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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Samantha Echo in Penn Station

Let It Go -- Samantha Echo:

Subway Singer

So I was in Penn Station, waiting for Becca so we could enjoy the commute home together.

As is typical of Penn at rush hour, there was an artist sponsored by the MTA, a young woman, a singer. She sang some songs from "Frozen". Songs from "Les Miz". From "Phantom of the Opera". Then she moved on to real opera.

And then some jackass told her to shut up. But she would not be bullied.

I was so impressed with the way she handled herself. Had to look her up. This is what I found.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Work, work, work, work

Work is stressful lately. The job is interesting, but the politics and personalities ....still, I think I'm managing to keep everyone happy. The change has been good for me.

Drew's summer vacation comes to an end tomorrow. So now we can both deal with workplace stress. At least this year the classes he's going to teach are in his comfort zone.

Becca is loving her job. Some days they run her ragged, but then there are days... She's sent on an errand via car service, then allowed to go home early in the car. She's considering law school, but she's also considering taking a Master's. She's got time to figure it out.

Jen isn't working this week. The last day of camp was August 22, and she doesn't have to report to school until September 2. She'll be at the middle school this year. In the meantime, she's on vacation -- in London and Paris.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cowgirl Seahorse

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Another lunchtime adventure. Until this week I had not ventured over to the South Street Seaport, I was afraid to see the ravages of Superstorm Sandy.  But an invitation to join coworkers for lunch changed all that.

Cowgirl Seahorse, located on historic Front Street, is one of many small "dives"  in the neighborhood.

It's a small, whimsical restaurant, Coney Island Boardwalk meets 1950's Florida vacation.  There are actually strings of game tickets hanging from the lighting fixtures.

Food is part Tex Mex, part Southern.  We started our meal with excellent tortilla chips and a wonderful guacamole with just enough spice to make things interesting.  Most of us had sandwiches, served in a basket with cole slaw and French fries -- hamburger, pulled pork, a po' boy.  Mine was grilled chicken in BBQ sauce -- a bit dry, but satisfactory.

A bit of a hike from our office, but a fun and tasty  lunch, well worth the trip.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Renaissance Faire

So Saturday we went to the Renaissance Faire. Four of us, though Drew's sister opted out. Breakfast at our favorite diner in Tuxedo, of course, and then on to the Faire. Guess who was hanging out at the entrance? None other than Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Not to mention, Maid Marian, the local gentry ...

And some fairies inside the gate.

Musicians, too.

I was a bit disappointed, they cast a different woman as Queen this year, and Her Majesty did not greet the arriving guests when the gates opened. Rather, she arrived later, after we had moved onto other activities.

Stewart and Arnold, our favorite knife throwers.

And the humor of Hey Nunnie Nunnie.

We did some shopping, then found our way to the Living Chess Game. This is set up as a friendly confrontation between the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood, and involves hand to hand combat.

So Saturday

The rest of the afternoon...we had some lunch (I had steak on a stake!), did some more shopping. Drew went to see a magic show. We caught a few minutes of Ded Bob -- he is a puppeteer. Kathy found the psychics and got a reading.

The final event of the day is the joust. It starts with a parade and pageantry, then proceeds to actual jousting, and more hand to hand combat. Each section of the audience cheers for one if the knights. I knew our champion would lose, as he was riding for the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Another great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orange Top Diner

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One of our annual traditions is a visit to the Orange Top Diner in Tuxedo, NY.  We stop there for breakfast on our way to the Renaissance Faire.  The place feels very retro -- we've been going there for decades and the decor has never been updated.  But it's conveniently located bad reasonably priced.  Service is friendly and efficient.

They offer the usual breakfast items -- eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast.   Generous but not outrageous portions of food.

This time around I had chocolate chip pancakes -- very light and fluffy.  Bacon was crispy good.

Of course, other diners spotted us as Faire attendees.  Don't be surprised if you see knights and ladies at table in the summer.

 We always enjoy our meal.  That's why we keep coming back.

Jones Beach Theater, the view from my seat

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