Monday, June 06, 2005

I'm back from New York! Don't know whether to be happy about that, or sad. New York was great. I went there for Book Expo America. I had actually debated going because it was in New York. See, I'm a small town girl. Kinda shy. Don't like large crowds and stuff. But I had a good time. Oh, yeah, and the conference was cool too. LOL

Okay, so the first thing I notice about NYC is that we're driving from LaGuardia Airport about 4PM on a Wednesday afternoon and we're going through Central Park and there are just people everywhere. In the middle of the week! It looked like the 4th of July weekend in Forest Park (St. Louis), minus the barbecue. I'm mean people were laid out on the lawn, sleeping, reading books, lolligagging... Others were skating, jogging, walking, getting ice cream from the a parked truck, meditating, etc. I'm thinking, it's Wednesday. I'd hate to see what the weekend in the park looked like!

Then, we drive to my hotel in Times Square and as you know about NYC, it was crawling with people. But instead of feeling edgy and at dis ease like I do the week of Christmas in a shopping mall, I was rather excited. I could have gotten whip lash from turning my neck here and there because there was so much going on. So many people. So many distractions. I immediately took my bags to the room and hit the streets. Just like in the movies, the crowds were so dense that people all but walked on top of cars that were trying to turn the corner. There were street vendors, street performers (ligitimate and the illegal ones who were keeping an eye out for the police and quickly shut down and closed up shop when they passed by). I mean, it was great. Sure, I was bumping into people and at times it seemed like I was not walking, but being carried down the street by the crowd, but instead of being irritated, it seemed like part of the NY experience. So, I went with the flow. Went to some nice restaurants and even took in a jazz set at Birdland. It was awesome! I had a great time.

You know, I never took pictures. Maybe I should start taking pictures of these experiences. I just like the memories. But maybe later in life, the pictures can bring out more memories than I would be able to remember on my own.

Oh, yeah, the Book Expo America. I did attend. LOL I gotta go but I'll talk about that next time. :-)


princessdominique Mon Jun 06, 12:43:00 PM EDT  

That's New York for you. People everywhere. I wrote an article that touches on that a bit for Glad to have you back though.

Cherlyn Michaels Mon Jun 06, 02:40:00 PM EDT  

Hey princessdominique,
Is this article still available? If so, what is the title? I just went to the site and you have some very interesting articles there. I'm going to have to read through some of them on the next break!

Shelia Mon Jun 06, 10:44:00 PM EDT  

NYC, the city that never sleeps. I love NEW YORK, just don't want to live there.

CydneyR Sun Jun 12, 05:18:00 AM EDT  

Hey, how'd you like that hotel elevator?? Wasn't it insane? I love the hotel though, and would stay there again, now that the elevator thing is understood. NYC was great; the food was phenomenal, Times Square was insane. And no, I would not want to live there. :-)

Cherlyn Michaels Sun Jun 12, 08:59:00 AM EDT  

That's what I said Shelia. I loved being there, but then I loved going back home to my quiet, country little city. LOL

Cydney, yes! I loved the hotel, it's location, the service, everything. Everything except the elevators. If you were going out, you needed to figure in an additional 15 mintues to get an evelvator. Some engineer back in the day thought they came up with an efficient system that was going to revolutionize and rock the elevator world! LOL Just the exact opposite. I would press in my floor and have a book handy to read while I waited.