I gave Mr. Travolta a copy of my brother Alberto's coloring book and spoke about his artistic talents. Joey was very impressed with Alberto's drawings and said that there are jobs for people like him. I've been told this before, but Alberto has behavioral issues that need to be addressed before he could ever work at a regular job. Right now Alberto attends the YAI Brooklyn Day program and has art studio sessions every other Friday, where he is learning to paint on canvas. Alberto also makes his own videos and takes photos that I have posted online, and I told this to Mr. Travolta. Here's a photo of Joey Travolta with the coloring book:
At about 11:45 AM I returned to W 48th Street, where Set #2 was located and I saw Vincent and Kate outside posing for pictures with fans. Although I usually get nervous before meeting Vincent, today I found it easier to approach him, as I had an altruistic motive. Yesterday I visited the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Center after Monday's conference and bought some LO:CI items that I wanted to have Vincent sign, with a twist. I greeted Vincent with a handshake while he was having a smoke break (believe me, I was glad to interrupt him then, LOL) and told him I wanted to contribute something for his Meth Cops fundraiser. Vincent was gracious enough to sign two LO:CI t-shirts and two LO:CI caps for me, and I gave him one of each item for him to either sell or auction off in June. Here are the pics:
Vincent was kind to his fans, as usual, and posed for a few quick photos between rehearsals. Kate did also, but there wasn't much time for fan photos during the filming, which was moving along at a rapid pace. Vincent waved to us several times from across the street during rehearsals, and at one point looked directly at me and waved to me. What a thrill! :D
Filming wrapped at 6 PM, and the best was yet to come. As I crossed the street to take more pics of the actors, I was stunned to see none other than rock legend Patti Smith on set with Vincent. I was already aware that Patti Smith will be appearing in an upcoming episode of LO:CI, so it must be "Icarus." She even has her own cast chair with her name emblazoned on the back. Film producer Erika Hampson was also on set, as she was on Wall Street for the "The Last Street in Manhattan" shoot last week, and she sat in Vincent's cast chair next to Kate. I finally got to meet Kate and pose for a photo with her, and she was just the sweetest! We talked about the season premiere and I told her how much I enjoyed the show and was happy that she and Vincent were back and she thanked me. Kate also told me that she's very happy to be back and hopes there will be more episodes after this season. I told her that I also want to see another season of LO:CI and that we will be watching every week. I gave Kate two coloring books made by Alberto, the same as the one I gave Joey Travolta earlier today and mentioned that I had given several to Vincent last year. I tried to take a photo of Kate holding the book for my blog but my camera phone died, due to a weak battery. I tried to use my camcorder, but the memory card was full. Darn! Well, I did get my pic with Kate and she is truly lovely, inside and out. As she departed, I also gave Kate a t-shirt with all three L&O series logos emblazoned on the front, size small, of course. She looked stunning in her Eames costume, including a sexy leather jacket, her Eames boots and a hoodie! Kate said she had to go home and get dinner for her kids, and I told her I had to get home to my family, too. After I said good night to her, I realized that Vincent had already left the set, so I hopped on the M train near Bryant Park and headed home to Brooklyn, tired but very pleased with the day's events. What a remarkable day! Here are more pics:
Don't worry, video is coming soon! Good night, all! Mwaah!