Last night Amazing Husband and I, along with several thousand other Rockfordians, attended a live taping of NPR'sWait, Wait Don't Tell Me at the extraordinary Coronado Theater. For those unfamiliar, Wait, Wait is a weekly news show that airs in our area on Saturday mornings and AH and I have long enjoyed the quick witted humor and celebrity guests. We've frequently talked about going into Chicago to see a live taping and now we didn't have to.
This is the view from our seats taken with my phone:
See that part in the upper left side that said SS 2C? That's where we sat. LAST row and aside from the fact that I think it might have conservatively been 100 degrees up there, it wasn't so bad. You certainly didn't have to look around anyone's head. The seats up there are crazy small. I'm short and my knees touched the seat in front of me. There was a tall gentleman sitting in front of me and he had nowhere to put his knees. People must have been much smaller when the theater was first built.
The Coronado is a magical place. I tried to get some good shots with my phone.
Also a surprise is the fact that they packed the place out last night. It was a crowd of all ages and I was pleased to see so many NPR listeners. You go Rockford! Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick, possibly Rockford's only claim to fame. Rick still lives in Rockford.) was the celebrity guest and he was funny and interesting. I had no idea he had played with John Lennon, along with many other notable musicians, but then I am hardly an expert on rock and roll.
Overall it was a fun experience. I think I enjoy listening to it on the radio much more than viewing it live due to all the audience noise. We were encouraged to sound like we were having a REALLY good time, but it was frequently difficult to hear what was being said over the crowd.