NYC-DC Trip: Part 1

Our trip started early Saturday morning with an early wake up and drive to the Long Beach airport. Before this flight, I don’t remember the last time I flew with JetBlue. It’s not that I don’t like the airline, I do, it’s just that JetBlue doesn’t really fly where I typically fly. The flight itself was nice. There was a lot of time for reading – mostly studying.

Once we got in to JFK, we picked up our luggage and called our car service for a ride to the hotel. The drive wasn’t too bad. There was a little traffic, but overall it was nice. We’re staying at the Ramada New Yorker. The lobby looks pretty nice, but the rest of the hotel could use a little renovation. There’s nothing really too bad, but the carpets are warn, the paint is a bit dingy, and the fixtures are a little old. The room is small too, but I expected that. I’m sure the big rooms in this city are way too expensive for me.

We’re staying in Midtown Manhattan, so we wanted to walk around. We ended up stopping by the Empire State Building and buying a ticket to the top. The line to the top was pretty annoying. It was hard to tell how long the line was going to turn out to be. Half of it was on a separate floor that was in serious need of some air-conditioning. The worst part was that at every turn, someone was trying to sell something to us. Eventually we made it up to the top and were treated to a great view. I took a bunch of pictures – we’ll see how they turn out.

New York is a very noisy city. I don’t know if I’ll get used to it while I’m here, but it did make it harder to sleep last night. I just don’t get it. It seems like the drivers just love honking. As far as I can tell, New Yorkers honk when they change lanes, turn corners, come to a stop, start moving, pass another car, or when someone else does any of the above.

Today we walked north and checked out the very edge of Central Park. The park is really cool. I was surprised at how busy it was there. I wish more American cities were pedestrian friendly.

We saw Avenue Q today too. I’m not really sure I could explain it, or even describe it, but it was pretty funny. The sense of humor was dark and non-PC — with puppets.

After the play we came back to the hotel for a rest and then went back out for dinner. After dinner we went to the AMC theater on 42nd St. This is probably the most vertical movie theater that I’ve been to. We had to take escalators to the 6th floor to get to our theater.

I normally wouldn’t go to the movies while on Vacation, but Serenity just came out and I really wanted to see it opening weekend. I’d love to write a whole post on this movie, but I doubt I’ll have time. It was a great movie — even better than I expected. If you haven’t seen the TV show, Firefly, that the movie is based on, I don’t know if you’ll get as much out of it as a fan would, but it’s still a good movie.

Well, It’s getting kind of late and I need to get some sleep, so I guess that’s all for today. Oh, the Internet access here stinks, so I don’t know when I’ll be able to post.