My sisters and I took a quick trip to New York on our sister's vacation. I have never been to New York before so I was very interested to see what it is really like. I found it to be very complex and dichotomous. For instance, the women there are slim and trim and stylish and I'm not. So I felt like a butterball rube, but at the same time EVERYTHING is so BIG in New York that I felt insignificant and teeny. So, a teeny butterball rube. Not the best feeling, but whatev.
Another thing I noticed was about the cleanliness. As we were walking the streets of Manhattan we saw people obsessively sweeping, hosing down, and even vacuuming the sidewalk, but take another few steps and you can get caught in a cigarette-butt tornado. Which was super gross. Beth got caught in the middle of one and she was trying to run out of it and was waving her arms and spitting. She said she had grit in her mouth after that for a long time. Gross. Important: when you get caught in a cigarette-butt tornado KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Also, do you ever notice on shows set in NYC how "gritty" things look? Like smudges on doors and just general dirtiness that you don't see around where you live? It's really like that. It's an amazing place but it's like the general housekeeping of the entire city is the responsiblilty of an apathetic octogenarian with poor eyesight and a bad back. I don't think anything below hip level has been wiped down in the entire city in at least a decade.
We went to a few restaurants while we were there and the food is GLORIOUSLY good. One night we went to Russian Samovar and had real Russian vodka and caviar. It was so good. I've never had hard liquor that didn't make me cough and spit but this vodka was actually smoooooooth. And who knew caviar would be good? It was served on little pancakes with sour cream, red onions and boiled egg. Of course, rabbit turds would probably also be good on pancakes with sour cream. Later we went to a place called Sosa Borello. We had some appetizers that were heavenly. In the morning we went to the New Cosmic Cafe for breakfast. Fabulous. New Yorkers know how to eat.
We also saw the Occupy Wall Street protester camp in Zucotti park. Zucotti park is REALLY small. I was fired up by the whole thing and was ready to start marching and carrying a sign, but Amy said she wanted to run through the camp and bang on tents and yell "GET A JOB, SLACKERS!" She didn't do it.
I have to stop now because I have to catch my plane to go home, but more later on this, Washington, the Sisters, Mount Vernon etc etc. BYE!