Anyway -- I should update today. We were up at a reasonable hour (about 9am, I think...) and got ready to go into the city. After getting the train from Long Island into the city, we had the most insane cab ride of our entire trip. The driver was fine, but one driving nearby was NOT! He nearly cut us off, which led to our driver rolling down his window and yelling "Brother! Don't be crazy! Don't drive like that!" It was quite funny -- even funnier when we realised the other driver wasn't actually on the way anywhere... because about two seconds later he pulled over to pick up some passengers who hailed him as he was driving along.
We finally got where we where going -- which was to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Amazing stuff! Very, very impressive, and when you watch it, you know that they have to have had months and months of rehearsals. Live animals, dancing, singing, the whole lot!
Once the show finished, we took photos of the Christmas tree they had set up there, and just at the craziness inside the venue. After that, it was off to check out the Christmas tree and skating rink at Rockerfeller Plaza. OMG! The crowds. Unbelievable. I've never seen so many people in my life. We had to be very, very careful not to lose each other.
After that, lunch/dinner at Planet Hollywood. It was a 20 minute wait to get in, which was fine, but the waiter said that our burgers took forever to come out because Tiia and Suz wanted theirs well done. What the? How long does that take? And the other people who came in after us got their food much earlier. Anyway, we eventually ate, drank enough water and diet coke for 20 people, had a brownie between the three of us, and went out to brave the crowds again.
Big change. There were about twice as many people as before, when we headed back to the Christmas tree and skating rink, and we actually had to use the "hang onto the person in front" technique to not lose each other. It was fine in parts, but whenever we got near something interesting, there was a crowd about 10 people deep, all people heading in different directions. It was like being pulled along by a current!
It took a while to get back to Penn Station after we decided to go, because once again -- a sea of people! The good thing is that there were some parts of the road where you could actually walk ON the road, instead of on the footpath, though we did walk on the footpath long enough to find some prints that Tiia and I wanted to take home. Five dollars each. So they're not works of art, but put them in a frame, and I think they'll look pretty good. Things like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler building and Central Park. I got three, Tiia got two.
Got home, the kids upstairs bailed us up, and we went upstairs to take some photos of them in front of their Christmas tree. Suz rents from the world's coolest family. The girls are total entertainers (they're four and nine) and their parents are great. We went up there for dessert last night, and ended up staying until after midnight.
Anyway, once the photos were taken, we came back down to Suz's place, she got on the computer to catch up with her life and Tiia and I watched the final ep of Jag. Now Suz is watching Lord of the Rings, Tiia's packing, and I SHOULD be packing....
I think that's my cue to go.....
Yeah... packing. Fun.