I arrived early Tuesday morning - too early in fact. I hit the hospitality suite at the Robert C. Byrd Institute at 8 AM and expected to wait in a huge line of press.
I was the only one there.
So I got a steaming hot white chocolate and waited.
Once my credentials were "checked" which involved a blonde chick handing me a large white envelope and a press kit - yup - no blood test, no social security number - nothing - I then stepped out of the hospitality suite.
And missed a step.
I sprayed myself with my boiling cup of chocolate.
I'm sure I appeared to be a half-melted snowchick as people strolled past me and tried to avoid eye contact with the chubby girl, so thirsty, that she has doused herself in her beverage.
I decided to hit Fourth Avenue and check out the set up.
I was amazed.
The City of Huntington had transformed itself into - a large jungle gym. Wtih a large green stripe going down the middle of it. I was impressed - and anxious to start climbing.
I hit the pavement and saw Huntington through the eyes of a tourist - a slightly damp, chocolate-smelling tourist.
I kiled time by sitting in Starbucks reading and looking at my "We Are Marshall" press pass. The movie, which I got to see at 11am that day, was AMAZING. I shall not divulge the inner workings of the flick - I will just say - that - after the credits rolled - no one moved. The entire 100+ journalists packed into the theater like day old sardines - sat silently and watched the whole movie. We then shuffled out, one-by-one in a hushed silence.
Afterwards - the PREMIERE!!!!:
And then green carpet:
My Matthew Fox - who caught me staring at him with a goofy grin on my face INSTEAD of taking pictures of him like Iwas supposed to be doing - and he cracked up - it was HILARIOUS! OH - how I wish he was a "chubby chaser"!
Matthew, Matthew and Anthony Mackie:
A good shot of the cast and the actual people who lived the film as life:
I had a wonderful time and thank my editor, Heather, at the VoiceboxX for nominating me, a newbie humor columnist, to attend this history-making event in downtown Huntington, WV.