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On the Road Again - NYC

Just landed in Newark. I got a business class ticket with United frequent flier miles. So this is how the rich and mighty travel. Boy! Priority check in, Boeing 757, seat that reclines to flat position. So comfortable.
I watched "The Post," about the Pentagon Papers, the stories in the New York Times and Washington Post in 1971 that revealed the lies of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon/Kissinger administrations about the Vietnam war.
The press prevailed when the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of freedom of the press. I felt great sadness thinking that the good guys prevailed back then, and that we are in the midst of this horrible nightmare right now with just about every decent thing bering unravelled by this corrupt, bigoted administration. I try to stay away from politics in this blog, but every once in a while, it comes bubbling up. Believe me, I refrain a lot; I bite my tongue. I dread reading the paper each morning.
Onward: Then I watched "Bending it for Beckham," a happy, feel-good film, which ended just as we touched down (and just after this sunrise).
I come to NYC once a year, partially for Book Expo America and maybe largely because I love the city. This was the red-eye flight, landing at 5:30 AM. I can never sleep on airplanes, and my M.O. is to not nap, stay up until nighttime east coast time. That plus some vigorous walking (or running) eliminates jet lag. Today being Memorial Day, I'll drop off my luggage (Super Shuttle $25) get some coffee in the Village, and head out to Brooklyn for the King's County Memorial day Parade in Bay Ridge (in its i51st year). I do love parades.
Stay tuned for the adventures of the west coast boy in the east coast metropolis. I am excited!

2 comments:

CK said...

I love it when you go to NYC. I always get so many ideas from you about good places to drink coffee & eat! (I live in Boston and get to NYC once or twice a year)

Jack Nieman said...

Bay Ridge, where I live :) is lovely old-school Brooklyn neighborhood that sits along the Upper New York Bay and is name after the glacial ridge that runs what is now Ridge Boulevard. There are many wonderful one and two-family row houses and frame houses with bay fronts that are picture-worthy. Oh and if you get a chance you might want to check out the Howard E. and Jessie Jones House, aka the "Gingerbread Houses", its an arts and crafts home made with bumpety stone and pseudo-thatchery that is a playful site. AIA Guide to NYC calls it "one of Brooklyn''s great private fantasies".

Happy travels!

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