Statue Liberty, Ellis Is & a social anthropologist

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 14, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Today is sunny, 50 degrees, not much wind, but out on the water it was. 

We had breakfast at the Leo House early, at 7:30am when they opened to get an early start to get our tickets to the Statue of Liberty
ferry, etc. Susan knoticed a fellow sitting by himself, so asked if she
could sit with him. We had talked to him the day before when he told us
he was going to hear some jazz that evening at Birdland. Lee Konitz who
was the opening group at Birdland 60 years ago was appearing with Brad
Meldaw (sp), Paul Motrian (sp) and Charlie Hayden. (remember Konitz!
When he was a teen ager he was recording with Lennie Tristano!) By the
time I joined her she had already discovered he was from Denmark,
living in Geneva,
Switzerland and is a social anthropologist, an area of tremendous
interest to Susan! The showers may not be the best at the Leo House,
but the guests are superior.

Peter Larsen is a researcher. He had just concluded an international event in
Philadelphia and added a few days in NYC. When he learned we were going
to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, he decided to tag along.

Susan, Peter and I
took the subway from 23rd street all the way "downtown," south in my
mind, to the tip of Manhattan to Battery Park
to catch the ferry out to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We got
there fairly early, about 9am, but already there was a large group. You
have to go through security exactly like out at the airport. I had to
remove any metal, including my watch and belt. Finally we were able to repack up everything and put
everything back together and tie  our walking shoes.

Then we got into a long line to board the ferry. At this point my cell
phone was ringing as I was facing some agent directing us where to
enter the line. It was Stephanie, calling from our condo. She is
watching our condo and collecting mail. Something was beeping! What was
it! Where was it! It turned out to be the low battery warning on one of
our cordless phones! I guess I need to add an item to my list of things
to do before leaving for a vacation - place all cordless phones in
their respective chargers.

Susan stayed below on the ferry, which was wise since it was chilly and windy on the top deck.

Wow! The light was bright reflecting off the waves! And it was windy
out there! Finally we landed at Liberty Island. We just walked all
around it taking time to allow me to photograph it. I had tickets that
would allow me to access the top of the base, but decided there was no
advantage to do that. Months ago the tickets to climb up to the crown
had been sold out, so I missed that. I remember doing that when I was
16 in 1956.

I had a photo of myself standing in front of the statue that my mother had
snapped back then in 1956 and hopped to duplicate it as closely as
possible. We actually found the exact angle but were unsure of the
precise distance from the base to where I had been standing.

Never the less, I got Peter from Denmark to take a few shots of me with my Canon SLR.

That evening we decided to try out Houston BBQ at the NW corner of 23rd
and 8th Avenue. NYC is not known for having decent BBQ, but we always
were going past it, so decided to give it a try. It was packed and
extremely noisy. It was good for people watching. Seemed everyone was
talking or texting on their cell phones! We had decent BBQ ribs and
chicken with huge servings of Cole slaw and mashed potatoes.
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