Thursday, November 3, 2011

Strategic Planning and Other Mishaps

Strategic Planning - Coordinating a business trip to NJ to coincide with my Aunt's visit to NYC for a girls' weekend.

Mishap - Locking the keys in my rental car just before I head into the city to meet my Aunt and her friend.

Yes it did happen ... it was raining and took over an hour and a half to get someone to unlock my rental car.  Then I had to drive to the airport, catch a train to Penn Station and then walk/run a mile to the apartment (in the rain).  The worst part was we had tickets to Wicked that night and I was afraid I would miss it.  Luckily we were only a few minutes late to the show.  At the time it wasn't funny ... but looking back now it is pretty comical and makes for a good story. 

After an eventful Thursday night, I woke up to this view Friday morning (btw - not sure what is up with my camera but all of my pictures are hazy ...)

The Hudson River

After some NY bagels we ventured to the Upper West Side and walked and walked and walked ....

Love the fall colors in Central Park

Then we hopped on the subway and headed down to lower Manhattan and Wall Street.  I had to bite my tongue when we passed the protesters but I did say to my Aunt "I hope they freeze their a**'s off!".  We had tickets to the 9/11 Memorial.  Before we went to it we headed into Trinity Church.  It was very emotional to see all of the items on display.

After that, we got in line and headed into the 9/11 Memorial.  Very beautiful and tastefully done.  A lot of people were taking their pictures at the sight.  I sort of felt like it was sacrilege to take a photo of myself in front of the memorial.

No words ....

As we were leaving they were raising the flag outside the memorial.  Even though they said the tickets were sold out for months, I was able to get some online two days before we went.  I highly encourage everyone to go see this.  Very moving.

The next day we were part of a Once in a Lifetime Event (according to the NY news).  October snowstorm in the northeast .... I guess that's what happens when a someone from central Florida, South Beach and the Desert spend a weekend in NYC!  We bring the crazy weather.

The view from our apartment on Saturday afternoon

Making the most of the weather-chilling our beer on the balcony

Luckily the weather cleared on Sunday ... one last photo before we headed home ...  
Thanks Aunt Susan and Fran ... I had a great time!!


Dee Stephens said...

How fun! This is out of sorts from her normal posts and I love it! I've been in that church before and it is moving.
I don't blame you on the picture at the memorial.. yet, i've had my picture taken in front of Vietnam in DC with a frown. Weird..
Did you like Wicked?? Brad and I were not fans at all.
As for the protesters.. I need to post Brad's rant on FB about it the other day. He got 20 comments!! LOL!!

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Would love to see Brad's comment! I wasn't sure if I would like Wicked, but thought it was very very good.

AZCottrell said...

Loved hearing about your trip. Sounds great! It had all the best relatives, walking endlessly in NYC (one of my favs), theater, moving memorial, and chilled beer on balcony. Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

I'm still so sad that we didn't get to see the Memorial. It was completely sold out when we were there, but then again - that was right around Sept. 11th. I'll have to do it on my next trip.

So glad y'all had fun!! Did you like Wicked? I've heard it's awesome. Still can't believe it snowed in Oct. Craazy.

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