Saturday, January 7, 2006

Little Blogger in the Big City – Day 1

  • 2:00 p.m., Greenwich Village: It’s a beautiful day here in Manhattan. I arrived safe and sound from LaGuardia and got a tour of midtown thanks to the roundabout route that Super Shuttle takes to deliver its passengers — but for $15 who can complain? I’m all settled in to my borrowed apartment and will soon be off to explore the neighborhood and get a sandwich and perhaps scope out a place for a pre-show bite. Curtain is at eight so I have to leave here in plenty of time to get to the theatre, which is up on West 52nd.

    The flight up was great, and I discovered that American Airlines has a great little “impulse buy” feature at their self-check-in kiosks in Miami. When you slide your credit card and pull up your itinerary, it checks the seating and then says, “Would you like to upgrade to first class for a small fee?” What, are you kidding? Upgrade to a free meal, legroom, and no screaming kids on a full 757? Don’t have to ask me twice! If they have that on the way back on Monday, I’m there; even with the fee the ticket will still cost less than the normal fare and it doesn’t cost me any frequent flier miles.

    Anyway, it’s a beautiful sunny afternoon, so I’m off to see the sights a boy can see from Waverly Place…

    PS: One song kept running through my head as the plane descended to the airport. It reveals both my age and my sense of life in New York:

    There’s a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn’s broken out in fights!
    There’s a traffic jam in Harlem that’s backed up to Jackson Heights!
    There’s a scout troop lost a child, Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild!
    Car 54 Where Are You?

    More later…

  • I took this on the way to get my sandwich (cajun roast beef on whole wheat).

    A beautiful day in Washington Square Park.