Dancing for a Hat and Meeting Andrew McCarthy
Today I danced on a stage in front of 100 people for a free hat. And I met Andrew McCarthy.
Just another year at the Boston Globe Travel Show.
When I found out that Andrew McCarthy was going to give a talk at the show, I had to see him because 1) I loved him in Pretty in Pink, and I don’t know how many times I watched Weekend at Bernie’s and Mannequin back in the day. 2) I felt inspired learning that he has found a “second career” (plus it happens to be a career I would love to have).
He sat with a Globe editor who asked him questions about his experiences. I learned that he didn’t travel much as a kid, just like me. And that he “found himself” during a trying journey in Spain. Much like I “found myself” when studying and working abroad. He was an engaging speaker. His passion for travel was very apparent. Love him!
Oh, where does the dancing come in? Linda and I arrived early for the Andrew talk, so we caught a presentation about Aruba. I have a soft spot for Aruba because I went there for my 31st birthday and had a fabulous time. The presenters talked a bit about Aruba and threw a bunch of free hats and shirts to the crowd. Linda caught a hat, but I wasn’t so lucky.
At the end of the presentation, a bunch of kids went up to dance on stage with some Aruban women in fancy costumes. Then a presenter said something about coming up on stage to get something free. And off I went. There I was, dancing center stage with a bunch of kids and their parents. Well, it’s a cute fleece hat.
One of these days, I will enjoy looking through the myriad brochures I picked up and daydream about all of the places I wish I could go…