Monday, August 18, 2008

new york, new york

it has taken me awhile to get some pictures / stories up about the trip jack and i just got back from, but here goes.....and remember, this is intended to be somewhat of a journal for my kids, so if you don't care about my stories, i don't care that you don't care....and if you don't care that i don't care that you don't care, then i don't care about you. tackle that one jerk.

jack and i planned a long weekend trip to ny to go to yankee stadium (the one that ruth built, not the one that steinbrenner built). this is the last year for the hallowed stadium, so i figured even if jack might not remember it, he still would be able to say that he saw a game in the original yankee stadium (plus, i had to test my luck and see if i could witness another historical moment). so along with the yankees game, i decided to take jack to the other "less important" touristy sites.

we arrived thursday evening to jfk, caught a cab, and took it to the upper east side where we were staying with a high school friend of nona (emily's mom) - loretta. loretta has a great apartment off 77th st and madison, only a block and half from central park. she was a perfect hostess, providing advice, books, snacks, a bed, and even breakfast for jack every morning. the location was perfect because we could walk every morning into central park or we could walk 2 block in the other direction and hop on the subway (which was almost more fun to jack than anything else we did).

we had big plans to go to the statue of liberty, the empire state building, yankees game, the brooklyn bridge, st. patrick's cathedral, times square, ground zero, fao schwartz, central park zoo, and the american museum of natural history. i am happy to say that we covered all of the major places we wanted to visit and then some. jack was a champ and walked all over the place with me. and he was very excited that he visited 4 of the 5 boroughs (jfk is in queens, yankee stadium is in the bronx, we stayed in manhattan, and we met up with charley at the brooklyn bridge and walked across right before a big downpour and we briefly walked around brooklyn looking for a place to eat because the famous pizza place had too long of a line to wait in the rain......we did not make it to staten island, which is kind of the ugly stepchild of the boroughs anyway. i think the pretentious upper east siders call it crappen island).

a couple highlights from the trip -

-chopsticks (dumb monkey stuffed animal) went everywhere with us so that we could snap pictures (usually for goose or finn) of him doing stuff across manhattan. he even served as a great football as we walked through central park

-jack loved the street performers - and he thought the one comment from the leader especially funny when he told a girl watching that she was "so black she is blue" - he reminded me about how funny that "really tan" guy was

-after sitting on the plane for over an hour on the runway on the way home and talking to the nice lady next to us about her grandchildren, jack fell asleep on my lap and let a nice loud, smelly "sleeping pooter" slip out....straight onto the lady. while i tried not to laugh, she quietly pretended it didn't happen, continued reading and politely gave herself a fake finger mustache to block out the stench

-the yankees gave up 5 runs in the first two innings before bouncing back to score 10 in the 7th and 8th and win 14-9.....keeping my undefeated streak alive in yankee stadium.

-jack could not stop staring at various people on the subway, especially those with indian spears through their ears along with 18 other facial piercings. john rocker was way off.....he was such a racist.

-i think jack could have played in central park all day every day. mostly just climbing rocks and playing baseball - especially after getting a joba chamberlain shirt which he told emily she wasn't allowed to wash because he wanted to wear it every day.....and he has come damn close.....luckily phoenix is perfect weather so he never gets it all sweaty.

-jack and i challenged a bum in union square to some chess. he told me it would cost $2, to which i told him i would gladly pay if he could beat me......he didn't.

-jack apparently has no fear of heights.....which is fortunate when you are visiting new york, but somewhat scary.

and now for some more pictures.


Sara said...

What a great trip! Can't wait to see where you take Lucy and Finn when they turn 5!!

The Winterings said...

Pete- love the stories and seemed like a trip that you will never forget!! NYC rocks!