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Old 10-14-09, 12:44 PM
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Wandering the streets and alleys of Florence, and then climbing all the steps to the top of the Duomo.
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Loew's NY Hotel?
Nope...it was the Doubletree.

Is the Loew's a nice place? Hadn't heard of it.
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Old 10-14-09, 10:11 PM
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A high-rise hotel in Hong Kong. Magnificent view. Just sat in the easy chair near the window for hours, watching the city lights.

Also, my then wife traveled quite a bit for work. I'd fly out to where ever she was at the time then explore the city by myself. Had great times solo in San Francisco (where I got kicked out of City Lights Bookstore), Seattle, Honolulu and Denver.
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Old 10-14-09, 10:31 PM
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My "coolest place" story is similar to X, only because it was in NYC...

Was staying on 51st and Lexington, and my two friends back at the hotel were taking their sweet time getting up and ready for the day. So I told them to meet me at 5th Ave whenever they woke.

So, I was walking west on 51st, and had just crossed Madison Ave when some random dude tried to start talking to me. He was pretty much annoying, and honestly looked like the typical "buy my fake purses and Oakley sunglasses" street salesman. He actually patted me on the shoulder trying to convince me to stop, and I sort of threw his arm away and stared at him, like WTF are you doing man?

So...after walking about 20 feet, I thought to myself, "wait, did that guy really have a walkie-talkie in his hand? And why?" I was still a little put out by the dude and started to notice things around me were...different. As in, NOTHING was moving. There weren't any cars in the street at all. No one else on the sidewalk. I was slightly hungover from the night before, and suppose I didn't have all my wits at the time. I then noticed at the end of the block (where 51st crossed 5th) a car parked at an angle, halfway on the street and halfway on the sidewalk. Uh, something is different here.

I started to look around, and noticed two girls looking at me through a window of some jewelry or gift store. I looked at them like "what the hell is going on here?", and they motioned for me to come to the doorway. They explained I was on a live set of I Am Legend. Haha...literally seconds after they said that, I heard the word "CUT" spoken over a megaphone, followed by a bunch of applause. Of course, I didn't end up on film, because most of the action was going on in front of St Patrick's, but I did see Will Smith as he walked past me about 3 feet away just a minute after the scene cut. Thought it was pretty cool.
Reminds me of this:
http://whoispaz.wordpress.com/2009/1...s-local-moron/
(Posted here for the lazy and spoilered for length. I’d suggest you click the link for better formatting and pictures)
Spoiler:
“Here’s my ticket, how much?”
I’m outside the Standard in Hollywood, eager to vacate. I left a crappy party 20 minutes ago, and all I want is my car back.
I hand my ticket to a valet and look down to check my Blackberry.
“Uhhh, I don’t actually work here.”
I feel kind of silly. “Sorry man, my mistake.”
I walk away laughing a little. In all fairness, the guy WAS wearing a red satin vest and matching bowtie. Tip: If you don’t want to be mistaken for the valet, don’t dress like you’re playing one in a silent film.
I’m in the middle of my private chucklefest when I bump smack into another red-vested dude. Hmm… he’s wearing the same outfit as the other guy…
“Excuse me, can you get my car, or—
“Nah man – do I look like I work here?”
Am I retarded? I glance around and notice folks in red uniforms practically swarming the lobby.
It occurs to me I might be on a hidden camera show, until I realize Ashton Kutcher could care less about me than high school algebra.

