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
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
Times Square is something to behold
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 i believe the Waterford crystal ball is already on its pole?
Board your double decker bus
enjoy the greeting by the very charming
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
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
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
gaze at a star