Two years ago The Lenster and I decided to take a Caribbean cruise on New Years eve. It was an easy decision....it left out of New York City, so, no having to fly somewhere.... and... it got us out of the cooooooold and wet winter for a week.
We met a wonderful couple on the ship...(The Norwegian Gem)...Arnie and Wendy Udell from Toronto, Canada. We hit it off immediately.
in fact...we had so much fun with them that we decided to do a second cruise with them on the same ship...from NYC to New England and Halifax, the following year.
we shared a love of Judaism and so many other things. We never ran out of conversation.
Wendy wasn't feeling very well on the second trip and within just a few months after we had all returned we got an email from Arnie telling us Wendy had died. From cancer.
We were devastated.
We told Arnie that if he ever got back to NYC we'd make a point to come into Manhattan and spend some time with him. And so we did !! It's been 11 months since Wendy passed.
We went to lunch at an Irish pub...delicious fish and chips... and we walked around Manhattan even tho it was bitter cold and snowy.
and we talked about Wendy and we reminisced. Because sometimes you just know there are going to be people you meet that will forever be in your life.
In fact, they say its such a small world....and I believe that's true. On that first cruise we also met Laurie Ann Gardner...one of the ships premier entertainers....
and discovered, through conversation, that The Lensters sister Jane is Lauries doctor in Nashville.
Yes...tell me again how small a world it is !!!
I'll share some of the sights from our walk yesterday
This is the Jim Dine Venus de Milo sculpture on Avenue of the Americas... its a headless sculpture to the "naked eye"...BUT...if you look VERY closely you'll find 3 faces hidden in the sculpture by the artist. You need to be there to see them.
Robert Indiana's LOVE began as a simple Christmas card and grew into one of the most recognizable images in American art. It is made from COR-TEN steel.
Then, of course, you have the Halal Guys food carts. The Halal Guys was founded in 1990 by Mohamed Abouelenein, from Egypt. The cart began as a hot dog vendor, however Abouelenein believed that the hot dog was not a satisfying meal and switched to the current menu of chicken, gyro meat, rice, and pita in 1992
These guys up in the tree were first now taking down all the twinkling lights in the city trees. They just cut the lights off...no unraveling and saving them !!
Do you watch "The Apprentice"...."You're Fired"
But...you need not worry if you're in need of a hat, a purse, a watch, an umbrella, a scarf...or anything else in NYC...there's always a street corner with something for sale...
Bundle up now
(unless of course you're one of my friends in the southern hemisphere) !!!!!!!