We’re All Out Of Post Titles

I was going to write about my vacation, but Nicky used up all the good post titles. See, I couldn’t call my post “Road Trip To New York” because it sounds too similar to Roadtrip To New Jersey. And, I couldn’t put the word “Vacation” in the title because Nicky used it in her vacation ideas post. So there you go.

I’m happy to say that I accomplished (or almost) every goal I set out to do in these last few weeks.

1. Join a band: It’s not official but I joined a musician exchange and met up with a group of dudes who play hard rock and blues. They even called me back to play with them a second time, but I was on my way out of town. More to come!

2. Go out of town: I took a roadtrip to New York with my dad and we covered all of Manhattan in 4 days. We even saw Chris Rock in “The Motherfucker with The Hat“. Worth it just to hear my dad order tickets. The show has been getting great reviews, but not doing so great at the box office. Seems the title scares people away. Weird.

3. Eat a lot of cheese: Like I ever don’t.

4. Get fat: It’s official. I look like I’m 2 months pregnant. Awesome. Next year: man boobs.

5. Go Canoing: Done. It was just like last year except the river was much higher. We actually had to duck our heads when we passed under bridges.

6. Write and record a song: Done. It sucks and is not for public consumption, but it’s done.

Enough. Here are some pics:

One night after our failed attempt at seeing the B52s play the Montreal Jazz Fest, me, Sue and John stopped at The Main for some blintzes. Normally I’d order the cheese blintzes, but Sue is lactose intolerant. *glares at Sue*

the main's blueberry blintzes

When I was a kid, this was known as a Brontosaurus. Now it’s known as an Apatosaurus . Science may be messing with my childhood memories, but New York’s Museum of Natural History is still awesome. I felt like I was 12 again. News flash: dinosaurs were fucking huge.

apatosaurus brontosaurus museum of natural history

Apartments along Park Avenue. New York’s density is astounding. I know. Understatement.

park avenue apartments central park

Me and my dad stopped for a toasted cheese sandwich at a little Greenwich Village cafe. Those New Yorkers love their Art Deco.

toasted cheese sandwich greenwich village
Speaking of Art Deco, this is as close as I got to The Chrysler Building. My one true love. Yes…one day we’ll meet face to face. It’s hard to find words to describe how glorious this building is. Art Deco on steroids.

chrysler building central station



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  • SP

    Living in NYC for a decade never been to the Museum of Natural History…!! 
    Here is a post title “I miss funerals”

  • Great vacation!  I’ve only been a couple of times, but I love NYC.  I can’t wait to see it again.  Good times with your Dad. 

  • How about
    Two Weeks and a Bunch of Shit Got Done

  • What?? You have to go! It’s one of the best.

    Interesting post title. It can be taken 2 ways, like, either you long for funerals, or that you’re so late to them, that you miss them.

  • Everytime I go, which isn’t often, I wonder why I don’t go more often. Fascinating city!

  • I like it! I’m using it for my next vacation post.

  • I love NYC!!! Now you have me wanting to take another vacation. 

    Did you and your dad enjoy the play??? I agree that would be fun to listen to him order the tickets. 

  • I love New York City!  It’s so “fast”.   It’s a lot like San Francisco on crack cocaine!  I adore the museums, the Met, the wonderfully diverse population, the UN, the nightlife, the restaurants, and sitting in a sidewalk cafe at 3 AM drinking coffee and looking at the throngs of people acting like it’s high noon!  I’m so glad you went and had fun.  I need a toasted cheese sandwich now!

  • My daughter and I went to NYC a few years back. I was actually intimidated because Manhattan is so huge. But we had a great time. We did all the touristy things and we saw Spamalot on Broadway with David Hyde Pierce. It was hilarious. Your pics make me want to go back.

