Introvert Problem #3


NYC Day 2


Last article about NYC, I promise.

Day 2 started with a short ferry ride from Port Imperial in Jersey to 39th St. Manhattan.    Quick stroll from 12th to 7th Avenue to catch the Subway to Brooklyn to try “the bagel that broke the internet” at the Bagel Store, yes that’s the name.

That’s a rainbow bagel with Funfetti Cream Cheese.


WTF?  CPR is available upon request?

Outside of a movie theater near Williams-burg bridge.  Notice the color changes to avoid copyright infringement.

Crossed into Manhattan and checked out the Jekyll and Hyde Club in the Village.    Full of creepy/funny animatronics as well as live entertainment.

Behold the smallest piece of private property in the city,  “The Hess Triangle”

Quick nap on the lawn in Central Park

Guggenheim museum

Lexington Candy Shoppe

sitting on stones has never been so comfy

Anyone recognize this hotel entrance?  Only 90s kids.  It’s the Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2

Ran out of time so we did some shopping in Rockefeller Center and Time’s Square

St. Patrick’s Cathedral



Farewell my friend.  Until next year.

New York City Day 1

Back after a long Mother’s Day Weekend and 2 day retreat from NYC.

Immediately back to the resolutions.  After the ride home I laced up my running shoes for a jog.   Then spent the afternoon working outside.

On to the trip.

I don’t take vacations like a normal person.  Laying on a beach or sitting at a bar on a resort doesn’t appeal to me.  So when I pulled in to the overpriced parking garage on Monday at 330 in my own typical fashion I intended on cramming as much site seeing as I could in the next 36 hours.

I’ve done all the typical, expensive Tourist Attractions…some more than once.  Empire State Building, The MET,  Top of the Rock, seen where they made SNL and the Jimmy Fallon Show,  Radio City Music Hall, all those things.  Side Note.  If you are visiting NYC looking to see the sites.  I suggest getting the CITY PASS.  Lots of options for the most bang for the buck.

I don’t overly plan these trips.  They are too unpredictable with travel times and wait times.  Besides a rough outline, we just wing it.

New Spot for me here on the far east side of Manhattan.  Chelsea Piers

Next two pictures are off Pier 54.  This ruin down piece of real – estate was where the Titanic was set to dock before it sunk in the Atlantic.

One World Trade Center in the Distant there.  You never realize how big Manhattan, let alone NY is until you have walked it.

Of course it would be under rehabilitation  But if you can see behind the drapes that is Ghostbuster’s Firehouse used in the films

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory – Try the Mango

Politics are all around us.

5th Avenue Building


Grabbed a burger, cheese fries, and chocolate shake from Danny Meyer’s wildly popular SHAKE SHACK in Madison Park

Empire State Building

“The Falling Man” – is he climbing or falling?  Is it a nod to the 9/11 Falling Man?

Read more here

The High Line at Night

“The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.”


New York City Bound

“​I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it. “. Truman Capote.  

I know this year I resolved to Go off the path, but this is one trip I make every year.  I’m addicted.   I Always wanted to live in a big city.  I enjoy the hustle and bustle.  Always having somewhere to go. 

This year I will compromise by seeking out some of the more obscure spots in the city 

Pictures and adventures to follow

Mother’s Day blows

“​When the Italian poet Dante described the center of hell in his poem The Divine Comedy, he got it wrong. The epicenter of Hades isn’t Satan trapped in a block of ice munching on Judas Iscariot like an everlasting carrot stick. The center of hell is a restaurant on Mother’s Day.”. The Waiter Rant

The Waiter couldn’t have more accurately describes the kind of guests that comes to the restaurant on Mother’s Day in this tell all book.  

My mother’s day experience wasn’t as terrible as years past.  

I spent the day hidden in the kitchen expediting food orders.  That’s : organized and garnishing food orders by table and sending them out to the dinning room.  

By the end of tbe night the expo screen starts to look like cuniform, all the orders jumbled together.  

I’m glad the weekend is off.  

Time to get away for a few days.  

Evolution of the Project

Hey guys,

Busy weekend ahead for those in the hospitality industry as Mother’s Day Weekend is in for swing.     So I apologize now for the lack of meaningful content until Monday.

But I wanted to take a second to tell you what to expect from the rest of the Happiness Project.

I think I have hit my stride and have a definite format to my writing.

The Project  content has evolved into three themes or categories.


  1.   Explorations of places both new and old.  If you have been reading you can tell that I find a lot of happiness in getting out of the house and seeing what is out there both near and far.


2.  Personal History: “Don’t you just take the past and put it in a room in a basement and lock the door and never go in there? That’s what I do. And then you meet someone special and all you want to do is to toss them the key and say, “Open up, step inside,” but you can’t because it’s dark. There’s demons.  I keep wanting to do that: fling the door open, just let light in and clean everything out.”  Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley


I’ve kept so much about myself such a secret for so long.  There are a lot of repressed emotions inside me that I can only seem to release by putting them in writing.

3.  And Resolutions – the idea that inspired the project.  Inspired by the best seller, “The Happiness Project”.  Every month I take on new resolutions that are meant to make me happier in many different ways.   So far some are very successful and some are very difficult.  But isn’t that how most resolutions go?  Some fail and some live on.