Sunday, June 22, 2008

"The Visit That Went Like This"*

Whirlwind tour. Burning all candles at both ends. Meeting ourselves coming and going. And that's just a taste of what things were like around here once the girlfriends hit New York City last Sunday afternoon (2 hours late, via Philly). We turned this town inside-out before I put them into the airport limo yesterday morning. Since then, I've been in uber-nap-taking mode.

Because there's just too much to tell in one post, and because I'm a total vegetable right now, I'll give you a quick rundown of what we accomplished in one short week. Here goes:

Spamalot, Hourglass Tavern, Central Park (Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Boat House, Reservoir, countless statues and gardens), The Dakota, Emerald Inn, Tom's Restaurant ("Seinfeld"), Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Riverside Park, Grant's Tomb, Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Grand Central Station, NBC Studio Tour, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Plaza, Trump Tower and 5th Avenue hoity-toity stores, Empire State Building Observation Deck, The Museum of Natural History, Radio City Music Hall Tour, Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise, Patsy's Pizza, Metropolitan Museum of Art, St. Bartholomew's Church, United Nations, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square, Sex and the City (yeah, we took time out to see a movie), World Trade Center site, St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Wall Street, Wall Street, Federal Hall, US Custom House, Bowling Green Park and the bull, Fraunces Tavern, City Hall Park and Municipal Center, Little Italy, Chinatown, Manhattan Bridge (walked to Brooklyn), Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge, and a tiny Spanish Harlem apartment where we finally collapsed Friday night and watched three movies and ate junk food.

I'm sure I left one or two things off the list, but you get the drift. We went from sun-up to sun-down, hitting all the city sites on the friends' must-do lists. The point was to be so tired by the time we got back to my place at night, that nobody minded having to sleep stacked up in 600 square feet.

It was fun, but very tiring. I'm looking forward to getting back to the hum-drum of work tomorrow and just being part of the workaday crowd. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to put my feet up for a while.

*Very poor reference to Spamalot's "The Song That Goes Like This."


Elsie said...

Sounds like crazy fun. You managed to squeeze more into one week than I've been able to squeeze into all my visits combined. How lucky your friends are to have you for a tour guide.

MaryB said...

We did have fun, Elsie. This tour guide is pooped out, I tell ya'!

Carey said...

Um, Mary, when we do someday come to visit, do ya mind if we maybe just do, say, one or two things a day? Ye Gods, y'all are amazing!

Liz said...

Wow! Did you sleep at all?!

Sounds absolutely amazing.