It’s been a busy week. This is the first opportunity I’ve to post the story of our trip to New York City last weekend.
Mrs. Poolman and I were both “Big Apple Virgins.” Neither of us had visited NYC. There is a story behind this, so bear with me.
Our hostess on this trip was a good friend who I’ve known since high school. Randi has stayed in touch with us and we have visited back and forth, but never to New York.
Also along was another couple. Marcia and Greg. Marcia and Randi have been best friends since grade school and we were all part of the same group of friends in high school. Marcia and I have stayed loosely in touch since then, mostly on a Christmas card exchange basis.
Several years ago, Marcia’s husband, Greg, an artist and art teacher, was diagnosed with ALS. At this point, he is confined to a motorized wheelchair with limited use of a thumb to control it. They took a southern vacation last spring and spent several days with us. Despite some initial trepidation, we had a great time. Marcia is the same fantastic person she was 35 years ago. Greg is simply a superman. For a guy who has a terribly crippling disease, his attitude is incredible. To talk to him, you would think he had nothing more serious than a sprained ankle. They are absolutely amazing!
We flew up on Thursday and stayed until Sunday evening. Marcia and Greg drove up from Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.
Randi is absolutely the “hostess with the mostest.” She had darn near every waking minute crammed with some activity. Our HQ was her apartment two blocks south of Central Park. We were unabashed tourists and loved it.
We rode the Staten Island Ferry.
We even saw President Obama leave Manhattan after his UN visit.
We went to Grand Central Station.
We ate incredible meals.
We visited Central Park.
We went to Time Square.
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge.
We went to a Broadway play.
We watched the lights come on from the Top of the Rock.
With just an hour left before we had to leave to the airport, we even squeezed in a street fair.
And we walked, and we walked, and we walked, even in the rain. .
Great time had by all. Thank you Randi, Marcia and Greg for making it a fantastic weekend. We’ll be back!