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The first 22 days

Well the trip back from NC with my mother was interesting. I was kind of dreading it. 1200 miles in the car with your parent. Is that anyone's idea of a vacation? But ti was actually pretty cool. We listened to an audio book for awhile. (Flabergasted by Ray Blackston...I recommend it)but mostly we talked about my youth and first marriage and her life before she met my dad and before I was born. Kinda weird to hear your Mom talk about how she was dating 3 guys at once when she met you Dad and how the only reason she went on the first date with him was another boyfriend didn't call her back. Nothing like knowing your Dad was a backup plan and you might not have been born save for some idiot not calling his girlfriend back.

So Mom is at the farm for the next couple of weeks. Dad will be out Sunday to pick her up but he'll be staying a week. My little truck is in the shop in Rushville getting checked out to see if I cracked the block when I overheated it. And since I've already put a new engine in it 4 years ago, if this one is ruined I'll probably sell it for parts or scrap though it's got a really strong frame so I'd hate to do that. I might just buy the folk's 98 Plymouth Van that now resides at the farm as well.

The frostbite is mostly gone now. Layers of skin continue to peel off. So it's more annoying than anything and at least I can type well again...or at least as well as before.

I just got back from New York last week. In fact I flew back the day before the plane landed in the Hudson. I had to go there for training for work. Out downtown Manhattan offices are in the same complex as Madison Square Garden. I ate at famous restaurants, walked Times Square at night, took the subway, bought art from street vendors and generally paid way too much money for things that in any other city would have cost me half as much. I stayed at the Renaissance Hotel on Time's Square. First day we ate at the hotel restaurant called 2 Times Square for lunch. It was at one time Foley's Fish House where theater goers would congregate before and after the shows. According to my boss, it still offers the best view of Time's Square. That night we ate at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grille. I'm not a big fan of Bobby Flay as a person but I have to say, there are no flies on him as a chef or restauranteur. The service was impeccable and the food was some of the best I've ever eaten that I didn't cook myself. I had the Sixteen Spice Duck Breast with Carrot-Habanero Sauce and Chorizo-Goat Cheese Tamale with Thyme Butter. I'd tell you what the other two diners had but I was too busy savoring mine to really look at theirs. The bill with tip was close to $200 for 3 people.

Monday night, I walked around Times Square with my Camera, saw some celebrities and then went back to the hotel lounge to drink Chardonnay, eat cheesecake and chat with the bartender about American work ethics. Nothing like a little light conversation with your wine.

My favorite one!

Tuesday I was back in training again but took my 2 trainers out to eat at an Italian place just across the street from Madison Square Garden called the Lugo Caffe. We had Gnocchi Alla Romana with truffles, mushrooms and parmigiano for appetizers and I had the Salmon with roasted potatoes and mushrooms in a Chianti sauce for my entree. The two girls had wood fired pizzas. That bill came to $158 for 3 people. That night just my boss and I went out to a little Italian family place called La Masseria which was very, very good. The bill for 2 came to a little over $120. This is why I don't see how people can live in Manhattan unless they are wealthy which is I suppose the point of living in Manhattan. And I got the photo that everyone has to get of course.

Both the flight out and back were peaceful. The flight back to Chicago was a little delayed by snow and ice but at least not canceled. I'd taken a limo to the airport and it was nice not having to drive back through the snow to Joliet. That's expensive though so I may either take a cab or just drive myself to O'Hare next time.

Speaking of next time, I'm flying to San Francisco on the 4th of February and staying until the 8th. Most of it is for business. I'll hopefully get to meet ladykalessia as I have something for her. The first 3 days are for business but I will have lots of time I'm not engaged in meetings so I'll be walking around the waterfront and getting photos and checking out bars and cafes. On Friday night, a comely young lass named Pollen is coming to town to take me to dinner at Foreign Cinema Restaurant and the film we will be seeing will be The Fountain. Then on Saturday, she is taking me on a whirlwind tour of Napa and I'll be staying that night in Santa Rosa. I'm really looking forward to that trip! After that, I'm not sure what I'm doing. I know I've got about 4 photographers to meet with and see if I want to buy their work and I may go to Boise for that purpose at some point.

Though I don't mention it much, Deb and I are still living together. Some cracks have been appearing in the foundation of our relationship for several years now. Sometimes you can ignore the cracks and sometimes you can't. There are some I can no longer ignore at any rate. I've written of this to a select group of friends on here and won't go into the details for public consumption. Suffice to say I know I can't fix everyone's problems. So on this front anyway, I just help when asked. And she and I are just working on being friends again.

I've been spending some time on Facebook and discovering it's quirks. I was shy of it at first but have found it to be a comfortable place as long as you learn what walls to put up or take down. In short, you can make of it what you want to make of it. And it seems more mature and polished than MySpace where lots of kiddies like to hang out. It also give you an opportunity to people watch a little more than other places and I do have some observations. People, if you want to attract a mate, why would you put up a photo of you and some other dude? Or a photo of you and 5 of your best friends so no one can tell if you are the conservative one in the middle or the drunk hanging off the side of the bar stool.

And yes, I've picked up a couple of stalkers. But at least they chat with me late at night.




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Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
I've more or less ended up my relationship with Myspace after settling in with Facebook. I like that you get a lot of extra control over layout with Myspace, but that doesn't make up for the better privacy controls and the more organized way of keeping track of what your friends are up to.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
MySpace just gets tedious and it always stops sending me my updates so I never know when friends have sent me something until weeks later I go and and see I have messages. I've not checked it in several weeks now. I think just about everyone I wanted to keep in touch with from MySpace is on Facebook now anyhow.

Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Those M&M's are looking at me suggestively.

Elmo is stealing that woman's purse! I knew there was something sneaky about him.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
The M&M's were like Big Brother watching as you moved through the Streets. At the M&M's store, they had pink M&M's. Elmo was a huge thief that night. He grabbed some girl's butt too.

Jan. 24th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
That's where me and my DS friends usually end up strolling when we go to the fests. Not this year though, the fest is in NJ. So come on, didn't you like one bit of it? NY isn't THAT bad. I know NYC prices don't thrill me either, but it's cheaper up here. LOL.
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind it too much. Too many people though with conflicting energies. Not the happiest place in the world. My watch is stuck on NY time now. Must be some weird magnetism out there or something.

Jan. 24th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
You've been bitten by the Yankee bug and are slowly turning into one. Look on the bright side, your watch is finally set to the correct time!

(I have a Myspace too for my nieces and nephews to leave me messages. Have a facebook as well, but my computer is giving me trouble logging in and out of it).
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I <3 New York.
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I could stuff you in a carry on next time. I'll probably be going back a couple times a year.

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