Monday, September 28, 2009

A Post in a New York Minute.

Hello There My Big Apples,

As you know I spent my weekend in New York City. I went to stay with my friend Henry and then I met up briefly with Porkstar, one of my blogger friends.

I have to say that I had the best time of my life. Henry let me stay with him and his mother, and his street reminded me of Barcelona down to the smells and the design of the streets. Even the cleaning agents she used and the apartment style were like that in Barcelona.

Henry went out of his way to make sure I had fun. He drove me around the city, brought a camera and filmed the trip, and went out of his way to make sure I had a great time, and I will never forget that.

Some of the things we did:
-Visited Ellis Island
- Saw the Empire State Building
-Took Pictures of the Wall Street Bull
-Went to Times Square
-Ate gelatto in his Italian neighborhood in the Bronx
- Ate a home cooked meal from his Puerto Rican mother ( she was so nice )
- Quickly drove by Ground Zero (It's under construction)

I was only there for two days (one full day) and we had fun. I will have to write more later.

One thing that we did was try and research my great-grandparents in the Ellis Island records. I could not find a trace of them, which broke my heart. I really wanted to see it for myself, but there are so many variations on the spelling of their names that I will just have to keep trying. I am pretty sure they passed through Ellis Island. They were Russian immigrant Jews living in New York. I did get a little teary eyed passing by the Statue of Liberty on the ferry. The same view they had over a hundred years ago. I wondered what went through their minds when they saw the statue.

We took tons of pictures, and I owe Henry and Porkstar some of my pics.

At the end of my stay as mentioned above, I met Porkstar, one of my fellow bloggers. He, Henry and I had dinner at Uno's and talked about his recent trip to Europe.

He is so dirty on his blog, but kinda shy in person.

Anyway, time for me to get ready for work. I am so tired, and the plane rides back kinda sucked, but I need to get paid. So off to work I go.

Besitos !


Danielle said...

Oh, sounds like a blast. Show us pictures as soon as you can.

Loving Annie said...

You had an incredibly full and interesting day in New York !

I am sure your great-grandparents are in the records somewhere. It must just be the spelling - so many names were mis-spelled by the officials !

I think ground zero should have been a memorial park. It's heartbreaking to put an office building on a graveyard.

Big Mark 243 said...

He is so dirty on his blog, but kinda shy in person.

Isn't that something? I would love to meet more folks I have met via the journals to see if they are who I think they'd be based on their journals.

I have met a few ... way back in the day, some folks from a chat room got together and met at a Morrissey concert in Vegas ... of course, there was the one time love of my life, Nebraska.

Bucko and Luvrte 66 were in Detroit this summer and we had a nice time at the Star Trek exhibit at the Science Center here in Detroit.

I think it is cool to go back to Ellis Island and have a chance to look for your Granpere's name. The feeling of excitement and the different emotions that they had to be feeling after arriving here from their long journey had to be strong in you.

Sounds like you had a nice time. Look forward to seeing your pictures!

Charmaine said...

Mother of GOD you did NOT just mention Mr. Angus.

I just saw that Saturday Night clip the other night.

Our lives are in parallel at the moment, perhaps.

Hee hee. I don't know about you but I never really liked the Colonel. Call me crazy. All that performance anxiety, pretending he was doing a good job just made me want to take a nap.

Angela said...

Und wo sind die Photos? Bitte sofort aufladen!!!
Ich bin sehr froh dass Du eine schoenes Wochenende in New York hattest. Na, wenn Du in Kennedy Airport oder LaGuardia warst, dann hast Du ja mich schon gefunden, denn so bin ich hier angekommen, grins.
Du musst ja sehr muede sein - zu dumm dass du heute arbeiten musst.
Bussi Bussi

Angela said...

...und schreib noch mehr, und genaueres....

Liam said...

I'm glad you had a great time. I know a little about wondering about your heritage, I have done it often. Glad to have you back. in two days I leave for Egypt.

Random Esquire said...

Sounds like a very fun trip for you! Glad to hear you are back safely.


* Ashleigh * said...

I'm glad you had a blast! I can't wait to see these pics. I'm going to be in San Jose on Thursday night for an open house for Western Career.

dadshouse said...

I LOVE NYC! Sounds like a blast

VJ said...

Sounds & looked like much needed fun & some time off. Cheers & Thanks for the pics, 'VJ'