October 13, 2004

Travelog: Day Five

This whole traveling thing is exhausting! Let's see. Where did I leave off...

Last night we hit the pavement yet again. This time it was to the East Village for some Thai food and a show. The food? Good. The show? Excellent. We saw Stomp and, while loud, it was amazing. Yes, I'm very well aware that this thing has been running since '94 so everyone's already seen it but still - amazing. After a cup of coffee, we headed back to the hotel and passed out.

Up again this morning! This time? Battery Park. There was shopping, more walking and a trip to one of my favorite places - The Strand. For those of you scratching your heads - books! Inexpensive books! Its a fantastic place - they advertise "8 miles of books" and that seems conservative. Needless to say, we'll be returning on the train with a lot to read (so much that we even had to buy a new bag for the retun trip). Compulsive? Me? No...never.

After dropping the books off at the hotel, we had lunch in Bryant Park then headed to see Wicked. We were very dissappointed. Really, it was uber-Disney, which is scary because Disney didn't have a damn thing to do with it. The music was not all that hot, the lyrics were cheesy and, while it looked cool, it wasn't at all satisfying. I'm not saying that you shouldn't see if if you're in town. Just bump Avenue Q up on your list and move Wicked down a few notches.

Following the show, we came back, cleaned ourselves up and went out to Becco (yes, again...what do you want? Its, like, our favorite restaurant in this town and how often to we manage to make it up here?). The food was, as always, excellent. And after a lap around Times Square, here we are! We're packing up our stuff and getting ready to head home tomorrow morning!

Thank you all for checking in while I'm out of town. If I haven't responded to your email, my apologies. I'll have some quality time with my Gmail account tomorrow and the coming weekend! Until then, goodnight from New York City.

Posted by Chris at October 13, 2004 10:44 PM


An all time favorite.

Posted by: Tonya at October 13, 2004 10:58 PM

Okay so I admit to have never seen STOMP! And sadly the last "show" I've been to was the Penis Puppetry earlier this year. Kinda the same, in the sense there are men in the show, but different in the sense that the PP show didn't include dancing or clothed men. lol Have a safe trip back!

Posted by: charm at October 13, 2004 11:20 PM

I hope you post more pictures of your trip, sounds amazing.

Posted by: Carla at October 13, 2004 11:58 PM

I LOVE Stomp!!!!
*annoying colleagues while slamming desk and other office supplies at an undefinied rythm*

Posted by: Sweety at October 14, 2004 03:41 AM

Oh, you poor, poor man, all exhausted from the traveling! Maybe you should get back to work so you can relax!

And, also, I cannot believe you're not answering e-mail. Sheesh. What kind of blogger are you?

(I'm feeling sarcastic, so please feel free to disregard everything.)

Posted by: DeAnn at October 14, 2004 06:38 AM

Aw, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Wicked. I know that it's Disney-esque, what with the elaborate sets and all, and perhaps a touch cheesy, but I totally enjoyed it when I saw it in February. In my mind, it was the quintessential large Broadway production.

(Then again, I liked Kiss Me, Kate, so perhaps I don't have the best taste in theatre productions.)

I want to see 42nd Street the next time I'm in town. Tap. I love tap.

Posted by: jacinthe at October 14, 2004 07:33 AM

Wicked continues to disappoint in both novel and musical form! Damn that wicked Wicked!

Posted by: samantha at October 14, 2004 09:02 AM

Are you honestly telling me this is the first time you've seen STOMP? Please say no. Please say you just decided to see it again, because it is just that awesome. Because, if you hadn't seen it yet... what have you been doing with yourself all this time?

Posted by: Dawnie at October 14, 2004 09:21 AM

Woo-hoo! Awesome trip. I love to visit the City, but I hated living there. Glad you had a good time and that Beth restrained herself from the falling-off-a-truck purchases.

And I STILL can't read your blog from home.

Posted by: alektra at October 14, 2004 09:50 AM

Stomp was awesome - I had seen it back in..'95? But we had lucked into some really good seats. It still remains one of my favorites! Have a good trip home!

Posted by: Sue at October 14, 2004 10:02 AM

It sounds like a fantastic vacation! Very glad you've had a good time. Oh, and I love the photo!

Posted by: supine at October 14, 2004 10:48 AM

Wow. What I wouldn't give to spend a week in NYC. I was there when I was 19 and didn't venture too far off Broadway. Sure, we did the requisite sightseeing, but at 19 I wasn't into fine dining and such.

Now I have a yen to go. Glad you two are having a good time.

Posted by: doulazanie at October 14, 2004 11:33 AM

Woo, Stomp! I worked in a theatre in Pittsburgh back in 1995, and Stomp came through town. I managed to include myself in a night of bar-hopping with the cast. Good times! I'm off to San Francisco for a week, but sadly it is business, therefore there will be no shopping, no shows and not so much fun. Glad you had a good vacation!

Posted by: Heather at October 14, 2004 11:33 AM

Glad you had a good time and I agree with you, Avenue Q was a riot!

Posted by: debby at October 14, 2004 12:53 PM

hey.. my first time checking in... i'm still reading some older posts to get acquainted...
not sure how long you're in town but check out the orange bear if you get a moment... i'm pretty sure you'll like it; it's a great night spot!

Posted by: Warren Peace at October 14, 2004 03:08 PM

Oh The Strand! The Strand rocks! I went there for the first (and only) time last January, and unfortunately was not able to spend much time, but if I lived in NYC, I have a feeling I'd be there every week.

A word of warning, though: If you buy and wear one of their tshirts, people everywhere will ask you what "8 Miles of Books" means. Which, really, seems pretty obvious to me.

Posted by: keepergirl at October 14, 2004 04:17 PM

Wow...disappointed in Wicked, makes me disappointed! I wanted to hear every minute detail of it! 8 Miles of books, sounds like the titles to all of your CDs...8 Miles of Cactus CD collection! *Smirk*

Posted by: gypsy at October 14, 2004 11:35 PM