Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Signing Off as Your Ultimate Fan Correspondent

My video is finally up on YouTube so you can check it out here.

At the end of the day I also had a chance to talk with some other fans of the show.  I wish they could have used some of that footage, but you never know what is actually usable.  I met some great girls and especially had a blast chatting up the Canadians. 

Well, as I said in the video, "I'm Julie Purin signing off as the Ultimate Fan Correspondent..."  (You can only drag out a free three day trip in to so many posts.)  I followed my brother's wishes and jumped on the blog bandwagon.  In just a few short weeks I have had almost 600 page views, which I find impressive, and have had readers from America, Germany, India, Austria, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Russia, and Switzerland.  Pretty cool!  Who knows, maybe I'll keep on posting about things that are "Just Julie."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Let's Add Another One Minute and 48 Seconds to That Fame

When I was in NYC for the Ultimate Fan Contest (are you getting tired of reading about that yet) they took a ton of video.  Well, two weeks later they have it edited it down to a sleek one minute and 48 second video montage of my day. Click here to check out the video on  As soon as it is posted on YouTube I will upload it to the blog.  They took some great footage!  I only wish they could have taken a bit with Daniel Radcliffe and the other guys, or maybe they did and it just didn't turn out well.  Anyway, I'll always have my photo.

Just in case you's the photo again!

Oh, and I forgot to mention the awesome poster I received for winning the contest.  I haven't compared the signatures to all of the cast members but I'm pretty sure everyone signed it.  You can distinctly see:  Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette (which seems so hard to write in cursive with all those "r's" and a "q" tossed in there), Rob Bartlett, Ellen Harvey, and Marty Lawson.  I did have to bring out the old Playbill and compare the names in there with the poster to get a few of the names.  I've never seen Tammy Blanchard or Rose Hemingway sign their name, but 'm pretty sure they are on Daniel's left shoulder.  If you can match any other's name on the poster let me know!

Autographed Poster

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

...The Rest of the Story

   Well, a week ago today I was in NYC living up the "Ultimate Fan" experience.  You can check out my prior post here to read more about it.  I did run out of time to finish the rest of the story...the rest of the trip. 
   After leaving the theater Wednesday afternoon (and returning to my not-so-famous self) my mother and I went to the High Line.  A few H2S fans on Facebook suggested it.  I've been to NYC several times.  I had never heard of the High Line before and didn't really want to go, but my mom was interested and we finally decided to make the trek there.  It is actually a walk way starting at 30th Street and going South until Gansevoort and running down 10th Avenue. The walk way is above the street and you get a great view of the Hudson River.  What a great place to see the sunset! 

   After a brief walk through the West Village we caught the subway back to Times Square and ate at TGI Fridays.  Now, I knew ahead of time that eating anywhere in Times Square is expensive but I would rather walk the five or six blocks to Papaya Dog (the best hot dogs in NYC) than eat in Times Square again.  Be prepared to spend at least $20.00 per person.  That may not be all that bad in the grand scheme of things, but I prefer eating as cheaply as possible and saving my money for a show or attraction.
   Thursday morning we greeted the day and took a quick trip to Central Park.  It was perfect weather for a walk and my mom had never been there. 
   We flew out of JFK to get back to OKC.  I have never flown out of JFK.  It may have been a bit inconvenient to actually get there but it was worth it.  It was so clean and relatively quiet.  The highlight of that day though was flying First Class back home.  Thanks mom for upgrading the tickets!  It was my first (and probably only) time flying First Class and it was a great way to end the trip.  Feeling like a celebrity again we were able to board the plane first and were served beyond my imagination.  Three seat trays to choose from, a seat that actually reclines, LEG ROOM, free checked bags, drinks, wine, warm snacks, glass cups, real silverware, a full meal, and a cookie and milk for dessert...SO COOL!  A great way to end a quick, but wonderful trip.

Friday, September 2, 2011

My 15 Minutes of Fame

Well, I was a celebrity on Wednesday (if only in my dreams).  After winning the Ultimate Fan Contest for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" they flew me out to New York City.  My mom was the lucky guest for this fabulous trip and we were so excited to stay at the Paramount Hotel.  You have to check out their site to see the gorgeous lobby.  We were just a short walk from Times Square and most of the theatres.  Our room was modern looking and actually had a view! 

Our first night in NYC we walked around Times Square and took in a few suggestions from the fans on the "How to Succeed..." Facebook page.  We went to Colony Music, the M&M Store, and Dylan's Candy that night, had dinner at the Roxy and dessert at Serendipity.  If you are a lover of ice cream or massive desserts, this is the place for you.  Just a quick trip on the subway and we ate ourselves silly. 

