Sundance…Our First Day!

3 Feb

February 2, 2011

To say that our trip to Utah was wonderful would be an understatement. It was magical, extraordinary, exhilarating, amazing, humbling, emotional, exciting, and more fun than we could have ever imagined.

Our day started very early on Monday morning (January 24) when we were picked up by a black stretch limo. Bobby was absolutely thrilled! He thought it was the coolest thing ever, and actually I did too. I was thinking of the last episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when Kyle and Kim had that huge blowout of an argument in a limo just like this one. Thankfully no arguments ensued during our ride though.

After arriving at the airport, taking off our coats, shoes, boots, jewelry, watches, etc. and then putting everything back on again, we found our gate and waited anxiously to board our plane.

Once aboard, and except for an hour delay as we waited in line to take off, it was smooth sailing to Utah. Bobby started writing in his journal that Grandma Fern and Grandpa Bill gave to him, we played cards and legos, and made a new friend along the way–our “airplane friend!”

Finally in Utah, we saw the limo driver holding up a “Life In A Day” sign. No one has ever held up a sign for me in an airport before so it was quite exciting! We gathered our luggage, hopped in the car, and drove off through the beautiful mountains to Park City. 

When we arrived at the hotel, we were warmly welcomed by the event coordinators from You Tube. It was so great to finally meet them in person after all these months of emailing back and forth. They showered us with gifts and I became all teary-eyed. The first of many teary-eyed moments for me…

After getting ourselves settled, we donned our welcome gifts (North Face jackets, gloves, and You Tube hats!) and our ever-so-coveted Credential passes, and we headed out to explore Park City.

Park City is just so cool–very arty and funky. I don’t know what it’s like when the festival is over but it had an incredible energy that was exciting to be a part of. People hustling and bustling, lost in their computers and iPhones, texting, talking about the screenings they were about to see or the screenings they just saw, relaxing by the fire in the lobby of the hotel, or taking a coffee break outside of Starbucks as they looked out at the mountains. There were musicians playing right there on Main Street, and as we ate lunch we could watch the skiers flying down the slopes. It was simply magical! 

After we did some exploring we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our welcome dinner. 

To digress a little, ever since we knew about this project, we’ ve been glued to YouTube, watching Kevin Macdonald (the director) and Joe Walker (the editor) talk about the film. They’ve been our constant companions and we felt as though we knew them because they were in our family room just about every night!

Well, as Bob and Bobby were waiting for me in the hallway, Bob heard his name being called. He turned around and there was Joe Walker, the editor of the film. Knowing instantly who he was, Bob replied back “Joe!” As it so happened, Joe recognized Bob from 6 months of editing him and Bob recognized Joe from 6 months of cyberstalking him! And it was the beginning of a great friendship.

We all walked down the hall together to the dinner and as we were searching for our nametags, once again we heard “Bob!” This time it was Kevin Macdonald who recognized Bob. When I looked up and saw Kevin standing next to Bob, my eyes filled with tears…my second teary-eyed moment of the day. Just seeing Bob with Joe and Kevin, two men he admires professionally, meant so much to me and will stay in my heart forever.

Once inside the room we were warmly greeted by the many incredible people responsible for the movie and for our trip. The teams from YouTube and Scott Free, the PR teams, and the other contributors to Life in a Day. 

It was a dinner like no other! All of us there together from different countries, different walks of life, speaking different languages, but all with a connection to each other. We share something very unique and very personal, and it bonded us in a very special way. The mutual respect and admiration we felt for each other was obvious and it only got stronger as the week went on.

We stayed up late that night talking and laughing… and looking forward to the next few days we would be spending together.

It was a perfect first day in Utah!

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2 Responses to “Sundance…Our First Day!”

  1. marsha February 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Keep on writing. It is so much fun reading about your wonderful trip. I could feel your love and admiration towards when I viewed the video. Fabulous

  2. Fawn February 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I’m still getting goosebumps for you even though you’re back from your trip. Can’t wait to hear more!

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