I’m in the middle of a four-day weekend. I think it’s being called “Winter Break” or something. I didn’t want four whole days to pass without doing something unusual, and getting caught up on schoolwork was definitely out.
I decided to get a hotel through Priceline and stay overnight. It really was all about the hotel. I LOVE staying in hotels. At first I was going to do Baltimore, but then I thought maybe I should stay in Washington DC. Then I thought, why not New York? Priceline has you choose an area within the city you’re considering. In selecting a specific location, Times Square was a recognizeable area. I mean, I’ve heard of the “Upper East Side”, but I don’t really know what that means. So Times Square it was. A $100 offer was immediately accepted.
I talked Denis into stopping studying for a while so he could come with me. He is, after all, my New York sherpa-guide. He even knows what “Upper East Side” means.
The hotel was the Crowne Plaza Times Square. It was awesome! It was right in the middle of everything, and was clean and gorgeous. The only drawback was frighteningly fast elevators. I kept thinking we’d shoot through the roof or something.
In the picture below, the brown awning over the trees covered with lights is the Crowne Plaza. There was a Hershey store right next door (see the Twizzler sign) and an M&M store across the street.
Since we were right on Broadway, we went to that place where you can stand in line to get cheap theater tickets. I had seen a sign on a bus advertising a show called “Curtains” that had David Hyde-Pierce in it, so we got tickets for that. At half price. Awesome!
The show was great! We were like 30 yards away from the stage. It was really funny and very entertaining. I loved the dance numbers. Very complicated.
And since I was in New York, I went back to the place I had gotten my hair cut at Thanksgiving. The same guy cut my hair. I was SO much more confident in his skills than in the mall chick from my last haircut. He ended up cutting off quite a bit of hair, but he was doing something specific, so I didn’t mind so much. He styled it kind of forward like Julius Caesar hair. What I really liked was the curl in the front. I thought it was hilarious. It was too bad that I did this on the way out of town. I didn’t get to show it off much.
And in perhaps an interesting bit of irony, my only souvenir was a mug. But I had to get it, because I am drinking coffee with some regularity now, and I’ve been using a regular-sized mug, which is just too small. And it’s an Oreo trivia mug, so it’s kind of boring-looking. The mug I got is GIANT! It holds 18 ounces. AND it’s a Superman mug!
So all-told, I spent about two hundred dollars. And all I have to show for it is a mug and a haircut.
…I think I’ll do this again next month. Hehe!