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  Penny and I in New York - Day 1
We're done with day 1 and it was everything we expected and more! I was lucky enough to sit by 2 of the coolest and funniest guys on the plane on my way here so the flight was nice and quick. Their names are AJ (Adrian sp?) and David. AJ was exhausted and delirious after finishing final exams and papers, and David on the other hand was bursting with hilarious dry humored stories. I'll see AJ in Hollywood one day and I think David should do motivational speeches. I hope their spontaneous trip to NY is a good one.

Penny and I's flights got in about the same time and we hopped in a cab and headed to the DoubleTree Hotel on Lexington Ave and 51st. We're impressed with our little room. It's nice and clean and we have a street view. We crack the window so the room gets nice and cold! After getting situated (and the room sanitized ---- I'm here with my clean friend, Penelope. ha!), we bundled up and headed out onto the streets. Oh my goodness, can we say... buttload of people!!! It was like Mardi Gras without the alcohol. The air here smells like sausage and cigarette smoke... and I love it! I keep telling Penny that I can't wait to get some street food. Those little vending carts are on every corner. Brings me back to New Orleans... the Lucky Dogs.

Since Penny has been such an awesome planner, we walked right over to the Broadway area and picked up our tickets that we had purchased online for the Greyline Holiday Bus Tour. We had to wait for the bus in a huge line that wrapped around the crowded sidewalk, but it was worth the wait to sit up on top. We sat in the very back seat on top of the bus, and our tour guide was a big NYer who was really cheerful and fun. We’ve already found that it’s true what they say about New Yorkers being mean and grumpy, but it wasn’t the case with him. It ended up getting REALLY COLD, but it was that good ski weather kind of cold. It reached freezing temperatures during our tour, and it would be really windy when we were on certain streets. Mind over matter. You just wouldn't believe the amount of people and cabs and buses EVERYWHERE!!! I really didn't take too many pictures from up there, because I wasn't able to stand up while the bus was moving. I'll take some more while we're walking around one of these nights.

We passed the Trump Tower where the Apprentice is filmed, the Dakota hotel where Lennon was shot, Tavern on the Green, Central Park, Times Square. We saw the big Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center, and of course all of these places were decorated with tons of Christmas lights and decorations. Lord & Taylor had their store front windows done with the most intricate Christmas displays. Macy's windows were even better!! I didn't get pictures of them tonight, but I hope to take some of each window on another night. Our tour guide said that Saturday nights during this time are just madness with all the people, so I'm really hoping that the rest of our stay will have a few less people on the streets.

By the end of the bus tour, my toes and Penny's legs were numb, so we got back on the streets and headed straight to the ESPN cafe in Times Square. Tonight they announced the Heisman (sp?) winner so it was packed in there and we had to wait about an hour to be seated. We were glad to be out of the cold though. Of course we were both about to fall over from hunger, so when our nachos came out, Penny and I thought they were the best nachos we had ever had. Then we both had hamburgers. I also had some coffee, and it ended up being Starbucks coffee, so Lana was a happy girl. Our server was horrible though… already missing the Southern charm. We had thawed out by then, so we headed across the street to the subway station, and we each bought a 7-day subway pass for only $24. I was pretty impressed by that. Then we got on the S Train that took us to 51st street and when we came up from the stairway, we were right at the front door of our hotel! How convenient!!

We're able to get wireless for about $11/day so I figure it's worth it for my little diaries and pictures each day. It seems to be hit or miss though with the connection. Bummer.

Ohhhh yea, one more thing. As we were about to go through the revolving door into the hotel, we see a guy by a cab freaking out and cursing and having a tantrum. Total people-watching material. Loved every minute of it. I thought it was an irate tourist, but it was the cab driver freaking out cause somebody puked in the back seat of his cab. Anyway, Penny wasn't as amused as I was.

Alright, Penny's out of the shower. I've been sitting here grooving out to Penelope's college booty music. I'm sooooooooo sleepy. What?? What is this I'm hearing?????###!!!!! The Aggie War Hymn. It's Penny's. Don't blame me. ... as she sits here in her purple and gold LSU t-shirt. Somethin' aint right.

Gotta go take a shower. We're getting the tired giggles. Check ya latuh!

Click on the pictures below to see a larger view in a slideshow format.
It was a cloudy day in Dallas when I left for NY. I knew things would be ok when I saw that Santa would be on my flight.
My new buddies, Adrian and David. We were watching Manhattan was on the other side of the plane, so when I looked out my window, it looked like the slums.
Looks like the projects ahead.?? See the bridge in the background?  Are these the slums???
The LaGuardia airport is a bit older looking than DFW, and much smaller.  ;-) There's Penny!  We're here!!!! We were relieved when we saw our room.
Penny gave me my Christmas present early.  Laguna Beach, Season 2!!!  She knows that I'm a loser, baby. That's like one of the buses we took.  Kind of a bad picture, but we sat up in the last seats on top.  It wasn't quite as cold yet.  Look how pretty Penny's green eyes look.  ;-)
Me looking like a huge dork.  By the way, I have to thank KK, my clothes and luggage sponsor.  Without her, I would be naked carrying my few things in Target bags. (I hate wearing sweaters so I've Good Willed all of mine, and I'm too cheap to buy good luggage).  ;-) ;-) ;-) Look at all the traffic. That pretty star in the background is the Unicef star.  It was really pretty, as you will see, I took too many pictures of it.
This area wasn't quite as crowded. All the department stores had beautiful Christmas displays.  These weren't all that nice, but for some reason I took a picture of them.
cluster _ _ _ _ Rockefeller Christmas Tree
At Christmas, they light up the Empire State Building with green and red lights.  I kept calling this the Looking down towards Time Square. Anderson Cooooooper.  Ummmm yummy.

