The kindness of strangers (an RWA story–sort of)

Thought I’d share this quick story…

So I’m in New York right now, at the RWA conference. (Having a great time, and yesterday I learned some very awesome news from my Berkley publicist that I hope to share soon!)  Anyhoo… yesterday also happened to be the premiere of Transformers 3, and the premiere was literally across the street from the conference hotel.

Now, my four year-old son is obsessed with Transformers.  Last night at the Literacy signing, I heard a rumor that there was a life-sized replica of Bumblebee in the middle of Times Square.  Unfortunately, I was so busy that I didn’t get the chance to get outside and take a photo.  So, intrepid mother of a four year-old boy that I am, I stole away from the conference for a half-hour this afternoon to sneak a quick picture and–

Bumblebee was gone.

I asked one of the Times Square safety officers if I was in the right location, and he told me they’d taken everything down after the premiere last night. While we were talking–and after he teased me about getting all dressed up to see Shia LeBoeuf (ha)–I explained I’d been hoping to get a photo of Bumblebee for my son.

Hearing that, Safety Officer Lamar promptly took out his cell phone and offered to text me the photos he had taken the day before.  And after I show these pictures to my son, and tell him that there was an “actual” Transformer outside of my hotel, I will officially be the Coolest Mom in the World.

So thank you, Safety Officer Lamar, you saved the day.  Who says New Yorkers aren’t friendly?

Here are the photos, in case anyone is curious (or also has a four year-old son obsessed with Transformers).

22 thoughts on “The kindness of strangers (an RWA story–sort of)

  1. Gannon says:

    Oh, that was so sweet! Big hugs to Safety Officer Lamar. Now you can be the coolest mom in the world, Julie. 🙂

  2. KristieJ says:

    Ahh, that was nice of him. I walked by but didn’t take any oils as I’ve never seen the movies. When my boys were young, they were big fans of the cartoon and each had a few Transformers themselves.

  3. Tina Sicre says:

    The lengths we go for our little boys! As a mom of a 4 year old Transformer enthusiast, I appreciate your effort. Go mom!

  4. Allie says:

    Well, how neat is that. 🙂 Though I also have no clue what Bumblebee is. Some giant robotic thing? LOL(I don’t have any kids so I’m out of the loop 😉

  5. Scorpio M. says:

    I’m a New Yorker and we get a bad rap most of the time. There are more Saftey Officer Lamar’s than not. Cool for the little guy! 🙂

  6. Paige says:

    So cool Julie! I am sorry you didn’t get to see in it person though. I am sure the Little Guy will never know the difference.
    As for Transformers, I haven’t seen any of them movies though I hear they are pretty fabulous. Did you happen to get a glimpse of Josh Duhamel? Ahem, he should be your next muse. 😉

  7. Deb Maher says:

    What a great story! Taking off on the RITA/GH ceremony, Safety Officer Lamar is clearly your hero. Hope RWA National exceeded all expectations. Safe journeys.

  8. Julie says:

    RWA was great– I really enjoy attending that conference every year.

    And I like the idea of giving Officer Lamar a cameo. Next time I write a cop, I may have to work that in. : )

  9. Liza says:

    Thanks Officer Lamar! Those pictures are awesome. My nieces are all huge Transformer fans too(especially the 7 year old).

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