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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.

Ground zero the center of NYC celebrations

2 May
People crowded in the streets near ground zero in the early morning hours after President Obama confirmed the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.



After a long and busy weekend, the news of Osama bin Laden’s death swarmed around NYC as we all tuned in to hear the words of President Obama. The press conference did not occur until midnight approached. 


More than nine years later, the United States has brought bin Laden to justice for his heinous crimes against the thousands of Americans who were innocently slaughtered in the attacks of 9/11. 


My trip to ground zero last night was a long and memorable one. Arriving after 12:30 a.m. the streets surrounding the memorial were swelling with people, flags and news agencies. The crowds chanted “U.S.A.,” “Osama, hey hey hey, goodbye” and lines from the “Star Spangled Banner.” 


Men climbed up the traffic light poles and anything that could give them a view of the patriotic scene. President Obama spoke of another uniting of the American people and this congregation after his announcement was just that: a uniting of New Yorkers supporting the truths and principles this nation was founded upon: justice and freedom, and remembering their friends and family who had fallen. 


While the scene seemed to be unruly at times and barring on disrespectful (chants of “F#$% Osama”) it was overall a grand gesture of America’s feelings: joy, pride, relief and some fear.
American flags are selling out all over the city. 


Today, the NYPD has upped their security in every part of the city: Grand Central, Times Square, ground zero, the subway system and airports. The thought did cross our minds as we rushed to ground zero last night: will there be rogue retaliation for bin Laden’s death? Will we be able to prevent it? 


Every news agency is covering this frantically. Fox New’s big bumble last night was comical. (Their website banner completely misspelled Osama bin Laden’s name and every other word in their headline.) The New York Daily News did not let this opportunity pass them by (they never do). Their headline is being called the most flashy/forward in the world. Check out this link to see the cover.


I was surprised at the small number of interns who decided to go to out and see the news. 


I am a journalist. To me, that means going where the news is. Being a part of historical moments and communicating what happened. I have such unique opportunities here and must take advantage of them. Otherwise, why leave Utah and the BYU bubble?


I encourage everyone to reflect and remember 9/11 today and how it has changed us and our country. 


(This post is not a criticism nor intended to be a comment on other’s weaknesses. It is an observation of the events which is followed by my definition or purpose of my career choice.)

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