South Street Seaport
Sitting here at Darren's, typing away on his cute little iBook. These computers really are adorable. Its too bad that I'm scared to go MAC because I hear they are awesome. Someday I'll be brave and make the switch ... It was a freaking MONSOON here today. I think I had locked away my memories of what a cool rainy day was like here, because I only packed flip flops to bring from Baltimore. And while those will be great when I get to Tampa this week, today, I could have used some closed toe shoes. But Darren and I bypassed the showers, threw on jackets, hats (me) and grabbed an unmbrella (Darren), and we headed out to take on the city. At first, it was just some serious wind, and that was just fine. And then the drizzle started, and that was still fine. We dealt with a million subway changes and reroutes (typical on the weekends) and walked around the Financial District on the way to TKTS on John Street.
Got 1/2 price tickets to the final performance of Sweeney Todd tomorrow, which I am really psyched about! We tooled around South Street Seaport, did some shopping and had some lunch at a little Irish pub that looked out over the water. I took a few pictures, which I'll put up at some point. There was a cruise ship docked in Red Hook
, which I had never seen before. I think taking a cruise that involved NY would be really cool, by the way. Talked to the St. Louis contengent after their trip to the Brewery. LA MIZ is AWESOME ;) From there, we walked up Fulton St. to the World Trade Center site. Being so close to it, I really wanted to go take a minute to reflect on the world, and MY world, almost 5 years ago.
Mr. Darren Canady, doing business at lunch :)
A lot of people don't want to see it, don't want to deal with it that way, or just want to try to forget. I think facing it and dealing with it head on has always been the way for me, and I wanted to stand there for a minute. There are these really amazing -- some touching, some horrifying -- pictures hanging around the fences that surround the site, and as I stood there looking, a million different thoughts from that day flashed through my head. I find myself playing the "what if" game a lot -- if it hadn't happened, if it hadn't been my first day, etc., etc. how would things be different? I have always believed that things happen for a reason, and if I wasn't meant to be the new kid in NYC that day, I wouldn't have been. That day forged a bond between me and this city, and I'll always think of it as a second home, even if I'm not here.
Jeff's new home in NYC
I just feel connected to it, and I think I always will. Someday in the future, that huge hole is going to be something new and fantastic, and it's already on its way. I can't wait to see it, but I still miss what it was. Woooo... enough heaviness for the time being. From there, we took the train up to Penn Station/Madison Square Garden area, and the heavens had finally opened up -- it was pouring. Cold and disgusting, but Darren and I thought we were hystical, drenched, wading through puddles, and singing showtunes. We really are a couple of freaks. We found Jeff's new place, which is pretty darn nice, at least from the outside (which is all I saw today). He's in a great area, and has been afforded the opportunity to live somewhere convienent and nice. We should definitely all be so lucky!! Took a stop by the Drama Bookshop (I freaking love that store, and I'm in theatre nerd heaven when I'm there), talked to Miss Haven Mac for a bit, braved the crowds in Times Square to see the new (temporary) TKTS booth, see if Les Mis had their marquee up (they don't yet), and to shop at Sketchers.
for Kellie and Jordan!
You will be proud to know that I left without making a purchase, but they still have our shoes, Kellie! Met Michelle for dinner at this incredible Thai place called Yum Yum Bangkok. It was terrific!! I had the Pad Thai with shrimp and it was so good. Definitely recommend it to anyone who cares. I know its in Midtown on 9th Avenue, but I don't remember the cross street. Sorry :) Darren, Michelle and I outlasted many a customer while we chatted and waited for the rain to die down (it never did), but finally left so she could get up early for the US Open tomorrow. It was so amazing to see her, and I have missed her like crazy -- since we have known each other (8 years!) we have never gone this long without a visit. Meesh and Rach (HI RACHEL!!) are coming to visit me on the road this fall/winter, and we can relive our younger days ;) Now I'm listening to Rushmore on TV, Darren has finished cackling over US Weekly magazine, and we are both finally drying out.
soaking wet and finding adventure in manhattan
I hear from home that KU and WU were big winners today, but last I heard, KSU was struggling. I am gonna really hate missing football season!!! Thanks for the calls and texts! And it is STILL raining. (Oh yeah, and Darren lost his umbrella in an incredible, hilarious, comedy of errors with the wind. And I laughed. A lot.)