4th of whatever
Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
85Trip End Dec 24, 2011
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We are woken at 8.30am by the most insane thunder storm. There is a snap of lighting and the boom that follows tells us its right over our heads, at which point Claire turns to Jo and in her sleepy state says 'Terrorist?'. Jo says 'no' and spends the next ten minutes covering Claire's ears form the worst of the storm until we both fall asleep again.
The rain throughout the day was a pleasant change from the heat in a way, but all we did was wander about the lower west side and eat Thai food. On our travels we see some great signs though... for example:
'I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! I MUST RENT THIS STORE! CALL CRAZY LANDLORD FOR DETAILS...' (on the side of a boarded up retail space on 2nd Ave)
'Keeping it real, trying to buy some weed' (held by a cross-eyed man marching up 14th street, shouting 'got a dolla?')
Now today is 4th of July.
The Lower East side is dead and there is a serious lack of all things stared and striped. (*listen now for Claire and Jo's quiet joy at this*)
To escape the quiet we head uptown to central park. We need to get 3 subway trains as they are running a weekend schedule in honour of the forth. What we notice is that the subway staff are not very good at explaining when a particular train isn't running or a platform is out of operation. If you are lucky there will be an A4 piece of paper (probably ripped badly) taped loosely to one of the 30 pillars on the platform which details, in the least obvious way possible, the train closures and changes. Then intermittently a helpful voice will bark the same information as the A4 sheet through the tannoy. However, it will likely sound something like this... 'GARRRRBURRRAHHHTKAHSHA LALALABAHGARRRRRRRRRRR'. At which point over half the people on the platform will leave the station and the foreigners have to decide who out of them looks the most responsible and therefore who they should attempt to follow
We make it to the Jackie O Reservoir in the upper half of Central Park nonetheless where we meet Bronwyn (a friend of Claire's from work) and her boyfriend Toby, who are working in NY for the summer. Together we walk to Columbus Circus to the Whole foods store to get lunch.
There is a cue for a cue here but we still have a nice lunch on one of the park's lawns after which Claire buys what looks like a poo, but is actually a 'chocolate canneloni' with a sweet ricotta cheese filling. Make of that what you will.
Claire and Jo wander the park for the next few hours taking in the zoo (which is about to close much to Claire's disappointment), the boating lake (+ terrapins), the Bethesda Angel fountain (as seen in Angels in America) and Strawberry Fields.
Its a beautiful park and a great way of avoiding any crazy 4th of July patriotics/antics.
We finish the day listening to the Hudson River fire works form Lois' place whilst demolishing some of the best pizza in East Village.
Tomorrow to Brooklyn!