The Standard's pool is so pretty at night you'd never guess Flava Flav pees in it regularly
I stroll toward three nuclear blondes commiserating by the empty valet booth. They seem overly done up – even by Hollywood standards. But we are at the Standard… in Hollywood… so…
“Hi, do any of you know where the valet is?
These girls look at me with a stare so vacant I could rent a room. Wow.
I spot a Seth Rogen look-a-like posted up by the door. He’s wearing a white leisure suit and looks 100 times more amiable than these blowup dolls. I float past the sea of vapidity and approach him instead.
“Hate to ask,” I start, “but do you work here by any chance?”
He laughs. “Um, not exactly.”
Dammit. I’m ready to pack it in and walk home. But suddenly, there’s a little bald man with a headset darting through the double doors behind me. PA’s with walkie talkies scatter like roaches in the foyer.
“Could everyone please clear out of the shot? Thank you! Thank you!”
Reality smacks me in the face with an eighty pound boom mic.
Actually, a boom mic really almost hit me. I am on a fucking movie set.
Those guys in vests? Actors.
Those overdressed, high attitude blondes? Actresses.
That Seth Rogen look-a-like in the leisure suit?
Fuck.

Hey, you're a pretty decent lookalike. You'd clean up at weddings.
Seth has been observing my slowly developing epiphany, chuckling. I don’t blame him. I must look like a total dumbass.
“ROLL SOUND….AND… ACTION!!”
You’ve got to be kidding. That happened way too fast – I didn’t even have a chance to move.
Somehow, the little bald guy completely missed me. And I am now in a movie.
I quickly look down at my Blackberry and frantically begin checking non-existent e-mails. I am invisible. I am invisible.
A wide-lens Panavision camera swings down 10 feet in front of my head and a movie scene unfolds. I’m watching it all like its on TV…
Seth Rogen walks purposefully past me and the blondes chatter with exaggerated gestures as a stretch Hummer pulls up in the courtyard. A valet opens the door…
“…AND CUT!!”
The scene is over. Seth ambles back to his mark. I am frozen in time.
“Dude,” he says to me on his way back. “If they don’t catch you in post, you should totally sue.”
I am Jack’s speechless larynx.
I cock my head back as if to say, “Yes. I am a moron.”
If you see Green Hornet next summer and happen to notice an out-of-place jackass in a blue blazer with a valet ticket, let me know.
And put it on IMDB for me.
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Old 10-15-09, 12:22 AM
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I was wondering, where is the coolest place you have ever been by yourself where you would not ordinarily be alone?

Mine: Disneyland

I used to work at Disneyland when I was in high school. One night, I worked a very late shift and got off work about an hour or so after the park closed. Obviously, there were some other employees working in the park somewhere.

I walked through Critter County through Adventureland, to Main Street, and then Tomorrowland without seeing a single person. It was a pretty cool feeling, and an experience that very few have ever had.
Our oldest Daughter has had the same experience at Walt Disney World, where she works. every so often her schedule has her leaving one of the four parks after hours and as the whole complex is so vast, she can walk for quite awhile without seeing anyone else - she says it's very cool.

Also, now and then she says, a park guest will get the bright idea of hiding in one of the parks, thinking that when it closes that means all the cast members go home as well and they'll have the place to themselves to roam around all night. After a few hours go by and they discover that workers are there all night, they'll start lurking about and ask one of the CMs if they can take them to the entrance and let them out. Tom Sawyers Island is a common place to hide out she says, then the guest will figure out that there is no boat or raft tied up and no way off. Those are the guests that will walk up to an employee soaking wet because they swam across.

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Old 10-15-09, 12:35 AM
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What happens to those guests? Do they get in any kind of trouble or are they simply let out?
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Old 10-15-09, 12:54 AM
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Atlantic City, when I was underage to gamble. I either spent the days in the arcades, or roaming the boardwalk with it's many .99 cent stores while my parents lost everything.

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Old 10-15-09, 08:06 PM
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2 days in Tangiers, Morroco while I was in the Navy. I was port liason and the ship arrived at the port, I took the pilot boat into port to arrange for pierside services. This was about the same time as Libya's "line of death" and the ship turned around after dropping me off and left for 2 days.
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Old 10-15-09, 09:41 PM
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What happens to those guests? Do they get in any kind of trouble or are they simply let out?
Someone will escort them to the nearest exit and make sure that they make it out. Guests are never in any trouble and are treated very friendly, just reminded that it could be dangerous doing something like that. In fact, according to my Daughter, most guests that try to do an "all nighter" confess that they would have crept out of the bushes or other hiding spot sooner had they known that they would not get busted or held for the police.

