Subject: Re: Travel serendipity
Hello Ziners:

I had some travel serendipity in April in New York.

I was there on my own for a seminar and one of the fun things offered was a tour of downtown Manhattan. I met a fellow seminar attendee on the bus and we hit it off. When it came time to leave the tour she invited me to join her and her two sisters for dinner that evening as I would be dining on my own. They had tickets to see Mamma Mia later, but it would at least get me fed safely. (She was too cute with her worrying about me being on my own.)

The three of us were headed to 8th Avenue, as the bus driver had told us that was a more "local" place to eat when we walked by the restaurant Joe Allen's. I mentioned that I had heard of the restaurant on the Rosie O'Donnell show and so it was decided to duck in there for a quick bite.

The receptionist had to check to see if they could accomodate the four of us because we didn't have reservations. She could but we had to go way back near the kitchen. Turns out (I believe) that what she was really doing when she checked was to see if Rosie minded if we sat next to her. That's right. The only people back by the kitchen were us four girls and Rosie and Kelli.

She immediately waved to us and was great. She asked where we were from (Ohio and California) and if we were seeing any shows. The three sisters told her they were seeing Mamma Mia and so she turned to me and asked if I was seeing anything. I told her no. She said, "Do you want to?" Me: "Sure." She picks up her cell phone and this is an almost verbatim conversation: "Hi. It's me. I need one ticket for Hairspray for tonight. Yes, I know what time it is. We'll be on the cell phone for another 45 minutes. Call me back."

She told us to have a seat, enjoy our meal and she would let me know if she had any pull.

About 30 minutes later she called over to find out my name and told me the ticket would be at Will Call under Rosie O'Donnell/Tiffany and they were all taken care of.

I tried to pay her bill and the restaurant would not allow it. Turns out Rosie has a standing policy that they not let anyone do it. I asked her how I could thank her and she said, "Say thank you."

I had a center section 11th row seat for the show that would go on to win umpteen Tonys. When I picked up the ticket I said something to the guy at the booth about them giving Rosie tickets or something and he said, "Oh, no, we don't. She paid for it. I processed her Visa myself."

I'm going back to New York in November (for the marathon.) I'm afraid I'm spoiled for Broadway experiences now.