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As a girl who grew up around
, I’m used to the rain. However, I found out very quickly upon moving to Seattle Washington that when it rains here, it REALLY rains. And boy did it today. Sheets of hard rain beat down on the streets of the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, not letting up for hours. Despite the deluge, Team Conan came out in huge numbers, decked out in orange, balancing witty signs or CoCo posters with their umbrellas. We were determined to show our support for our favorite Ginger and Champion String Dancer, Conan O’Brien.
I think the horrendous weather somehow made everyone a little more determined and a little more uninhibited as we stood on the sides of
Lankershim Blvd, literally stopping traffic at some points as our numbers grew to several hundred, inching towards 1000.
Several members of the writing staff and crew were out supporting through out the day, and by , we were rewarded with La Bamba driving past in the Pope-mobile. The excitement grew and finally, closer to 3 pm, Conan came running out and ran down Lankershim, with the mob following, we took up the entire northbound side of Lankershim, chasing him down to Gate 2 of Universal Studios.
As we gathered in front of the gate, chanting “Conan!” we saw a huge
CoCo poster get thrown over the side of the roof of Stage 1. And, I’m not kidding you, for the first time that day, the rain stopped. Blue skies appeared and the chant changed to “Conan stopped the rain!!” Andy, Conan and Max made appearances (Conan did the string dance, igniting the crowd), Andy said thank you over the megaphone, but joked that they couldn’t say much more because the lawyers wouldn’t let them. They got pizza for all of us, which was getting handed out to the soggy crowd.
As we all traipsed back to our cars with decimated signs and soggy pants (and everything else) we all agreed that it was totally worth coming out in the weather. The general feeling was that while Conan might not be with the Tonight Show much longer, there are a whole lot of people that are passionate about
CoCo, and will follow him wherever he goes.