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Live From New York, it's JenniferS' birthday ...

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JenniferS, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. JenniferS

    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Premium Member

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    and Hubby's too. But mostly mine.

    As many of you know, Mike and I are headed to NYC to celebrate our birthdays. Me on the 15th. Mike on the 18th.

    There's not a lot of background to this story, other than I don't want to be in town celebrating this milestone birthday. Not that one actually celebrates 50! Mike is only turning 49, so he has a whole year to decide what he wants to do for his 50th.

    We had discussed it for a while, but finally booked our hotel and flights on July 5th. We have no firm schedule. Mike would be happy just to ride the hop on/hop off buses all week. I would be happy just to hit museum after museum all week. What ends up happening will be somewhere in the middle.

    Our flight leaves in less than 12 hours and I haven't even started packing yet. We are flying JetBlue from Buffalo into JFK, and will be staying here:

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    The Marriott on Lexington (@48th). We stayed here six years ago when it was still a Radisson. The price is reasonable (ish) and the location is ridiculously convenient.

    More to follow ... but not until I get those suitcases packed.
     
  2. JenniferS

    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Suitcases are packed. I'm having a quick cup of tea and headed to bed for a few hours. Catch you all in the a.m.

    I'm willing to bet @MinnieM123 will be up before me anyway. She's weird that way. Plus the snow thing. :hilarious:
     
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    I'm in!
     
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    Oh have fun!!! NYC is full of fun stuff to do. I wish I had had more time there. I'll look forward to seeing your adventures!
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Alrighty then, I'm up. Good morning everybody.

    The Keurig is on, and I am calculating ... if I drink one cup of coffee now, and another in the car, will I make it all the way to airport without having to stop? On the other hand, if I don't have two cups of coffee in me, will I even make it to the airport?
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Passports? Check.
    Boarding Passes? Check.
    Phone? Check. (Obvi.)
    Headphones for plane? Check.
    Coffee? Check.
    Full tank of gas? Working on it.

    And we're off ....
     
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    This is exciting! I wish there was some snow in the forecast for you, but I think that you and Mike will still have fun in NY anyway! :joyfull:
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    As you know, I am more likely to see a sunrise "going" than "coming", but here you go, the sun (sort of) bursting through clouds and very light drizzle.

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    Another ten minutes or so, and I should be able to switch from clear specs to sunglasses.
     
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    Crossing at Fort Erie today, rather than the more scenic Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. I need to stop in at the Duty Free.

    Not even to buy anything. Moreso to use the facilities, because as it turns out ... no I can't make it all the way to the airport. :joyfull:
     
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    :) Happy B-Day to JenniferS and her hubby. As a Jersey Guy I'm just a bit to the south. NYC is expected to have beautiful weather today.
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    And ... we're in.

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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Thank you.
     
  14. JenniferS

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    Parking shuttle selfie:
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    Is it really a food "court", if the only thing open is a Tim Horton's?

    Oh look, more coffee. I almost never drink three coffees in a day, and certainly not before 9:00 am.
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    Happy Birthday to you both! I know you two will have some fun adventures!
     
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    Yay! Our plane is here.

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    The weird thing is I swear I smelled coffee when I read your post about coffee... nobody in my house drinks coffee.
     
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    Going Up:
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    Coming Down:
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    In the Cab. Unless you call it a taxi, in which case, we're in the taxi.
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    No "city" pictures yet.
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Well the cab ride was great, great fun.

    Terrifying, but I didn't doubt our driver's competence for a second, (although he did take us to the wrong Marriott, and we had to walk 100m to the right one.) The first time a car blared its horn at us, I jumped out of my skin. Second and third time, not so much.

    In the room now, on the 15th floor, and all we can hear is honking, beeping, and a few really aggressive blares. Too funny.

    The East River.
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    Tiny, tiny, "boutique" room.
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    I see they kept all the marble in the bathroom after the renovations. That's nice. While not the height of fashion, there would be no reason to discard all this beautiful stone.
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    Our "view" looking down. Mike says this is 47th behind us. I am all turned about, so I will just agree.
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    Looking up:
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    Last time we were here, we faced right onto Lexington and it was much, much noisier. The room was marginally larger, but we don't plan on being here a lot. (Same thing we all say about Disney Resort rooms.)
     
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    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Original Poster Premium Member

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    Where am I?
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