Tuesday, 7/8/08 Day 157
Yippee! Today is my 12th birthday! We had a great day in Central Park and even had a tiny birthday party!
One of the first things I did was open my presents from Grandma and Grandpa, and from my family. From G&G, I got $25 and a great, great magazine article that they made into a book, plus one of their homemade b-day cards. The magazine article is "Big, Bad, Bizarre Dinosaurs" from National Geographic. It shows some really cool dinos with special "X-Factors." I have never heard of most of the dinosaurs. My favorite (and Bro's as well) is Masiakasaurus - a carnivore from Madagascar, the size of a German Shepherd, that had long, conical, hooked teeth that curled out of its mouth and were used to stab small prey! Put that in Jurassic Park!!
From the rest of my family, I got a book that I accidentally, actually ½ knew about, and a totally awesome Civil War computer program - AGEod's American Civil War: The Blue & The Gray. It is more than just battles, but also politics, finances, manufacturing, and moving through full campaigns as either the USA or rebel CSA. Unfortunately, our computer charger ahs been broken for a long time, and I can't even play the game! Ugh!!!
For the day's activity, we walked to the Central Park Zoo. Mom got some memberships from Jersey Grandma, so we got in free. The zoo is small, with only about a dozen big exhibits. We were there from about 11:00am - 3:00pm, with an approx. 1hr. break to go ride the 1908 carousel. We watched two sea lion feedings and one penguin feeding. My two favorites are a tie between the excellent rain forest exhibit, and the harbor seals. Mom's was the polar bears and Josh's was the penguins. The zoo is small, but it is in an ideal location and is full of flowers and gardens. It is pretty.
As I mentioned before, we took an approx. hour long break from the zoo to ride an old carousel. The carousel is all wood and hand-painted, plus all the figures you ride on are horses. Mom rode too, just to say she did. The music is played on a player piano from the 1920's. It was cool.
On the way back to the zoo, we stopped and bought some bookmarks from this man. He hand-painted the originals with great NYC themes, then made prints. We purchased one of the Statue of Liberty, another of the Chrysler Building, and a third of the New York Skyline seen from the East River. I liked all of the man's many works of art.
On the way home, we stopped at Magnolia Bakery. Suzanne and Bob from s/v Brittany de la Mer had been told that it was a world famous bakery and had gotten some delicious cupcakes, and told us we should get some for my birthday. We bought three, and when Mom let us taste a little icing, it was the best! We also picked up some blueberry crumb cake for breakfast tomorrow.
At the marina, we took showers and looked for tickets to a New York Yankees game. While Mom was finishing her shower, I found awesome seats for a great price on StubHub.com. While Mom typed in her information to buy them, someone else bought them first. Nothing else was as good or as well priced on this site that appeared to be dominated by scalpers.
After about a half hour of searching, we finally settled on tickets that were not as good, but more expensive. There are decent enough, though. The game is tomorrow at 1:05pm. I hope we win.
When we got back to the boat, the s/v Blue Wilderness gang came over for a little party. We wound up skipping dinner. They had baked me a cake and even dug out some little gifts! Summer gave me a shark tooth, Solomon gave me a hacky sack that he had made, and Sam gave me some candy. Sam also insisted on giving me $1.25 from his piggy bank. It was all really fun!! Today was really awesome!
Wednesday, 7/9/08 Day 158
Today we went to the Yankee game. We left at 11:00am and took the subway to Yankee Stadium (called "The Stadium" by New Yorkers). There were a lot of people wearing Yankees stuff, so it was hard to get lost. The subway to the stadium itself was very crowded. The subway is how everyone gets around here. Josh stated correctly, "You're lucky to even have a pole to hang on to, and having a seat is extremely rare."
When we arrived, literally 5o,ooo people were around us. Everyone had on Yankee garb, including Josh (because he now has my old shirt that I outgrew), so Mom bought me a Yankees t-shirt w/ Jeter's name on the back. It was kind of an additional birthday present.
We did meet up with our cousin Heather who had come to New York City with some friends at coincidentally the same time as we did. They also had tickets to the game. We said hi, but timing wasn't great and we'll have to catch up with Heather down the road, such as in Boston, MA - but not at a Red Sox game!
Our seats were on the third base side of the stadium by the foul pole on the first level, but kind of far back. We were looking straight at the backs of Jeter and A-Rod while fielding. In the bottom of the first inning, Jeter scored on an RBI. Ponson pitched well until he gave up a home run to the Tampa Bay Rays. So now we were tied. The game was pretty boring for a while, and there was even an inning or two where nothing happened at all. In the 9th, we were still tied 1-1. Mariano Rivera came in to close. In the bottom of the 10th, extra innings, we were still tied. Just like the first, though, Jeter got on and scored on an RBI! So...the Yankees win!! The Yankees win!!
