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Home From New York
I'm home from my very brief trip to the big apple! Exhausted, but I had a great weekend. I just tidied up my earlier email post, adding details, a picture, and some links....it looks much nicer now.

Yesterday was great. After a late breakfast my sister and I walked down Broadway to Rockefeller Center, where we admired the tree and lights and such. It was mobbed. Actually, the whole city was basically mobbed! Christmas in New York....well, the Saturday after Christmas.... Completely packed with people. Interesting, usually I hate crowds, but there's something about being in the city, on vacation, on a holiday; it didn't bother me. It was exciting and urban. It was New York. It was how it was supposed to be.

After Rockefeller we took 5th Ave down to Lord & Taylor and Saks, to see their window displays. Once again swarming with people, but we found we could see the windows much more easily if we looked at the stories backwards, "Memento-Style".

Then we headed over to Macy's. We figured as long as we were in the city, we'd do a bit of shopping. Catch the sales, see the famous store. My office's dress code is becoming a bit less casual, so I need to find some slightly-more-professional clothing. Macy's was also packed with people, but we headed up to the 5th floor's petite section. Reducing the crowd to "mostly women under 5 foot 4" helped a lot. I found a couple of nice professional-looking jackets, and some light sweaters to wear under them, all great deals. Yay! Now I just need some nicer pants.

I like this picture I took of St Patrick's Cathedral... the pattern on the steeples is light coming from the sun glancing off an office building's windows.

After Macy's we took the subway back to my aunt's place. We stopped to get a couple of birthday cards, because we were celebrating 2 cousins' 30th birthdays that evening. Then we changed into nicer clothes and waited for the family to gather. Everyone was late, but the timing worked out: the cousins arrived last, so we all were able to yell "Surprise! Happy birthday!"

(They actually both knew all about it. It was supposed to be a surprise but we did not really try very hard to keep it one. Still, we felt that we should still yell surprise even if they knew what was going on. It's just more fun that way. Made it more festive.)

After cocktails and conversation, we walked to a very nice restaurant, Compass. We had our own room, which was great since there were around 16 of us. We were able to spread out, mingle, and generally enjoy ourselves more; we didn't even have to worry too much about letting the baby (my nephew) crawl around and explore some.

The dinner was very tasty, and we hung our at the restaurant until after 11pm. Then the majority of the family members wanted to call it a night. We walked back to my aunt's place to help my brother and his family gather their stuff. A comedy of errors ensued, where my brother and I actually missed each other three times by passing each other going opposite directions in the two elevators in the building. Finally all of the possessions and family members were gathered, and we bid them goodnight.

Then my sister and I walked back to the restaurant, where we met up with our cousin again. He also lives in Manhattan. He took us to a nearby bar he liked, called Shalel Lounge. It was in a cellar, and felt like it was in a cave. Filled with candles and pillows, the ambiance was great. We had a few drinks and talked for a couple of hours. It was really neat, because I very rarely hang out or have conversations with this cousin. The thing about my extended family is: they all live several states away. We have seen each other on an average of once a year our entire lives, which means we don't really know one another very well. It's a shame, because I have some neat relatives. I enjoyed chatting and getting to know him better.

We made it back to my aunt's before 3am, and we went straight to bed. Unfortunately for some reason I couldn't sleep though, so I got back up and sat in the livingroom reading until around 5:30. The 8am alarm clock came way too soon!!! But we had an 11am flight to catch. We safely flew to and from NYC, aka Terrorist Central, during the Orange Security Alert with little delay or incident. In fact, the only problem we had was that I accidentally squished my pinky finger underneath my suitcase while putting it into the overhead compartment. Don't worry: it's better now.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 28th, 2003 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you had a good time. Nice photos too. I have the feeling my office might be going less casual dress too, ah well, I've got all those suits and jackets hanging in the guest room closet.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Our dress code used to be much fancier, but my problem is that I've shrunk since i used to wear all those suits and jackets and stuff! So I had to start over.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 28th, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
So no more wearing hooded sweatshirts to work then?

I had not realized how NY you were.

I have never been and it looks like I never will go.

Oddly my grandfather was born in Elizabeth NJ. but he left during WW I and the family has not been back since the 50's.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually the hoodies have never been legal. But I keep one in my desk, because sometimes the office is too damn cold! Then I just put it over whatever I'm wearing. I figure if they can't keep the place warm, I shouldn't have to conform to the dress code.

Why will you never go? If you want to, you should just go there! It's a neat place. I have gone nearly every christmas for most of my life.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 29th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)

New York fun but not cheap.

Yes but you have people to visit and stay with.

I could never see the point of going by myself.

Also its not a cheap place to visit and two can travel cheaper than one.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 29th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Also I am Canadian and the only person I know in NYC is the younger brother of someone I have not seen in 20 years.

Americans would tend to have more friends and acquaintences in their commercial capital.

I have lots of friends in ours Toronto, I even went to school there or right next to there anyway.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: December 28th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jeffrey, never say never. I've been to NYC 5 times...twice with family and the other 3 on my own. Go! It's the greatest city in the world, and every day's an adventure.

R, glad ya made it back safe and sound. Great pictures, too!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! (:
From: stilldocked Date: December 29th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I am glad your finger wasn't lopped off and inspected but HSA Agents...did you let anyone you didn't know touch your finger?

Yay for sales at Macy's and I hope that you will come back to NY more often...

*hint* Saratoga is wonderful in August;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Has your finger been with you since you packed it, ma'am? Did any strangers ask you to carry their fingers for them?" heehee.

Yes, I hope to visit NY again in the spring/summer and stay for longer this time! I have all kinds of friends I would have liked to hook up with, but no time to do it...it was such a whirlwind weekend as it was.

Saratoga, eh? Sounds nice.
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