What a Wonderful, Tiring Day, Non-Baseball Day
Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Howard Johnson's Yankee Stadium
Up at 8:00, shower and of course, Michele had a healthy breakfast for me. Most importantly, she had a Diet Pepsi. Now, that's my kind of breakfast.
Then it was off to see NYC with my personal guide. Michele forewarned me that she was a walker, and that she it. They live in the Upper West Side (new term for me). We walked to Central Park, saw some beautiful scenery even though it was overcast. Saw where they do Shakespeare in the park, several ponds (including Turtle Pond...complete with turtles), where Simon and Garfunkel performed their last concert in the park, Poets Row which is simply beautiful...as Michele says, can't believe you're in NYC! We walked past The Dakota where John Lennon lived and was shot. Interesting story. Michele said The Dakota was so named because at the time it was built, it was at the far north end of NYC and people used to say to those who lived there, you might as well be living in North Dakota!)
Took a bus through the high end shopping district...sure district. Sure glad Sandy isn't here! Took a subway train to Katz Deli for lunch. I had the classic pastrami...Michele a hot dog or two...actually she ordered one, but the guy forgot, so he felt so guilty about it, he brought her two! What a classic institution. Loved all the tourists, the pics of celebs on the wall. Neat, neat place.
Then we walked to ground zero. What a moving experience. They are building a tour to replace the twin towers, and already have 54 stories built. We saw the Millennium Hilton right across the street where I actually stayed one time...several years before 9/11. And walked through the AMEX building where we met when I was there. We eavesdropped on a great tour given by a lady and then went into another memorial which had the neatest flag. It looked like a regular US flag, but when you got closer, it included all the names of the more than 3000 people who lost their lives on 9/11. Think I need to buy one. Would be a great conversation piece for the SF Atrium coming this September on the 10th anniversary...very moving, indeed.
Then we walked to see the Statue of Liberty, but Michele, frugal as ever, had us go on the free Staten Island Ferry to get our pictures rather than paying to see the statue up close...good call. Came back on the next Ferry and jumped on a subway to get home. Little delay, but eventually got home.
Had a couple of cold ones at Michele's, and she got me exact directions to my hotel. I texted Laura's old boyfriend, Alex, who is living in NYC and asked if he wanted to go to dinner. We decided on ribs at Daisy's on 46th and 11th Ave. He and I are going to the NY Yankee game tomorrow night.
Said good-bye to my wonderful hosts for last night and headed to my hotel. Even with Michele's printed directions and little miss Jill (Garmin), I got lost. But finally found the place. It's not in the best of neighborhoods in the Bronx, but it's clean. Besides, it's right next door to a Chicago Police Station, so I should be safe. And if not,, at least I don't have far to go to file the police report!!!
Headed back into the city to have dinner with Alex. BBQ was OK...not great, but not bad for NYC. We talked a lot. He's a nice kid and was very good to Laura while they were dating at Northwestern. Fortunately, he and Laura have remained friends.
After dropping Alex at his place, I headed back to my hotel and got lost again on the way...jeez! Writing this now. Have a wake-up call at 6:15 to drive into the city to pick up Marc (Michele's husband). We have a tee time at his club tomorrow. Can hardly wait. Right now, I am feeling like Michele walked me into tiredness, (these puppies are barking!) so I'll say good night. Can't thank Michele and Marc enogh for their hospitality. It was as I mentioned in the title, a wonderful, tiring, non-baseball day.