I signed myself and my daughter, Jesse, up to go on a bus trip to NYC along with friends, Debbi and Christine. My ultimate mission was to see St. Patrick's Cathedral and possibly St. John the Devine Cathedral there. Oh, yes, we were going to sight see, and shop...but my main mission was the visiting the Churches.
Since I was a child, made to wait in Catholic churches quietly for my mother, who was having great length theological conversations with the priest, I have been very much at home and fascinated with great architecture of the sacred kind.
High vaulted ceilings, long naves, marble floors, carved sculptures, and stained glass do it for me.
So, we packed our saddlebags and headed out on a pilgrimage to the Cathedral, as so many before me have done.
It was dark when we boarded our magic bus, cinnamon coffee and bagel in hand for the long trip. But I was sitting with my dear ones, and we were on an adventure! The day dawned bright and clear and mild for a December day and we pulled into New York City and were dropped off at Macy's on 34th. It was a miracle :). I have longed to go here to bang around, but have been warned by folks how awful the city is, or that I shouldn't wear my jewelry, or that I would be mugged, it would be too expensive, or, or, or, or ad nauseum.
I did not listen to these naysayers. I went with my silver on, my bag over my shoulder and my friends and maps at the ready. I was undaunted.
After checking our compass.....
|You are Here! (but Where the F is Here???)|
After our Noonday repast, we walked until we found Rockefeller Center and such a crowd was there, enjoying the skating rink,
Mercury sculpture and the enormous Christmas tree of renown!
As were we!
But there was only one place I really really wanted to go see....
and we set our feet ...
St. Patrick's Cathedral!!
We walked a 1000 miles this day and it was worth it.
We saw so many things...we window shopped a couple of fiddles for Harry :)
a "flare of NYC fire fighters"
We had a whip, a chair and a machete. We were armed and ready.
I have never in my whole life seen a bigger swarm of people in a building before in my life. ANTS. Ants punctuated by display cases. The shoe department on the 5th floor was RAVISHED. All the displays knocked over, people trying to find shoes. The clerks were in shell shock. How do people WORK there? How do people SHOP there?? There was a constant and steady flow of people on the escalator, fully filled, every second of every minute of every hour there. There was a clerk stationed at the bottom of each floor of the exiting escalator chanting, "Step Forward! Move OUT!"
(otherwise the crushing crowd of shoppers would have puddled up and pooled in a melee of mangled limbs on the last step of the escalator).
The constant common comment phrase heard while we were here was "Don't fucking PUSH ME". ...by little old grey haired ladies.
Yes. Macy's. "Cattle R Us"
It was AWESOME. We got a table right away (again!) and sat in the back and ate, drank, were merry and pounded Ibuprofen and Coronas with lemon. And designer pizzas.
The four of us had SUCH a wonderful day of adventure, friendship and fun! We all went loaded for bear with shopping money...but ...aside from eating and drink money...the TOTAL HAUL for the FOUR of us was:
ONE JEWELED HAIR CLIP.
I bought it at the bling store for my Victorian costuming. $10 bucks.
The rest of the money was spent on ourselves and having a damn good time.
And it was YUMMY!