Catching up with family and friends in NY begins

Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco
Cedar Road, Katonah

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

Time goes by and we think about catching up with the ones we love in NY. We planned on connecting with all of our family and friends, but we knew we wouldn't get to see everybody in one month's time. So to everyone we missed, we're sorry and hope to see you soon. We’ve broken our visit to NY up into three entries based on areas. We start in Mt. Kisco, go onto Katonah and finish with Whaley Lake.

R.V. parks are non-existent in the areas of NY where we stayed, but we had lots of offers to park in the driveways of friends and family. Our first night (and a few scattered after that) was spent in the parking lot of our old friends Lisa, Pat and Alan's offices (where I used to have my company) on Smith Avenue in Mt. Kisco. It brought back old times walking into town and having dinner with friends at Marcellas Pizza, The Fish Cellar, Leftys, Contes and the Kisco Diner. While the various styles of cooking we’ve tried throughout the US have often been spectacular, the pizza and Greek food in NY cannot be beaten and it was a treat to have them again.

Our old friend Bob, who I met while bar tending at a health club in the '80s, joined us for dinner at Contes.  The night was filled with reminiscing, stories from the road, laughter that brought on tears and the sharing of hopes for the future. It was a warm and familiar reintroduction to the area.

One night included a wonderful dinner and parking at Shari & Ron's, where they shared tales and pictures of their trips to South Africa and Israel.  On the drive into their neighborhood, which they share with President Clinton and Hillary, three of their neighbors watched us drive by and one of their mouths dropped open. Jodie and I looked at each other and laughed.  Our guess is that we were in the first RV that had the occasion to drive through, let alone park and stay overnight on their block. 

The next night we were lucky enough to time our visit with Heather's sweet 16 party at Georgeann & Garys. (compliments on their super flat driveway).  It was great to see everyone including Ashley, Collin, Robert, Debra and Kaitlyn on such a milestone day for Heather.

We walked into town with Betsy and bro-Rick for Greek food one night and had a good laugh over the hyperactive waitress that works there.  This woman moves so fast that you have to get your hands out of the way when she's (prematurely) clearing the table.  She nicked my hand with her fingernail when she lunged for my plate and then grabbed Betsy's water as she was reaching for it.  A manager must have told her that that Betsy still wanted her water, so she took a glass of water from her busing tray, spilled some on her hand and on the floor and handed it to Betsy as we were leaving the restaurant. Needless to say, but Betsy said "No thank you".  Great food....but the waitress needs to down some tranquilizers.

Lisa and Pat are the people who bought and took over my old company and they asked us out to dinner one night.  They, along with husband Pat, took us out for a delicious seafood dinner at the Fish Cellar. We caught up with each other and talked about the real estate market in NY and around the US.  It was so good to see how well they get along with each other and how they've all become a family.

We were able to catch Russell, a/k/a Crusty, Karen and the kids for an afternoon visit.  They all told us stories which included legal conquests (Crusty is a courtroom lawyer and professor), Kristen's adventures in Italy and Aaron's victories on the baseball diamond. Involved in all of it, was Karen, who keeps their show running like a clock.

While many offered to have us stay in their homes instead of in Crazy Fish, we always declined so we could be with Maudie and have everything we needed at our fingertips.

On to Katonah...

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Henry and Grace on

Man you guys must be going through such a brain screw coming home and catching up like this. We are watching with open eyes. Going on the rode like you guys have done, and some what like we have, changes our perspective on life. For me it takes a lot to get used to. It definately becomes a maturing experience. I love hearing from you guys. Thanks, Henry

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