Day One Hundred and Forty-five

File yesterday under: THE BOMB

A) I got to get leave work at 5pm. All my bosses were cool with that. That’s two hours early.

B) Someone bought the department cupcakes from Sprinkles and I selected perfectly. I picked a carrot cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I am usually kind of ho-hummish about their cupcakes but GODDAMN them’s some good eats. Carrot all the way from NOW ON.

C) Kristyn went up to school and got stuff done. She had to get signatures to petition her admission to school because of a red tape issue they denied her over. They denied me too but the admissions guy pushed me through and wouldn’t do the same for Kristyn for some reason. It’s over a school code. We have the class they require but it’s under a different code because we’re out-of-staters. Silly. Anyway, she had to march up there and get all manners of signatures to “fight the charges”. She got’m all and now, barring any fools getting in the way, she should be in the clear.

D) Just the other day, we saw on FB that “Parks and Recreation” were having a Screening and Q&A panel with the cast. I don’t know why but they opened it up to the public. Usually these things (to my understanding) are Emmy Academy and Industry events. We aren’t Academy and aren’t “Industry” in this capacity so we jumped at the chance and RSVP’d. It wasn’t confirmed and we weren’t sure whether or not we were going to get in so we drove to the theater in the off-chance they let us in. We needn’t have worried because they basically let everyone in although they said it was a “sold out event”.

The last time we went to one of these, it was for the Season Premiere of Season 2 of “Nurse Jackie”. It was awesome. They showed us a screening of the “as yet unaired” premiere followed by a Q&A with the cast. This time, the entire season of “Parks and Recreation” has already aired so they showed us a Producer’s Cut of the finale “Lil Sebastian”. I’d already seen it but Kristyn isn’t that far in the season yet so she had a few plot points spoiled but it was cool to see it on a big screen all the same.

Here’s who was there:

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)
Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari)
Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)
Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott)
Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt)
Jerry Gergich (Jim O’Heir)
Donna Meagle (Retta Sirleaf)
Greg Daniels and Michael Schur (Co-Creators)

It was pretty awesome. The moderator kept asking kind of awkward questions though so there was that but moreover it was great. They talked a bit about how they came up with the idea for the “world of Pawnee”. The optimism of the show. The relationships between the characters. The “slow burn” of the resolution of what is going to come of “The Pit behind Anne’s House”. Actually Kristyn sparked that last discussion.

Kristy is IN LOVE with the guy who plays Ron Swanson, AND, of course, Amy Poehler. She was dying to ask a question. I, myself, do not have the balls for this. Kristyn came up with one and went to stand online. I was SICK to my stomach about it. My fear of public speaking was kicking into effect FOR her. She waited in line behind three people and when it was her turn to go, the moderator asked the cast a thousand questions himself AND THEN decided to take three questions from the other side of the room. I wanted to kill myself.

Finally he came back to Kristyn and she said:

“I have this giant pit in the yard next to my house. I heard you guys take care of this kind of thing. What are you going to do about it?”

Then she said “Thanks” and walked the fuck back to her seat.

There was silence for a second and then everyone burst out laughing. Amy Poehler laughed the hardest and was like, “Well THAT is going to take a long, long time.” It was amazing. I’m still sick when I think about it haha.

Afterwards, the cast all hung around and took pictures with everyone. They were so gracious about it. We couldn’t get our pictures taken with everyone because the same hogs were hitting every celeb and not giving any of the rest of us any play. Most importantly though, we got our picture taken with Ron (Kristyn’s boyfriend), Ben (my boyfriend – and Party Down alum Henry) AND AMY POEHLER (OUR HERO!!!)!!!!!

OMG I don’t think I have to tell you that we were freaking out. It was amazing. We have been in a room with Amy Poehler a million times in our lives but THIS is the first time we ever got to actually talk to her or touch her. Well, that’s not true strictly, she said “Hi” to me at the GLAAD Awards and I almost passed out. Love her.

As if that were not enough excitement, they had an open bar and desserts afterwards. We were TOTALLY OVERSTIMULATED. Couldn’t think straight. We filled ourselves to the brim in wine and various desserts until we were like, “IT IS TIME TO LEAVE”. Then we went home and watched, you guessed it, “Parks and Recreation”. So awesome.

A few other things to remember:
1) The guy who plays Ron Swanson: Just like Ron Swanson.
2) Everyone else: Pretty much exactly the same as well.
3) Amy Poehler was a lot more serious than I’ve seen her before. I’ve only really seen her in jokey type situations but she was a lot more thoughtful and serious than you’d expect. I mean she was jokey too but I’ve never seen that side of her before so that was kind of interesting to me.
4) Ron Swanson has a firm handshake.
5) They served Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats afterword that rocked my world. Like they were: Crispie Treat in a layer, a thick layer of peanut butter and then a thin layer of chocolate. Damn.

Here I am in the car.  Kristyn had just picked me up and I was PRETTY self-satisfied.


Here is a still from “Saw”.  I happened to walk past it and took a photo for your viewing enjoymizzle.

Here’s the red carpet outside the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.  If you look closely, you can see “Donna”, “Andy” and “Tom” being interviewed.

Here they are a bit closer up.

Closer still yo!

Here they are talking.

Some more…

Here’s Krissy (far right) waiting on line to ask her question while her boyfriend talks.

Here’s Krissy (far right) running back to her seat after she asked her question.  Amy Poehler laughed a lot harder than this picture shows but I didn’t catch it because I was greeting Krissy.

Here’s Amy afterwards talking.  I was really close to her, this isn’t zoomed in.

This is a little out of order because this is from the after party but here I am wif my white wine.

And here’s a weird thing I did.  In taking a picture of their picture, I took a picture of us inside our picture.

Here is me and Ben/Henry!

Here we are with Amy!!! WHAT!

Here is Kristyn with Ron Swanson!  He said, “That picture was fly…” in Ron Swanson’s voice.  GOOD TIMES.

And here’s Jerry.  Oh Jerry!

I have more pictures too and maybe I’ll post them later, this shiz has taken me way too long.  What a day though, good mothercrunkin times.  We said that yesterday would be a lot of what our heaven would look like…The cast of Parks and Recreation…free dessert…free wine…each other…Like I said, “Good times”.

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