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Part 2: A Steinfan has a long day!

Posted by:
MasterMoose 03:11 pm MST 01/06/19
In reply to: Part 1: A Steinfan is born and grows to middle-age! - MasterMoose 07:20 pm MST 12/18/18

Part 3 soonish.

November 1 2018, Decide to partake in Movember!

Mid November 2018. Plane tickets are booked
Trawling through site after site, accommodation is finally booked.

November 25. Pack too many clothes, unaware of this thing called Primark but decide not to take a camera as my cell phone should suffice.

Book a ticket to the Sing a Long on November 27.

November 26. With dodgy handle-bar mustache I embark on my journey.

Up at 4 am - Uber to Auckland Airport

November 26: 6.30am Flight, Auckland to Melbourne 3 hour flight, 3.5 Transit.

November 26: 11am (1pm, back home) Flight, Melbourne to Hong Kong 9.5 Hours in the air 6.5 Hour Layover.

I learn that Hong Kong Airport is both big, but that one can easily see all there is to see in 2 hours and get especially tired of walking around duty free shops for 6 hours.

November 27: Midnight (5am Back home and 25 hours since I got out of Bed) Flight, Hong Kong to London 13.5 hours in the air.

Here I learn that Virgin Atlantic Airlines are multiple degrees above Virgin Australia as an airline. (Much recommended)

November 27: 5:30 am. I land in London (17:30 Back home) Tired, probably smelly. I get on the Piccadilly line. It is 37 Hours since I got out of bed, had a shower, or a decent sleep.

It is a Foggy, cold winter morning. London is welcoming me with every stereotype you have ever seen in a bleak English film. Looking out the window of the train, I have the sense I am peering at the set of a Jack the Ripper film.

Disembarking at Leister Square, I walk through the still to open, but beautifully decorated Covent Garden making a few wrong turns when finally, at about 7:30, I make it to my hotel who are happy to store my bags until I check in at 2:pm.

My first stop? Tottenham Court Road. I have finally reached SteinMecca. Naturally, I snap a few pictures. After about 5, my phone camera dies! There will be no more photo's on this trip and nothing from the stage.

I spend the rest of the morning exploring London on foot before collecting my tickets from the Box Office, Checking in and regaining my humanity by finally having a shower, changing my clothes and Grabbing 2 hours sleep before walking back to the Dominion Theatre!

> - Also Posted to Facebook - Part 2 coming soon
> So there I am, a 14 year old Auckland boy who, having
> bought his first CD player has just discovered Meatloaf
> through Bat II. I read “Songs by Jim Steinman” and see
> the name a few times in the linear notes but am sure it is
> most likely Meat’s real name. The seeds of Steinfandom
> are heavily planted.
> An impressionable child in a tumultuous world (who uses a
> dictionary to learn what ‘tumultuous’ means).
> Loving the sequel, Bat 1 and Dead-Ringer are soon added to
> my collection. An unknowing Steinmania grows.
> Bulletin Boards. A 2400 baud modem and an Amiga 500. I
> sign off all my messages with a lyric – usually
> “..gone when the morning comes” A chat starts I learn
> that many of the Bat 2 songs existed before hand and
> confirmation that Jim and Meat are two different people.
> I make it a mission to track down Bad for Good and
> Pandora’s Box. The latter of which will take another 3
> years but was more than worth the wait.
> Welcome to the Neighbourhood follows. The first album I
> ever buy on release day. Noticing now that Steinman is not
> named on all of the songs, and the ones that he isn’t
> named on just aren’t as good.
> It’s now the early 2000’s I’m in my early 20’s.
> jimsteinman.com becomes a regular haunt. Bootleg MP3s.
> Tanz, Batman, Karine Hannah, Dream Engine, Neverland, How
> many versions of the same song can one guy need? Too much
> is never enough!
> My 30s hit, I propose to my wife in the form of a job
> application (I work in HR solutions) one of the questions
> “Are you happy to hear about Pro-Wrestling and Steinman
> forever?” My two favourite forms of entertainment. I
> believe I love everything over the top.
> I have my wife, children, faith and Stein-music that
> occupy spaces in mind every day.
> Then Bat the Musical is announced. Jaded, I think this is
> a project that likely will never happen – and then it
> does!
> What can I do to get to Manchester? Toronto? London? They
> are all so far away, so expensive. Life has a way of
> getting in the way of our passions.
> This year, I turned 40, around the same time I learn Bat
> is ending in London. Andrew Leaves the U.K. production. A
> U.S tour though? No, that dies.
> January 5 is the deadline! My wife is having trouble with
> the passport office, work is getting busy. I surrender to
> the fact that I won’t see this 5 Star show.
> A break! My schedule clears, and my family agrees. This
> Blonde-haired Blue-Eyed Black hearted boy is going to fly
> to the other side of the world, solo, to watch a musical
> – The musical!

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