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December 30, 2010 / Neurotypical Me.

I need a mint.

I need a mint, for those of you who have seen Ace Ventura, because I was very wrong about the snow situation. The snow goat continued to find the mounds and I continued to nearly slip over (three times) and step in large puddles (twice). The puddle stepping is because you have no choice, if you want to cross certain roads like Amsterdam or 42nd. For some reason they were harder hit by snow.

Snow Goat on West End Avenue.

We waited on 66th and West End Avenue until we accepted that the M57 bus was not going to turn up. So we decided to walk, much to the amusement of the other people at the bus stop, down to 42nd Street and then right to Pier 83. This was where the bulk of my slipping and sloshing occured – but we got there on time and got the cruise. We have the daggy ‘snap’ which comes with a fridge magnet to prove it. The sky was blue, the promise was 50F…so we sat on the deck. One hour in and I realised blue sky doth not make a warm breeze on the Hudson River. The Statue of Liberty was beautiful. The cruise captain claimed that the sculptor used the face of his mother and the body of his mistress to create the smaller-than-I thought-she’d-be Statue of Liberty. She does have a strong lonely presence out there.

Statue of Liberty

The temperature remained around 38F and we went inside the cabin. It was great going under the stunning BMW bridges: Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg. We heard all about the various areas and so on and so forth…then the captain showed us the new WTC tower going up and we were suddenly interested in visiting Ground Zero. We had discussed it and we thought it would be too sad and gruesome to visit but with the hope of the new tower and the plans on display for the area – we decided to go there. First, I found the Europa Bar in Times Square for lunch and guess what? Still had weird ‘cakey’ bread but had real coffee….at last.

We got the train Downtown to Park Place in the financial district and walked all the way around the block. There are two huge waterfalls being built in the footprints of the original Twin Towers to signify the loss of life on the two original sites. They are square and sunken like old Roman baths. One can’t help but focus on the foundations of the new tower. It is super reinforced with forked corners and a kind of swollen belly look – like it is solid and grounded. It will be 1776 feet high deliberately:ย  1776 is the Year of the Declaration of Independence. I had very mixed feelings about the whole thing because the 9/11 memorial site still has the horrific images we all know and remember, but the new tower being built is being watched by so many people – just standing and watching it, infusing it with hope.

Tower 1 1776 feet high.

It is such a big scar on the landscape that it kind of joins in again as it rises. At the moment it literally rises out of the snow so it looks pretty amazing.

We walked around the financial district and admired all the buildings. New York really is huge. It has a kind of 1950’s feel about it.

We also found out from our witty know-it-all cruise captain that even though Times Square on NYE is a ‘must do’ and ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, it won’t be in my lifetime. One has to arrive and be inside the barriers ofย  Times Square, between 49th and 42nd Streets, before 4.30pm. Then you get to wait with about 2 million people (the population of Melbourne) for almost 8 hours to watch the big sparkly ball drop at 12am. Gosh, gee…it’s a toughie…but we may find something else to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Marcel wants to do nothing but sit around ......

On the bus going home we read the signs: NO smoking, spitting, littering or radio playing. Lucky Marz found something else to do.



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  1. Ronni / Dec 30 2010 10:09 pm

    Very funny Marz ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tania / Dec 31 2010 9:10 am

    So now we want to know about you. Tell us about your NY experience – don’t skimp on your shopping, eating and drinking adventures. We’re all envious that you get to go to all those fab sales and want to know what you’ve bought. Truly, we don’t care about your kids being able to jump puddles and the $32 Levis they got (does anyone wear Levis anymore?) Isn’t Tsubi all the go? I’m sure that by now there’s another hip brand. We want to know what it is. Tell us pleeeeeaaze!! No more art museums and McDonald experiences. Give us the goods. Talk to your sistas. We’re waiting.

  3. Rosalie & Bryce / Dec 31 2010 10:14 pm

    Happy New Year! (Wish we hadn’t stayed up. Ugh, SOOO tired this morning). Take that as sage advice advice as your New Year is yet to arrive. ๐Ÿ™‚
    41 degrees here in Melbourne yesterday (Celsius that is – not the old, irrational system they use over there). Oh, and 24 degrees today – yes, it is Melbourne we are writing about!

    P.S. Alan Marshall replies:
    Keep up the puddle jumping – good Levi activity. They fit SO well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. traveldogue / Dec 31 2010 10:15 pm

    You know, while reading about your slippery conditions now that the snow has compacted and frozen, I thought about a must-have fashion accessory that you would never use again: galoshes with football studs. That’s the way I used to get around DC after snow and ice. I feared for my spine every time I watched my feet pass my face while in an upright position, so I bought galoshes with built-in studs. It is to feet what 4WD is to wheels. I had magnificent handling and cornering ability with my studs engaged, though I must admit, they did look a little out of place with a Zegna suit.

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