I didn't realize you had only three days. If I had known, I would not have made any suggestions. You simply can't do much at all in three days, especially if most of the time is eaten up by business. Were you there for the Wine Expectorant event?Did you know that Alfonso was in Manhattan at the same time?Anyway, the next time you come, do not do it on business and do it when I can meet you in the city.
Thomas,Well I never count travel days, so we actually arrived Thursday night and flew out Monday early so there was little done on those days. It wasn't for work and truth be told, I had considered attending some Champagne thing that was going on, mostly to see Eric Asimov, but I booked this trip for chill time before the holidays so I made sure to not make it work related. I had heard Alfonso was in the city too but we didn't make any plans. I'm sure there are lots of people there that want to take some of his time, I just saw him in June so it was fine. I did however get to spend an evening with Wayne Young, another of my sweetie pies from the trip to Friuli, so that was incredibly cool. The rest was just walking, eating, drinking, riding the subway and feeling the pulse of that fantastically vibrant city. Cannot wait to go back and yes, we have to get together next time!
Great way to journal the trip. I"m sure you've got a story for every picture and hopefully, you'll share some of them with us! :)
It was a great surprise to get to see you, and it really made my day. I was so needing you and even though it wasn't an all nighter in the Dugan/Anderson living room it was just what I needed. The city is special, glad you loved it.
Dale,I simply adore the fact that seem to be waiting for me to write more. You can't know how good, and important that feels to me right now. So thanks for that, sincerely. As for stories, I just gave myself over to the city. I didn't force expectations or desires to see this or that...I let it lead me and while of immense value to me right now, I don't know that it would be of much interest to you guys out there. Thanks for hanging in with me darlin, and gently nudging me...I need that. Jess,I still cannot freaking believe you happened to be there at the same time! So crazy. It was heartwarming to spend my first night in town with your sweet face and big heart. Big hugs to you!
Sam:Now you must go over everything that you did and saw. In pictures, and in words.I have lived away from NYC for 30 years now, but I miss it just as much and am compelled to go back at least twice a year. As soon as I get close to the city, I can feel my energy level bump up notches.
Thomas,It was funny, as I walked or stopped to just watch the people go by I kept thinking of all the suggestions people gave me, (not yours as I did ask you) of things I simply HAD to do and all I could think was, "Just because I wander it doesn't mean I'm lost"....The energy does in act hit you rather quickly, my heart started beating, not racing but thumping with...I dunno, this cool mix of excitement, nerves and awe, the second the cab got close enough to see the buildings. I sat in a rather horrible restaurant where the food was only slightly better than the fucking horrendous lack of service but, well I didn't want to leave as the seat we had was right by the window and I got to see the majesty of true diversity walk right past me. My head was on a swivel and my chest was full the entire time.
Oh and the whole damn town smells like food! Reminded me of Paris that way....every turn a new blast of nuts, hot dogs and kabob meat. Loved that...
Oh yes, the smell of food is BIG!So big it even overpowers the smell of urine near the subway stations and in certain doorways...Diversity is the thing I truly miss about no longer living in NYC, not to mention the frequent blasts of culture.I agree that NY and Paris are neck 'n neck. Paris went down a notch when the street vendors selling oysters vanished--used to get a dozen on the half shell and 375 ml wine on a street corner--imagine.
Thomas,While we have diversity here in LA it isn't quite as on top of each other and we don't have anywhere near the aromas as we are so spread out. I would add London to the list for wonderful cultural diversity, right along with New York and Paris but somehow I feel like NY nabbed my heart faster, and stronger.
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