Sunday, March 4, 2012

Another Favorite Thing I Did in New York City

Hour 24 1/2 in New York City:

This is something that I had never done before, a Broadway play! I did go to New York City once before, nearly 40 years ago, as a college student, with several friends. We saw very little; I mainly remember seeing the Statute of Liberty from the ferry, and then just staying with the friends at their parents' houses, two of us arguing with the other two because they did not want to leave New York; two of us went back to Illinois without the two who refused to leave. The two of us who left were total idiots of the 70s; we picked up two hitch-hikers along the way to share the driving, and lived to tell about it! Definitely not something I would recommend these days. And we couldn't even talk to them because they only spoke french!

 But no hitchhikers this time, just this wonderful chance to see "Chicago!" Dianna and I went, while Brian went off to watch the Super Bowl with friends. What a treat! I'd do it again in a heartbeat! There's something very magical about a Broadway play with the intimacy of its small theater and impressive professionalism.

After the play, I headed back to the hotel, and Dianna went off to another Super Bowl party. Strangely, she'd met a friend in the subway that she knew from Minneapolis and set off to see them. Not gifted with the boundless energy of the 20-some, I chose to zone out in the hotel,with one detour to the not-particularly exciting nearby McDonalds.

By hour 29 in New York, I could hear strangely joyful screaming out my hotel window, down in the streets below. The Giants had won the Super Bowl, and New Yorkers were celebrating. Brian came back from his party, discovered Dianna wasn't back yet, and heading out to Time's Square because of reports of jubilation and merriment there.

Not me; I was content at that hour of the night to hang out in the hotel and be amused by the news reports.


Nicki said...

There is not enough money to pay me to venture into the streets of any city to partake in the celebration of a sporting event. Perhaps that is because I think of Morgantown, WV where they celebrate by burning couches and drink excessively (not that they don't do that elsewhere - the drinking portion that is). While in NYC I got to see Wicked and Phantom of the Opera while and it.was.amazing.

Maria said...

The last time I visited New York, I was pregnant with John. Gosh, it's been a while! On that visit, we saw "Chorus Line" and loved it! Lee and I try to go to a musical, at least once a year. Fortunately, sooner or later, most plays make their way to Chicago.

So you stayed behind in the hotel room watching TV, eh? What a slacker! Really, Angela, I'm getting really worried about that lack of energy of yours. If you keep that up, I may actually be able to read of your adventures without exhausting myself! Seriously, I can't believe how much you accomplished on your short trip!!!

Reds said...

Would love to see a Broadway play!! But usually I am so tired from walking all day, I sleep at 9!!

joscelyne cutchens said...

I totally love your New York shots, I've SO enjoyed browsing them :)

Barb said...

Yes, things are different. You don't give strangers rides any more and your energy decreases as time goes on. But for me at least, I am glad that even though I don't have the energy to do everything I am still content with what I do do. It is great you got to see the play.