and realized I did see Sean Lennon.
It goes back to when B and I spent the day in the city. While on line at Mamouns, I noticed a young man standing behind me who looked an awful lot like Sean Lennon. I wasn’t sure since I hadn’t seen a picture of him in a while and didn’t want to ask in case I was wrong. This morning I read an item in Rolling Stone magazine about Sean’s upcoming projects which included a picture… sure enough, the same young man I’d seen. I could kick myself for not having said anything but what do I say that he hasn’t heard hundreds, if not thousands, of times before? How can I convey how much his father’s music means to me? I’m happy enough knowing that for a brief moment in my life, I came about as close as I could ever get to John.
Later, B pointed out a Learning Annex catalog with Antonio Banderas on the cover…. he knows I have a crush on him and I’ve joked that Antonio is the only man I’d cheat on B with (ummm yeah right AS IF I would ever get that chance). As I’m fond of saying, with that sexy accent, the man can read the dictionary and make it sound hot. I grab the catalog and read that Antonio will take part in a Q&A, with Joel Siegel and the movie’s director, after a preview of his movie "Taking the Lead". Guess who signed up for the course when she got home later that evening? B will be away on his friend’s wedding cruise so if I can’t be with one hot guy, why not settle for seeing another and *gasp* possibly asking him a question?
Fast forward to late this afternoon… I was one of the first 25 in the line, waiting to get into the AMC theater on 42nd Street… making idle chit chat with other Antonio fans including a few grandmothers who were armed with pictures for him to sign. After checking in and going through security (they made us turn off our cell phones), I manage to grab a seat in the first row. I am sooooo psyched right up till the moment a Learning Annex rep steps up in front of the theater to inform us that…
#1 Joel Seigel was rushed to the hosptial earlier that day but is expected to recover and be released later in the week (OK well, it sucks for Joel and I hope he gets well soon but he’s not who I signed up to see)
#2 Since Joel won’t be there, ABC didn’t send their cameras to tape the Q&A (Great… they’d probably obstruct my view of Antonio anyway)
#3 Since the cameras won’t be there, neither will Antonio (What!!!???? You mean he won’t show up for his fans!!??? I am sooooo disillusioned. )
#4 The good news is that the Learning Annex will refund us 25 dollars (which is 5 dollars more than course fee) plus we can attend another screening for 5 dollars. Oh, and at least the movie director didn’t bail out on us… she’ll do the Q&A after the movie.
After the annoucement, about 1/4 of the theater emptied. I figured, what the heck, at least I get to watch a movie for free in a nice, comfy theater with reclining stadium seats. I have to admit the plot was formulaic (think "Dangerous Minds" meets "Shall We Dance") but the music and dancing were entertaining… a nice, feel-good movie.
I think B can now rest assured that, even if Antonio were to summon me for a weekend escape, I won’t stray. Antonio stood me up once… I won’t let him do it again.
But don’t let my disppointment keep you from checking out the movie.