I had a busy week as I spent a few days in New York City with my sister, niece and nephew. We tried to squeeze in many things during our short visit. Some of the sites in Times Square at night is enough of an education for many. Tickets to many venues are sold out for the summer, but that does not mean you can't have fun. I tried to get everyone to walk as much as possible, but we did take more taxis than I normally would have. We also spent time with family on Long Island and did some reminiscing as we saw old haunts. Why is it that everything looked so small when it seemed so big when I was young? I had not been to Long Island in over 40 years so you imagine the changes. Have you ever ventured back to a place you have not been for a long time? What did you feel?
We did have a little excitement our last evening when we walked by the subway station and it was blocked by police and yellow tape. No one was allowed to enter and all sorts of activity took place. It appeared that the investigators were dusting for prints and going up and down the stairs. I said to the kids let's move on perhaps there was a murder. Well that got the kids imaginations going and my niece got out her ever present phone to take pictures and videos. I said to her the police may not want you taking videos since many people had moved on. So she tried surreptitiously to take pictures. Although it never appeared on the news, I did some research and there was not a murder in the subway. It made for an interesting last night. We did not get everything in, but it leaves us with ideas for the future.
I do believe it will be awhile before I vacation with teenagers again. As I mentioned last week I am pretty set in my ways and being single allows me to do things when I want. When I have to depend on other peoples' schedules or moods, to me, it's painful. I do not like being around people who sulk and whine a lot. I try to practice what I preach which is to compromise, be easy going and open to changes in plans, but at the same time....remember those expectations I mentioned last week? Yes, they kick in and then I feel frustrated and disappointed and then worry that the others are not having a good time. What about you?
I rode the Washington Metro this past week and as you know I love to people watch. I rode it at rush hour and it was crowded. It's been many years since I used a subway at rush hour. Any way, as I stood there holding on a pole, I had put my weekender tote bag on the floor at my feet. I had a purse strapped on and a smaller tote bag on my shoulder. I had spent two hours standing in the sun in the morning waiting for the bus so my face was red and my freckles had popped out. I must have looked tired and old as suddenly this young lady about mid twenties about four rows away from me said, Ma'am would you like to sit down (a seat had just opened up) here? I responded, No I'm fine right here! Inside I'm thinking I must look like crap. I appreciated her kindness, but stood for only a few more minutes when people got off the train and other seats opened up. Internally, I did kind of take a breath and then I started giggling a little - must be the white hair!
I was able to catch up with a few people this past week once I got back. It was great to spend a night with the Bunco Babes as we ate, chatted, and played dice. Also, got to spend a little time with one of the clients of my other business - have not seen her in a long time so it was so good to catch up and talk about her next endeavor. Have you been keeping up with people?
I was able to finish two books this past week. "Denial and Deception An Insider's View of the CIA" by Melissa Boyle Mahle. Very interesting look at the author's 14-year career. I also ventured and read my first ebook as I carried a tablet on my trip - "The Intern" by Dale Wiley. An intern becomes the suspect in a murder case. It was easy reading and not too in-depth. I won't say I'm a convert to ebooks yet, but I'm sure I'll get there. What are you reading? Do you read via an ebook or are you still using hardback and paperback books? Do you have a preference?
I am going to leave it here for today. I am actually going to cook (yes I'm cooking) some ribs and I want to get the prep work started. I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
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