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10/20/2017 - So ready to see Tom Hanks tonight! Made it here in good time, too!
Friday October 20, 2017:

I was so lucky to get a pair of tickets to this event as they were only on sale one day before selling out! And the price wasn't bad, $120 for the pair after service charges ($43 each before service fees and that included one book per ticket!). A very good deal. The seats weren't bad either! We ended up taking Lyft from my apartment after my friend got here. She was okay waiting for dinner until after the show which was good because we got there at about 6:30 and only had a half an hour before the show was about to start. It was an interview style performance with Ann Patchett discussing Tom Hanks' obsession with typewriters, which is featured in every one of his short stories in his first book, Uncommon Type. I was surprised how liberal he was, although it was funny because every time he would swear he would look over apologetically at the sign language translators onstage with them! He was asked about the one role that changed his life and he talked a lot about Saving Private Ryan then. One of the questions was to mention a good book to movie adaptation and that was an interesting conversation with shout outs from the audience. He was joking with someone in the front row about needing to get out of the show early enough to make it to the Old Ebbitt Grill. He said his kids are his permanence, and told a story of how his son cut class once and he calculated the money lost and took $200 of his Christmas money out of his wallet! He's such a sweet guy and I was really fortunate to be able to see him in person and so glad my friend Michelle could go with me! We went to Zentan's for dinner after a short walk from the theater. I was a bit surprised Tom Hanks didn't even mention Forrest Gump or Big, but he did talk about Band Of Brothers, The Circle, Joe Vs The Volcano, the Dan Brown movies, Saving Private Ryan, his friend Nora Ephron, Steve Martin, and of course his obsession and collection of over 200 typewriters! What a great evening it was!



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