Monday, August 29, 2011

The third time's the charm

I'm writing this on exactly 1.5 hours of sleep since Saturday night, so please excuse me if my you're is a your.

Saturday we got an email message from a friend, do you remember the blogger Eebie? Well, he was flying back to Honduras to his home in New York City. His flight was canceled due to Hurricane Irene and he was going to need a place to stay in Atlanta. Most of the hotels were booked up.

We offered him a place in our home and went to pick him up at Hartsfield Jackson. Eebie, or let's call him by his real name Martin took us out for dinner at our fabulous local place Okinawa, then we all settled in for the night.

Sunday it became clear that Martin was going to have a hard time getting another flight, bus or ride. He was pretty agitated by this because he really needed to get back to work. I jokingly offered to drive him back.

Today is Monday, I think. Anyway, I drove Martin back to NYC. Sophie came with me. In exchange for the ride, Martin offered to pay our gasoline and gave Sophie and me a place to crash. We left Georgia at 5pm Sunday and arrived at Martin's great apartment in a fabulous neighborhood at 10:00 a.m. Monday.

Today is a blur because I haven't slept since Saturday night, but here's what we did:
Walked to Central Park to see Strawberry Fields.
Walked to Times Square. Gawked like the tourists we are.
Ate street meat and loved it.
Bought a subway card and took the train north to Martins apartment.
Laid around for half an hour and caught our breath then showered.
Went back to explore more of Central Park and then sat and people watched at Strawberry Fields. Loved that.
Ate a giant pretzel for dinner because I could.
Counted 42 people speaking languages other than English. Loved that, too.

We're heading back tomorrow afternoon because Sophie has to get back to school. I think I'll write her an absent note and say that she was on the best damn field trip ever.

Before we leave, we're going to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And having lunch, I hope, with Pissed in NYC!!!

I think we'll arrive back home around 5 a.m. on Wednesday. I'll wake up on Friday, around noon. Maybe. I should note that we disappointed Martin by not having the energy to go back out and see Times Square at night, but next time. Next time. Lots of next times.

This is the first time I've been back to New York since the bad thing happened.What did I learn from this? I will never let fear stop me from living.

And now you're all caught up, she said with a satisfied grin. Right before she toppled over snoring.



P.S. I still love Utz potato chips.


  1. I don't know what's wrong with the formatting, but I'm not going to be able to fix it now. Sorry about that.

  2. THAT is so cool!! So glad you took this opportunity!! What fun.

    Drive safely and get some sleep - your kid has skills but she sure can't drive. Or can she?!

    I wish I still lived nearby! And please give PINY my love, I have been thinking about her a lot lately and have meant to email her.

  3. What a great friend you are.
    That is all.

  4. Sleep well and have the sweetest of dreams! Sophie will have memories of this trip to last a lifetime; and of course so will you. :)

  5. wow, how great. Why are we all so foolish to grow older and wearier of 'fun,' of just jumping in the car and taking the chance! Way to go Lisa.

  6. Good for you!

    And you got to see Strawberry Fields!

    The bad thing was a bad thing, but it was not New York.

  7. Yay for you! Nothing like a road trip to end the summer.

    "I will never let fear stop me from living."

    Amen, sista!

  8. Mmmmm... sidewalk pretzels. Can't think of a better dinner.

    And, yes, you are a great friend.

  9. Forget Times Square, but please don't miss the Vermeers at the Met!


  10. I am sooo glad you get to have this fun and healing time. Good on you for overcoming! Have a ball, honey.

  11. Oh Lisa! How cool for you and Sophie. Sounds like you had an incredible time, totally WORTH the lack of sleep. And Martin is LUCKY to have such a great friend like you.

  12. I love all your adventures with other bloggers! So fantastic. And the whole "not living your life based on fear" thing...yes, I am still working on that. I figure just being able to remember that and hold it in my mind is a starting point.

    Utz chips 4ever,

  13. Oh so THAT'S what you were doing driving to NYC. It wasn't about cats. An adventure. Spontaneous sudden crazy things like this make you feel SO alive (followed by feeling dead from exhaustion) don't they? So glad Sophie got to share it.

  14. I'm glad you both got to have an enjoyable adventure right at summer's end.

  15. I love spontaneous. You have inspired me to aspire for it again. Sweet dreams!

  16. I kept thinking you were going to say & then you woke up from this dream....

    Looked up Strawberry Fields in Central Park

    Wow! Nice place to rest.

    I've never been East of Ohio!
    Been to Canada, Alaska, Mexico, but have not made it to the whole Eastern side of this country!

    Cool you got to have this spur of the moment road trip w the kiddo.
    Tempting to write an absence note for Sophie...
    "We were meditating in Strawberry Fields in Central Park"

  17. Reminds me of a greeting card I keep on my frig: "Ever notice WHAT THE HELL is always the right decision?"

  18. Wow. How great that you had the opportunity to do that and with one of your girls - sweet. I have always loved my visits to NY - so much to see and do. I hope this was healing and that you'll go back again for more!

  19. Lucky dawg! Get some sleep before you drive back!


  20. WOW - can't wait to hear more about the trip back.

  21. Incredibly cool, serendipitous and creative. It's your road-trip-at-the-drop-of-a-hat nature that keeps you whimsical and young forever, right?

  22. Lovely seeing you and Sophie and our mutual friend Spartacus for lunch. Next time you visit I'll have to take you on a little culinary tour.

  23. Fran: I've been thinking about you too, especially since Spartacus joined us. Was thinking about the meet-up at Morse's. Perhaps next time Lisa ventures up you can come and play?

  24. What a kind friend you are :-) sounds like you had a good time despite the lack of sleep


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