What a Wonderful, Tiring Day, Non-Baseball Day

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2011

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Best night of sleep I've had in a long time. Slept like a baby. (What does that mean? You woke up every two hours hungry and with a wet diaper? Wonder where that phrase came from?) Anyway, as I said in my previous blog, Michele thought of everything in my room. She decorated in the "travel motif." Very cool...maps, shampoos from hotels, just everything you'd want in a hotel room. Slept with the windows open and didn't hear a sound from "the city" outside. Truly restful.

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.
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Barb Haab on

Dave, traveling with your through your blog is a history lesson as well as a vacation for me. What fun I'm having and can almost taste those culinary delights! You are taking retirement life to a new level (isn't it absolutely the very best of times?)

When you get to LA to see the Dodgers, be sure to let me know. I have a niece who is such a fan, I'd love for you to meet her - know you would enjoy her and she'd show you a true Dodgers experience.

Thanks for sharing your experiences so that we can all live virtually through them. What a wonderful idea to share the experience of a day at a game with a child - true Colee style! So blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such amazing people like you and Sandy through my tenure at SF!

Safe travels!

Barb Todd on

Dave -- thanks so very much for taking a few minutes during your tour with Michele to give me a call. It was so very good to talk with her, and wonderful to hear that all is well! She is such a great gal! Afterall, she hired the best group of Preview Guides that ever lived!!!

dblegldave on

They have been wonderful hosts. Michele agreed, we need to find JEROME! I'm thinking NY with Dawn and Michele next year. It's Michele and Marc's anniversary this year. May have to stay outside the city (just to darned expensive), but would be a great venue. Do you have Michele's email address..I can't seem to find it...and she's not on Facebook. Thanks.


dblegldave on

Thank you Barb. You are too kind. I am having a great time seeing these ballparks and reconnecting with friends while here. It seems to me it's what's retirement is all about...when people ask, we'll what are you doing? I can truly say, "Whatever I want to do!" Do you know if your friend is doing the blogging thing from Egypt/Israel? He contacted me and I told him how it worked for me.
Great to hear from you...take care my friend! Dave

rbhaab on

Dave, I'm not sure if Bill and Lorna are blogging. They were just in IL and met up with them last week (they didn't like our IL weather - how soon they forget once they head south....). But I will check with them and see. Sure enjoying living vicariously through you!

dblegldave on

Having a good time my friend. Glad you are playing along!!! Dave

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