All posts for the month June, 2008

New York City

Last week Stephanie and I went to New York city. I guess this was our honeymoon in the since that people kept asking us what we were going to do for it so we told them New York.

We had a fun trip though we ran into a few snags including getting dumped on Saturday evening. I can’t remember the last time it rained that hard. Stephanie came prepared with emergency ponchos but they did not help as it rained so hard in the three blocks from the subway station to our hotel that I might as well not have been wearing it.

Also, on the trip back we got stuck on the plane for four hours before it took off. As a result we missed our flight in Atlanta and had to stay the night.

The rest of the trip was a lot of fun. We arrived late at night and got some sandwiches at a deli. We seemed to make a habit of late dinners and catching restaurants before they closed. Our hotel room was tiny and on the 5th floor with no elevator. One night we got back and I was exhausted. The clerk asked which room number we were in and I replied “Hi, my name is Chris.” I really can’t explain it.

We did the typical touristy stuff including Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building and Central Park. We also did some shopping including specialty soap shop, specialty spice shop, specialty gaming shop which had a great selection of roleplaying games and was a block away from the Empire State Building. We also saw the Met Baseball and August: Osage County which won the Tony Award for best play three days later. We visited the Cooper Hewitt museum of design and the Sex Museum of sex. We had some great eats including a giant peanut butter cookie, Italian Food, Pizza, and sandwiches.

Our last full day there we took the train to Poughkeepsie NY where my highschool friend Tim picked us up and took us to his house where we met his wife. We had a good time and went canoeing, played with the dogs, lawn bowling and hung out in his backyard.

Overall, a great trip. Not sure I could live in NY as I love the city and the subway but the whether is a little crazy.

More pics can be found here.

2 Concerts, 1 Con

On Memorial Day weekend I went up to LA for GameX which is held three times a year. This con was possibly the worst of four I have been two. I had planned on running two games, Werewolf the Forsaken and Fading Suns and no one showed up to either game. I ended up playing in some fun game though including Tribe 8, Spirit of the Century, and old school Deadlands. I also got to play in a demo of D&D 4th edition.

Last Thursday (a week ago) Stephanie and I drove up to LA again for an REM concert at the Hollywood bowl. Suspecting hellish traffic we left at noon and got a room. We then took a bus to the concert. We got their about half an hour before the opening act and got some dinner. We had really good box seats where the staff brought us a table and we had a nice picnic dinner. The concerts opened with a band called “The Nationals” and then moved on to “Modest Mouse” which I was excited to see. Finally REM came on stage and they were great. We took the bus back to our hotel and left the next day.

For years I have wanted to see the band The Cure and had given up as they kept saying they were going to retire. My dreams were answered and Stephanie and I went to see them last Tuesday. They played a really long set and ended with three encored of vintage Cure. It was great and was the best concert since NIN a few years back.