my ticket a week in advance after discovering a little treasure in my email. But my point is, it was a surprise.

So, I won tickets to Psych’s Fan Day season 6 premiere. Debated for a day if I should go. Then decided it’d be seriously silly not to. Commence Psych-o weekend.

More than 500 fans and ticket winners lined up starting at 3  p.m. at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. I arrived with my friend Sarah Tomoser at 3:30 p.m. and the line was already CRAZY. Down the block and turning the corner kind-of-crazy. (But for the poor souls who showed up later … the line doubled back several times. Unfortunate for them.

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As we waited for hours, we thought of deep and meaningful questions (aka funny and something that would get us onstage) to submit to the cast’s Q&A.

I was hoping for a ton of free goodies and I was not disappointed. Psych swag included: pineapple foam finger. Polaroid pictures. t-shirt. popcorn. drinks. bottles covered with Shawn and Gus’s faces.

We sat on the first row of the “balcony” area. Which happened to be next to the isle that James Roday and Maggie Lawson walked through to get to the stage. We yelled. And cheered. (Sarah had a brief exchange with Maggie about her new chic haircut.)

They showed the episode. Then came the hilarious Q&A which you can find on their website. (The audience Q&A I believe is separate from the one shown on TV.) My friend Sarah actually had her question asked! (What episode was the most extensive to creative, either money or time wise?) Steve Franks, the creator, loved it. Apparently season 6’s final episodes were some of the most expensive and time-consuming to produce. She got a free hoodie. = I’m jealous and my inner journalist is frustrated that I didn’t think of a super brilliant question.

(My question was: Psych is notorious for nicknames. Does the cast have any off the set?). By the way, did you know they have Psych toasters? Yes, you can have a pineapple on your toast. And the cast just happened to throw autographed pieces of toast into the audience. Crazy? Yes. What’s more crazy? People were falling all over each other for that toast.

My conclusions: I want to be Dule Hill’s girl. James Roday is suave and mysterious (fun fact: real last name is Rodriguez). And I want Maggie’s haircut.

Season 6 Episode 1

The first episode of season 6 is GLORIOUS. It is the most action-packed, tense, and suspenseful episode they have yet to release. So I hope y’all are ready tomorrow night. (Will Shawn give away that he’s not psychic? Will he get caught sneaking into an ambassador’s house? Will Juliet leave Shawn? Will Lassie kill him?) Tune in at 11 p.m. MTN time to watch it.

Psych actors on Twitter:

Dule Hill | Maggie Lawson | Timothy Omundson | Corbin Bernsen

 

 

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Union Square in NYC

11 Oct

I’m practicing shooting video with my iPhone4 for my backpack journalism class. Needless to say, I need bucketloads of practice.

Here’s a video of Union Square off of 14th Street in New York City. I love sitting in the square, watching all kinds of crazies walking by.  It doesn’t hurt that they have tons of delicious food surrounding it and the farmer’s market offering organic produce, food and flowers.

Bylines & Broadway

10 May
Marry Poppins on Broadway.

I got a byline. Well, a shared one at least. This week’s paper included a “Focus On” done by yours truly. We highlighted a woman/artist, Lanny Lasky, who recently died and has some of her work currently displayed in a gallery. She was a retired director at the Museum of Modern Art, among many other things.
Check out my article later this week on riverdalepress.com. You can find it under obituaries.


I feel like I haven’t posted in eons. Well, I’ve been working on updating the web, copy editing, writing a few briefs.


Last weekend, I saw my first broadway ever. Mary Poppins. I felt like I was 8 years old again. I thought it was brilliant. Definitely a great show for kids and families visiting New York. The effects and sets themselves made it wonderful. The house transformed from the first floor, to the attic where the children slept. There was a park. The roofs and chimney’s. And the best part: I paid $32 for my ticket. Went to the box office when it opened and got some of the last, cheap tickets. It was great.


This week I will see Wonderland (which is apparently ending its run this weekend? Correct me if I’m wrong.) and possibly Phantom of the Opera. My family is visiting and they have a 9 year old daughter they want to take to a show. The obstacle is finding a show appropriate for children that you dont have to pay $200 per ticket. We’ve debated Wicked, Phantom, Lion King, Mary Poppins. What would you see?

Osama got Jimmered?

2 May
This sits above University Pkwy in Provo, Ut, “Osama Got Jimmered” referring to BYU’s star basketball athlete Jimmer Fredette. Photo courtesy of Ryan Hill.

So apparently this is how Provo, UT is celebrating the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. 

The Royal Wedding: Don't you love online streaming?

29 Apr
New media allows us to watch news online where ever we are. Ex: The Royal Wedding.

The day has come. (The news will have to find another countdown now.)


Prince William married Kate Middleton this morning. I felt I could not not mention the royal wedding. Even in NYC, celebrations have been happening since 5 a.m. this morning.


Many of my friends and fellow interns went off to cover the wedding events for the Brooklyn Paper and the New York Daily News at 4:30 a.m. this morning. I was still in bed.


I HAD to watch the last of the procession when I woke up around 7 a.m. Unfortunately, I missed “the kiss” because I was on the subway. But thanks to online media, you don’t need to watch things on the tv anymore. I just used my trusty macbook pro.


This is one technological advancement I love. love. love. Forget the hassle of tv commercials or even owning a tv. In NYC, where space is limited and money too, we can just use our computers and that is amazing. Just take a moment to think about that. Four or five years ago, we were just getting tv show episodes online and then they were barely able to play all the way through their 43 minutes of video without buffering every two minutes (today its just every 10).


While technology can be frustrating and often force you to wonder whether throwing your computer, etc out your 6th floor window might be easier, today remember what it does for you.


It helps me get my job done. It allows me to stay connected with family, friends and readers. It keeps me from getting lost on the subway system. And it helps me find restaurants when I’m on the go. I can watch all my tv shows weeks after they air. And I can watch news live.

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