If you follow me on Twitter, then you're probably well aware that I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan. I grew up watching the show (it ended in 2007 - the same year I graduated high school), and I've continued to watch it ever since then. I've watched it so many times, I'm surprised my DVDs haven't worn out - so thankfully they're all on Netflix now. And even more importantly is the new "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" revival episodes coming in November!
The closest pop-up shop near me was Comoncy in Beverly Hills (right near Rodeo Drive) about 10 miles away. I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m., got up early and was out the door just after 6 a.m. To quote Lorelai, "It's six in the morning! Nothing says coffee like six in the morning!"
I got there by 6:35 - well before their 7 p.m. open date - and was surprised to see at last one hundred people or more already in line. It was already starting to go around the block by the time I got my spot and more people were arriving by the minute.
By the time they finally opened, we were barely moving forward. I actually ended up standing in line for two and a half hours! Right around hour two I was really starting to feel ridiculous, but by that point, I was only 10-12 people away from the door so I knew I just had to commit. Luckily, I did and got one of the commemorative Luke's cups, with the special Snapchat filter, and coffee quotes.
I got a chance to take some pictures around the shop before heading off the work. Literally as I got in my Uber and was driving past the shop to work, Luke Danes (a.k.a. Scott Patterson) showed up to start serving coffee! What a surprise! I'm a little bummed that I didn't get a chance to meet Luke himself, but just seeing Scott and being a part of Luke's Diner was a great experience.
And it definitely helped get me in the mood for my trip next week to none other than the first ever Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Washington Depot, Conn. - the town where Amy Sherman-Palladino was inspired to create Stars Hollow. I'm so excited to go! Just a couple months ago I was thinking how great it would be if there was a Gilmore Girls festival and lo and behold - here it is! I can't wait to meet and mingle with other Stars Hollow junkies. If you're going to be in Connecticut, let me know!