i truly believe that good, clean silliness is a very good thing--and continues to be the very best medicine. And, so, i share with you one of my favorite characters while wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!!
during the holidays without loosing your mind in the mobs:
a. Get to know a weatherman/woman and become familiar with their lingo and batting average so that when they say, "First some light showers around 7, then heavy after midnight" you know that you can believe that is what will happen.
b. trust that people will simply hear "showers" and "rain" and will stay away from the city
c. book a tour on the double decker bus nightime, "Holiday Lights" tour--before local schools are out for the holiday
d. don't fret over the camera too much (the photos won't be great, no matter what you do) and enjoy the show without the camera in front of your face
This is precisely what J (the sister) and i did on Thursday and Oh! what fun!
We got in early and walked over to Times Square. Having spent my childhood near Las Vegas i'm not easily "whelmed" by bright lights that said Times Square is something to behold and photos just can't do it justice (unless you are a mega pro at such set ups, which i'm not)
the "billboards" are fantastic
and there's even one with a very important reminder
and i believe the Waterford crystal ball is already on its pole?
Board your double decker bus enjoy the greeting by the very charming Jamacan-born comediene who will keep you laughing while teaching you things you never knew about the city
enjoy the shooting stars
a garden of stars that change colors
fabulously over-the-top windows of feathered sculptures
and, yes that tree which always brings a lump to my throat
and a building wrapped in a crystal red bow with a jaguar climbing it
and a glitzy touch of Hollywood
And when it's all over walk to the grand New York City Public Library on 5th avenue and watch the sweet crowd of skaters in Bryant Park the really talented ones and those helping the wobbly ones and all the smiles
i put on my water socks and shoes (yes, i know, socks in sandals...but given that i cannot take more than a few steps barefoot i am required to wear shoes almost always and i don't like the feeling of sand caught between straps and skin. Besides it's a terrific excuse for more fun socks!)
and i headed down to the natural harbor because the ocean was still tossing up rather big waves.
i was looking around for bits of sticks, feathers or other Pooh Stick stuff as inspired by Lenny when i saw this and many more like it
(as you can see, i gave in to temptation at least long enough to give you a good look at these rad socks)
Nantucket is famous for its scalloping and then the thought came to me: the island Daffodil Festival was just a few days off.
So i went back to the cottage collected some daffs and came back to sail my little Not-Pooh stick ships
Still photos can't show them actually sailing so i switched to video mode (note to self: in future, check white balance setting)
i'm sure you noticed in this brief little bit that the shell and sun were creating fascinating shadows onto the sand so i decided to see what an empty shell and sun would do
And as almost always happens when fooling about in tiny boats the daffodils took several dunkings and when it was time to head back for lunch it seemed best to let the breeze and water take them