Am I a Creep?

Just went for a walk outside at work.  I noticed that I tend to smile at dogs when they are being walked past me.  And not all dogs, mainly golden retrievers and labs, bigger dogs.  And really there are times when I think the dogs are looking up at me, smiling.

So, am I a creep?  For smiling?  For 2-5 seconds as another golden retriever walks past me as I am meandering down the streets on my way to pick up lunch?  Do you smile at other dogs that look like yours?

This is what I am pondering.  Life’s big mysteries.  There is much wrong with me….

Have a great weekend folks!

Pip and Puddles Visit Downtown NYC


I was so excited when Pip and Puddles told me they were coming to visit us in The Big Apple.  When I went down to get them from the subway, I discovered they arrived in style with a special guest!  None other than Ms. Asta, former NYer!

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Hi guys!! So glad you’re here!  I have a lot to show you, so let’s go…Guys?  Guys?

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But it smells sooooooo goooood down here!  C’mon guys, let’s go.

I took them down to the water so they could see the pretty views!

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Pip wanted to see where his Occupy the Couch movement began in Zuccotti Park.

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And while we were right there, they stopped by the Freedom Towers.

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Then I lost all control.

The three of them STOLE A CAB and DISAPPEARED for HOURS!!

When they came back, I asked them where they had gone! Pip told me they went for a “tour” of the Federal Reserve Bank…

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…and of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Miss Asta said she “helped” by wooing the security guards in each place with her New York/European charms!

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I don’t know what kinds of “tours” give out souvenirs like this, but I didn’t want to ask any questions. They seemed to have had a good time.  But, something nagged at me for the rest of the day.  They kept talking about their “insider trading” meetings and their “Big Apple caper.”  I decided to let it all go.

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Pip decided to take Puddles shopping because she has been such a great nurse turning their world tour and he wanted to thank her.  And they had all this cash all of a sudden!

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You said Puddles, I love my Tiffany’s too.  And Pip took Asta shopping for her help in the Big Apple Caper too.

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And then they were a little hungry, so they decided to get something to eat. Puddles took the lead on this, she knew exactly what to order…

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Every New Yorker knows that the street vendors carry the best stuff.

Pip and Puddles Couch

Well guys, it’s about that time to head on out to your next stop.

Thanks for visiting and helping me take a bite out of the big apple!

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More of Seeing the Sites – Commuter Style

Dear Friends, It is ironic that I had planned this post to go up today.  I want to tell you that although I am fine, I really am, after the hurricane, I fear some of our blogging friends are not.  Do you know the Urban Hounds?  They live in Jersey City and it is not a good scene there.  Do you know Desmond?  They are on the southwest coast of Long Island and it is not a good scene there.  The news stories are true, they are real.  They are happening.  And I hope that you don’t say that you don’t know anyone that isn’t being affected anymore by this hurricane because we do.  We are quite lucky where we are because our power lines come in underground and we were in the 10% of Long Islanders who did not lose power.  On Thursday night, my husband and I took our first drive out of our little townhouse community and saw what was happening in our neighborhoods.  There is no gas.  There is no food on the shelves in stores.  There are trees down everywhere – across houses, across power lines, in the middle of major roads.  It looks like a war zone.  And this is in area without any flooding.  My parents, my in-laws, my friends, all do not have power.  My brother-in-law cannot use his water because the sewer system in his area is backed up.  It is a surreal scene.  I haven’t been to my job all week because I can’t get there on mass transit and even if I do show up there, the building doesn’t have power.  And this is now three days after the storm ended.  I know my posts are light-hearted and yes, I did teach Finn to weave through my legs and we did go to a costume party, but there are some horrible things happening in our neck of the woods and we hope we can get through them really quickly…before people start to panic – and I fear this is going to happen soon.  Please continue to send some good vibes in our direction and stop by and let the Hounds and Desmond know you are thinking about them too.

This is what I had planned for today:

It dawned on me that from your comments in some of my other Seeing the Sites posts that you think Finn is a city gal.  We live out in the suburbs, and I commute into the Big Apple daily.  So, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my commuting life.

Local Commuter Train Station

NYC Train Station

NYC Subway Stations


More of Seein’ the Sites – Building Bits and Pieces

These are neat little architectural elements I photographed over a lunch hour.
I’m actually quite impressed that I was able to focus on the elements and not have anyone walk in front of my photos!
Some of the captions are links to the buildings themselves if you’d like some more info…
48 Wall Street

72 Wall Street

75 Wall Street

55 Wall Street
I fell down the steps after taking this picture.
No bleeding.  Minimal embarrassment.

60 Williams Street
70 Pine Street
Back entrance to my office building!
I’m actually quite proud of myself because some folks turned to see what I was photographing from time to time.  I would like to think for a brief moment they were able to appreciate something pretty in the middle of the hustle and bustle of their day.  I stopped to read a plaque about the financial district put up by the city and a man in a suit stopped behind me and read it too.  Not too busy to learn something!  

