Sunday, March 18, 2007

Seeing friends and going "green"

We had a terrific visit yesterday afternoon/evening with our friends from SLO, Jen and Doug Sawyer. They were here for a long weekend of fun and frolic in (snowy and cold) NYC. They didn't stay with us: they stayed at the Marriott in Times Square, with a view of all the flashing billboards.

They arrived Friday morning via the red-eye and by the time we met them, had already seen several sights, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and a Broadway show ("Spamalot").

Anyway, we met them at Macy's and then headed to Central Park, where we watched people having loads of fun sledding (and nearly crashing into some carefully placed hay bales!). One guy even had the nerve to skateboard down the snow- and ice-covered walkway. Not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

Afterwards, we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and took in some paintings by Picasso, Dali, and the Impressionists (the full Impressionist exhibit is being renovated right now, but a few paintings were still on display). Then we braved the cold again and headed to Greenwich Village for dinner. Rachel and Jeff knew of a funky little Italian place called Ciao Bella, which serves up great food at reasonable prices, accompanied by the most eclectic music mix we have ever heard. Something for everyone: disco, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, '70s, you name it. It was entertaining, if a little annoying at times!

Then we bid farewell to the Sawyers, who were determined to visit the green-lit Empire State Building before closing: green in honor of St. Patrick's Day, which had basically taken over the city. with people dressed in all kinds of emerald regalia. We decided that this holiday is mostly for drinking, but fortunately, not many of the revelers appeared to be driving afterwards (thank goodness for public transportation!).

This morning, Jeff is heading out for a bike ride--the temperature has warmed up somewhat--and later today, Rachel will be heading back to the dorm. She's been enjoying her spring break, but school starts again tomorrow.

That's life in the Big City for now ... stay tuned for more updates as Jeff and Mary begin the job search in earnest.

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