Parents, Performance and Poetry

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

2nd, Tuesday:

The epic show of what we have been up to, where we have been living and who we have met begins. Claire, Jo and the Palmer rentals walk the length and breadth of East Village, Claire and Jo all pointy fingers and explanations/anecdotes. Afterwards we walk through East River Park looking at the various bridges that cross the river.

We try to try to recreate Victoria's tour of the Cooper Union area and the McSorely's experience but probably masacre most of the facts she told us. 

In the afternoon we go into Soho to shop for Daddy Palmer who hasn't bought any new clothes for years and manage to excite the shop assistants of Banana Republic by using the words 'He'll take one in almost every colour'. He and they are happy with the results. Jo and Claire are jubilant.

In the evening we go to Life cafe in the East Village and stuff our faces and drink, despite a horrible bottle of wine. 
After dinner and guding ma and pa Palmer back to 1st Ave, we go to meet Robert on Ave C, our old turf, to have couple of drinks at Cafe Cito.

3rd, Wednesday:

Jo has maybe food poisoning, maybe water poisoning from the East River Park fountains. Either way she feels shit. Nevertheless she takes Ma and Pa Palmer to the Highline Park and its enjoyed by all. 

Leaving the rentals around mid-afternoon, Jo meets Claire and they head to Dixon Place for Shit theatre's tech session which is struggled through in order to get a lighting design together with their dubious lighting rig. Ma Palmer meets Rober Galinsky before the show and instantly remarks how like Dustin Hoffman he looks. She has a thing for Dustin Hoffman but I'm not sure she has a thing for Robert Galinsky. 
The show, at half 9, is a success with everyone present seeming to enjoy their offensive songs along with Lois dressed as elephant (in order to perform the Republican elephant's lament) massively. 
After the show all present go with Robert Galinsky to the Bowery Poetry club for a lock in. Its an institution in the area with some very famous literary figures having performed there over the years. Rob is described as Captain Obvious by the barman for failing to hide the fact that he is smoking in the green room back stage, and the title sticks.

4th, Thursday:

Jo and the rentals get the East River Ferry from North Williamsburg down to the south of Manhattan to get the Staten Island Ferry, travelling under the Brooklyn Bri(iiiii)dge on the way. We should really have had some idea of what awaited us on Staten Island considering that all available guidebooks say that there is nothing to see there. Nevertheless the journey is pretty cool and the views of the statue of Liberty are appreciated, along with the ferry terminal's poo alley... enough said. 
We don't stay long on the island and instead opt to return to Manhattan where we get the subway up to Greenwich Village for a wander. Claire meets Jo and Ma and Pa Palmer there after a rejuvenating burrito with Becca and Louise. We have a little collective gay pride moment looking at the LGBT memorial and the Stonewall Inn before a lovely dinner in the East Village.

5th, Friday:

The Palmer/Nolan collective get a bendy bus back down to the south of Manhattan earlier in the morning than Jo and Claire have seen in a little while with a plan to get the free ferry across to Governors Island for free bike riding. One step into the ferry terminal and we are surrounded by hundreds of screaming children all wearing bright yellow t-shirts that read 'immaculate conception'. Change of plan.
Instead we wander through Battery City Park and look at the various memorials, point out the stupid people flying over head on their $139 15 minute helicopter rides around Manhattan and discuss how the French would have approached the US about giving them an obscenely large green woman holding some fire and a big book. 
Soon we cut inland to find a subway stop and come across the World Trade Centre site which has changed massively in the last few years. You can't see very much of it at all and a brass memorial depicting firefighters at the scene of the attack has been installed in a neighbouring building. Hard to picture it as the same place from the news articles in 2001. 

We journey up to Central Park for something more light hearted and find the boating lake. Pa Palmer provides a good tutorial on the mechanics of rowing and we take it in turns to maneuver around the other boats whilst he shouts 'Come on! Ramming speed!' at them all. The lake is beautiful and as we chug around it we spot the little heads of terrapins all along the shore line. Then we see what looks like the end of a huge log emerge from the water. On a second look we see that this is the head of a HUGE terrapin coming up to get bread from a guy feeding them all from the bank. This is loch ness monster sized and the photographic evidence is proof. 

In the evening we send the rentals off for a lovely Italian meal and we meet with Becca and Louise for their last night in NYC. Beers on Toby and Browyn's roof with some of their friends finishes the day off nicely, plus Jo gets an insight into their Zanex addicted flat-mate. Nice.

6th, Saturday:

Our last day with Ma and Pa Palmer before they head back to a burning riotous London starts late in Williamsburg. They are both disappointed not to meet Frida at our apartment but a trip down to the food flea market on the Brooklyn banks of the East River settles them down. Pa Palmer has a hot dog, because it is the done thing, as is the disappointment in how it tastes. The afternoon is awash with shopping in the little independent stores on Bedford Ave - Ma Palmer is in her element and rightly so! 
We finish the day with a lovely meal in Juilliet, one of the oldest restaurants in Williamsburg. Its brilliant because we could never have afforded to eat there ourselves and it was the first bar we went to when moving to Brooklyn so its lovely to share it with the rentals before they leave. We chat about South East Asia and get all excited together. 

After dinner Claire and Jo get Ma and Pa Palmer into a cab off to the airport hotel they are in for the night because their flight leaves so early the next day. 
A great week was had by all and the reunion now is only a few weeks away! 



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