I Traveled Across the Globe to Antarctica and Carrie Fisher Died

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December started off with a bang. I went to the Lucasfilm holiday party with my friend Kimberly. We had a ball, I saw old friends, met some new ones and even saw the Rogue One cast. Then I took a National Geographic cruise to Antarctica. It was a magical experience. Every time I looked out my window I saw humpback whales, killer whales, penguins, seals and enormous icebergs. I took part in the polar plunge with 96 other guests by jumping into the Southern ocean, all 30 degrees fahrenheit of it. I had to be pulled out quickly by the crew as I began to hyperventilate. So much for my future in extreme cold water diving. Continue reading

Why Carrie Fisher?

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me and carrie fisher

Ok, so yes I like Carrie Fisher and yes I saw Wishful Drinking “several” times while she was here in NYC, in addition to the “several” times at the Geffen in LA.   So what?  Lay off!  People ask me “Why Carrie???” Well amigos,  here’s why:

  • She’s fucking HILARIOUS
  • She’s smart as all hell
  • She’s an amazing writer
  • She’s brutally honest, mostly about herself
  • Lucky for me, she’s gracious with her fans
  • And yes, she was in that little film Star Wars that I also love

So the fifth time I got Carrie’s photo, my good friend Heather Jones told Carrie I’d seen the show five times.  Carrie gave me a huge hug (had to peel her off me) and said “You look familiar, is your name Anne?”  I was so stunned that she actually spoke to me and froze.  “Laurel, her name’s Laurel” Heather helped me out.  Carrie grabbed my Playbill and signed it for Laurel love Carrie Fisher xoxo So OK, I’m not gay, but I was sooo excited, I love that damn lady so much.