NYC 2018: Day 2
09.14.17 | Jamaica, New York | 09:06
First- a sleep report. I slept incredibly well! The bed here is so comfortable! I worried last night since I was mentally checked out by about 20:00. I slept all through the night until about 06:00 and then got up, showered, and ventured out to find something for breakfast. I met Roseann, my host, on my way out the door and asked if she could point me in the right direction for breakfast. Something local, that isn’t part of a chain.
The restaurant she sent me to wasn’t open yet, so I walked down the street until I came to one called Tru Jerk & Soul. I asked the lady behind the counter if they had anything for breakfast, she turned around and started opening up a bunch of pans. This really was not a traditional breakfast food, in the western sense. No eggs, bacon, pancakes, or anything like that. She told me that the food was authentic Jamaican. It consisted of some kind of white fish, potatoes, some kind of greens, and okra. It would call it southern style, but nothing was fried. It was very delicious, however. She made me a small to-go plate, but I ate it all there.
After breakfast, I walked around for awhile, wondering what there was to see and do in this part of Queens. I consulted the internet and it didn’t offer much help. I saw a park, a few churches, some more restaurants, but that’s really all there was.
I did come across a grade school, and this was just as all the kids were making their way inside. I saw that they all wore uniforms and as much as I wanted to take some pictures, I didn’t want to be the creepy guy who is by himself, taking pictures of the little kids. They were cute as hell though. Instead, I headed back to the house to prepare for later on.
The house is shaking because they’re doing construction nearby. I noticed on the map that it’s about a 3-mile trek to the nearest train station. I plan on walking there, to avoid having to stand around waiting for any busses. Because of this, I’ll need to get an early start toward Manhattan. Wicked tonight!
My walk to get to the rail station was just over 3 miles! I could have called for a Lyft, but the more I walk, the more money I can save. Since this entire trip is going to be on a credit card (thanks to a $1400 mistake by my bank), the less swiping, the better.
When I stepped off of the subway in Manhattan, it was only a few blocks walk before I stumbled into a street that had been blocked off by the police. This was the yearly San Gerrano Festival. I had no idea that I would find this, but there was every kind of street vendor imaginable. All the fried food a guy could ask for in life, games with prizes, and all the restaurants had set up special dining areas out on the street itself. It was really awesome!
I grabbed a late lunch at a restaurant called Paesano. I wasn’t really craving Italian food, but I had to pee like a racehorse, and I saw a sign that read: RESTROOM IS FOR CUSTOMER USE ONLY. At that point, it really didn’t matter what kind of food they were serving. I was going to go eat some in order use the facilities. The food turned out to be very, very good!
I made my way to the SoHo Apple Store for a few minutes. I was hoping they’d have the iPhone X on display, but the guy in front told me that they won’t get any until we can preorder them. I’m going to have to wait, in other words. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m going to order one or not. Yes, I’d love one, but there’s really nothing wrong with my iPhone 7. If I do get one, I’ll pay for it by working extra trips, so I don’t have to spend any of my savings or go into any debt for it. I’m a responsible adult, after all (yeah, right).
I walked further south and then ended up coming north to Washington Square Park. That was a great place to sit and rest for awhile. There were thousands of people on the square. It was mad! So many people love to be in the city, but I think they need these parks in order to keep their sanity.
When I’m out in the sun like this, I’m constantly craving a Pepsi! I broke down and bought one from a street vendor. I figure that I was doing so much walking in the heat that I’d more than work off the 150 calories in one bottle. I think it’s the burn of the bubbles that I want to feel. Does anyone else ever feel like they need that carbonation?
I walked north until I got to Time’s Square. This is the place to go if you ever want to people-watch. Every kind of person is here, including this man whose name is Jason Hunter. This is his song/art piece called Ignore. It’s was catchy, albeit annoying. You can Google the words ‘Jason Hunter Ignore’ and this same song comes up on YouTube. It seems as if he’s been pushing this same art piece for a while now.
Finally, it was time to make my way to The Gershwin Theatre and see Wicked. My seat was next to a girl who was visiting from Pahrump, Nevada. She told me she is in town for a continuing education seminar… something to do with nursing. She’s traveling by herself and says this is her first time in New York City.
This cast of Wicked is probably the best cast I’ve ever seen! The girl playing Elphaba had an incredible range, and she did some things with the high notes that I’d never heard before. This is my fourth time seeing this musical, and every time it just gets better! The first time was with Colee when she came to visit, the second time with LaDawn, the third time was when the traveling company came to Louisville and I went with friends Ashly and Tammy.
Every time I see this play, it just gets better! There were even moments when I got goosebumps or a little bit teary-eyed. I know the storyline and I know what’s coming, but this cast did so well, I was in constant chills!
I grabbed a Lyft outside when the play was over and rode all the way back to Jamaica. This was a long ride and one that cost me about $60! So much for saving money. I only did this because I wanted to get back faster. I’m not sure how late the subway runs, but I knew that even if I rode back that way to Jamaica Station, I’d still be getting a ride for that last 3 miles. It’s late and I don’t want to be robbed or raped.