Getting to the subway to go home was an ordeal. At least 10.000 of the 53.400 people were cramming into the un-air-conditioned underground station, trying to get through the turnstiles which didn't always work, such as with us. The trains were crowded, but we got seats. When we got out, we learned that it had poured while we were on the subway, but we had missed it because we were underground. It was all good though.
For dinner, we had my birthday dinner that we couldn't do yesterday. It was baked eggplant stuffed with chicken, tomato, and onion, served with spaghetti. It was good. For dessert, we had the cupcakes. The icing was so sweet. I thought I was going to be sick! Whoopee! Whoopee! Today was great!!
Thursday, 7/10/08 Day 159
Today was a bit boring. We did not leave the boat at all all day long. We straightened up a bunch. I spent a while reading the manual for AGEod's American Civil War: The Blue & The Gray, my birthday present, even though I can't play it. We also worked on the website a good bunch. I worked on a pirate ship I'm going to use to create a second update hub. It's going to be a beautiful, yet menacing gaff-rigged topsail schooner.
Mr. Bob, a friend of ours from a neighboring boat who works with computers, came over with an antenna and helped us get internet on board. That contributed to us not getting off the boat all day.
This evening, we played a game of Scrabble. I won. It was a great game, with lots of big, new, and high-point words. We had fun. That's all for now!
Friday, 7/11/08 Day 160
Today was great. We spent the whole morning doing laundry. For lunch we got paninis at Zabar's. Then, we continued to our day's activity: The American Museum of Natural History. Josh and I wanted to go to the gems exhibit (J) and the dinosaurs (both), and Mom pretty much wanted to just take time to check out everything in between. We saw a large exhibit on the people of Africa which was actually quite interesting. We also went through an exhibit with amazing pictures of birds. We were in the museum until it closed at 5:45pm.
On the way home, we ate dinner at Chirping Chicken (weird name, huh). It tasted good, maybe because it was "flame-broiled," as they made sure you noticed.
Back on board, we worked on the website for the rest of the evening. Today was pretty simple, but nonetheless great!
Saturday, 7/12/08 Day 161
Today was great. We hung out all morning, but went to a show in the afternoon. Getting into Central Park, where the theater was, was a big mess. Because of the Bon Jovi concert (see 7/7/08 for details), there were 1000 cops in and around the park, and only two entrances on the lower west side of the park were open. We heard that there were 65,000 free tickets given out, but only 50,000 seats. People slept in the park to be on of the 50,000. There were fences and cops everywhere. Someone described it as "a police barricade."
The show we went to was a puppet show at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. We saw Jack and the Beanstalk, all with marionettes (string puppets). It was a nice variation. (They made friends with the giant in the end and he changed his ways.)
We got out of the Central Park crowds and went to Zabar's where we got knishes for a late lunch. From there we went home where we worked on the website. We were too full to eat dinner, but we ate popcorn with a movie. We watched Oliver. It was a good musical, but Mom and I were bit worried that Bro didn't understand it all. I think he got most of it. It was a good way to end a good day!
Sunday, 7/13/08 Day 162
Today was great - like usual. We spent the whole morning doing even more laundry. Then, in the afternoon, we grabbed lunch at a pizza place and headed to Central Park to play. We had it planned out and brought a cool kite, a Frisbee, and a tennis ball. The Great Lawn was open, and we went there so I could fly my kite. The kite was one Grandma and Grandpa brought back from China, and it was weird. The kite had 10 light triangles, each connected by a foot of string. It got tangled easily. The Washington University Alumni softball team was playing a full fledged game near us, and the kite got in their way. They finally left and I flew it well. We had fun.
We got back to the boat and had Bob & Susan (from s/v Brittany de la Mer) over for cocktails. We had a good time. Tomorrow I think we'll go to Coney Island and the Aquarium there. It'll be good any way things turn out.
Monday, 7/14/08 Day 163
Today we were going to go to Coney Island, but it rained. All day it was gray and wet. L Instead, we worked on the website all morning. It's going better. We made pages, lots of 'em. Then in the afternoon, we went to the movies. There is a movie theater on Broadway and it stopped raining long enough for us to walk up there. We saw the new Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D. This is the 3rd time I have seen this movie and each time it was a different variation. Because it was 3D, this was probably my favorite. It was a nice way to spend the rainy afternoon. That's really all I can say about today.