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  NY Day 2 - Central Park, Tavern on the Green, Rockettes
Oh my goodness, our beds were extremely comfortable. Either that or it was because I was soooo tired. I was sitting here in our room last night posting the pictures and Penny said goodnight, and I swear not 3 seconds later her feet started twitching. It was like she turned her switch off.

We headed out this morning about 9:00 (we knew it would be our only morning to sleep in, so we took advantage), and had breakfast on the patio at a little corner store café next to our hotel. As I was taking some pictures of Penny, a guy across from us on the patio kind of laughed at me and said I was as camera happy as he was…. so an instant new friendship was made. He started yanking out all kinds of camera garb from his backpack and showing me. He had a D this and a D that… and it was all going over my head. Come to find out, he lives in Rockwall. Small world. We exchanged email addresses, and I may do some website work for him in exchange for some photography tips and tricks. Ya never know what’s gonna happen when you strike up a conversation, do you? ;-)

After breakfast, we took the subway over to Central Park where there was an area set up with a bunch of little Christmas shopping booths. Penny started shopping, and I started taking more pictures. I just still can’t believe I’m here. Central Park is right there by the Trump Hotel and Tavern on the Green, and it’s just soooo beautiful. After a few minutes there, we started our long walk through Central Park. Since I love dogs more than humans, I stopped and took pictures of lots of cute little puppy doggies. It really made me miss my Whiskey Baby at home. I just got off the phone with Mike, and he said that today he and Whiskey played hide and go seek at his mom’s house with my niece and nephew. Ha! … but apparently Whiskey abandoned the hiding space early a couple of times and gave Mike’s spot away. Mike said they both hid in the bathtub at one point. How I wish I could have a picture of that. Woops sorry… got a little side tracked. Back to Central Park… We started over on one end and meandered all through the park for almost 4 miles. We saw the carousel, all the pretty rocks, a bunch of people on horse and carriages, joggers, bikers, an ice skating rink, some cute little tame squirrels, the zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all the pretty buildings in the background, and that big green field that you always see in US magazine… except, we didn’t see any celebrities there. ;-) Well, anyway, I took a bunch of pictures in the park, so you’ll be able to see what we saw for the most part.

We had reservations for Tavern on the Green at 5:15, so we raced through the subways back to the room and took really quick showers and headed back out. We dressed up, so of course it wasn’t as easy to go fast in our uncomfortable shoes. After almost being late, we were relieved to be seated at the restaurant. I had a really good glass of red wine and we had shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. When our steak came, I was already full, so I had a couple of pieces and waited for the main course, cheese cake. There was a photographer going around taking pictures like they do at Pat O’Briens, and we had ours taken in front of the Christmas tree. It turned out pretty good, so we both bought one. I’ll scan it when I get home and include it here. Just my recommendation.. if you go to New York, just go in and walk around Tavern on the Green, but don’t stay and eat. It was about $90 after it was all over with, and the food and service (in my opinion) wasn’t that good.

We were “so over” the subway for the night, so we cabbed it down the road to 51st Street and walked to Radio City for the Rockettes show. I had no idea what to expect and was really impressed. You’ll see my blurry no-flash pictures of pretty much each scene. My favorite part was when all the girls were in one single file line, and they had a cannon that attempted to knock them down. When that didn’t work, one of the characters leaned over and blew on them, and they did this thing in slow motion like dominos falling. The way they did it was incredible. Starting on the right side of the line, they would lock their bodies together and slowly fall down, but the entire line didn’t fall at once. One by one, each girl would lock onto the girl in front of her and the line would begin to slowly fall or “sag”. Eventually all the girls were locked together and the line, by that time was totally down. Some physics teacher must have made that up??? You will understand what I’m explaining after you look at the pictures. It was sooo neat. I missed the beginning of the next scene, cause I was looking back at my pictures.

After the show was over, it was about 10:00, so we walked a block south and checked out Rockefeller Plaza where the big Christmas tree was lit by the ice skating rink. They’ve got the rink sort of situated where you can’t even see it if you’re over by the tree, and there are so many people around its edges that you can’t see it unless you really want to. We’re going to go up on top of the building in that area Tuesday, so I’ll take some pictures of the rink by looking down on it from above. We checked out the little NBC area across the street and we’ll be there bright and early in the morning to be on the Today Show. ;-) Tonight Penny made a poster with 3 cute pictures of Madelyn on it, to see if it will catch the camera’s eye in the morning.

