County fairs, especially those in rural areas are usually the highlight of the year. Here are some pictures of the one in my county. A little something for everyone.
On our recent visit to NYC we also spent a day revisiting our old haunts in New Jersey. We lived there during my last four years in the corporate world. As seems to be so typical today my twenty-six years in corporate America in the Midwest came to an abrupt end when they closed down our division. We were told we had a job but it was now in New Jersey. Most of the six-hundred or so chose to stay in the Midwest and look for another job. For me, with only four years left for a full pension that wasn’t really an option. So for the first time in my life I chose to leave my native State and head east. As with Charles Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities it proved to be the best of time and the worst of time. To make the story as brief as possible after the required four years elapsed we moved back to our roots.
Here are some picture of the Garden State. Hurricane Sandy took out most of the Jersey Shore Boardwalk but it has been nicely replaced. The diner was my favorite place to eat. The Sculptures were a new visit for us. It was a fantastic place to visit even with temps in the 90s. Click on any one to see a larger view.
We spent a morning during our recent visit to NYC at the 911 Memorial. The original estimated cost of the facility was about $1 trillion but was eventually cut to $500 million. Like the Vietnam memorial the reflecting pools with all the names are soberly impressive. The new towers themselves are nice but not nearly as big as the WTC was.
Except for the ticketing area the museum is totally below ground and it is BIG. It takes several hours to just manage the path through it. I heard that it was designed by committee and since they couldn’t decide on what to put in they put everything. The cost is $24 per ticket which is pretty pricey. We were there two weeks after it opened so it was crowded. Don’t try to just show up if you want to see the museum. Get on line and buy an advanced ticket or you will likely wait for hours.
One of the things that amazed me about my recent three day visit to New York City was the architecture. I have always been fascinated by the myriad of building in this country and NYC is probably the best of the best. I won’t bore you with more words here. Instead this post is almost all about the pictures.
Click on any picture to see an expanded gallery view:
This is a continuation from last Saturday of my recent visit to New York City. As I previously mentioned the reason for the trip was to fulfill a bucket list item for my wife. This Post is about the people..
Here is a little about what Wikipedia says about the city:
New York County is the most densely populated county in the United States, more dense than any individual American city.It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with a Census-estimated 2013 population of 1,626,159 living in a land area of 22.96 square miles
For an old Hoosier farm boy that is a lot of people and I think I rubbed elbows with most of them while I was there. :) I think most of them there were in Time Square on the Saturday night we were there. Everywhere you go there are crowds of people. That is except for the Museum for the City of New York. There weren’t more than a hundred or so in that entire building. I guess New Yorker aren’t very interested in their history (ha).
One thing I learned from the trip is that I, at least now, have a low tolerance for crowded places. Another thing I learned is that there is no such rule about keeping right as you walk down a sidewalk. It seems to be every person for themselves.
Enough of this talk, let’s get some picture of the people I encountered on our visit. As usual click on any picture to bring up the expanded gallery:
I am going to spend the next few Saturday posts reporting on my recent trip to New York City. It was an enlightening time for me. I learned some things about myself that I didn’t appreciate before.
When we lived in central New Jersey at the end of the last millennium my wife fell in love with Central Park. She has talked about it many times in the almost 15 years since she was last there. She is getting somewhat physically restricted so it was now or never if we were going to re-visit that city. It is about the only thing in her bucket list so I was determined to make it happen.
We spent two days traveling from our home to there. Knowing that NYC traffic is impossible we took a train in from central New Jersey to Penn Station. It was a two hour trip that we have taken several times. We stayed three days at the DoubleTree Suites looking down from 38 stories onto Times Square.
Now that I have set up the scene for the next few posts it is time to do a gallery of pictures. More words and thoughts next Saturday. More pictures and stories next week. Click on any picture to see an expanded gallery…