More of Seein’ the Sites – The Skyline

My job has me traveling to various parts of the city to present our outreach programs.
In July, I went to Staten Island, and from the bridge, I could look back on downtown Manhattan, where most of the sites I take you to are located.  
The NYC skyline is in the distance in this photo.  The tall buildings on the left of the skyline is the new World Trade Center (It’s directly in the middle of this photograph).
The rusted old bridge is in the foreground.  I try not to think about that.  
And in between in Brooklyn.

It’s the same skyline that I showed you in my last post – I get to walk out of the skyline and look at it when I go out for lunch.

Once my husband asked me if I could see the skyline from my office window.
Glamorous, eh?

So here are some images of me being a part of the downtown skyline.  Enjoy!

Manhattan Dogs

I think
  they think 
they’ve got more swagger than non-Manhattan dogs.

they haven’t met us, you know?
*No Manhattan dogs were harmed or insulted in the creation of this blog post*

More of Seein’ the Sites

If you’re ever in the concrete jungle around lunchtime and you can’t find me in my office, I am probably up here.  I love this little building on the pier.  I normally walk up those stairs on the right, and you can see the water in between, it makes me a little jittery!

View to the left, South Street Seaport.
Plenty of tourists and shoppers and kiddies mulling about!

Dirty old boat!

Brooklyn Bridge.  Say hello Brooklyn!

View to the right.  Nothing really special, except
way in the distance in the bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island.

I’m not the only one who has found this spot!

More of Seein’ the Sites

My final destination on the subway is beneath a building which has a cute plaza.  In the station, they’ve hung old photographs from when the plaza was being built.

I thought it would be nice one sunny day to eat my lunch in the plaza.  
I tried the stairs closest to where I worked.  It was blocked.
Then I tried to lap the building, and hopefully the plaza to get in there.  Nope.  I was stopped by “Security.”  I was told I wasn’t allowed admittance and I couldn’t take a picture.  
Since I wanted to desperately to show you some art, I remembered right across from where I work is a little sculpture park.  Smile man in the blue shirt.
I love playing tourist.

We’ll have some more sites next month!

More of Seein’ the Sites

Everyone has such positive responses to my NYC photos.  Since we’re entering spring, and that’s prime walking weather, that means you all get to see more photos!
So, there are days when I cannot escape that I work near the WTC.  Sometimes I wander around at lunch time, and I am reminded that this tragedy happened so close to where I work.  One day, I found my way into St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway, and it has a small exhibit inside of it of the memorials which were created for the rescuers that day.  
I then wandered into the 9/11 Memorial Preview Center.  The preview center is small, just one room on a crowded street where you can buy some books and things and purchase tickets to the memorial  I saw this photo and was just struck by it. 
On to something lighter!  Pretty gardens near the base of…

…the Brooklyn Bridge!

I have no idea what those folks are looking at!
And now, I know this is a little old, but back on last Friday at 7:30am, I received a call from my Momma.  “Don’t forget to look outside at 10:30 this morning to see the Space Shuttle go by.”
Thanks Mom!  
That’s it for now!  Maybe some more sites next month!

Seein’ the Sites

Okay, okay, I needed a break!  What can I say?  I do feel very refreshed, and before we get into a little of what Finn’s been up to, first you have to put up with what I’ve been up to!
So, when I did my “Where in the World is Finnie’s Momma?” contest, some of you said it might be fun to show you some more of the city, so I have been snapping away!
I worked a few days at the Waldorf and this awesome clock is in their main lobby.  
I think it’s from 1893!
This statue sits in Battery Park.  It once was at the WTC, and it was discovered after 9/11 as having been mangled a bit, and it was moved to the park shortly thereafter.

Lookie what else is right there!  Ferry to the statue anyone?

And this is the Customs House, also just a few blocks away.  
I think this Rotunda is just beautiful.

Here’s Federal Hall, where George Washington was sworn in as President.
And I just thought this was funny.  This is a telephone building up on 79th Street.  
I just love how Verizon slapped a sign on the facade.  Classy.

Ok, so enough about me.  Finnie’s been up to no good as well – 
Ahar har har!!  We’ll get to her.  Looking forward to catching up to all of you too!

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