Saturday, November 28, 2015

After 9 Days Up North - There's No Place Like Home

Fruit and Flowers From Our Yard 
Said - Welcome Home - Coal Crackers

We got home two hours late last night from our 9 day trip up north. Our friend Marge picked us up at the airport - and George and Joel had us over for a Thanksgiving dinner. White camellias were in bloom and we had a few of the last oranges and tangerines on our trees for breakfast. We truly feel like this is our home now. I guess we are no longer carpet baggers from the North. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

New Brunswick NJ -We Missed Our Train Stop At Newark Airport

I guess we were both day dreaming. Anyway - we missed the airport. Ended up at Rutgers!  It is like - It's A Wonderful Life - or Field of Dreams. I think We were so  unconsciously heading home to Tamaqua for the holidays. 

We will catch an eastbound from here - miss our flight - and get home late. 

You must excuse me now. I must find a way to turn this lemon into lemonade.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lulu Always Wanted To See The Macy's Parade

At the end of the parade - was Santa. 

Lulu can scratch another off her list of things to do. We just got back to our hotel room after the Macy's Parade. With a little luck - we got VIP passes on the front row of the parade route at 6 Avenue and 57th St. Lulu was pretty desperate because the crowd arrived well before our 7 AM start. It looked like we would be standing in the back of the pack. I saw a nice looking guard at one of the enclaves - I offered him a $20 to let us in. He told me to go into the Wayfarer Restaurant and ask for John. John gave us two free VIP wrist bands. We were early enough to get the front row. I still have the $20. 

The parade started at 9 AM and reached us by 9:30. The weather was good - lower 50s - no wind - but we were in shadows the whole time. We have two tripod stools - a bag of food and drinks - and a hotel blanket. We were set. 

The parade was over by noon - it took us 30 minutes to get back to our hotel - just 4 blocks away. 

Here are the pictures - I had no time to caption them or edit them. 

Macy's Parade - Front Row - VIP - Free - all you have to do is ask the right people - and say you know Lulu

Macy's Parade - Front Row VIP


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bus From Washington DC to New York City - Then Watched Them Inflate Balloons For Macy's Parade Tomorrow

Our bus at Dupont Circle in Washington DC
Our day started in Washington DC - when our left Dupont Circle - just a couple of blocks from Keith and Liz's house. We were on our way - for $30 the bus took us non-stop to Time Square in 4 hours flat. The bus had wifi and power outlets - Lulu and I each had a pair of seats to ourselves. On the busiest driving day of the year - we traveled to our Hilton on 6th Avenue - along the Macy's Parade route.

Time Square - In Line For Play Tickets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fantastic Christmas Ad By John Lewis Store in London

One of my favorite stores when we visit London is the John Lewis Store right on Oxford Street. It reminds me of big city shopping in my youth. To my surprise - they produced this lovely Christmas ad. Merry Christmas to all my students and friends.