She says people also like to try getting out of whatever vehicle they are riding in on various dark rides (pirates, haunted mansion) to go exploring. It doesn't work - there are cameras watching, motion sensors and sometimes CMs clad in all black to avoid being seen waiting to catch them.
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Old 10-15-09, 09:49 PM
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Our oldest Daughter has had the same experience at Walt Disney World, where she works. every so often her schedule has her leaving one of the four parks after hours and as the whole complex is so vast, she can walk for quite awhile without seeing anyone else - she says it's very cool.

Also, now and then she says, a park guest will get the bright idea of hiding in one of the parks, thinking that when it closes that means all the cast members go home as well and they'll have the place to themselves to roam around all night. After a few hours go by and they discover that workers are there all night, they'll start lurking about and ask one of the CMs if they can take them to the entrance and let them out. Tom Sawyers Island is a common place to hide out she says, then the guest will figure out that there is no boat or raft tied up and no way off. Those are the guests that will walk up to an employee soaking wet because they swam across.
Didn't someone die trying to swim back? Or was that the rivers of America? is that a different body of water? Also do you know if that place is still open where lost items and old disney stuff is sold to cms only?
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Old 10-16-09, 01:49 AM
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Didn't someone die trying to swim back? Or was that the rivers of America? is that a different body of water? Also do you know if that place is still open where lost items and old disney stuff is sold to cms only?
Ah yes, Property Control.

It's still open... it's right behind the Magic Kingdom park in the staff parking lot in a double-wide trailer. Bad news is that you need to either be a cast member with ID (you might be able to get in, but you won't be able to purchase anything) or know someone who is a cast member to purchase anything.

There's also an annual cast member only tent sale in November that you can buy newer stuff at drastically reduced prices.

I always went for the regular 40% off discount on new items in the park though. No need to wade though all the junk. Property Control is good for memory cards and umbrellas though, lol. Oh and sunglasses.

I'd have to say that working at Disney leads to many surreal experiences like this... especially walking UNDER the magic kingdom park in the tunnels. Did I mention that there's a Subway down there? mmm. Subway.
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I'm still trying to figure out how you can be in a vagina by yourself

oh, and a liquor store, except they were closed so that probably doesn't count
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14 days hiking though the South Island of New Zealand, my longest stretch without seeing anyone was 6 days. My wife was so jealous after seeing the photos I had to take her there 2 months later.
Sounds great, could you post a few pics? Of New Zealand, not of your wife. Unless you really want to of course.

As far as my "coolest" places...

Doing a five mile or so float trip in an innertube in Southern Missouri, in the early morning (1am or so?), with a 12-pack of beer with garbage bag, a fresh pack of cigarettes, and a lighter. This was back when I smoked.

Sitting in my tree stand in the early morning, watching the sun rise and listening to nature. Watching the squirrels playing / gathering nuts, listening to the birds calling each other, and seeing the deer walking silently through the brush. Very peaceful. Until I shoot the deer with my .50 calibur rifle (muzzle-loader), then the tranquility is sort of broken, but before that it is very peaceful.

Hiking out of the Grand Canyon from Camp Powell going up the South Rim at midnight with a full moon. The only catch here is that I was with three or four other people so I wasn't technically "alone". The trail was sort of lit up by the moon, as were some of the rock faces (the ones that faced the moon). We ended up sleeping on a rock at about 3am for a couple of hours, then continued up at dusk.
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On the balcony of my hotel in Tokyo, staring at the buildings when I woke up on the first day of my solo trip.
what a view!
I could not believe I was finally there.

Visiting Todaiji Temple by myself was also amazing. It's freakin' huge.
Beautiful Todaiji temple

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