  • The play was excellent and we both enjoyed it. We opted for a drama instead of a musical, and although the profanity was over the top, the dialogue was realistic. I was brought up never to talk like that in front of my parents, so enjoying a play like that together was an experience 🙂

  • It’s kind of crazy how Manhattan feels so “safe” now. No hustlers and it feels very family oriented in parts. We remarked how although it’s safe, a lot of it’s rough charm is gone. If you can call it charm.

    Spamalot must have been great. I’m a big fan of Python.

  • We walked a lot but also sat around having drinks and watching people walk by. It’s hard to be bored in NYC, and plus they have cheese sandwiches!

  • NYC is awesome, I spent a week there with my family a couple years ago and loved it. While Phantom of the Opera doesn’t have the hilarious name to go with it, it was kind of fun to see the look on my dad’s face when he learned how much he’d have to pay for tickets to see it.

    Please tell us more about the band, and about this song you wrote and recorded. I would love to hear it.

  • donnyosmondforever

    Gee, this year, I am not going away on vacation…not even to Ontario !!!  But I’m very happy that you two are getting out and about.  It’s been 20 years since I’ve been to NYC.  Sounds like Giuliani did a number on it !  Anyway, about your activities:
    1)  Let me know when your band has a ‘flamingo’ night.
    2)  Motherfucker with the Hat…worth it just thinking about my dad saying it !
    3)  Let me know when you guys have another cheese tasting night.  I will bring over a strong Portuguese cheese called St. George’s and my mom’s homemade soft cheese.  They will rock both of your respective worlds. 
    4)  Mike with moobs !!!  Did you have to give me an image ? 
    5)  I’ve always wanted to try team rowing.  Let me know if you’re interested. 
    6)  I think I speak for all of your blog fans…we want to hear the song !

    BTW…is it just me or do you wonder what it would have been like to ‘ride’ a dinosaur ?  Food looks delish…gotta go make myself something to eat !  Later !


  • Amy

    That was a fun virtual tour of NYC — I love NYC. When we lived in DC I took the train to Penn Station every chance I got to see the plays and eat at the restaurants. At the time I was an editor for ARCHITECTURE magazine so took quite a lot of sight-seeing tours while there…awesome…do you love cheese as much as ‘Wallace & Grommit’? 

  • We waited in the discount ticket line (for an hour) and tix were still around 60$ each. Still totally worth it!

    The song…I will post something about it, but not yet. I will tough.

  • Homemade cheese? How come you never mentioned this before? Next time you have some, let us know. After all, first comes cheese, then the cheese tasting party 🙂

  • Wow, you must have gotten to see some of NYC’s architectural gems up close. I’m a bit jealous 😉

    It’s funny how I almost forgot about Wallace and Grommit. I’ve actually never even seen A Matter of Loaf and Death.

  • SP

    I know may be in few weeks, before those dinosaurs disappear!
    I live too far away from home because of that I can’t attend funerals. And I miss them! I tried to write a post with the title.. didn’t work well.

  • I’ve lived in or around NYC my entire life and saw most of what’s to see.  I only come here now to go to work (office in Times Square) and can’t wait to board the express bus back to my private oasis in New Jersey.
    It’s all about perspective I suppose.

  • Well, I hope you don’t have to miss any by not having any to go to.

  • It’s definitely fun to visit, but I couldn’t imagine living there. 1 day of Times Square was more than enough.

  • SP

    That is my hope too.

  • I’ve never been to NYC and would love to visit it one day, particularly the Empire State Building.  I love architecture; even those Park Ave. apartments are interesting – not that I’d ever live that close to anyone, and seeing that it’s Park Ave., I probably couldn’t afford it. 

    The B52s are still be-bopping around??  Dang, I would loved to have seen them, too!  I love “Rock Lobster” (the song and the crustacean).  At least you got to hear your father say a nasty word – around here, “motherfucker” is the go-to word when you cut or burn yourself, but mostly when you stub your toe, which happens too often.


    Good pics!  Glad you had a good time.


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