Friday, April 04, 2008

New York City Trip

We went to New York for business, but we had loads of fun! How could we not, when we were located right in the middle of things, in a hotel that's right on Broadway/Times Square? Here is a pciture of my room. What you don't see are the 2 water bottles on the cabinet to the left. One is half a liter for $5, the other an entire liter for $7. They were both on little wired stands. If you picked up the bottle for 30 seconds or longer, you'd automatically get charged for the water! The whole thing struck me as quite ridiculous, and it reminded me of Indiana Jones: pick up the golden idol and the entire temple collapses. Considering that I was on the 25th floor, I thought it wiser not to touch the bottles, just to make sure.


But I digress. Here is the view from my window. Pull back the curtains you see in the picture above and -- ta-da! Stuff. Lots of stuff. And not even 5 minutes away from our downtown office. So cool.


After the first day of meetings, we went out to explore. First, we had drinks at The View, the rotating restaurant/observation deck at the Mariott Marquis. Then, we walked around until we got to a bar that looked like it wouldn't kill our entire food budget for the trip and ate there. A good time was had by all except the one co-worker who had to stay in and actually get some work done. This is what she missed. I hope she gets to come back without a huge deadline looming on the horizon!


After the second day of meetings, we hoofed it to Penn Station and took the next train home. It would have been nice to have a little more time, but the main purpose of this trip was business, or I would have tried to meet up with some City knitters. Maybe next time.

And speaking of knitting... I knit about 5" of Mr. Batty's socks until I realized two things: my gauge was way off and the socks were going to be way too wide. So I ripped them out. All that train knitting for nothing. But I promise to show pictures as soon as there is some progress.

18 comments:

Bezzie said...

That water bottle thing is becoming more prevalent around the country. So annoying!!!

Great view! And I can say "I've been there!!" ;-)

Karen said...

Ah, my beautiful city. :) Glad you had a good time!

Lauren said...

I think the water bottle stand sounds absurd! What if it gets knocked over?

I love the hustle and bustle of the city! Glad you had fun despite the whole buisness thing.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Sounds like a great quick work trip!! Looks like you stayed right near where we stayed last year...I want to go back!!

cpurl17 said...

Sounds like a great trip.

I can picture you standing over the water bottle with your fake water bottle in your other hand trying to make the switch like Indy did.

fleegle said...

Aah, my hometown! sigh.\

I didn't wear desert clothes because it was a surprise and he just told me to wear something comfortable. But come to think of it, I don't have any desert clothes!

turtlegirl76 said...

Negative ease works both ways sweetie. If it's too wide, just make it shorter.

schrodinger said...

Wow! Talk about flying visit - shame you didn't get to stay longer here. Sorry about the whole gauge issue with the sock, but at least you know now.

The water bottle thing just blows my mind though - how bizarre! Which hotel was it?

Becky said...

I thought it was bad that they Hyatt (site of Stitches West) charges for the water -- but charging for touching the water?! Yikes!

New York must be a very fun place, though. Sorry about the frogging incident.

Carina said...

I hate that water bottle thing. The kids think water bottles are meant to be drunk, so I have to hide them. If we stayed there, I'd have to figure out how to move them without getting charged. Grr.

I'm so jealous you got to go to NYC. I've never been there (unless you count flying through JFK a few times, which I don't), and there are so many things I want to do there. Ride the yarn bus, go to that trim and button shop near FIT, FIT's museum, and more. I hope you get to see something cool. :)

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I'm going to NYC in June. I hope I have as good a time as you did. It's my first trip there.

Maureen said...

how strange! Water on a stand! How you had a good time in the city, sorry your train knitting had to ripped though. That is depressing.

Mary, Mary... said...

Thanks for the NYC shots, especially the hotel room. It's such a great contrast between generic beige hotel room and BIG CITY! Rats about the sock.

Soo said...

Oh man. That water bottle thing would freak me out. I can see drunken games of 'chicken' over who can hold the water bottle off the stand for the longest -- without incurring the charge!

Freaky!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a good trip, although rushed. And the hotel's water bottle gimmick makes a good story… Indiana Batty and the Water Bottles of Doom.

Rebel said...

I would be so tempted to use a straw ;)

Rebel said...

I would be so tempted to use a straw ;)

Jess said...

hahaha. Now that's funny. I don't know what's worse, that they water was so expensive, or that the little stand charged you for holding it too long. Yeesh.
The city looks so cool! I hope I get to see it someday! Glad you had a good time.