Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wicked Awesome

Arguably not the best picture of me. I admit that. What is my face doing -- really? For Christmas, Marcus -- the dear, sweet, hunk of a man that he is -- got me/us tickets to see Wicked in San Francisco. It was soooo great! Haven't seen it? Well, you should. Make plans and do it. It's well worth it.

Funny part is this...we thought it would be sooo easy to find parking. I mean, there's got to be a ton of parking by a theater downtown right? Well, it was raining, and dark, and we couldn't find anything other than this small parking lot in a sketchy part of town. Turns out, it was. As we were running from the small parking lot to the theater (because we were pushing it for time), we passed what we think was a drug deal, and a few other ....mmm... scary people. We did have time to take this picture before getting into the theater. Mind you, it was raining so my hair isn't as beautiful as it most certainly was before we got out of the car...and I think I was telling the guy to keep holding the button down. Oh well.

Towards the end of the show, I was getting worried about going back to the car. I considered asking a policeman to escort us. I know. Silly. But it was that creepy down the street where we parked I assure you. I was also almost positive that I'd get mugged and I was planning what I'd do. I know I know. Perhaps I was over-reacting, but you have to have a plan. Even in Primary they tell you to make decisions ahead of time so you'll know what to do when put in certain situations. I was just doing that. So, we're fine going back to the car until we turn off Market Street and head towards gloom and doom. We decide to step it up a little and start running, the best I can anyway in heels. I'm sure people were thinking "these rich snobs" but ya know what? I didn't care. I was never going to see them again, and I was honestly kind of scared. I really don't want to seem judgmental here, but maybe I am. Ya know what? I was. I was judging left and right. Everyone around us was heavily intoxicated, it was dark, and it felt very very uncomfortable. And it didn't help that I was wearing a leather jacket, leather boots, a nice outfit...we were clearly not from there and stood out. Anyway, we got to the car and left. After we got on the road, we laughed and Marcus said "We'll never ever forget this night."

Later on we found out that we had parked in San Francisco's Tenderloin...really a not-so-good part of town where there's higher crime and things of the like. And, really, I believe that had it not been for the rain and our visibility...and had we prepared better...we would have found the parking lot that we saw many other theater-goers going to after the show. Oh well. Lesson learned. Find out more about parking before going to the city. It really was a great night!


Heidi said...

I love Wicked! It's my favorite musical. I flew to Portland last year just for the day, so I could catch a matinee. And yeah, the Tenderloin is interesting, isn't it? There's a Holiday Inn near there (between Market and Mission) that I stay at a lot, and I always try to get inside before dark. Doesn't always happen, but I try. Nobody's ever bothered me (except a strung-out pregnant woman who asked for money for food for her baby but then looked bewildered when I offered her the banana that was in my pocket) but it's better to be safe than sorry, right???

maryirene said...

what a night. crazy story. i think you just know in your gut when you are in a bad part of town. i felt that way once or twice when we walked down the wrong street in nyc. i just knew we needed to book it out of there. i'm glad you were safe and a little jealous that you got to see that amazing play! someday i hope to go too. way to go marcus!

Lindsey said...

I've never seen Wicked, but I'm a little obsessed with the song "Defying Gravity" so I'm sure I would love it! I've kinda been blog staulking you since I got your Christmas card with your blog address...please forgive me. Mine is private, but I'd be happy to send you an invite if you give me your email address.


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