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Sisters and the City

My older sister and I used to talk about visiting New York all the time when we were little girls. Growing up in California, we just always wanted to see what the big city was really like. I mean, who doesn’t?
We attempted the trip, once, about five years ago and it just didn’t work out. So, with this job (& flight benefits) I was finally able to get my sister on a flight to the East Coast! Monica has always done so much for me… it felt so good for me to finally be able do something amazing for her.
We hit the ground running. She came in on the redeye from San Diego to Philadelphia. (It was her first time ever flying across the country). From the plane, she drops her luggage at my place, and we hop on a Megabus to New York City.
When we arrive, I look over at her… I just want to know everything she’s feeling. She says she’s excited and that it’s surreal. I can’t wait to explore with her. I’ve been to New York a few times before, but I still don’t know my way around the city.
We want to spend the day sightseeing and trying different New York foods. We don’t have much of a plan (which is not like my Aquarian sibling). She just has a list of a few places she’d like to see. So, from the bus, we stop for tea & a small snack, then, we’re off…

20140531-020654-7614530.jpgMadison Square Garden

20140531-022038-8438756.jpgLeave it to two California girls to stop at the wrong Hot Dog stand… We wanted to try the famous Gray’s Papaya (we love the movie Fools Rush In), but we ended up at Papaya Dog. Ha! Still delicious…

20140531-031027-11427573.jpgWe almost walked right past The Empire State Building… It’s good thing we looked back! ūüôā

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20140531-034105-13265076.jpgI appreciate it when people care about taking good pictures, especially strangers. The guy who took this was awesome! He even got some great candid shots… Thanks, mister.

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20140531-042147-15707539.jpgOur next stop was Grand Central Station

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20140531-112312-40992469.jpgMy sister loves TV so, we had to make a stop at Rockefeller center & the NBC Studios. We were hoping to meet Jimmy Fallon… ūüėČ

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After reminiscing & playing around with all the cool gear from iconic TV shows at the NBC Experience Store, it’s time for food. My friend, An (Haute Pink Pretty) suggested The Halal Guys famous chicken and lamb over rice. Thanks for the great suggestion, An!
We didn’t get photos of our meal, but you can see plenty here.

After our nutrition break, we start our walk to Central Park…

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We’re exhausted at this point from all the walking, but I just had to show my sister a little piece of Brooklyn. So, we push ourselves & hop on the subway.

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We visit the area known as Dumbo in Brooklyn. It’s by the water, between the Brooklyn & Manhattan bridges, with a gorgeous view of The city skyline. It’s a little foggy out, but it’s still beautiful.
After a quick bite and drink, it’s time to catch our bus back to Philly. We’re exhausted & ready for bed. We both sleep on the bus. We still have to prepare for the rest of my sister’s visit.

We spent time around the city of Philadelphia, as well. I was lucky enough to have my sister in town for a few days and I never wanted her to leave. I even had her acting like an East Coaster after a while…with habits like crossing the street, even when the “Do Not Walk” sign is flashing. (That’s unheard of in California).
We visited historical sights, ate a lot of delicious foods, and of course, there was the Lady Gaga Concert. It was a great visit!

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The Rocky Steps at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Thanks for coming to see me, sister. I love you!

Thanks for reading along, everyone.

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Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The Art Pop Ball

I recently had the pleasure of seeing one of my all-time favorite artists live in concert, in Philadelphia. This is the fourth time I’ve seen Lady Gaga, but what made it really special is that it was the first time I got to have my sister with me out on the East Coast (more on that, later). My sister, Monica, and I are huge music fans. She’s always been a great concert-going partner and I’m excited to continue our ritual all across the country.
After a day of delicious food, amazing coffee and one of the best conversations we’ve had in a long time, we’re ready for the show.
We arrive early enough to explore Wells Fargo Center. It’s nice taking public transportation & not worrying about traffic or having to look for parking.
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Every time I see Lady Gaga live, she just gets better and better and so do her fans. Walking around the venue, you see so many decorated people in different iconic Gaga looks. You can tell so much work & effort has gone into crafting the pieces. It’s hard not to stop and take pictures…

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20140529-132714-48434887.jpgThese ladies were adorable. When I told them about #StartingAt30, they let me know that they’re all my age & on the same page. I met quite a few thirty (something) year olds while mingling. There’s plenty of us out there…

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We make it to our seats in time to see the show start. artRAVE: The Art Pop Ball has begun. The Queen takes her place on stage & everyone in on their feet, dancing and singing along to G.U.Y. , Gaga’s latest single.

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I’m on my feet all night. I can’t sit through all the excitement! As Gaga takes us through a wonderful journey with songs from her latest album and classics from her albums before…from her amazing voice, to her flawless choreography, to her eccentric costumes & exquisite lighting, #artRAVE is a real party!