To view pictures, click on the photo gallery below:
October, 28 Halloween at Thomas's Preschool
October, 16 Cooper Annual Fall Party
February, 17 Bunco at Maxine's
February, 16 Mardi Gras at Seton Church
February, 2 Lucky Layla Dairy Farm wth Seton Mothers & Others
February, 1 Children's Museum
January, 19 Play Group at Karen's
January, 12 January Mothers & Others Meeting
January, 5 Play Group at Danielle's House
January, 1 New Year's at the Farm
October, 31 Halloween Party at the Behnkens
October, 17 Thomas Fishes his First Tournament
October, 16 Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
August, 18 Aunt Niomi, Uncle Arthur, and Grandma Mary Visit
August, 17 John Deere Up Close and Personal
July, 29 Disney World Videos
May, 24 Play date at Laura Bloomberg's House
April, 19 Mike's Bass Champs Tournament at Lewisville
March, 26 Movie of Thomas Swinging
March, 10 Baby Got Back
March, 8 Mike's Bass Champs Tourament at Tawakoni
March, 6 Thomas drives the RV
February, 9 Mike's Tournament at Cedar Creek
February, 8 Thomas in the RV at Cedar Creek
January, 27 Thomas grabbing his feet, rolling over, and talking
January, 15 Thomas in his cute jeans
November, 18 Thomas - Smiles, Ooohhs, and Ahhhhs
October, 31 Thomas - Our little Pea-in-a-Pod
October, 13 Thomas - Obzeet and the Bass Pro Shops
October, 7 Thomas - 27 Days Old
October, 5 Thomas - 24 Days Old
September, 10 The Day Before Thomas Arrived!
August, 7 KK and Daniel's Sturgis Pictures
August, 4 Baby Shower at the Sewell's House
July, 28 Richoux's Pool Party
July, 21 Baby Shower at Lana's House
December, 11 NY Day 3 - The Today Show
December, 11 NY Day 3 - Times Square
December, 10 NY Day 2 - Central Park, Tavern on the Green, Rockettes
December, 9 Penny and I in New York - Day 1
October, 27 Don't Take My Picture!!!!
October, 26 Mike's pictures of Laguna Beach!!!
September, 30 McArron After Party
September, 30 McArron Party
September, 11 Another day in Vegas
September, 9 KK and Daniel's Wedding in Vegas
August, 31 Maddy, Luke, and Lauren
August, 4 Palo Duro Canyon with Scott, Karen, Lucia, and John
July, 16 Katie and Matthew Richoux's Baptism and Brunch
July, 1 Wilcoxin's Party
May, 28 Margo Friloux's 1st Birthday Party
May, 18 Jessica and Bryson's Recital at the Will Rogers Center
April, 22 Katie's Soccer Game and Little Mathew
April, 22 Chris and Melissa's Party
April, 15 Out Watching Emerald City Play
March, 12 Katie Richoux's Birthday at Gym Kids
March, 3 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 3
March, 2 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 2
March, 1 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 1
February, 28 KK and Daniel's Pictures from Germany
February, 13 Daniel in Germany
February, 12 Shantay and Ty, Allison, Katie, and Little Matthew
February, 2 KK and Daniel's new house in Wylie
January, 11 My Visit to the England's in Marble Falls
January, 7 Lucia, Kim, and Lana out for Kim's Birthday
January, 4 Dallas Stars Win 3-1!
January, 1 New Years at the Farm
December, 30 Penny and the Simpson Family - Gaylord Hotel Ice Exhibit
December, 30 Katie Richoux is a Big Sister!!!
December, 27 Lauren and Luke Ledet
November, 19 Sulphur Trip: Kim and Aiden and the Ledets
November, 19 Marc and Mike fishing at Calcasieu River in Louisiana
October, 19 Drinks at Obzeet with Brooke, Taylor, and KK
October, 1 Texas State Fair with Penny, Maddy, and KK
September, 24 Katie's Soccer Game
September, 15 Mike's ACIG Trip to Minnesota
August, 27 Mike's BASS Federation Tournament on Bob Sandlin
August, 13 Southern Living Party at Shelly's
August, 13 Daniel Simonetta's Yellow Lab Puppy
August, 3 Little Daniel Kuznetsov
July, 19 Penny, Mrs. Thompson, and Maddy at the Mall
July, 9 John and Lucia's Martini Party
July, 3 Scott and Karen's 4th of July Party
June, 26 Bass Champs Championship - Tawakoni
June, 25 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Tawakoni - Weigh In
June, 25 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Tawakoni - Morning Take Off
June, 15 Trip to Missouri to Pick Up Mike's Nitro
June, 11 Katie Bug and her Star Wars Toys
June, 6 Christmas in June
May, 22 Liberty and Anna Playing at Lake of the Pines
May, 14 Mike's Bass Champs Tournament at Cedar Creek
May, 14 Doggies Swimming at Cedar Creek
