Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2009!


Where to start? It's been a long time and so much has happened. It's a new year and we have a new president. (!) It is more significant to me that the inauguration took place one day after the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I wish I could have been there. I was in a way via earthcam dot com. But, it was impossible to go into Times Sq. section of the site. Speaking of wanting to be there, on July 2007, I posted how that summer I was going to go to D.C., NY, Boston, Philly, etc. The plan flopped. Instead I went to S.F., CA. Also to Sacramento. I went to Napa and Sonoma for the first time. Lovely wine countries. Later that week I also booked a camping trip to San Diego county. San Mateo Camping ground to be exact. I had to use my vacation time somehow! The trip up North was a little hectic.But on 2008, I finally got my wish! I flew to NY. My third time there. It's like home. The next day I took the train (LIRR) from Penn Station to East Hampton, NY. Lovely town. Was there back in 2003. I sampled a couple of Crumbs cupcakes (yum!), and headed to Main Beach. The water was incredible. Then came a black cloud. Followed by a storm. Beach goers scrambled to call loved ones who quickly came to pick them up. Some in luxury cars. I envisioned the kind of homes they'd be heading to. It was surreal. It was the first Saturday of August. Once I changed, I headed to the snack shack and bought a $2 coffee, that must have been worth 50 cts. This was no special roast. Sat back under an umbrella, waited for a taxi, and took in the rare beauty of a Hamptons beach succumbed to a storm.
I then proceeded to take a taxi to Bridgehampton. I was determined to attend the annual Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge. I did not make it. By the time the taxi arrived at the bus stop and by the time the bus arrived at Bridgehampton, the event was over. What a bummer! So off I go back to NYC. The next morning @ 3 am, I headed to Boston, MA., and then to Martha's Vineyard from Woods Hole in Cape Code. I passed through Hyannis. Didn't buy much, but I did get to buy a bottle of coffee syrup to make coffee milk, or pour over vanilla ice-cream. Very popular in the MA, RI area. Wow, but what a long trip by bus. The next day I decided to stay in NYC a little longer, so I left from there around 10 am to go to DC, passed through Delaware and saw downtown Baltimore, MD. I saw a few monuments and went to Arlington, VA. I didn't make it past the gates of the cemetery. I was already too tired, and it was getting late. I needed to head back 'home'. Boy, it suck to be on a restricted budget on a trip. Well, very well worth it. I did not go to Philly to get one of those cheesestake sandwiches from Geno's. Next time, I'll go with more time and $$$!
On 2008, I also lost my job. Good riddance, I say, but it hurts to be a statistic. It is more their loss, I say. What does 2009 have in store for me, is what I asked on Jan. 1. I did not make a resolution. I make too many efforts throughout the year, and I always try to do the right thing. Nice attitude, hey! Well, I just feel a little entitled to it. Maybe next week I'll have an attitude adjustment, or not. :)

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