Weekends in October

Today I had the pleasure of a free day. After a lazy morning indoors, I retreated out to the wild streets of upper Manhattan. And I mean wild. I got at least three scornful looks from Botox-injected Park avenue princesses within ten minutes – probably directed towards my $2 rubber flip flops paired with my $20 Target dress. [It’s pronounced “Tar-jaay”] I couldn’t care less on this day. After a pleasant walk down Madison Avenue to the East 70’s (note aforementioned scorning session), I ventured into the area of Central Park infested with New Yorkers who just can’t get enough of the outdoors. At first I thought it was a rare breed, or even tourists – these people who were always lounging in the grass, playing frisbee, or roller skating down the sidewalk… but I realized that that is just how many Manhattanites actually behave. Unlike California, where great weather is hardly scare, New York experiences a solid “Winter” which excludes this sort of outdoor gallavanting. The people of the East Coast seem to be more appreciative of a beautiful early autumn day, and not a moment of precious sunshine goes to waste. (Note: The picture here was taken this afternoon by the Boathouse in Central Park.) After my enjoyable excursion through the park this afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder how it is I got so lucky to end up here. I strolled back to the 77th and Lex subway station and chatted with my brother, Kyle, about what a beautiful day I had. I guess I should go outside as much as possible to enjoy these last days of summer (trust me, it’s still hot enough here to consider October 7th summer) before a chilly breeze will set itself propelling through the streets of the spectacular city. Happy birthday Dad!

5 thoughts on “Weekends in October

  1. Linda October 8, 2007 / 12:58 pm

    sounds beautiful . . . can’t wait to read your posts once the weather turns cold, California girl in a real winter state, now THAT will be interesting!

  2. Brian October 8, 2007 / 1:43 pm

    Sounds amazing, I wish I could have spent it with you! Um, I don’t want it to get cold. But I don’t want it to stay hot either? Confusing? I think so.

  3. Anonymous October 8, 2007 / 4:45 pm

    Had to get going this morning without posting my usual reply but the day is not over yet, so here I am. Enjoy the beautiful weather. You will have to look for the beauty in the cold, harsh winter. It can be long and wearing. I am sending you some beautiful California sunshine along with this note.Your loving Oma

  4. Anonymous October 8, 2007 / 5:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day. The picture is awesome. Just remember those botox bimbos will never be as happy as you and that’s why they always look scornful. Thanks for the birthday call. I love you and miss you, Dad

  5. Anonymous October 8, 2007 / 11:12 pm

    Here I am, last on the totem pole, but my thoughts are with you all the time. Like Oma says, the winter can be long, enjoy the weather as much as you can, this will make you appreciate it as much as your relatives in Germany do. I can picture you traips through Central Park, ( as if I have been there)and look like the California girl, cool and laid back.Opa

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