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11.24.2008

Random Monday Morning Thoughts - NYC Roundup

  • I've got some pictures that I'll try to post tonight.
  • I look forward to cold weather as much as anyone, but after walking around in 31 degree temperature for three days, I'll take warm any day.
  • There are a lot of people in this world.
  • The Coyote Ugly bar (which I didn't really want to go to since I figured it would be a tourist trap) is frighteningly authentic. (At least until the tour bus arrived carrying a group of folks that I labeled "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Goes Out Once Night A Year" arrived.)
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral may be one of my favorite places ever to walk into. But it's awkward in that everyone is walking around flashing pictures in a place that seems very holy.
  • The Christmas tree and ice rink at Rockefeller Center is surprisingly small. (And all I could think about was when Meredith Viera busted her head skating with Will Ferrell.)
  • No general rudeness at all. Heard "excuse me" more often there than I do when I'm at home.
  • Funny line heard when after arriving at La Guardia and seeing most of the airport stores and restaurant shut down: "For a city that never sleeps, there sure are a lot of things closed."
  • Had and Arabic speaking cab driver that one on a long anti-George Bush rant. Had another one take us to his favorite pizza-by-the-slice place in order to avoid "those that sell cardboard."
  • Had a cab driver who owned his own cab tell us it now costs "250" to get a medallion that authorizes a cab driver to do what he does. I haven't looked it up yet, but I bet he meant $250,000.
  • Saw a cab crash into the side of a limo in downtown Manhattan which gave rise to a very tense standoff between the two drivers. And I saw an older couple just get out of the cab and get lost in the crowd.
  • Didn't realize cabs now have a GPS screen in the back to show you where you are.
  • One establishment, later at night, frisked ladies before they were allowed to enter but guys weren't searched at all. Odd.
  • I managed to watch the first half of the Tech/OU game. What a disaster.
  • Ordered a "sandwich" and it came out of as a bagel.
  • Those menus aren't very health conscience up there. But they also walk everywhere.
  • Stayed one night at the Affinia hotel. Nice.
  • If you worked in Manhattan but lived outside of Manhattan, your life would be one big beating.
  • I saw what had to be the equivalent of a bullet train going through New Jersey, and I was told it could be heading to a place like D.C. and travels over 100 mph. I had no idea we had those in this country.
  • Overhead a guy on cell phone on a train say he was heading into the city because: "I gotta see about a girl."
  • Overheard two other guys talking about the virtues of baseball player Mark Teixeira with amazing detail even though he's never played for a New York area team.They do like their baseball in the northeast.
  • Walked by the Nasdaq building in Times Square and, inside, they were filming a group of people cheering the closing bell on a set that made it look like they were overlooking the trading floor. We've been lied to!!!
  • Airports were more fun when you got to see friends and family waiting for other people inside the terminals. When I was in high school, Saturday Night Live did a touching (yes, touching) short film of nothing but airport greetings as the song "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkle played in the background. I've never forgotten it.
  • I played Rock Band 2 (the bass guitar part) for the first ever this weekend. What a time wast but what incredible fun.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The train is called the Acela - but it's still Amtrak

Jarhead said...

You didn't burst into flames when you entered St. Patrick's?

Miracles never cease.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, New "Yoick" must have messed up your typing and proofreading skills!! Glad you're back in one piece!

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like his typing and proofreading skills are the same as before he left - nonexistent

"...frisked ladies before they were allowed to enter but guys weren't searched at all. Odd."
Odd? Try creepy, also genius

"I saw what had to be the equivalent of a bullet train going through New Jersey..."
The only way to travel through Joysey - so fast you can't see any of it! I bet all those chemical plants are just one big blur

"Didn't realize cabs now have a GPS screen in the back to show you where you are."
Wow, guess that prevents the driver from taking the scenic route, and racking up the mileage

"...And I saw an older couple just get out of the cab and get lost in the crowd."
They stiffed the driver? How rude!

"Heard "excuse me" more often there than I do when I'm at home."
Law of averages - you interacted with more people than you do at home

give us your assessment of what NYC smells like

Anonymous said...

Went to New York a couple of years ago for Christmas and want to go back. Great place!! Truly surprised at the fact I always heard how rude the people were. Not true, people in New York are very nice and it made me wonder if we were the rude ones. I've lived in Texas all my life and have run into some very rude people. I would recommend a trip to New York to anyone. If you go, you have to go to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem, the ribs are awesome and the people are great. Good times, good memories. Glad you had a good trip.

Anonymous said...

"...go to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem, the ribs are awesome..."
Well, yeah, those things would be, like, HUGE! I mean, ribs from dinosaurs? Hell, yeah!
Question: Is there a finite number of dinosaurs, or can Spielberg make more as required?

Triple Fake Fred Flintstone
Yabba dabba do! (as car tips over)

Anonymous said...

Tech-OU. Not a disaster. Super fun for Sooner fans!

Anonymous said...

Problem: build a BBQ pit big enough to smoke a dinosaur, but small enough to pull behind my F-250

Anonymous said...

The 100mph Amtrak train is kinda pokey compared to the 300mph trains in France & Japan. Oh yeah, we're not supposed to recognize that the rest of the world has some capabilities superior to ours.

zooboomafoo said...

I just moved to Manhattan in August and I love it. Living in the financial district has certainly been interesting! I'm glad you had a good experience, they may be yankees, but they really aren't that bad. I will admit that hearing about the Jets and the Giants constantly is a severe 'beating' as you would say. ughhhh.

StupidBusters said...

9:16 I could sure give an assessment of what you smell like.

Geeezzzz You should really get a life.

Anonymous said...

Geeezzzz
Don't care what you think

Anonymous said...

Evidently, not 2:42.

Anonymous said...

you're all a bunch of stinking dumbasses..!

Anonymous said...

It's Catholic- can't be ALL that holy.

Anonymous said...

I also bet that in the stock market when "record losses" are posted and they have a guy for the accompanying pic face palming like it's the end of the world- they're faking it to see if they get pictured even though they are real brokers.

Anonymous said...

Wow, did you see this?
http://www.slate.com/id/2205326/?from=rss

Anonymous said...

Barry....was a show on the History channel last night about trains and the train you saw was on it. It travels at an average of 125MPH and will get you from the "city of brotherly love" to NYC in 55 minutes.Some cabs can probably do about the same,but you probably won't have projectile vomite on the train. Thought you might like to know.