Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Arkies in the Big City (or I Love NYC, but I Can Only Stand It For About Three Days At a Time)

On June 13, Tim, John, and I boarded an early morning flight and headed out for Philly. Our itinerary: pick up a car at an auction in NJ about an hour from the airport, drive into NYC for three days; spend a couple of days with Tim's family in NJ and attend the high school graduation of our nephew, Scott; take John back to the airport in Philly on the 18th; road trip home with some planned stops and lots of serendipity.

When we got to the auction in Bordentown, NJ, it took awhile for the security guards on duty to locate the car and release it to us. No surprise there. We have done this deal before, and delays are to be expected. That's Tim and me, above, resting on the curb at the auction, our bags piled in the guard shack behind us.

Finally, after a long delay, we made the hour and a half drive into NYC. While we have been there many times over the years, this was the first time we have ever driven in the city. By "we," I mean Tim. John and I assisted him by alternately hollering, "Look out! Don't you see that taxi?!" , "He's going to run into us!" and "Turn right! No, turn left! Hurry up and get in that lane!"

Let's just say that Tim's patience was taxed by our "help." Poor guy. I don't know how he did it. But, he finally got us to our hotel without a crash. It's a miracle :)

Just getting pulled over and into the area to check into our hotel was an ordeal. It was a relief to turn our car over to the doorman and know that we'd be relying on public transportation for the duration of our stay.
Standing on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, we took in the hurrying throngs, the incessant honking, the sirens, the hum, the vibrant energy. It was great to be back in the city.
John remarked, " I would love to live here!"
That's a pretty standard line for him when he first arrives in a major city; I've heard it over and over. I just smiled to myself. I know that while he might enjoy visiting, he would HATE living in this place.
To be continued . . .


Anonymous said...

oh no! To be continued?! Susan, you had me really enthralled and now I have to wait? LOL! You're such a good writer, I can't wait for part 2. =) ~Karen

Susan said...

Karen! Thanks for commenting and for your kind words. More coming up soon:)