We decided to make a small trip of it since we have never been to Boston before and thought this was a good opportunity to do a little sightseeing.
I was a bit bummed that the Red Sox were out of town, but since I don't follow baseball that much, it wasn't too big of deal. Did you see the Royals are leading their division though? They are really the only team I care about since I watched them as I grew up in Kansas. Anyway, I just thought it would be sweet to see Fenway Park. I can see the Citgo sign from my Hotel room though, does that count?
Speaking of my Hotel room...I don't think we have ever been treated as good as we have been here at the Liberty Hotel. We had three guys rush out to get our luggage, which was only two bags, and I think all three of them and a fourth held the door for us. We checked in, and they gave us a glass of champagne at the front desk and then showed up with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries after we were in our room. I tried to convince Amber that I called ahead and asked them to bring them up to celebrate our first trip to Boston, but she heard the waiter tell me at the door they were compliments of the Hotel. (I thought I was in. He really didn't say it that loud) We also had a nice note from the manager saying that he would love to help out with the PUNT Foundation. (www.brianmoorman.org) Our room overlooked the Charles river and the skyline, which was a very cool view.
The hotel itself is the old Charles Street Jail. Some of the rooms are even the old jail cells. Haven't seen those yet. I would try and describe the lobby etc...but you are better off just going to the website. They do a much better job.(code for I'm too lazy.)
After finishing off our strawberries and champagne we took a walk through the financial district, Quincy Market, and the North End to check things out. I was amazed at how uncrowded it is here. I had in my head that Boston was a lot like New York City, but it really isn't, not to me anyway. I guess you could make the argument that it's like a small Manhattan, but I have a feeling the Bostonians might take issue with that.
I had no idea the population here was only about 600,000. Of course the surrounding area can up that to between 4 and 7 million. (I was going to just make that up, but figured I would look it up instead, wikipedia is great).
After both getting blisters because we thought it would be a good idea to wear new shoes (smart) we got while at the outlet mall on Easter Sunday, (yep that's right, I totally forgot the Masters was on and agreed to go shopping. I can't even believe I am admitting to it. I did get back in time for the last three holes and the playoff, but missed Tiger and Phil.....Idiot.) we decided to just head back to the hotel and grab a drink at the Clink, which was the restaurant and bar in the lobby. That's really of no significance except for the fact that about a half an hour after we sat down, we were just sitting there talking and this guy comes up the escalator with a group of 4 or five people. I was kind of looking at him and thinking to myself that he looked familiar and then I said to Amber, "How much does that guy look like Kevin Costner?" We were having the exact same thought at the time I guess, because she said "that's because it is."
That was pretty cool. It's the first time either one of us have ever seen a celebrity like that randomly. I told Lindell about it today and he said I should say to him that "I love winnin' ...it's like better than losin' " , but I figured it might be a little awkward chasing him down the hall trying to explain that "no really Mr. Costner that's the line Rian Lindell and I, you know the kicker of the Buffalo Bills, that's the line we say in the locker room after we win a game. No seriously, I'm not just a crazy fan chasing you down the hall." I'm sure he would definitely stop to chat.
It is funny how celebrities make people get all excited. If you really stop and think about it, they are just another human being going about their day just like you and me. With a few minor differences of course. But hey, he couldn't come down and have a drink at the lobby bar now could he? Well, not without me dropping lines from his movies anyway.
Off to the commercial shoot. I will have some photos of it and how it went later.