New York, New York ...

First of all, let it be known that I was flaming mad that I couldn't take my spear gun, bow & arrow, dynamite, meat cleaver, ice pick, axe & hatchet, cattle prodder, saw, gasoline torch, brass knuckles, box cutter, pool cue, pistol, or butcher knife on the plane. Fortunately, I got over it ... and here is my trip to New York! :)

Secondly, if you want to know what New York City is really like, just remember the five H's:
1. Humidity, humidity, humidity.

2. Hustle and bustle.

3. Handicapped non-accessible.

4. Honking and ...

5. Have you tipped him/her yet?

Let's just jump straight to #4 ... Here in Utah, many people use the honking features on their car to gain someone's attention if they want to wave and say hello ...

In New York - no one knows why anyone is honking! They might be honking because you're driving too fast or you're driving too slow. They might be honking because they are psychic and they know the light is going to turn green in 5.7 seconds or they might honk because the light is red and you stopped. Or they might be honking because they have a hangnail. HONK. HONK. HONK. Curse you Oliver Lucas for inventing the car horn!

Now, to #5: Have you tipped him/her yet? ... You need to tip the waiters and waitresses, the taxi cab driver {P.S. I didn't know you could be REJECTED by taxi cab drivers!! As if I haven't been rejected enough in this life!!}, the bell boys, and the little dogs on the street for being cute!! It's exhausting, really. Not just financially, but mentally - trying to remember who you have or haven't tipped yet! P.S. I did notice, no one was too concerned about tipping me!

Honking aside, I mean joking aside:) ... I had a marvelous time in New York City! There is nothing quite like it! Now for those of you who are illiterate {I don't know how you got to this website in the first place}, but here are some photos! :)

We rode on a double-decker bus ... We were so high up that ducking was sometimes necessary to avoid hitting our heads on street lights, street signs, and branches. :)

We rode on a boat-thingy. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge behind us, as well as a man-made waterfall in the East River.

Bottom photo is of Ground Zero. They are beginning to rebuild. The photo of the black building is one that was right next to the World Trade Center towers. The damage caused on 9/11 is still being repaired. Seven years later, the building has yet to reopen. The other photo is of St. Paul's Chapel which stood across from the towers. Not a single window was broken from the debris or tumbling of the buildings. Miraculous.

Just some photos of the city ... Including the Empire State Building as well as the Flat Iron Building.

We went to two Broadway musicals: Wicked and Hairspray. LOVED them both!

I was so shocked to travel over 2,000 miles to see my brother's photo on a taxi cab in New York City!! :) The other photo of him is of his very first taxi ride. Precious. :)

And we saw her.

And the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tiffany found her store.

And I found mine ... Niketown. :) Also known as Heaven. Four floors of Nike bliss. Three gold stars to anyone who knows the story behind the waffle irons. :) Annnd, when my brother read that quote, "If you have a body, you're an athlete" he pulled a face and said, "Not me." Hahaha. Two golden stars to anyone who knows who Bill Bowerman {the man who said the quote} is.

We found this sign about my brother. It reads, "Can't walk."

We also found these running shoes just chillin' ... I wonder if the owner will ever find them. I was sooo tempted to take them!

Outside the Plaza Hotel with Tiffany and Hillary. Two golden stars to anyone who can tell me who these two people are to me.

Little Italy ... eating lunch!

Creepy Silver Man at Central Park. He tricked Tiffany into sitting next to him ... and then forked two-dollah from her.

All in all: trip a success. And, I want it to be known that as we flew out from JFK airport, we began watching Flight 93 ... a movie made about 9/11. This movie was to be followed by another movie, United 93 {also about 9/11} ... to finish up our trip with a documentary on 9/11. While flying we watched non-stop movies/documentaries about people flying and dying. 

Fun. kthanksbye.


Matt and Avree said...

Oh my, I am so going to win some gold stars! (thanks to Matt) Your trip looks like so much fun!

Geoff & Cami Brown said...

you're silly. we missed you!! looks like a grand time... i will go there someday

BreAna Palmer said...

what an amazing trip. I want to go there one day so bad. Looks like you guys had a great time. I am so jealous. I think that silver dude is really creepy looking. lol

Mike Lundberg said...

Oh wow, it is gold star time for me.
I would like one for knowing you went to New York.
One for knowing your brother was the motorized shopping cart.
Three for knowing that waffle irons were used to melt the rubber for the first Nikes.
Two for knowing that Bill Bowerman was the founder of Nike and Steve Prefontaine's trainer.
Two for knowing that Tiffany is your sister and Hilary is your sister-in-law.
I believe that comes to a total of 9 gold stars to be added to my current amount of 11. Wow.

Perry, Christi and Logan said...

Hey! How are you? I am so glad you found my blog, I have been wondering what you and the rest of the running girls have been up to. It looks like you had a fun trip to New York. I am so jealous I have always wanted to go there. Thats awesome you are still running. I was going to do the Logan marathon this fall but got injured, so that is not in the plans anymore. I'm glad to see your doing well. We will definitely have to keep in touch.

Toni said...

Lol about the honking! Did you see the signs that forbade honking lest you should incur a $350 fine? They're all around, and they dont work ...at all. Obviously :)

Our Little Fam said...

How Fun!! I am so jealous I would love to go to new york!! Now for gold stars. I posted yesterday, before Mike and for some reason mine did not show up but I knew that the waffle irons were used by bill bowerman to make the first running flats. He made them for prefontaine he was prefontaine's coach, and I think that he started nike but I am not sure on that last part. I did not copy mike, for some reason my post mysteriously did not show up.
oh, did you go to the home meet, I was bummed that I didn't make it. And is this Christi Howell that posted above me, I have not talked to her forever.

Cali said...

I'm guessing someone beat me to it.. but I know that Hillary is your sweet sister-in-law.. and I like her!

Brandon and Erica said...

I am jealous!!! I love New York City! It looks like you had sooo much fun! And, I am very VERy impressed that you didn't steal the mystery running shoes. Could it have been because they were orange?

Brandon and Erica said...

as opposed to them being pink, that is.

Andrea said...

jealous. that is all i can say. jealous. i loved ny. although - busy, crowded, lot's of honking, dirty, kid of smelly. i loved it.

Nick and Leila said...

Wow! Looks like so much fun, I love New York!

Whitney said...

that sounds and looks so fun! but after going to new york aren't you glad to be living in utah, not NYC?

Zann said...

Waffle irons were used to make the soles for the first Nikes, and Bill Bowerman was a track coach at Oregon (I think?) and the founder of Nike. Oh and I knew that BEFORE I read Mike's comment, just in case anybody wondered. Oh and I didn't look that up on Wikipedia.

Haley said...

So jealous that you go to go! ps- new blog URL:
Weird, huh? :)

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