Fortunately, I had other things to do, which included getting to the Hard Rock Café at Yankee Stadium, to add to the count, visiting my grandparent’s gravesite, a promise I made to them and to myself that every time I come to New York City, I would visit them, and I have kept that promise. I even wandered around the city, saw a street fair on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and as well as Bryant Park. And explored Times Square, just to get the vibe and stopped into the Hard Rock in Times Square where they were celebrating Pinotober for those who collect pins and while I have been there before, so I can’t add it, I had a chance to really see the memorabilia including one of Billy Joel’s motorcycle and Harry Chapin’s typed copy of W.O.L.D, and of course, much more. I also had a chance to visit with my aunt and uncle for lunch a local Romanian restaurant called the Romanian Garden in Sunnyside, where I am staying while here. It is a very diverse and active area of Queens, and the weather has been very nice, so people were out and about. Even saw a sign at one of the stores that the Powerball was a 1 billion dollars. Crazy thinking about that number. They bought two tickets, I did not.
When I come to New York City, it is about the food, and yes, while I did eat at the Hard Rock, I had to have my pizza, my Chinese food, my soft pretzel, with mustard and not having a bagel, would have been sacrilege. I had it, with an egg sandwich, for breakfast, and since my hotel, although they said breakfast is included, did not have it and I asked why, and they said, not as long a Covid is around. Really, not even cereal bars and coffee, nothing, so fortunately, there was a classic diner a few blocks away and I have eaten there twice, and the food was good. Wyndham will be made aware of this situation, since the reservation said it included breakfast, but not to be given and still using that excuse. I will never recommend this property and for several reasons, but to say it was reasonably priced for New York, and it was a La Quinta Inn. Professionally and personally, customer relations will here about it. In any case, it is a lesson learned and will do what is necessary.
I am writing this on Sunday night as I have an early start tomorrow, to get back to the airport, fly to Boston, take the shuttle back to New Hampshire and pack up everything, so that I am ready to return the next day to Logan Airport and fly to London to start my next 5-week adventure. Closing the hovel for the month, means moving things out, which is there is not much, about the same amount I came to New Hampshire with some 14 months ago, and then re-pack for the trip. As I said in the beginning of this post, I am on the move and excited to share all the new experiences I will be having over the next month plus. With perhaps a surprise or two along the way as I cross through 5 countries with the last one, what else, Italy. In the end, that is where I want to be and upon my return, I will be looking into the more permanent re-location, but the countdown continues until I see Rosa again di persona. From today, 27 days and we will be together in Venice and beyond.
So, in closing as this has been a whirlwind week and one where I am simply trying to get everything together for the next month, have a safe and healthy Halloween, wherever you are celebrating. It should be lots of fun and not scary, even with all the craziness happening here in America and around the world. Taking things one step at a time is the best and not trying to conquer everything at once. Enjoy the candy and if I were still a kid and trick or treating, I would love getting Snickers bars. What is your favorite candy to receive or received, if you are too old to trick or treat?
Until next week, thank you for your support of my crazy little world and of my small business. It is truly appreciated, and as always, I am interested in your thoughts, comments, questions and adding to the discourse is always appreciated be in on the site itself or on Facebook, Twitter or wherever you read this.
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