Yummy hot fudge sundae!

Wednesday was our busy day.  After a quick trip to the Disney Store and the Times Square visitors center we had to head back to the hotel and get ready for the show. 

Mark, Whitney, and Michael (from the company that ran the contest) came to the hotel and we filmed a few spots as the fan correspondent.  You'll have to check the Facebook page soon to see the completed video.  After filming in the room we came out of the hotel and walked to the theater.  The camera followed us (my mom and me) to the theater.  Crossing the streets of NYC, people kept whispering about the camera and wondering what was being filmed.  A few people even asked if I was someone famous they didn't know about...I wish!

We filmed in front of the theater and we picked up our tickets.  The front of house manager was extremely nice and gave us complimentary drinks...New York's finest bottled water :)  VIP treatment all the way! 

We saw the show from eight rows back in the center.  It was just as fabulous as the first time I saw it.  The stage and sets are massive, the lighting perfect with the time period and costumes used, the choreography spot on, and the individual acting and singing of the cast members was impeccable.  It truly made me cry in seeing how well the show was performed.  (The last time I cried because a show was so good was "Big River" when it was performed in conjunction with the Deaf West Theatre...absolutely beautiful.)  It wasn't just about one cast member but about the entire ensemble that really made this show spectacular.

After the show was over we were escorted backstage.  We picked up our passes and met with the stage manager for the show.  He showed us the sets and explained how they moved on stage and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the show appear flawless.  Next we met the girls of the show.  Every female cast member came up to say hi (except for one) and they all stayed and chatted with me for about 10 minutes.  It could have been a bit longer but the time just seemed to fly by.  They were all so nice and seemed to be sincerely interested in me and how I made it here.  They also joked about how long it took the men to get ready after the show was over.  You could definitely see the camaraderie that they have for each other.

After a few more minutes some of the male cast members came up to say hi.  I spoke with a few of the dancers and then Christopher J. Hanke came up (Bud Frump) and Daniel Radcliffe!!!  Now, they made no promises as to what actors I was to meet, so I wasn't even sure if I was going to be able to say hi...but I did.  The guys were such a blast to talk to and we got our photo with them.
Yes, that is me with my arm around Daniel! 
As a thank you gift for the guys...I gave them each a bottle of hand sanitizer.  I said "from one Ultimate Fan, to protect you from the other fans out there."  They all got a kick out of it and Daniel was especially excited and showed his dresser that it fit perfectly in his pants pocket.  It would be too easy to gush over the interaction I had with these guys, but it was truly a great time.  (P.S. in regards to the girls giving them a hard time about taking so long to get ready, they mentioned that the girls have it easy because they do nothing the last 20 minutes of the show.  While they are dancing and sweating to "Brotherhood of Man" the girls get to relax in the back.  Fun times!)

After meeting the cast we came back out of the theater and talked with a few other fans of the show.  I spoke with several girls and a mom out there (from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Canada) about their experience with the show, what they liked about it (the choreography), their favorite songs (Brotherhood of Man, Company Way, and Old Ivy), to what character they wish they could be (Rosemary...because she gets to kiss Daniel). 

I had a blast talking with these fans and wish the day would never end.  As soon as the camera was off and we said goodbye to Mark, Whitney, and Michael...I was back to being "Just Julie."  No more 15 minutes of fame.  I'll have to live through my photos and memories to get me through until my next 15 minutes comes about. 

How to Succeed...the Ultimate Fan

Recently "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (currently starring Daniel Radcliffe) hosted a contest.  The "Ultimate Fan" contest.  In just 20 seconds you had to state your case, beg, plead, etc. why you thought you should be considered the ultimate fan.  I thought I would go for a it and created this video.

It is actually based off of the presentation that J. Pierrepont Finch (Daniel Radcliffe) gives to the board of World Wide Wickets Company.

You can see some of the other fan videos by going to the H2SBway Youtube Channel

Well, Mary Faber, announced the contest winner...

...and it was ME!!  I won a quick trip to NYC to see the show, meet the cast, and be the fan correspondent for the day.  It was amazing!

Just Julie

So everyone has a blog, and my brother told me I should jump on the bandwagon too.  This is me...Just Julie.  Some of my posts may interest you, while others probably won't.  I am a stay-at-home mom and I thought it would be great to post my thoughts, recipes, and opinions about many-a-thing.