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Our Last Day In NYC . . .

December 10, 2019

Our Last Day In NYC

We were down at our hotel breakfast by about 8:15, making the most of our last few hours here in NYC.

NYC 201912010 Hotel Riu Breakfast

Delicious as all our meals here at the hotel, breakfast and dinner.

And by 9:30 we were over in Times Square checking out more of the high-end shops, and, of course, one last Times Square selfie.

NYC 201912010 Last Times Square Selfie

Walking around, we came across a police horse, complete with a smiling policeman, who let Jan get in some petting time with his horse.

NYC 201912010 Police Horse

By noon we were back at Junior’s for our last meal, fitting since it was also our first meal when we got here.

NYC 201912010 Last Junior's Visit

For Jan’s part, she got what she said was the best Grilled Cheese sandwich she’s ever had, as well as her favorite Steak Fries.

NYC 201912010 Last Junior's Visit Grilled Cheese

I went old-school with a Sesame Bagel with Cream Cheese. You can’t get much more NYC than that.

And the only reason I didn’t get the obligatory lox with it was that their delivery was running late that morning.

NYC 201912010 Last Junior's Visit Bagel

Of course, you can’t have a meal at Junior’s without Cheesecake.

Jan got the simple, but delicious, Strawberry Cheesecake,

NYC 201912010 Last Junior's Visit Cheesecake

while I got my usual  Carrot Cake Cheesecake,

Junior's Carrot Cake Cheesecake

which I think is the only cheesecake I’ve ever gotten here, including our visits in 2009.

And we had to finish up with a cup of their wonderful cappuccino, complete with the rock candy stirrer.

NYC 201912010 Last Junior's Visit Cappachino

Wrapping up our time here, we were on our way out to La Guardia by 2 to make our 4:45 flight back to Houston, finally getting back to the rig about 10:30.

Safe and sound, tired but happy.

We had a blast!

Thought For The Day:

I always say there’s a method to my madness, but honestly, sometimes it’s just madness.




December 10, 2011

Lights, Landon, Action . . .

For some reason I woke up with a bad headache this morning. Must have something to do with sleeping in an otherwise empty bed.

But I was feeling better after taking some Advil, so about 11:30 I headed up to Brandi’s to meet up with Jan and Landon.

On the way I stopped off at Wal-Mart to pick up some birdseed for Jan, and then Starbuck’s for coffee and Jack in the Box for Supreme Croissants for breakfast. I also stopped off at the storage room and picked up the furniture dolly for my upcoming washer repair.

I got to the house about 1pm, just in time to help Jan bathe Landon and get him ready for his nap. Then it was time for Jan’s nap. She’d been up since 5 am and needed one.

After Landon got up he played and watched Barney the Purple Dinosaur until about 4, when we headed out for an early dinner.

We drove up to I-45 and Fuqua to eat at Golden Corral. Although the wrong direction for what we had planned for later, we wanted to see if Helen, our favorite waitress, had ended up here.

We first met Helen years ago at the Ryan’s on Bay Area Blvd in Webster. When that Ryan’s closed, she moved down to the Ryan’s in Texas City, and we followed. But this year when we visited there a couple of weeks ago, she no longer worked there. In fact we were told she had moved back to Louisiana. We thought we were out of luck.

But when we ate at Barcenas Mexican Restaurant last week, we met another waiter we’ve known for a long time, and who also knew Helen. He said she was up at the Golden Corral.

And as if turns out, a number of her customers had also found her there too.

She said she had been trying to find our card so she could call us, so it all worked out.

Leaving Golden Corral, we drove down to Dickinson to visit their Festival of Lights. We parked at a nearby church where a shuttle bus took us to the park.

Landon Lights Bus

We had to wake Landon up after we parked, so he wasn’t too sure what was going on with the bus ride over there.

Landon Lights 1

They really do a great job with the several acres of lights they put up. And it’s free.

Landon Lights 2

Landon Lights 3

Landon’s head kept swiveling around so much I was afraid it was going to fall off.

Landon Lights 4

Landon Lights 5

Landon Lights 6

Landon Lights 7

Not sure what he was looking at it, but he apparently found it highly disturbing.

Landon Lights 8

We got back to the house a few minutes before 8pm, with Landon amazingly still awake. But once Jan got him in his jammies and gave him his medicine he was ready for bed.

Time for Jan to catch her breath.

Once Landon and Jan were settled in, I headed back down to the rig for the night.

Tomorrow I’ll go over earlier so we can have breakfast at The Egg and I, before driving over to Bass Pro Shop to visit their Santa’s Wonderland with Landon.

Should be another busy day.


Thought for the Day:

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. – Prov 22:3




December 10, 2017

Bundle Up. We’re going to the Beach!

Last night after we got home I got a call from our friend’s, Bob and Maria, who we had just had lunch with earlier in the afternoon.

When they got home, they found that their refrigerator had lost power. So I led them through pulling the fridge out from the wall and checking the outlet, which was dead.

At this point I told them to find an extension cord to power the fridge for the night and that I would come over this afternoon.

So this afternoon Jan and I drove over to their house in League City to check things out. What I found was a funky breaker that had blown and was very hard to reset. But after I got it unstuck, it moved just fine and power was back on the outlet.

I told them to keep an eye on the breaker and if it acts up again it may have to be replaced.

Bob also has an older model Kindle with the keyboard that won’t charge. It feels like the connector inside the Kindle has come loose and fallen back inside the case, so I bought it home to take it apart and see if I can do anything for it.

Leaving Bot and Maria’s we headed down to Galveston for our meetup with our friend. But we were going to get there about an hour early so we decided to drive the Seawall for a half hour down and a half hour back.

The first thing we noticed was all the people on the beach. The second thing we notice was that since it was 53° every one was bundled up in heavy coats and sweat pants. You’ve got to really want to do the beach thing to be sitting out in the sand at the water’s edge swaddled like an Eskimo.

We drove all the way down to the Galveston Island State Park before we turned around and headed back. I guess I was expecting to see some Harvey damage but everything looked fine.

We got back to The Original Mexican Café, about 10 minutes before 4pm and got seated, just as our friend Linda showed up.

Original Mexican Cafe Linda and Jan

Jan and Linda started working together back in 2001, and then a few years later she up and moved to Billings, MT. So when we started RV’ing in 2008 we stopped by every time we were in the area. Then a few years ago she moved back to Galveston where she still owned a home.

Normally the food here is always great, but Jan got a Pollo ala Parrilla with a chicken breast  that died of old age . . . in the Stone Age. It was thin, tough, chewy, and even hard to slice. She almost sent it back, but had enough other food to make up for it.

After finally saying our goodbyes about 6:30, we headed back home, on the way passing by the Houston Magical Lights that I’ve mentioned in the past.

Magical Lights 1

Really looks great, and hopefully we’ll get to take Landon there soon.

The Word of the Day is: Cachinnate

Thought for the Day:

Do Sheldon and Leonard know about this?