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There’s a point in the show where Lady G asks everyone to “Put away their f*cking cell phones and just be in the moment.” It’s such an amazing feeling of unity when you’re lost in a sea of people who are feeling the exact same thing as you are & love is flowing…
*The below photo was not taken during that moment. My phone was tucked away in my purse, as per the Goddess’s request. ūüôā

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Gaga continues to move the crowd with beautiful words, both sung & spoken. She even takes the time to read letters & share gifts that have been tossed on stage from the crowd. Inspiring stories of overcoming & healing win a few lucky fans backstage access to meet their idol.

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After raving with us all night, it seems it’s time for Lady Gaga to say goodnight. She thanks us for joining her and heads off stage…but, there’s one thing my professional concert-going sister has taught me over the years… the show is never really over until all the lights go on. So, while the crowd starts to make their way out, I know that there’s one more song to be sung…
The crowd erupts when Gaga makes her way back on stage. I’m extra excited, because I just know she’s going to perform Gypsy, my favorite song to date…it’s practically my life’s theme song with lyrics like “So I just packed my baggage and said goodbye to family and friends and took the road to nowhere on my own.” She ends the song (and the show) naming regions of the world, saying how different countries & cities can “Be (her) home just for the day.” Because, after all, she’s a Gypsy, hey!

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The night was full of messages of love, inspiration, empowerment & unity. Thank you, Lady Gaga, for a wonderful show, for your music, and your message!

*Find tour dates, ticket information, music, merchandise & links to fan photos from the tour all on LadyGaga.com

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*Special Thanks to my personal Wonder Woman, my biggest supporter, my big sister, Monica Salcedo, for traveling all the way across the country to take me to this amazing show…and for all you continue to do!

Thanks for reading along, friends &
family. Who are some of your favorite artists? Have you been to any great shows lately..?

How I made London happen

March 1, 2014: I woke up today knowing that it was going to be a great day. I was assigned airport duty, where I report to work, in uniform, with luggage, prepared to be sent on any trip, if needed. It’s kind of crazy & very exciting at the same time. You just have to be prepared for anything & everything, because you never know where you might end up. There are different time slots to select from. I chose the latest time slot, because I know international flights leave late & I had a good feeling that I’d be sent across the pond.
So, I’m packing my bags & I’m just signing and dancing & being merry. I’m playing some of my favorite music. I start with Chase the Clouds Away by Evidence. The song repeatedly says “I feel happy.” Starting my day with this song is almost a ritual of mine…it really sets the tone for a great day.
I’m preparing for all kinds of weather & filling my suitcase with everything from my bikini to my wool coat. As I’m packing, I’m so mindful of the act & completely in the moment. I know that I’m going on a trip tonight & I’m just so excited.
I give myself plenty if time to get ready for work. I’ve cleaned my room, showered, my hair & make up are done & I’m wearing my formal uniform. The soundtrack for this scene is The Very Best of The Doors *Side note: I’ve always thought that I should have been around in those days, burning my bra, hanging out on Haight & Ashbury, going to Woodstock, and married to Jim Morrison.
Ok, so, It’s time for me to go & I make my way to my bus stop. For the walk, Lady Gaga‘s upbeat Artpop album is appropriate for my mood. “Put some lipstick on, perfume your neck & slip your high heels on…!” It’s hard to contain myself from busting into song on the bus. I’m just smiling at everyone & in a state if pure bliss. I check Facebook and see so much good news…my friends & family all seem to be having a great day, as well. Them being happy makes me happy. A woman on the bus gets my attention. She tells me that she often sees me on the same route & that I always look so happy. She says that she always wanted to be a flight attendant, I encourage her to apply…(it’s never too late)! She’s says she’ll think about it. We’re having a wonderful conversation & she tells me that she knows I’m on the right path & that I’m doing things right in life. Amen!
As I’m walking through the terminal, Lady Gaga is back on & she is boosting my confidence. Up ahead, walking towards me are friends, Devon (fellow Little Monster) & Kalani (who is also my roommate). I sashay over to say hi & we chat for a second. They are just adding to my great mood. They’re on their way out from sitting airport duty…& I have to cut our visit short so I can check in.
My other flight attendant friend, Doug, is in the crew room waiting for me when I arrive. Doug loves to keep me on point & is always encouraging me to take my time & always look my best. I have his approval today. Our shift is scheduled from 8pm to 12am. We’re both set on getting a trip tonight. Doug immediately shares with me that there’s a London trip that might open up. I’m third in seniority out of the four of us sitting airport duty. I’d need the 2 gals ahead of me to “pass” in order for me to go.
Not even 5 minutes into my shift, the phone rings. It’s scheduling. The 2 girls before me decided to pass… I’m going to London!

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