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New York - Day Three - Making Book on the Horses PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 December 2014 00:00

fter Sting, it’s hard to top it but we had a really good day. It was misty and rather cold, but still doable.

The morning broke drizzly and cold, with JB, me, my mom and sister boarding a carriage on the border of Central Park. Through the efforts of Flash the Horse, we circled around the interior of this vast yet beautiful greenspace (yeah, Orlando, thanks for developing the old navy base into Baldwin Park (i.e. Nob Hill for the rich, rather than greenspace for everyone). Not many people were out, so we huddled under our carrage blanket, looking out at the wet, wild woods with its backdrop of soaring buildings, relaxing to the clip-clop of hooves on park road.

After that, lunch (and the best Rubin in the world) at Broadway Diner. Yes, it was expensive, but pre-warned that the portions were huge, we shared meals and just really enjoyed it. And it was warm inside – real huddle around the kugel weather.

After that, my sister and mom dropped off for their play and JB and I continued downtown to Union Square. There, we quickly located The Strand Bookstore, which I’m going to have to call the Mecca for readers. Wow. Shelve after shelf. Floor after floor. I think I picked up about eight books (watch for coming reviews). It’s actually the first bookstore that has defeated me – I just couldn’t bring myself to lug my swag bag down endless aisle any longer.

And Forbidden Planet is right next door. So, of course, another book on the way out of that place, a graphic novel. Maybe I’ll review that too.

Union Square was also hosting a local artiste fair with all sorts of stalls. So JB poured over that while I sat on a wet bench, hugging my books to keep them dry, watching cold dogs sit in the dog run and dream of warm doggie beds.

Okay, so tomorrow, a short day and then home for Christmas. Ready to return to the Shire.

>>>NEXT DAY<<<

>>>PRIOR DAY<<<

>>>YES, I CHECKED – NONE OF MY BOOKS MADE THE STACKS AT STRANDS. BUT YOU CAN GET THEM HERE, AND CHECKOUT IS EASIER. HAVE A LOOK!<<<

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2014 10:06
 
New York - Day Two - The Big Cold Lady PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 December 2014 19:24

ong day today – took the subway first thing out to Battery Park where we caught the ferry to the base of the Statue of Liberty. Interesting that the last time I was out here, when I was seven, it was cold and bleak, too. Anyway, got to check out the monument’s museum and all the cool things there. Also got to go all the way up to the top of the pedestal (all 176 steps, which is nothing compared to my 14th floor office at work – like after a fire drill when the lobby is packed with everyone in line to elevator up and I take the stairs). But we hung around there for a bit, then tried to catch up with my Sister and Mom, thus bypassing Elis Island (hey, my ancestors came over in the 1600s and had nothing to do with it). Caught up with them and took the subway back to downtown, where we went to Macy’s.

What was Macy’s like a day or two before Christmas? My sister compared it to Cacophony (the Seventh Level of Hell). I mean it was packed, people all swarming every which way. And I was carrying my mom’s backpack, so more bulk for me. We finally got downstairs to the café for some sort of meal – only to share tables with the homeless (one of whom asked for my sister’s uneaten portion when she was done – a benevolent gesture right before Christmas and all, but do you really want that sort of thing?). Finally we got back out into the street and managed to snare the only cab in New York that didn’t have a fare. Dumb luck, really, since he stopped to drop someone right next to us.

That night, JB and I went out with my brother and his family to eat at a very good Afghan restaurant, kebabs and such. And then it was over to the theater for a play, this time The Last Ship with, of all people, Sting in a leading role. I geeked out for this – bought a signed show CD and all that. And there he was, on stage about one hundred feet away, right there. Wow.

Of course, my young niece didn't know who the F Sting was. I don't know what to say about that. I mean really...

The weather’s closing in. Looks like rain tomorrow. Going to check out the Strand Bookstore!

