Thursday, August 16, 2007

Awake in New York

Well, I made it to NY yesterday. Had to wake up at 4:00 am and head to airport by 5:00 am, but I got here. The flight was actually on time so I was thinking I had earned some mercy. Until the guy in the middle seat got on the plane. He weighed at least 400 lbs (and I'm NOT exaggerating). Like I needed to lean sideways any more with my back already bad. I simply don't know why the airline doesn't make these people buy two seats, but then I guess from his point, why should he? He just paid for one and took half of mine and the other guys. Thank God I had the aisle seat!

I arrived around 11:30 and hailed a cab to Dorchester. Took a tour of the offices and had lunch with my fabulous editor, Leah Hultenschmidt. Publishing offices are a writers/readers dream. There's bookcase and shelves and countertops and desks all stacked/filled with books. It's like a personal library. Lunch was a little French restaurant where we both had skirt steak and it was great. After lunch we walked to the other end of the block to try and figure out where my hotel was (it was supposed to be close) and had a good laugh when we found my hotel literally on the same block as Dorchester - just at the other end. So I had like a 100 foot walk from the Dorchester offices to my hotel.

The hotel is very European and the room and bathroom is about the size of my kitchen at home. But then what did I expect for $350/night in Manhattan? The bed was reasonably comfortable, and compared to that LA bed, it was like floating on air. Once I checked in, I headed back out and walked up 5th Avenue (did I mention my hotel is on 5th Avenue). You'll be proud to know I didn't buy anything.

Around 4:00 I stopped by CompUSA and met the other trainer (I'm here assisting another trainer with a large conversion), and we dropped off her bags then headed to a pub where we proceeded to drink our weight in beer. But hey, no one's driving, right? We finished up at the pub, visited a drug store for hairspray, then went back to our hotel. I crawled in bed at 9:00 - early, I know, but I'd been up since 4:00 am.

So that was my first day in NY. Today I start software conversions with the clients. Pray for me.


Anonymous said...

So glad that you got to visit the Dorchester office. Have a good one and don't work too hard. :) M

Tori Lennox said...

I think rail travel needs to make a resurgance. I used to enjoy flying, but nowadays just thinking about it makes me want to scream. I'd much rather go the elegant 1940s route and ride the train, I think. Maybe I could even meet my own Nick Charles. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

M - Don't work too hard????? You raised me, what choice do I really have..... :)

tori - flying is definitely screaming worthy. I've never been on a long rail ride but I think it would be cool. I always wanted to take a trip on the Orient Express, but then I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan. :)

Tori Lennox said...

I rode the train once when I was a little kid, but that was when rail travel was in the doldrums and before Amtrak, I think. The Orient Express would be great fun!

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