NYC Oliver Style..

Dave just put a Dorito on Oliver’s back and it’s funny cause he can smell it but can’t find it, so he is looking everywere for Dorito’s.  =)

Today we spent an hour and half strolling in central park, it was lovely and Oliver loved it. Wanted to see the Lennon memorial in Strawberry Fields, as well as the Alice in Wonderland Statue, hoping that since it was December 25th it wouldn’t be flooded with tourists, it still was =( loud and boisterous and packed, oh well, I squeezed  in and got my shots, but 90% of the Alice in Wonderland shots are filled with random children and other people climbing all over it…

Now we relax a while then head back out. We have Spamalot on Broadway tonight at 8pm, then we are going to stop by Rockefeller and see the tree lit up at night.

Things I have noticed so far about Manhattan..
There are almost no fat people or even chubby people here at all. Guess it’s all the walking and the damn subway stairs, boy oh boy are there alot of subway stairs. I know that I gained 40lbs since leaving Toronto for Halifax due to driving everywere. I guess that is the nice thing about cities like Toronto and Manhattan, they were built to be walked around.

2) There are NO panhandlers at all, the only people I have seen looking for money were subway platform performers and they were just entertaining.

3) There are no blatent in your face sex shops here like are in Montreal and Toronto. Not that I have seen yet.

5) American’s get their visa and debit card together in one card. SMART. We still have two seperate cards.

6) People walk damn fast, I mean people walked fast in Toronto, so I am used to that, but damn, I am 5’2 and I have very short legs, I have a hard time keeping up. Shopping on Maddison Avenue here is better exercise then some cardio classes I have been to.

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Posted on December 25, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Manhattan is one of the fittest boroughs from all the walking, but far from the fittest cities. Also the higher education level, dominate ethnicities, income bracket, and all the things that make one less likely to be obese according to statistic. I’ve been walking everywhere (even in snow) trying to lose weight. It is amazing how much I gained after getting a car and getting married (ie more money and someone to eat with).
    We took all the panhandlers and put them on a bus and dropped them off in Boston long ago. It is borderline illegal to be homeless in NYC. Basically we have shelters and they are expected to go there (and comply with work programs). I love it and am always surprised when I go back to San Francisco and remember what constant panhandling is like, but obviously there is a large liberal population that strongly feels it is a person’s right to be homeless and I understand that to a degree.
    The sex shops along with the street prostitution and a lot of Times Square and subway crime were wiped out by Giuliani. Laws are set up so it is very hard to run a sex shop (you must be in this zone and have a permit and not be too close to government buildings or another sex shop or schools, etc). There are many hidden ones that have stuff for show in the front that isn’t really for sale or ever sold and other stuff in the back all to create a ratio of more non sex stuff for sale than sex stuff thereby changing what type of store they are.
    Visa and debit cards aren’t exactly combined. Your debit card just has a Visa logo so it can be used to make purchases where debit cards aren’t normally accepted or where they charge for debit purchases. The money is still subtracted from your account. As with many banks a person may have a line of credit attached to their account or they may have a cc linked to their account, but neither is required in order to have a visa check/debit card. Some banks were giving them to everyone to replace their plain debit card and they were forced by courts to offer plain debit cards again. Most come with fraud protection, but as you can imagine it is much easier for a thief to empty your bank account with a visa debit card and faking your signature than he can with a debit card and not knowing your pin.
    When I worked in Manhattan I remember getting so annoyed by “people traffic”. Tourists walking slowly could easily make me late for work. I also get overly annoyed when people block entrances. There is something about the city that makes you want people to keep moving. I’m also 5’2″ According to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum it is the average height for women, but I feel like I know far more women who are taller than 5’2″ than women who are shorter.
    My husband and I really enjoyed Spamalot. I wasn’t the biggest Monty Python fan, but I laughed my butt off. I am glad you are enjoying NYC and your vacation.
    What did you shop for on Madison Ave?

    • Hey!
      I also can understand both sides to the equation around the homelessness issues. Of course people have the right to be homeless if they want to, however, I don’t think they have the right to sit outside my house or my bank and beg for my money. I have always had a job, no matter what it was, if I needed money I worked. I understand that many homeless people have Addiction or Mental Health issues as well, but there is so much help out there. That is what I did in Toronto as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor. I hated hated hated the panhandling aspect of Toronto, I felt so bad ignoring people like they were not human beings and yet, I couldn’t afford to give them money.
      I agree about the 5’2 thing, I feel like most females that are not Asian are taller then me. Also hear ya on that husband and car thing. I have been consistantly getting heavier since getting married, and I am not happy about it. Not cause Dave cares, but because I enjoy feeling good about myself, and I just don’t now. I also want to be healthier.
      WE loved Spamalot. After the song about not making it on Broadway if you don’t have a Jew πŸ™‚ They later brought up the guy from the audience who was supposed to be sitting on the holy grail, and he said ” I am Jew” all proud, it was adorable, by his accident and look I would guess he was Israeli. Too cute.
      Lastly, on Maddison Ave, we were specifically looking to get Fila shoes for Dave, so we went to the Fila Store, but sadly, it was empty, must have gone out of business. So we just looked at more shoe shops. Never found the shoe of his dream 😦

      • I’m glad you are having fun. I LOVE New York. But I also love retreating to my untrendy, southern Brooklyn home.
        I hate being heavy because I am superficial and because I have fantastic clothes I bought when I was single and spent all my money on clothes. I like to be healthy too, but the real motivation is clothes and I like to run fast. I use to like to catch a bus I would have never caught if I wasn’t a treadmill junkie, but I’m sure once I work out again and get my speed back I’ll find another way to show off.
        They brought an audience member on stage (but I wasn’t sure if it was fixed or not) when we went to, but it was a women and religion was not mentioned. That sounds very funny. Um, Reuben and I are still saying “I fart in your general direction” every chance we get and we saw the play last June.

  2. 1. That’s the biggest thing I miss about TO, almost, is the walking around…
    4. No four?
    5. My debit card is also a Visa, but we’ve never used it that way, we have regular credit cards…
    Have fun!

  3. we still have regular ATM cards too, that you can only use at your bank atm, and not at any stores. is that what you meant?

    • See I have two completly differant cards. My credit card-Visa, then my debit card, were you pay debit at a store, choose your checking or savings account, enter your PIN number and buy your stuff. As opposed to paying with a credit card and signing off only.
      We do not have debit cards that are also credit cards.
      I think it’s super conviniant to have two cards in one.

  4. dude i love you even more now that you too admit you are a waddlsing, slow, limping mess. MATCH!!!!
    and J-glad you are having a nice time. I ❀ NYC.
    Keith and I still have not given up driving down tomorrow. we are thinking about it and trying to make something work.

  5. 1. There will be at least one fat person in NYC tomorrow night! πŸ˜‰
    3. Times Square used to be a sleazy sex shop MECCA, but now it’s cleaned up pretty nice.
    5. Mine is a Mastercard and debit card in one πŸ˜›
    6. I’m 5’6″ but I also have short legs. On top of being pregnant and with serious sciatic pain 99% of the time, I am slow, waddling, limping mess.
    I hope you have a great time at Spamalot! I’ve heard gooood things. It sucks about all the tourists, but I’m glad you got your photos, at least, and that you got to see Strawberry Fields.
    (p.s. How I get in will probably depend on where we decide to meet – I’d rather take the train or a bus to avoid the traffic and parking mess, but I also don’t want to do 23908 miles of walking with my back in such sore shape. To start – where is your hotel? I know E38th but what is the nearest cross street?)

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