April, 16 Allison Friloux's Baby Shower
April, 15 Karla, Maria, and Aunt Francis
April, 11 Dave, the Chef.
April, 8 Penny and Lana in Houston
April, 3 The Baby Bunnys in our Backyard
April, 2 Regina, Luke, and her Mom in Dallas
March, 26 Bryson and Jessica at Our House
March, 5 Katie Richoux's 4th Birthday Party
February, 19 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Cedar Creek
February, 12 Maddy and Penny in Dallas
February, 12 KK and Daniel visit Brent and Renee
February, 5 Scrapbook Weekend at Woodbine Cottage
January, 20 Happy Hour at Blue Mesa
January, 19 Invasion of Mike's friends at the 'Compound'
January, 16 Mike, Mark, and Dave working on Trolling Motors
January, 15 Bryson's 4th Birthday at Jumping Fun
December, 29 My visit with Allison and Susan
December, 25 Christmas in Sulphur
December, 24 Christmas Eve in Weatherford
November, 25 Thanksgiving with Bryson and Jessica
November, 13 Prefishing at Lake Belton
November, 11 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Fetch!
November, 10 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Flight Museum and the Strand
November, 6 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Penny and Maddy visited
October, 31 Halloween in Weatherford
October, 30 Halloween in Sulphur
October, 24 Tori in Sulphur
October, 21 Mike's B.A.S.S. Tournament in Morgan City
October, 2 Howard Jones at the Smirnoff Music Centre
September, 29 KK's Happy Hour
September, 21 Mike and Lana in Seattle
August, 13 Old Washington State Park in Arkansas
August, 6 Dad and Dee's visit to Dallas
August, 1 Dad and Dee's visit to Fairhope, Alabama
July, 26 Palo Duro Canyon
July, 2 Maddy in Fort Worth
June, 26 John and Lucia's Hook Up Party
May, 25 Tori in Sulphur
May, 25 Little Maddy Beth
April, 24 Madelyn Simpson - 9 months
April, 14 David Weber's 40th Birthday Party
April, 11 Disneyland Breakfast with the Characters - Day 4
April, 10 Legoland - Day 3
April, 9 Disneyland - Day 2
April, 8 California Adventures at Disneyland - Day 1
February, 9 Regina, Scott, and Lana in San Diego
January, 27 Whiskey and Lana in Austin
January, 25 Brad and Bryson's Birthdays
December, 27 Bryson and Jessica in Dora's backyard
December, 25 Christmas in Weatherford
December, 23 Squirrel hunting in Oakdale
December, 22 Madelyn and Luke at Regina's place
December, 21 Christmas in Sulphur
December, 18 Christmas pictures of Whiskey
December, 14 Mike and his Dad putting in our wood floor
December, 13 Katie Richoux at gymnastics class
December, 11 KK's Christmas/House Warming Party
December, 6 Whiskey and Tyra take their pictures with Santa
November, 28 Playing darts at Cafe Gecko
November, 27 Thanksgiving in Weatherford
November, 23 Jessica's 1st Birthday Party
November, 22 Brent and Renee came to Dallas
November, 6 Dora's birthday with the kids
October, 30 Katie Richoux was a cowgirl for Halloween
October, 18 Visiting Robert Dillard in Austin
October, 18 Walter Vestal's Surprise 50th Bday Party
October, 17 Sailing in Austin on Lake Travis
October, 11 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 3 of Tournament
October, 10 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 2 of Tournament
October, 9 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 1 of Tournament
October, 5 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Twin Dikes campsite - Barber Baby
October, 3 Luke and Maddy in Kema, Tx
October, 2 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Campsite and Prefishing
September, 30 Luke and Madelyn in Beaumont
September, 26 The Gang out at Red River
September, 26 KayLynn's new condo!
September, 26 Katie and Allison at El Chicos
September, 19 Scrapbook Retreat at Woodbine Cottage
September, 9 Prefishing at Lake Ray Hubbard
August, 30 Labor Day in the cabin at Texoma
July, 29 Madelyn Simpson and Luke Ledet
July, 19 Cameron Kernan's 2nd Birthday
May, 31 Jessica's Christening
May, 22 KK's Patio Party
May, 17 Penny's Baby Shower
March, 1 Susan and Chris's Mardi Gras Party
March, 1 Katie Richoux's 2nd Birthday Party
January, 11 Maggie Weber (Dave's puppy)
December, 29 Mike and Lana in Reno, Nevada
August, 26 Regina's Bridal Shower
April, 29 Regina's Engagement Party
September, 25 Fishing at Brent and Renee's in Houston

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