For those (two or so people out there) hanging in suspense, wondering if I made it safely home from my NYC visit with Elizabeth, I am reporting in.
I had a super-duper amazingly great time. And I did not end up in the garbage disposal.
Less than three minutes after arriving at Elizabeth’s apartment, my shoes were off and we were chatting as though we’d done it a thousand times before. For the entire weekend, we laughed and played Scrabble and drank incredible wine and shopped for fabrics and ate over-the-top yummy Chinese and Mexican food and drank margaritas. Mostly, we talked and talked and talked.
I made a new friend this weekend… there’s simply nothing better than that.
This was also my first time in New York City, except for those brief, half-day forays in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Small-town New Hampshire Girl, welcome to Gotham! Soon as I stepped out from the train station, I wanted to dance my Marlo-Thomas-Mary-Tyler-Moore-Holy-Shit-I-Am-In-A-Big-City-On-My-Own spin – but refrained from doing so for fear of being publicly mocked (besides, I had no hat with which to remove and toss in the air). It was exciting!!
And I learned lots while popping my cherry on the Big Apple:
- It takes forever to get a cab in front of Madison Square Garden. Pee before you get in line.
- Subway seats can be very sticky.
- It takes nearly a thousand hours to travel from Battery Park to 78th Street. Bring provisions.
- Stave 28 wine is magnificent.
- Not all New Yorkers are assholes (or axe murderers). Everywhere we went, I met wonderful, kind, funny people.
- Amtrack is not the way to travel if you need to be somewhere on time.
- The garment district is Mecca to those of us smitten with fabric.
- Garbage disposals are not permitted in NYC. Probably because it cuts down on missing persons…
The best thing I learned is that someone needs to invent a word to describe the feeling (that click!) we get when we find ourselves instantaneously comfortable with someone we’ve never before met. It’s bliss!
I am not only going back to NYC for another Elizabeth fix, I am also venturing out next year to consummate other Facebook friendships with those I feel equally compelled to meet.
It’s gonna be a great year!
By the way, Elizabeth writes a fun blog about her adventures in sewing… go peek!
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