Due to lack of internet in some places and lack of energy on my part in most others, I haven’t been online long enough to update anybody on my adventures in NYC except for the occasional Facebook status update. I’ve been keeping track of the important events in a sketchbook, using stupid little sketches and phrases to mark the events as I go along. When I return home, I’ll scan these pages. Unfortunately following my trip to California, my camera lacks a battery charger, so no photos from me this time around. But you know me, I love lists. So here, have a list!
NYC Days 1-5 (in no real order):
-NYC is hot, averaging 90’F with 90% humidity each day
-Minor league baseball is somewhat dull, they have to do a lot to make people excited about it
-I ate peanuts at the park, complete with leaving the shells under the seat in front of me
-I bought a knock-0ff Tokidoki bag from a random street vendor in SOHO
–“There are so many hot Asian guys here; it’s like the closest I can get without walking down the streets of Shibuya!”
– Is 16 blocks a mile? Oh, how many miles I’ve walked.
-I’ve only had Dr. Pepper once since we arrived here. This here is a Pepsi-Cola town.
-Cash-Only, cash-only, cash-only…or minimum $15 credit card charge
-Taxis don’t care if you’re jumping up and down, unless you’re IN the street you won’t be seen
– “I can’t tell if some of the people here are crazy or just really friendly”
-There’s a Chinese take-out place called “U LIKE”, underneath the Chinese characters read “take out” and nothing else.
-I got to eat chocolate (and buy buttons) from the Chocolate Bar. They are located in NYC, Dubai and Qatar- no where else on earth. The chocolate was interesting, but nothing special. The button says “Wear More Chocolate”.
– #26 in the ball game did nothing but practice pitching for every at-bat. He’s my hero.
-I had the best french toast ever, with real Vermont syrup. I tried to sketch it and it looked like a bleeding sponge. The bread was light, fluffy and porous.
-The “Think Coffee” coffee shop cups said “made from plants, not plastic”
–“If it’s made from plants and not plastic, why isn’t it green?”
– UNIQLO is a Japanese fashion store with only one store in the US. It’s really cool.
-I’m pretty sure UNICLO [yoo-nee-clo-wuh] is supposed to be “unique clothing”
-Apparently in Japanese sizes I don’t have a 29″ waist? Why can’t things fit as easily as just “S”?
-I don’t think half the fire escapes on these apartments could support an actual human being
-I had Fish n’ chips that was made with something other than Cod.
-Cafe Bari has the best sweet peanut sauce I have ever tasted. Chicken Satay win.
– “NYC seems to be the only place it’s OK to be foreign and not have to act like you fit in. Ironic, since it’s the most iconic “all-American” city in America.”
-Average stuff here costs more than Indiana, but about the same as California.
-SUV Taxis may be terrible for the environment, but they sure are wonderful for my sore feet.
-The Metro may be great for the environment, but it sure is a terrible experience to go through.
-They recycle here, Yay!
-After all that walking, I got a blister on my finger. The index finger of my left (non-dominant) hand. I will never figure out how or why. It’s just there, being annoying.
-Did I mention it’s hot? Too hot to stay inside the apartment we’re staying in. Yay for stores, cafes and other places with A/C.