New York City.
As always, we stay at the Michelangelo on 51st@ 7th ave.
Al in his hotel room at the Michelangelo, NYC
If you have never been to NYC, be advised everything is pricey.
(unless you want to stay in Newark)
If you only go once, live it up and check out the “Mike”.
Great hotel, in the heart of all the great restaurants,
Broadway shows and Times Square.
Rosie O' Gradys 52nd @ 7th. (Beef stew on the menu)
It is killer. And not expensive. Also great seafood and
Steaks. You can eat reasonably in NY.
Al and his favorite manager at Rosie O Gradys, NY
Brunch, lunch, supper snacks.
(over 30 in NY…all good. Two slice pizza, two Pepsi 11.00
Cheap eats) Oceania. 49th @ 6th.
Carmine’s 44th and Times square. Italian. One order
Feeds three…really. Good pasta, ravioli, great bread.
(at busy times, prepare to wait 30-40 minutes)
Chinese…Jing Fong…20 Elizabeth St. Chinatown.
Dim sung for two 19.95
Our fave…Wohop…17 Mott st.
Four seasons(beef, chicken, shrimp,pork & rice 14.50
Feeds two. In the cellar..Chinatown..good stuff.
Ellens Starlight Diner….great for after show
Singing wait staff. Ice cream sodas and banana splits
That will blow you away..also full breakfast,lunch &
Dinner menu….cheap..by NY standards.
Ride the subway. 7 day pass..now 30.00. will save a hundrerd
In cab fares….speaking of …make sure you get the yellow cabs
And not the guys in the black limos..you will pay thru the nose
See Statue of Liberty, See 9/11 Memorial..
Al and wife Annette at Ground Zero before the new memorial
Shows….we saw Motown and Kinky Boots, both great.
Annie, Mama Mia, Wicked all still playing…
Go to TKTS…..46th @ Broadway …after 4pm…get discount tickets for shows.
(or before noon on sat and sun for matinees..you will save a bunch…)
Spiderman ignoring Al in Time Square, NYC.
Al and wife Annette in NYC
What a surprise. Went by train from NY. (overnight, lv NY 3pm, arrive
Al and a statue of songster Johnny Mercer in Savannah.
Hotel: River Street Inn. On the river..I mean ..on the river.
Managed by Janice Davis…lovely lady…lifer in Savannah. Knows
All the info. Request a room on the river side. Great views.
Reasonable prices…happy hour, plus wonderful brewed coffee(free)
In lobby. Staff is the friendliest you will find. Amazing. Free pralines
At bed time….
You gotta go to Paul Deens. The food IS GOOD.
Our fave…Hueys…on the River, shrimp and grits or anything you
Like. Jamabalaya…that’s right in Savannah….Henrys for a cheap
Five dollar breakfast…
Chart House…on the River…over priced……
Take the cruise..worth the 20.00 apiece…(one hour)
Take the tour…again 20.00 a piece worth it….
Cab is a 30.00 ride to the airport. Call me for my fave cab driver. He is great.
Little tip: if you haven’t flown American out of Beaumont, you are missing
A good bet. Comfy planes…running on time and free parking and close to
Food: McCormick and Kuleto’s. waterfront. Great seafood, a tad pricy, entrees around 25 to 30 but every table has a great view of the water including
ELO trading post. On Sutter. Most magnificent Asian fusion food around. Butternut squash dumplings and ribs the size of
Uncle Vitos. Pasta and ravioli and home made pizza. Less than ten bucks and cheap wine and beer. Bush @ Mason.
Sears….like the store …..on Sutter. Home of silver dollar pancakes, great breakfast, super reuben sandwiches and full meals at a very low price.
Aliottos, Scomas, seafood at the wharf…lot of money touristy, good..but touristy.
Clam chowder in the bowl which is made of cut out sourdough bread. Five bucks and great...Pier 39 at the Wharf.
If you are going to
It seems as if we as a nation have taken too lightly the events of a dozen years ago. I speak, of course, of 9-11. Today’s news relates that we have “moved on” and take this day a little more lightly than in the past. This is to be expected. I recall the diminishing memory of Pearl Harbor as we made our way through the 1950’s. BUT!! If you had been with my wife and I last Saturday I am sure the memories would have come back for you as they did for us. The two huge reflecting pools, bordered with the names of the dead stand out in stark reality. We noticed the one tree that survived the huge blast. It still looks healthy and green. The morning sun, much as it was 12 years before helped create an air of serenity. But as you approached these two cavernous squares you couldn’t help but realize the enormity of what took place. I looked up and saw other structures, standing tall next to where I was. I thought as I looked at the names of the dead, the terror in those poor souls as they chose death by fire or by jumping. I thought of how innocently they came to work that day, never to return to family. We all must die and that we do. Some by our own hand, some by disease and some through carelessness. But to perish because of where we live and love life. No. that is not fair. There’s an old saying. Life is not fair. But to those victims and to those still grieving loved ones, I had to feel sorrow and I felt it deeply. I hope if you ever visit New York, you will go there and spend a moment or two. If you do, I think you will know the feeling I am speaking of.
I think it was tremendous that our nation’s media honored Dr. Martin Luther King at the mall in Washington yesterday. I think it was fitting that former presidents Carter and Clinton were on stage with our president. I think it strange that while Oprah, Jamie Foxx and others spoke, there was no invitation to one individual who most certainly should have been there. Condoleezza Rice is the person I am speaking of. As the nation’s first African American female secretary of state, I fully believe she had as much right on that stage as Jamie or Oprah. She was friends with those young ladies who were victims of the Birmingham bombings in 1963. She along with Colin Powell set a course for others to follow as SOS. Where was Tim Scott, the lone black senator. (South Carolina republican.) CNN’s erstwhile panel said he was “appointed” and therefore did not belong on the podium. Who’s fighting this race war, anyway? Do we now discriminate against African Americans because of their politics? Would Dr. King or Medgar Evers have approved of this? Is this what they were fighting for? Political discrimination? Maybe, but I think not. Was it not the Governors of Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama who stood in the doorways of schools blocking entrance to blacks? Were they not democrats? Was it not under the Eisenhower administration that the wheels of integration began to turn? This is old hat but folks...if we want to end polarization, it has to end within our own homes. AND THAT….APPLIES TO EVERYONE…..EVERYONE!!!!
