We went to New York on vacation this year as we hadn't been before. Wow, what a busy place. I learned so much! I learned that I would rather walk than take a taxi because
I didn't pack THAT much underwear. There is not a rule that went unbroken in that cab and I found myself hanging on for dear life with both my hands and feet. As we came within a fraction of an inch of sideswiping the car next to us I was able to count the gentleman's fillings while he expressed his opinion of that in true NY fashion. I learned that traffic lights are merely pretty decorations that turn colors and that crosswalks are merely lines on the ground and mean nothing. The walk/don't walk signs are nothing but mere suggestions and I learned that a "friendly" difference of opinions in NY is enough to send you running for cover. Yes, it was a learning experience.
We toured the city on a Grayline bus and learned from the narrator all about the history of NY. We were able to get on and off at will, as the subtle text on the front suggests:
We went up the Empire State Building despite my fear of heights which was a source of amusement for my husband and not a few employees:
The view was a bit dizzying and there are decidedly more of those yellow death traps than civilian cars:
There is an M&M store there and I've never seen so much of that candy in once place. It was a 3-story store!! I was going to buy some until I saw that they were.....hope your sitting down......$12 A LB! (We didn't eat much of anything while in NY because the prices are crazy. We paid $13 for 3 pancakes for breakfast.) This is only one photo of the M&Ms but there were several stations like this with all colors of the rainbow and mixed colors as well:
We saw the Broadway musical "Chicago" at the beautiful Ambassador theatre in downtown Manhattan and much to our surprise Jerry Springer played Billy Flynn, the lawyer. The play itself didn't have much of a theme other than a girl who's accused of murder wanting to be in the public eye than anything else but it was well put-together. It was just a bit weird seeing Jerry singing and playing this part of a sleazy lawyer...I expected toothless women in the underwear to dominate the stage armed with chairs and start fighting. All in all, it was a good time.