Saturday, March 08, 2008

The city that didn't sleep

I'll post the fun update with the tourist pictures later, but for those of you who have been asking...

...yes, my wife and my son were nearby when that idiot blew up the recruiting center in NY!

You may remember my plea last week for advice on cool things they could do while visiting New York yesterday. Well, one of the things they chose to do was eat at the Hard Rock Cafe... just 6 hours before the bomb went off! Here is a picture that shows how close they really were.


Of course no one was injured by this moronic act of ignorance, but it sure added a sobering dose of reality to a 15 year old kid's first visit to the big city. Especially since the last thing they did before eating there was visit Ground Zero.

Don't get me wrong, they both had an unbelievably good time on their short visit and this little "event" didn't spoil that at all.

New York is still way too cool for that.

25 comments:

Dan said...

Glad everyone is ok.

yellojkt said...

You're right. The Hard Rock is right there. Glad everybody is fine.

Groovy Mom said...

Oh wow. VERY frightening. I'm so glad it was just a close call.

April said...

I'm glad that they're okay, and still had a good time.

Mrs. h said...

Not only did we have a good time we had a great time! NYC is an amazing city with so much culture, diversity,
high paced action and beauty. We crammed in as much as we could in the day that we were there, we grabbed a sightseeing tour that we really enjoyed, it got us around town, explained a lot of what we were seeing but we could get on and off the bus anytime we wanted so we stopped at all the big attractions - Empire State Building (and yes, we went to the top - awesome), China Town, Little Italy, Union Square, Ground Zero (very sobering) we got out and enjoyed or at least experienced each of these areas and then would hop back on the bus and go to the next section. We arrived at Central Park as it was getting dark and our tour guide didn't want us to get off as he was afraid that we would miss the last bus of the day which was expected to come by in 45 mins - basically he begged so badly that we stayed on the bus. The next stop was Times Square. We arrived at Times Square as it became completely dark and it blew our socks off. Both of us sat at the top of our glass-topped double decker bus with our mouths WIDE open. It was amazing!! We hopped off the bus and promised to take the subway or taxi back to the hotel as we knew we would stay MUCH longer than 45 mins. We walked around and shopped in the shops and were blown away by all the people, the lights and the action - so fun. We then chose Hard Rock to eat at and loved it we went back out and soaked in more Times Square. We decided to take the Subway back as the Times Square Metro Station is way cool with great artist belting out tunes in every corner. We arrived back at the hotel too late to catch a Broadway Show but completely impressed with all we had done. I spent the following day taking the tour bus in a more leisurely fashion since Austin was at his conference. I only exited when it was at a spot that I truly enjoyed. I redid Times Square to enjoy that day time feel and marveled at the bomb site and how close we had been just hours earlier. It was not a huge bomb nor did it do a lot of damage but everyone who was anyone was out there reporting it on the news. That was interesting. I spent some time shopping that I didn't do the day before with Austin like Filene's Basement and Macy's and such. Didn't buy anything because we were not doing luggage but it was sure fun to look. Then after Austin got off from his conference we took the subway to the Staten Island Station and walked around Battery Park - no time to take the Ferry but we did ponder her beauty and significance from afar. Hopped on the subway back, grabbed some delicious food from a Pizzaria and meet up with our Ground Transportation back to JFK- whirl wind of fun! Thanks for all the great ideas, can't wait to go back and experience things at a different level and get the chance to check out some museums and catch a Broadway play and get closer to Ms. Liberty. But for a one day trip with Austin and a 2 day for me I felt like we crammed in a lot!
Thanks again for all the advice and well wishes - Char

Kathy said...

Jeff -- I'm glad your family came away from this unscathed, with just a "Can you believe it?" story to tell.

Kathy (who feels real bad now urging them twice to visit Times Square!)

Charli said...

Actually Kathy, Times Sq. was like our favorite spot!

Mushy said...

That's kind of scary...we are going in June...I'm a bit apprehensive.

Lois said...

Mom says
Needles to say, I am so very happy you are back--safe and sound---and that you had such a wonderful time. I'd said to Bill---"what can they do, in just one day?" I can't believe all you "did", in just one day!!!! That is so great!

Jeff said...

dan - Thanks. Me too.

yellojkt - Literally 50 feet away!

groovy mom - No kidding!

april - Yes, they had a blast!

mrs. h - Thank you sweetie... now I don't have to write the post!

kathy - And Charli DID visit it twice, so she really took your suggestion literally.

mushy - I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure it was an isolated incident.

lois - You should have known better, with Charli at the helm!

Heather said...

Wow.

Sounds like they had a great time in spite of the stupid people.

G said...

Of course the tour bus!!! Sounds like a great time had by both! Glad you enjoyed NYC, Mrs. Jeff, and that the "bomb" was just a blip on the radar of your journey. I think that you should have a blog of your own - you have good tales to tell :)

Most importantly - did you see The Naked Cowboy on your trip through Times Square? :)

Mrs. h said...

You bet I saw the Naked Cowboy in all his glory, in fact that may be the thing I have talked about the most. Apparently he makes 6 figures! Wow, that is a great gig he has going! Also, I guess there was a Naked Cowgirl but she was arrested on Sat. I understand she did not have a permit like Cowboy and that she was going for sexy, let me tell you that wasn't Cowboys deal, just nakedness!

Mrs. h said...

Also, he plays a decent guitar...

Doozie said...

I don't know what to say!! Other than....."peeps were in the right place at the right time"....and..."when it's yer time to go..you go"....and I also have this to say: I once ate a red candle

Sandy said...

Wow.

That's really too bad, but what a story for your son to tell, huh?

Mom Thumb said...

Sounds like a wonderful experience for both of you - so glad you are safe! I liked Charli's mini-post. I'm also interested in hearing about Austin's workshop.

Anonymous said...

You cannot say the trip was not a blast!

andi said...

That's scary. Glad they're okay.

Karen MEG said...

We were thinking about visiting NYC in the next week; then I heard about this. I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy the rest of your visit; close call.

Mrs. H said...

Karen, Don't let it stop you - it scared Jeff a 1000 times more than me, because he was home worrying. Think about it, that person wanted to make a statement about the war but if he had wanted to hurt people he would have done it at 9am and not 4am when no one was really around. Yes, someone could have gotten hurt and it's a bad crime but the losers in my town who drive drunk are taking a bigger risk with peoples lives than this guy was. NYC is an awesome place to visit and I felt VERY safe there the whole time I was there. I hope you think about going again!
Char

Julie Pippert said...

HOLY CRAP!

I am SO GLAD your wife and son are okay. I'd have been a mess had I been the one at home.

I also really glad it didn't spoil their trip.

Oh just glanced over at comments, hi Mrs. H! What an awesome rundown. You guys did pack in a lot!

Julia said...

Yikes. Glad everyone is OK, indeed. And I enjoyed the "Mrs.'s" post-let!

JD at I Do Things

Stephanie said...

I'm glad everyone is okay. What a reality check.

Maureen said...

Happy to hear the idiot did this in the middle of the night; otherwise it could have been bad rather than simply pointless and moronic.