I am constantly amazed at the new rules our society lays on our shoulders. The land of the free is being made a mockery of by these outlandish decisions made by courts in our country. The “New Mexico Human Rights Council” first indicated a photography shop could not refuse to photograph a wedding. The owners of the studio were honest and forthright in saying they were not interested in photographing a gay wedding. The HRC intervened (by what authority I am still trying to figure out) and it went to the New Mexico supreme court. There, the chief justice ruled in favor of the gay couple and the studio will now have to pay their attorney fees. The fees amount to roughly 7,000.00 but the crux of the matter is the right of the studio to refuse business. I have no axe to grind with gay couples or individuals. I like all people who are peace loving and follow the rules. My gripe is with people sticking their big fat nose in business that is not theirs. If I run a tire shop and don’t want to sell tires to someone, regardless of who they are, it’s my right. Or at least I thought it was. Our society has become so damn politically correct, it makes you sick. If I want my lawn mowed I get to say who does it. If I am hungry, I eat where I please. But groups like the HRC(who pays these people) are of no use to anyone. Smile….and say cheese.
“I remember who you are. I just can’t place your face”. Well, that’s all going to change. Our friends in the government are close to completing “Facial Recognition”. This means your picture can be taken (smile and say cheese) and it would go into a database. They actually could get your picture from your drivers license(if you have one). This would help catch all the bad guys on the loose. After all, if you commit a crime, they have your DNA. Well, this is all good except for one thing. It’s yet another invasion of privacy. If you have Libertarian feelings you might be a good guy and don’t want to be in that data base. It’s like the chicken and the egg. We want protection but could do without all the hounding. I say once you commit a crime….BINGO..you’re on Candid Camera. Until then, don’t place the face. OK?
So three teens, 15, 16 and 17 shot and killed a jogger over the weekend because they were “bored”. Aint life grand? Well, guess the 22 year old will never know. He was minding his own business and had the next 70 years snuffed out because some clowns couldn’t fire up their video games. I am not surprised and I suspect many of you are not either. The dilemma is whether to try them as juveniles, or adults. I have a great idea. Put them in juvey till they are 21, then try them as adults and give them life without parole. Sorry…I’m not buying this crap about them just being kids. They shouldn’t have the honor of having the decent life they took away from this young man.
Compound that with the looney tunes prank pulled off by the guy flying Airtran from Memphis to Austin yesterday and got ticked off (or drunk) and tried to pull open the emergency door, putting over 100 folks at risk. He needs to be on the no fly list forever and maybe a little jail time to sweeten the pot. I’m telling you people: If we continue to tie our hands in court and go easy on these clowns we can expect more….and more…and more of the same.
I wonder if Weiner is going to drop out…..Filner in San Diego sure isn’t.
Aint’ life grand?
Hey,great news!! Michelle Obama is taking over our kids lunches. Yesterday shescreamed with joy “Brussel Sprout Wraps for everyone”. I know everyone wasthrilled as I would be. Imagine ….a wrap with Brussel sprouts inside it. Youknow what a Brussel Sprout is. They are those little green golf balllooking things that smell bad when you cook them….taste worse when you eatthem. I am so proud she is teaching us to slim down. Last time I saw her, she looked like she needed to have one of those BSW’s. (It was probably my television set). Then the mighty Barack exclaimed to one and all that his favorite food was Brocoli. I know that has to be the truth because everything
else he tells me is spot on. (A) The health care thing. I know that’s good. (B). Nothing to the
would find the right words to describe how delicious it would be.
I realize that flight 214 is still the big story but hidden in the underbelly of today’s news is the wonderous news coming from
we can change the rules and give him a Third term.
Yeah, we’re going to do it again. We are going to get in another war that will cost more money. It will cost more lives. It will increase the hatred for this country. Do we really think it’s the right thing to do to retaliate within the framework of a country in such a state of disarray? We are talking
You don’t have to be a football fan to know who Tim Tebow is. You don’t have to be a minister to know who Tim Tebow is. The glee and venom shared by the media over his signing with the New England Patriots is astounding. Either everybody in the media, (including the swami’s at ESPN are agnostic or atheists) or are so filled with hate, they hate breathing. Thanks to his coach, Tebow was spared the ignoble press ranting of those gathered for the press conference. What has this guy done to fuel the hatred of the sports world? He’s a Heisman trophy winner, a guy who had a good run with the Denver Broncos and a debacle with the NY Jets. He’s a Christian, loves his family and prays a lot. Sometimes after a touchdown. How many other players in all sports have you seen look up at the sky and point? Are they praising God or spotting pigeons? Probably praising and no one says anything. But Tebow? Different story. He’s an Oaf, a Jerk, a loser say many. He can’t win. He can’t take Brady’s place. He’s awful. They laughed when he got offers from a semi pro league. Other goons hide cell phones in the goal post and putt it out when they score. Or they cavort about in dance that looks like something out of a drunk movie. That’s ok. But not Tebow. Not him praying. What’s up with this? They don’t laugh at Billy Graham. Yet I heard one yokel remark that maybe the Patriots hired him to charm the team into being religious. I don’t know if he will cut it with