For the past three days, we have been having a marvelous time with the Jameeds. We met up with them in New York for New Year’s Eve, where we had a blast in every sense of the word! New York on that day was simply out of this world! The sights and sounds of the city were exhilarating. Without doubt, New Year’s Eve of 2006 will be a memorable one.
One interesting New Year’s Eve observation was how jam-packed Manhattan was with NYPD policemen. They were simply everywhere, wandering around in groups in their highly visible dark blue uniforms. Another memorable sight for me was the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza. It was fascinating to finally see the rink up close and personal after seeing it in movies many, many times. By the way, it looks much smaller in real life.
Making the whole environment still more surreal and movie-like, out of the blue a young man skating with his girlfriend got down on one knee and presented his partner with a ring! The crowd cheered, the couple kissed; I guess it was a yes! Being in NYC at this moment and seeing such a Hollywood-ish moment in real life was truly surreal! Yes, I felt like I was watching a film!
But, I must say, I was disappointed with how small and insignificant the New Year’s ball [changes are afoot] is when we saw it moving behind the barriers of Times Square. Somehow I was expecting it to be more glamorous, or at least more colorful.
The next day, we returned to the DC metro area, where we took the Jameeds to see some of what DC has to offer. Georgetown was the first place on the list, as we enjoyed a nice dinner at the quaint French bistro, Café La Rouche. The next day we explored the monuments, including Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, and some museums.
The next day, the Jameeds were on their own, while the two of us went back to work. We met up later that night for dinner and a movie (Munich). The Jameeds are a superb couple — very smart, extremely friendly and yes, incredibly funny! We really enjoyed their company. We hope we convinced them to leave Mormon-land behind and move to the nation’s capital. We’ll see!
This post makes me so nostalgic. I can’t believe I was there 4 months ago. I remember being there this time of the year … a year ago. I loved everything about it except the freezing weather but it was bearable because I’d go numb in a matter of minutes.
By the way, this is so bizarre but I was so close to moving to Mormon Land. I visited Utah twice and even accepted the job offer but certain circumstances held me back and I had to revert back turning down the offer.
Mormon land is very serene, NY is very loud. It would have been perfect if they were neighbouring states but the travel between the two is so long and the time difference doesn’t help.
Visit Mormon land during the Dance Festival or something like that. It’s meant to be fabulous.
BTW, love your blog!
all pictures have to be approved by me before posting.
yes we’re back. the United saga did not end on the way back but that’s for a later conversation or post.
Long Live the Queen.
What’s wrong with these pictures;)) I’m gonna post more later today ..(I hope). I will put up some pictures of the East Coast Jordanplanet meet up…
Sounds like great fun and that proposal thing…awwwwww how sweet.
I was really looking forward to seeing pictures though…what happened?