I got in on Wednesday, the 4th, on a pleasant flight into JFK on JetBlue. Annelies found me at the airport and we took a cab into Manhattan to the apartment, a 2 bedroom flat on 114th street next to the Columbia University campus.
That first night, we went out into the city, with me taking my first ride on the NYC subway system. Dinner was at a vegan organic restaurant called Caravan of Dreams where we had walnut and sundried tomato pate and a variety of yummy grilled vegetable dishes. We were going to walk to the west side waterfront for the fireworks, but it was intermittently rainy, so we just headed back to the apartment.
On Thursday, I had my first day of working from NYC, then we went to the opening night of Austin's Salvage Vanguard Theater production of the (new and improved) "The Intergalactic Nemesis". They've done a good job with the rewrite, making it flow better and run quicker, and while the plot was familiar, there was enough new material to make it surprising.
Friday night was when Ani's friend Becca showed up. She's the one we visited in Costa Rica in January, and she's up in the states on vacation for a week. We hung out a while, but the big fun was the following day when more of Annelies' friends showed up for an impromptu Sarah Lawrence reunion. We spent the day eating brunch, visiting the huge Strand bookstore, hanging out in Washington Square, checking out a street fair, and eating dinner at Spice (a hip Thai place on University Avenue). I enjoyed the trek through the city and meeting up with her friends.
On Sunday, we went out to see Jill Sobule play at Joe's Pub. If you don't remember her, she had a minor hit in the early 90's with the song "I Kissed a Girl". She didn't perform that work, but she did lots of songs from her recent albums and some that she'd just written. It was a really fun performance, and Joe's Pub was a great, intimate setting. We had seats at a table about five feet from the stage, and after the show, I got to wait in line to say hello to Jill and get a USB dongle from Qigo that will let me download the show in MP3 format later this week.
Tomorrow, we've got tickets for a midnight show of the new Harry Potter film at the Lincoln Center AMC, then the next day, Ani's sister and her boyfriend come into town to visit. I've already identified a few shows to see and places to go. It's going to be a busy summer up here.