Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Wow, that was cool!

Went to the Carlyle in New York city last night for dinner and some jazz music. You can see who the main attraction was - Woody Allen himself. It was very cool - been planning it for a while now.

Melanie, who you've seen post here from time to time, set it up (thanks!) Melanie, my wife Lori, and an old friend Jeanie from college went. It was a blast.

Of course we stayed out way way too late - but it was worth it for sure.

Now just waiting for the train back to home...

Added later this evening.... More pictures...

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Rob H said....

Jeez Tom, you sound like quite the ladies man...

Tue Sep 13, 10:08:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Nicola Farina said....

What an envy! (don't know if this sentence makes sense...it is a plain translation from an italian one..)

Was it difficult to book ?
Is Carlyle the name of the restaurant?
Is it expensive?

(I am planning a possible trip to NYC at the beginning of 2006.
If possible I would like to go there myself)

Tue Sep 13, 10:37:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

The Carlyle is a hotel in New York, one of the
finer hotels.

I did not stay there (we stayed at a less expensive place, which in New York is still quite expensive), just had dinner and listened to Woody Allen play the clarinet. Sort of a dinner show. You get seated at 7:30, he came out at 8:30 (dinner mostly over) and played to a very small room. No big crowd, just a small dining room.

It was not "inexpensive", there was an $85 per person cover charge (we made reservations months in advance). The food was good - but pricey.

See for dates

Tue Sep 13, 11:04:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

woody didn't show his funny side did he ?

Were you in the city for another speaking session or something ?

Tue Sep 13, 11:09:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

woody didn't show his funny side did he

Nope, he didn't talk, just played the clarinet.

It was a pre-planned trip, no business travel (well, the train does have a plug, and I have an aircard - so where ever I am is an office....)

posted from the train on the way back to home...

Tue Sep 13, 11:13:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

I had an opportunity to see Woody Allen once. He was shooting a movie across the street from where I was attending college, so I went out on my lunch hour to watch. Managed to say hello to him - was definitely a highlight for me. :-D

Tue Sep 13, 11:19:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rjamya said....

Tom,

I see that you are stressing that you took the train home. No more flying between NYC and DC ??

Raj

Tue Sep 13, 12:54:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

the train...

Three of us needed to travel up - it is a 5 hour drive or a 10 hour flight :)

And the train was much less expensive. (buy two, get the third for 90% off even)

And the train has plugs and access to the cell network so I'm just typing away....

Tue Sep 13, 01:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Gabriel Paulovic said....

OK ... is it only me who would rather meet Tom Kyte than Woody Allen? :-)

Tue Sep 13, 01:33:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

Gabriel wrote
OK ... is it only me who would rather meet Tom Kyte than Woody Allen? :-)
for jazz I rather think you are on your own. For Oracle insights I'm not sure depressed, sex obsessed new york jewish film director makes the grade.

Tue Sep 13, 01:53:00 PM EDT  

Blogger melanie caffrey said....

I'm not sure depressed, sex obsessed new york jewish film director makes the grade.

Except that this particular sex obsessed new york jewish film director always makes the grade.

Tom, It was my pleasure.

And for all you New York City-ites, Tom, Lori and Jeanie were even persuaded to go to CBGB's sometime afterwards.

:-D

Tue Sep 13, 04:55:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

My wife and I visited her friend in Manhattan circa 1992, and we saw Woody Allen filming... right outside friends building. We thought it was very cool, but some building residents just seemed resigned to it.

There's a movie of Woody playing clarinet in France, but I can't recall the name of it.

Sleeper home for sale.

Tue Sep 13, 08:38:00 PM EDT  

Blogger melanie caffrey said....

The Sleeper House is for sale?

It's not far from where I grew up. I remember family drives past Genessee Mountain where my father would point and say "Look. There's the Sleeper House."

... Wish I had 6 million dollars ...

Wed Sep 14, 01:19:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rachel said....

Wish I'd been able to meet you all for drinks beforehand as planned... but school doesn't end until 7:30PM... sigh, the things I give up to change my life.

Looks like you had great seats for the show -- did you get a chance to talk with him as well?

Train or not, that's still a pretty long trip for less than a day in the city.

Wed Sep 14, 07:09:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

wish I had 6 million dollars

don't we all :)

Train or not, that's still a pretty long trip for less than a day in the city.

