Today was our moving on day so it was basically get up and wait for the shuttle to the airport ... wait at the airport for our flight ... get to Toronto and wait for our rental car ... get to the hotel and wait for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
But I have had time to reflect on why we return to New York again and again. First of all, for the shows! The craft of the actors is part of it, but it's so much the total creativity of costume design, set design, sound, lights, music, direction, stage management. It's all magic! We want to see all the ones we've seen before again and again to notice all the things we can't catch just being audience once. And then there are new shows all the time. I can't express our love for the theater, I can only feel it.
Secondly, it's the people and the crazy conversations you get into with them, Yes, yes, this can happen anywhere, but throw in the setting of millions of people and New York accent and it ups the ante. A charming young man who was also a customer at Levain's Bakery spent a good ten minutes making recommendations for me and - trust me- the bakery doesn't have many items. Then the girl behind us joined the conversation which veered from what to buy to all kinds of things.
Lyn, Sue, here's another example. Last night we went to the little bar in the hotel. You both know how quiet it is. Not last night! There were four people lined up at the bar making quite a ruckus with the bartender. Soon they had us join in on the rather noisy conversation. They were the bartender's family over from India and it was their last night with her. Before long we were debating health care systems in India, Canada, and the US, being proud of the eradication of polio in India, and so much more.
Strangers, I love them!
You never know what you'll see that will make you smile.
Lyn and Colin, this last one is for you. When shall we meet there again ... or should we pick Hawaii next time?
Now we have a couple of days in Toronto where we might see some live shows or go to some movies or flake out in front of the Olympics. Lots of choices for a few more good days.