Other NYC photos

These didn’t make it to Flickr due to the randomness. On the morning of Saturday, June 5, before meeting couseen Mary for the Mets game, I took the Staten Island Ferry so I could get into Manhattan and meander about Times Square to see what’s changed.

The iconic ferry photo as the other boat passed us…

When I got to the old ‘hood, I called Shawn at home in NH and asked him to Google the URL for the Times Square webcam. We cell phone-chatted while he could see me via the live stream on his computer.

Shawn’s screenshot of me waving at him/the webcam…

My photo of the webcam while I talked to Shawn… it’s mounted on the wall up there…

A close-up…

And another one…

By the way, Times Square is looking great, especially since they added the pedestrian malls which make life a lot easier…

A trip back to the old ‘hood isn’t complete without a visit to my and Gary’s theatre alley…

This is the Broadway alley that we snuck through one morning in ’89 after we got off our midnight proofreading shift…

Through the green doors on the left is another alley that connects to three Broadway stage doors. That smaller alley has a series of fire escapes, each with a view straight up to the sky. In ’89, the green doors were open and we climbed one of the fire escapes, and since nobody was around at 7:30 that morning, we whiled-away a few hours up there, daydreaming of Broadway theatres and vaudeville history…

I almost pushed the button so I could get back in there again, but without Gary it wouldn’t be the same…

Since NYC, I’m backed-up on uploading Flickr photos—but coming soon will be pix of our June fun… the Seacoast Irish Festival in Dover, NH… the oceans of roses at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, NH… Kevin’s 17th birthday… the sand sculpting competition at Hampton Beach, NH… and Woodstock, VT (not NY), including the Billings Farm and Museum.

Donald & Elena’s wedding

On Friday, June 4, I drove Mom to NYC so she could get to Donald & Elena’s wedding in Brooklyn that weekend. The reception was at El Caribe in Marine Park, an enormous banquet hall for an enormous wedding.

The ceremony was followed by the cocktail hour which had more food in one room than I’ve seen in a lifetime, which was followed by the main reception in the gigunda banquet hall that included a five-course meal, followed by the most insane Venetian Hour I’ve ever seen (complete with choreography and fire).

I hadn’t been to a Brooklyn wedding since I was last a bridesmaid in two Brooklyn weddings, and those are quite a few years ago. At least this time there were no bellydancers who almost set the decorations on fire with a candelabra headpiece.

Click for photos from June 6, 2010

Mets. vs. Marlins

On Friday, June 4, I drove Mom to NYC to accompany her to a wedding that weekend. Luckily for me, the Mets were on a homestand, so couseen Mary and I treated ourselves to VIP seats for the game on Saturday, June 5.

I only get to one game per year, and for this one we decided to go hog-wild because we could. They were once-in-a-lifetime tickets thanks to their price, but we were finally able to experience the VIP seating behind home plate, with access to the private club located behind the press box.

Get too hot watching the game? Escape to the private club for some air conditioning. The cushioned VIP game seats are still not comfy enough? Escape to the private club for a more cushy, more comfy couch. Tired of squinting in the sun? Escape to the private club and watch the game on a high-def flatscreen TV. That was livin’. And we’ll never experience a Mets game quite the same way again.

The professional photographers managed to seek us out again, twice. Happens every time lately. We’re in the sixth row in this gallery, and we’re in the ninth row in this gallery.

The Mets defeated the Marlins, 6-1, with D-Wright hitting a two-run homer, and Ike Ike Baby going 4-4 on the day.

When you release two goofball Mets fans in Queens for the day, this is what you get.

Results

Thanks to everyone for voting—that was fun. The winner is both photos, with 46.2% of the votes. Next up was ball girl with 38.5% of the votes, which surprised me—I thought for sure that second birthday would beat ball girl, considering second birthday was more involved and required more people, set-up, and coordination—but second birthday only garnered 15.4% of the votes. And thankfully none of you asked me to start over with a new photo—it took me long enough to get around to staging these photos—having to do another round would have taken awhile.

Below is a rejected photo due to the complicated pose. The Orioles cap belonged to Bill—he was visiting that night and apparently in the late 60’s he rooted for Baltimore.

Young Me/Now Me

Hi family members near and far, and dear friends near and far,

A few weeks ago I finally got around to staging the photos for Young Me/Now Me and tonight I’ve finally gotten around to submitting them. Except now I can’t decide which one to submit, so I’m leaving it up to you all. A voting poll is below the photos, so click away. Thanks, and can’t wait to see what you all choose.