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Empire State Building from the Hudson River.

Saturday morning I awoke with a startle! WTH happened??? Where was I??? Slowly, things began coming back...at least some things.  Getting out of bed, I realized the alcohol was still in my system.  But I felt pretty good, all things considered, and was ready for a new day.  Jillian, Stephen, and I then went down to the hotel restaurant to get some kind of nourishment other than fermented grapes.  After breakfast it was time to hit the city as tourists.  Joy joined us after breakfast and we all decided to do the Duck tour in the duck-mobile.  It was a nice way to see parts of manhattan as well as taking a boat ride on the Hudson River to see the city from a distance.

After our duck tour, Stephen (jaxsully) was waiting on us at an Italian restaurant by the David Letterman Late Show Studio.

3JXPRESS in TImes Square.
  We all had to have some New York style pizza! The pizza was great, as was the company.  Matt also joined us for pizza. And after our afternoon lunch it was already time to get back to the hotel to begin preparing for the MAIN EVENT, which was to begin at 6 PM.

As the 3JXPRESS was getting ready at the room, we decided to have some drinks...we bought a bottle of wine and 3 shots of Patron from the hotel bar.  This would get us primed for the night ahead!!! In hindsight, maybe we didn't need any priming.  J1 did two shots of Patron, I did one, and Joy and I had the bottle of wine! Yep, we were already feeling good!  jaxsully and the 3JXPRESS took a cab to the Delancey and were greeted inside by the hosts, Natasha and Jeff.

In line for the Duck tour.
We were then directed upstairs where the party had already started.

There were several TBs I had already met from the night before, and several new ones, too. Nicole was one of the first TBs I talked with for the first time. Then I met Ruthie for the first time...for the second time! haha I also met for the first time Mario, Val, Mike, Lynette, Liz, Nancy, Rob, Heather, Helen, and Nicolas. Geez...I know I'm forgetting somebody. I am sure I will be coming back to update this list, too. It was an unbelievable time, mingling with all these TBs, refilling my wine glass every 5 minutes, and snapping pictures whenever I happened to think about it. At 8 o'clock the open bar closed (many of us rushed to the bar to get refills and a second drink for the trip down below) and then we all moved down stairs where the dancing ensued.

The Duck-mobile. Me and J3.
Thank you Peggy for being my dance partner again! And also to Rachel (non-TB), who I ended up abandoning for urgent matters! Sorry, Rachel! If you join the site, I will explain. haha

So, remember when I stated earlier that in hindsight we didn't need any priming?!?!?! WE DIDN'T!! By 10:30 in the evening the 3JXPRESS was catching a yellow back to the Flatotel.  WAY TOO MUCH TO DRINK!!! LOL Enough said...end of story:) And so my lesson learned here, at least when you're meeting a large group, is go crazy one night but be somewhat reserved on the drinking the other night so you can be sane enough to meet people...and remember them! HAHA

Oh well, it was still a terrific night and TB meetup.

mario26 says:
wowo i like ur blog dude and thanks to meet up at NYC i really like the time pass with u not enought but good one come at the meet up in montreal man????
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
alicegourmet says:
James, it was a "traveler disorientation" syndrom...LOL! That was a great day for touring around the Big Apple!
:-)
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
travelman727 says:
James, great blog and photos :-)
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
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Empire State Building from the Hud…
Empire State Building from the Hu…
3JXPRESS in TImes Square.
3JXPRESS in TImes Square.
In line for the Duck tour.
In line for the Duck tour.
The Duck-mobile. Me and J3.
The Duck-mobile. Me and J3.
It just felt good to do.
It just felt good to do.
In the Duck-mobile. Stephen and J1
In the Duck-mobile. Stephen and J1
J1 and J2s matching suitcases.
J1 and J2's matching suitcases.
J3 and J1.
J3 and J1.
The girls see something interestin…
The girls see something interesti…
Our in-room bar.
Our in-room bar.
Touring the city.
Touring the city.
J3
J3
Starbucks in hand.
Starbuck's in hand.
Times Square
Times Square
Luscious hair!
Luscious hair!
Lots of sweets.
Lots of sweets.
Empire State Bldg.
Empire State Bldg.
Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden.
MSG.
MSG.
ABC Good Morning, America Studios.
ABC Good Morning, America Studios.
Times Square
Times Square
ESP-N Zone
ESP-N Zone
Our Duck tour guide.
Our Duck tour guide.
From the Duck-mobile.
From the Duck-mobile.
Looking up the Empire State BLDG, …
Looking up the Empire State BLDG,…
And Joys, too.
And Joy's, too.
The Duck-mobile.
The Duck-mobile.
From the Hudson river.
From the Hudson river.
Protestors.
Protestors.
The Duck tour.
The Duck tour.
Lunchtime...NY style pizza!
Steph…
Lunchtime...NY style pizza! Step…
Jillian and Matt.
Jillian and Matt.
Jillian, Matt, and Stephen.
Jillian, Matt, and Stephen.
Matt digging in!
Matt digging in!
Cant remember what caused these s…
Can't remember what caused these …
Mmmmmmmmmm...you can see what Im …
Mmmmmmmmmm...you can see what I'm…
J1 and J3 on the Duck tour.
J1 and J3 on the Duck tour.
Me and J3.
Me and J3.
On the Hudson River.
On the Hudson River.
The bueatiful NYC skyline.
The bueatiful NYC skyline.
I have come prepared!
I have come prepared!
J3 and J2
J3 and J2
J1, Nicole, and J3
J1, Nicole, and J3
Peggy and me.
Peggy and me.
Me and Gloria!
Me and Gloria!
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Ruthie, J3, and Francois!
Ruthie, J3, and Francois!
Peggy, me, Ruthie, and J1
Peggy, me, Ruthie, and J1
Ruthie and Jillian.
Ruthie and Jillian.
J3, me, and Gloria.
J3, me, and Gloria.
Some wine? This was all we had the…
Some wine? This was all we had th…
Shot time, AGAIN!
Shot time, AGAIN!
3JXPRESS
3JXPRESS
Stephan, Jillian, and me.
Stephan, Jillian, and me.
Stephen, Joy, and me
Stephen, Joy, and me
Hey there, Stephen!!!
Hey there, Stephen!!!
The famous cirlce shot.
The famous cirlce shot.
MARIO!!!
MARIO!!!
New York
photo by: herman_munster