It’s 1:00 am and Penny’s in bed, but not twitching quite yet  . She’s got the alarm set for 4:45. Painful. My brain still thinks it’s only midnight. Tomorrow’s a big day so I better catch up on my sleep. Goodnight!

Click on the pictures below to see a larger view in a slideshow format.
This is the little cafe next to our hotel that we would go to each morning.  I'd get my coffee (good coffee!), banana, liter water, and breakfast sandwich.  ;-)  Needed lots of fuel to run around with Penny all day. There's our hotel. This is Todd, who come to find out, lives right here in Rockwall.  He's a super nice guy who obviously (check out all his equipment) knows lots more than I do about photography. I was sort of cracking up (inside) at Penny while I was chatting away with Todd, cause I could tell that her motherly side was thinking that Todd was probably going to murder us both.  She was having absolutely no part in our conversation.  So far, so good.
Here's one of the many subway stations we visited.  Penny was so good with her worn out little map.  I never once had to navigate.
Check out the guys face.  I don't think he's too happy with me.
I'm not sure what this instrument was, but it sounded really good.
Sooo sweet.
Trump Hotel
That's the little subway map that at this point was still in one piece.  :-)
This little doggie had those booties on.  I've been wanting to get some of those for Whiskey.  Those are probably good for walking city streets in Manhattan.
You can tell how tired my eyes already are in this picture.  I'm used to my 8 or 9 hours of sleep.  ;-)
Ya see how Penny's way up there.  This whole trip, this is how we did it.  I would hang back and take a couple of pictures and then I'd race up to catch up with Penny.  Then do the same thing again.  All my pictures from the trip are literally on the go.  ;-)  My calves were so sore at the end of every day!  Even on a normal day, Penny has always had an uncanny ability to walk abnormally fast.  ;-) I love the way Penny's looking at me here.  I forgot what she had just said to me, but she has that look... the delirious one when we'd get way too tired.  Look at her with that map.  Figuring out where we can race to next!  ;-)  I'll have to give it to her.  She was really, really patient with all my lagging-behind picture taking.
I look a little like Dr. Seuss here.
That dog doesn't look real.
That's the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the background.
Look how sweet.  This poor little girl didn't want to be tied up.
This was the funniest little dog.  His name was Charlie, and he was so proud of his little stick.
I was sitting on a bench waiting for Penny, and this lady was talking to her dogs.  She was saying,
Here we are hurring to get to Tavern on the Green.
If you just sat and stared down at the subway floor, you'd see some hefty sized rats scurrying beneath the tracks.  Nice.
Waiting for a cab.  Our feet weren't going to take the walk to the subway this time.
It was Sunday so there were still way too many people around to get very good pictures of Rockefeller Center. Right down the street from the Rockefeller tree was Radio City Music Hall. This was also pretty close to our hotel.
This is looking back down the road to the NBC building. Inside Radio City Music Hall. Now I don't have to buy it.
We had really good seats.
Here are a bunch of blurry no-flash pictures, but at least you can sort of see what the show was like.
They showed a 3-D part during one of the scenes.
This is the part I was explaining before.  This was sooooo neat!  The next several pictures are of them falling, and they did it really, really slowly.
They had a small ice rink that came up from the lower stage and this couple skated.
I thought it was nice how they had real sheep and camels and horses.  I was a little preoccupied with figuring out what the heck the sheep were chewing on though.  This scene was several minutes long and those sheep never stopped chewing.  ;-)
Back out on the streets and back by the Rockefeller tree.
Looking forward and to the right is where they have the Today Show.
Dean & Deluca for my They rope off this whole section in the morning for the Today Show.  That Duane Reade store in the background is like a Walgreens, and Penny and I grew quite fond of the Duane Reade stores.  ;-) Are you sick of the tree yet???
Looking into the window of the NBC studio. Penny's getting the scope about how early we should be here in the morning. ...hence the smell.
I lifted my camera above all the crowds so I could get the rink.
... walking home. Totally forgot which cathredral this is... St. Patricks???
... nature calls.  ;-) ;-) ;-) back to our little corner. The Chrysler building in the distance.
This is where I ended up coming for free wireless.  

To view pictures, click on the photo gallery below:
2010
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
2009
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
2008
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
2007
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
2006
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
2005
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
2004
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
2003
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)
2002
December, 29 Mike and Lana in Reno, Nevada
2000
August, 26 Regina's Bridal Shower
April, 29 Regina's Engagement Party
1999
September, 25 Fishing at Brent and Renee's in Houston

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