Rachel, sorry to have missed you.

We did have very good seats for the show - excellent ones. He talked to no one in the audience, I wouldn't have known what to say beyond "wow, this is so cool", so probably best that way :)

Wed Sep 14, 07:28:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Michael Olin said....

And for all you New York City-ites, Tom, Lori and Jeanie were even persuaded to go to CBGB's sometime afterwards

Good choice Melanie. By the time we have Tom back in NYC, CBGB will probably be gone...

Wed Sep 14, 11:14:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Gary S said....

Someone mentioned a documentary featuring Woody Allen's music. It follows his band on a tour of Europe and is called "Wild Man Blues."

Wed Sep 14, 01:19:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

OK ... is it only me who would rather meet Tom Kyte than Woody Allen? :-)

Well, for clean readable Oracle solutions Thomas Kyte anyday, no two ways about that :))

Jazz.. would rather go for Coltrane, Davis and a host of other people...

Not too many people in the Oracle space that could command that kinda respect..(JL you are up there too)

Bottom line.. Trying to get Tom Kyte to speak at a Asia Pac OUG. Need his autographs on Expert-One.., Effective Design and the pre-ordered Book too :))

Tom, Any time you are in Asia ?

Thu Sep 15, 11:21:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Tom, Any time you are in Asia ?

The best bet would be to get in touch with the local sales team and or Oracle University.

They can contact me -- if OU wanted to set up a seminar or something, that gives me a good reason to make the long haul.

Frankly, it would be a ways out - I'm more or less booked out thru feb/march as far as speaking would go, lots going on.

Thu Sep 15, 12:01:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous just01blogger said....

"You can see who the main attraction was - Woody Allen himself"

It's always "cool" to hang out with a guy who married his former wife's foster child.

Hopefully there were not any small children in the area.

Thu Sep 15, 11:53:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Truly Sickened said....

"We did have very good seats for the show - excellent ones. He talked to no one in the audience, I wouldn't have known what to say beyond "wow, this is so cool", so probably best that way :)"

Honestly Thomas it makes me a little sick that you think it's cool to meet a guy like Woody Allen.

It can't be because he married his ex-wife's foster child or that he took advantage of a little girl who must have been looking for a father figure.

Fri Sep 16, 12:10:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Thanks for your feedback "notdon" :)

It is not *too* obvious

712814

Fri Sep 16, 07:18:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Peter K said....

just01blogger and truly sickened

Do they not know that IP addresses are logged everytime a comment is posted?

Too bad that Don refused to turn on comments on his blog otherwise he would be able to identified me as not being "Sami B".

Back on topic. Seems to me that Mr. Allen is pretty shy if he keeps to himself. Robin Williams on the other hand is just the complete opposite.

Sun Sep 18, 04:08:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous mr obvious said....

Thomas Kyte said....
"Thanks for your feedback "notdon" :)

It is not *too* obvious"

Are you trying to spell "not done"?
Because you need a space in the middle and an "e" at the end.

Thought I'd help you out because it seems like you're having a hard time completing sentences. I hate to be the one to point this out but it is "too obvious". I have two words for you and please read carefully "Flash Cards". Hope I helped.

Peter K said.... "Do they not know that IP addresses are logged everytime a comment is posted?"

It's nice to see some bloggers here that actually finished second grade.

Peter K said.... "...be able to identified me..."

Wait, I'm taking back my previous comment.

Mon Sep 19, 10:08:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Mr Obvious

goto mirror, say

notdon

outloud five times, you might get it (maybe, you have to have a brain). It is opposite day, keep that in mind.

http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/banned.ch?ip=83.103.94.50/32

hy·poc·ri·sy Audio pronunciation of "hypocrisy" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (h-pkr-s)
n. pl. hy·poc·ri·sies

1. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
2. An act or instance of such falseness.


Have a nice day... Thanks for playing.

:)

It is *not* too obvious, even you must get it?

Mon Sep 19, 10:36:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Goran said....

My favourite director/actor, and my favourite Oracle expert, ... I would like to meet both, definitely.

Woody has always been a bit off the narrow mind of conservative part of America, and has been more popular in Europe.
I suppose in the culture of heros, self-righteusness, show-offs, "puritans" etc. Woody can look rather strange to some people.

Fri May 25, 11:55:00 AM EDT  

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