 

>>>PRIOR DAY<<<

>>>NEXT DAY<<<

>>>MAYBE I STILL HAVE TIME TO WRITE A PLAY, THEN STAR IN IT TO MAYBE BOOST THE BOX OFFICE? YOU THINK? ONLY TIME WILL TELL. WELL, HELP ME IN MY EFFORT. BUY A BOOK FROM ME ON THIS LINK AND PUT ME ON MY ROAD TO FAME!<<<

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 09:19
 
New York - Day One - Hitting the City PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 December 2014 14:34

ur latest travels – my mom decided to sponsor the entire family for a trip to New York City, up to Christmas Eve. And that’s good – I haven’t been there since I was seven. And it would be a good test of JB’s resilience – given her injury and the complications that came from it.

Okay, so you gotta understand – this was one packed day. Up at 3am, on the road for the airport by 4am, in the air by 6am, and in New York shortly after 8am. Interesting to see this city (this ‘living reef’ as HG Wells called London) on the drive in. Traffic in the city was one step short from death-defying – glad me and Eleanor (my mini) weren’t out in these streets.

We started the day on a kinda confused note – the apartment we are renting didn’t come open until 3pm but we were in the city by 9am. Dropped our luggage at a luggage storage facility (there seems to be a thriving industry for this that I never expected). After that, we walked to Broadway.

Interesting place, this city. We walked around Times Square for a bit, then found a breakfast joint; tall ceilings, mirrored walls, vast windows, really nice. Had a good omelet. When we got out on the street, I realized that not pulling the scarf out of my luggage was a dumb mistake – it was cold and getting colder. Eventually JB and I stopped on a small outdoor market and bought some overpriced scarves – I don’t think we would have made it through the day without them.

Traipsed around Rockefeller Square, saw the tree and the ice skaters. The crowds. It was like Judgement Day on the streets, just pushing through the masses. But nobody was rude (not as I’d been led to believe) – everyone got around everyone else with a minimum of fuss. It was like watching one of those salmon farms with all the fish wiggling around each other. One or two people who bumped me apologized. And yes, I immediately felt for my wallet.

Eventually we got to see the Rockettes’ Christmas show. It wasn’t high on my list but after it started, I was nothing short of amazed. It was just brilliant all the way through. Massive Santa line dances. A train and a bus onstage. And a reenactment of the Nativity, including three camels and a half-dozen well-behaved sheep. They even had a bit where airship drones flew about. Just stunning. It was like Cirques Du Soliel on steroids.

Finally, when this was all over, we got to get into the rooms. Once that was done, a little down-time (very little) before hitting the streets again, this time with Mom, Pat, JB and I going to a play (“Constellations” – just opened). The walk over was brisk – Sunday night at 6:30pm and Orlando’s gone to sleep but the big apple keeps churning. Millions of taxies, bike delivery guys, and the occasional FUV (why would you drive one of them in this city?). Also saw a hint of snow in the air – been years since I’d seen that.

The play was great (with my nice slacks, while shirt and tie, I was overdressed – I live in the wrong era). On the way home, we stopped in a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint (still going strong with walk-in business at 9pm). Good food, then home to relax, to blog, to pull out a novel and take it easy.

What a city.

>>>NEXT DAY<<<

>>>AFTER MASON CAME TO ANCIENT TYRE, THAT CITY STARTED TO BECOME ITS OWN BIG APPLE. SEE WHAT I MEAN IN “EARLY RETYREMENT”, FOR SALE HERE!!!<<<

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 09:03
 
Is this thing on? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:01

I don't remember when the last time I checked this was - my CONTACT ME option in the left menu column. And I don't know why I went and tried it now. But today, out of whimsy, I posted myself an email while at work, from my site.

It didn't work.

I clicked it a dozen times. Nothing. Oh, I'd get a form, all with who you were, a numeric anti-bot check, all that stuff. But no message went through.

Then I went online and looked up my version of Joomla and guess what - a lot of people were having this problem. I messed around with it for about an hour, kinda got it to work, but I wasn't happy with it. Also, that messy form of theirs was too busy. Finally I figured out how to turn the troublesome form off and just have a simple button that used the user's existing email box to post me. That's nice and simple and works like a charm.

Which makes me wonder - did any agents try to post me with interest on my available books and not get through? Ah, the things that keep a writer awake at night...

>>>I DON'T CARE IF YOU WRITE ME OR NOT, JUST BUY A BOOK, OKAY? THIS LINK WORKS!<<<

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:21
 
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