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      Springsteen on Broadway

      My wife and I made the trip to New York yesterday to finally get to see Springsteen on Broadway. Tickets for this show have been extremely hard to get and it took me three time before I got the code to actually try and get tickets. The tickets cost way more than any concert or show tickets I've ever purchased, and there was no way I was going to pay the scalper/resale market prices.

      It was about a 3 hour drive to New York. I had arranged for parking a couple weeks ago, and the garage was literally 50 feet from the Walter Kerr Theater. This turned out to be pretty nice, as it was pouring rain when the show let out.

      We got to the city about 2PM so we had a few hours to kill before the show. We walked around Times Square for a bit, which is nothing more than a gaudy tourist trap. I hailed a cab and we went to Ground Zero to see what has been done since our last visit over 10 years ago, when there was basically still just an empty hole in the ground. Yesterdays visit was a very powerful experience. As I approached the reflecting pool where the South Tower once stood, a chill came over me. I walked up to the edge, where the names of first responders who lost their lives that September day were etched in the stone. I reached out and touched it, and I could almost hear the screams of the thousands who died. It's very hard to explain what I felt. Even though I have no direct connection to anyone affected that day, I felt an emptiness and a profound sense of loss. We walked around the area for several hours, and I tried to imagine what it was like that day. I could not bring my self to take pictures of the reflecting pools as I felt it was somehow disrespectful, but I can say those imagines will forever be etched upon my heart.

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      Reflection of One World Trade Center on Four World Trade Center



      We headed back uptown and had dinner at Rosie O'Grady's Pub. Food was good and the atmosphere was great. My lovely date for the evening!



      Back to the Walter Kerr Theater, which only seats about 900 people, so it was a pretty intimate setting. As we we milling about, we heard one of the security staff say "ten minutes". They started putting up crowd barriers around the front of the place, so we figured Bruce was on his way.

      Front of the Walter Kerr Theater





      My wife had mentioned how many black Chevy Suburbans she had seen driving around. And wouldn't you know, a black Chevy Suburban pulls up about 15 feet from where we are standing, and Bruce and his wife Patty hop out.










      Our seats were about 20 rows from the stage, and realistically there wasn't a bad seat in the house. The show lasted almost 2 1/2 hours, with Bruce talking about his life, playing his music. It was almost like you were hanging out with Bruce, sharing stories and having a few beers. You could hear the struggles and emotion in his voice as he talked about the relationship he had with his father. The sadness as he talked about his mother's continuing battle with dementia. The loss he felt losing The Big Man, Clarence Clemons. You could also feel the joy and happiness as he talked about his life and his relationship with us, his audience. All I can say it was an amazing glimpse into Bruce's life, as told by Bruce.


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      Gosh, that sounds like a terrific trip, all of it. The pool is just breathtaking to me, in a choking up sort of way. The concert sounds like great fun and how about you standing so close when he arrived? I'm glad it turned out to be what you have hoped for!

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      I know you're a huge fan and I'm really happy for you to have had such an great evening.
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      What an experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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      What a marvellous time! In a venue that small there are no bad seats. It sounds like the trip, the experience, of a lifetime. Thanks so much for sharing.
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      Sounds like the tickets were worth the money! The best way to see a favorite band or musician is in a theater like that, the ambiance is much nicer than a stadium, where you might as well be at home...

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      Wow what an amazing experience.

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      Barry,
      Glad you and the Mrs. had such a meaningful experience. Your eloquent description of your experience at the WTC literally brought me to tears this morning as I thought of my many Brother and Sister First Responders lost that day and the many other Americans that never went home that night leaving loved ones behind to grieve for them for life. God rest those very brave souls that ran into the buildings to aid others and sacrificed their own lives in doing so.

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      Quote Originally Posted by IRISHWISTLER View Post
      Barry,
      Glad you and the Mrs. had such a meaningful experience. Your eloquent description of your experience at the WTC literally brought me to tears this morning as I thought of my many Brother and Sister First Responders lost that day and the many other Americans that never went home that night and have left loved ones behind to grieve for them for life. God rest those very brave soles that ran into the building to aid others and sacrificed their own lives in doing so.

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      Mike, as we were walking along Liberty Street I saw a FDNY truck with a big "10" on the side. I watched as they pulled up to their station. They were the first FNDY responders on the scene on 9/11 as their station is right across the street from where the South Tower stood. I can't even fathom what they were thinking as they responded to the events unfolding before them. Five members of this station died that day, they were amongst the 343 first responders who willingly went into those buildings that day and sadly paid the ultimate price for their service.

      I can't tell you how many silent prayers I said as we walked through the area that day.

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      Mike, as we were walking along Liberty Street I saw a FDNY truck with a big "10" on the side. I watched as they pulled up to their station. They were the first FNDY responders on the scene on 9/11 as their station is right across the street from where the South Tower stood. I can't even fathom what they were thinking as they responded to the events unfolding before them. Five members of this station died that day, they were amongst the 343 first responders who willingly went into those buildings that day and sadly paid the ultimate price for their service.

      I can't tell you how many silent prayers I said as we walked through the area that day.
      Good on ye Barry. I was activated into on 9/11service and spent the next several days straight out searching vehicles for potential IED's. I was away from home for that day and several thereafter and had to leave my wife and young daughters alone, that worry for them nearly killed me.

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