New York State of Mind…

Upon dropping Hunter and Company off, Tashi and I journeyed into New York’s Chinatown in search of the perfect Bobo tea drink. There were about six different tea shops within a block of each other, we chose Kung Fu Teas. As I was drinking my drink, I glanced at the cup and what did it say? “Made fresh with real Kung Fu.” I hope there was no panda in it…

 As you know, I can’t stand Donald Trump and here we are in his city. The ultimate narcissist has his name on everything, Trump this and Trump that, and all I wanted was a legal Trump Parking Space… Why isn’t there Trump Parking when you need it? Who said there’s no traffic in New York City on Sunday’s? The Holland Tunnel was a parking lot, I guess I found my parking lot, I just didn’t know it…

Talk about being in a Terrerium, the humidity and heat is oppressive but we’re having a great time. We did find the apartment building front used for Mr. Robot, the one where Elliot lives at. Evidentially the owners are having their iron work handrails replaced, they’re probably using the money they got from the show to do the work… This too will pass

The Best Western Robert Treat Hotel…

I’m hardly a hotel reviewer but here it goes. It isn’t the 1960’s gray tiled bathroom or the lobby carpet which looked as if it was salvaged from an old Las Vegas casino prior to its demolition, it was the weird feeling that we had entered a weird time warp.

 The bathroom fixtures must have looked revolutionary back in the 1960’s, not so much today. Another thing about the bathroom, they probably got a great deal when they purchased the industrial toilet from the soon to be demolished bus terminal.

The room furnishings were bought at someone’s yard sale out on Long Island and we just noticed the lamps look as if they had been thrown around the room a few times. Ok, so it’s a tired old place… Is it the worse? No… 

I had unknowingly prepaid for the room and only found out that fact out when I looked at my credit card statement. They knew a one night stay would be all they would have gotten from us so they said I got the prepaid rate… Well as long as there are no bed bugs, we’ll be just fine. This too will pass

Ahhh Newark New Jersey…

Nothing has changed since I last was here nor the time before that nor the time before that. The same potholes and trash items are right where I left them. The paper bag of garden debris discarded on the side of road is still there. The bag has nearly decomposed but the form is still intact. The pothole that could have swallowed a small car, well the road repair team awhile back shoveled massive sized stone gravel into the bottomless hole unfortunately that didn’t solve the problem, now the pothole is surrounded by windshield damaging debris.

As we headed back to the hotel last night, I noticed a two by three neon sign that read, “Welcome to Newark.” The problem with that sign was, it’s thirty feet from the roadway and unless it caught your eye, it was totally worthless sitting there. You know as well as I do, some crooked politician had a friend who had a friend who owned a sign company, well you put two and two together…

Finally we pulled into the tired Robert Treat Best Western Hotel, in the heart of Newark. Tashi said, “Are you sure you want to stay here?” I replied, “It will be okay, just stay in the car and keep the door locked.” While the front desk staff were busy checking in others, I noticed next to the elevator a sign reading, “Guests will be required to show guard their room card key!” Next to the sign was the said guard sound asleep with his feet up on the desk. No one was waking that sentry up in the near future.  This too will pass

I’m in Love…

Hunter is walking all over the place! We’ve decided to stay till next Sunday night. I can’t stand not being around my little boy. Foolishly, I used all my vacation time for the year and now I’ll need to somehow get back here thru hook or crook! This too will pass

Cool Huh…? 

I happened to look out the window just as the plane’s image reflected on the clouds… We retrieved our bags rather quickly our bags, rented the car and by 9am Hunter was in my arms! He recognized me and smiled brightly… This too will pass

Delta Bought Western Airlines…

Does anyone remember Wally Bird, that yellow bird that would hitch a ride on the tail wing and say, “It’s the only way to fly!” Okay I’m dating myself but when I was a kid, I loved that bird.

I guess in the 1970’s pizza was a big thing. Western was bought by Delta Airlines and soon thereafter, Wally Bird ceased to be. I find it interesting that the voice of Wally Bird was not that of veteran actor Jim Backus but Mr. Backus did indeed utter those famous words in the movie It’s a Mad Mad Mad World… Woohoo, we’re boarding…. This too will pass

Finally…. Aaaaah

We decided taking BART would be a hassle on the way back. SFO here we come! I think twenty-five dollars a day for long term parking is a bit too much but we’re committed. I figure it would be a lot less expensive than an emergency room bill if we got mugged walking from the BART station in Oakland to my work garage to pick up my car… It all will work out, it always does. This too will pass