OMG, what a day!!!
Once again, my friend whom I was supposed to met in NYC got nailed b a crazy work schedule. Not to mention, the Anderson Live show was not going to tape on the 19th, the one day she had free on her schedule. AARRGGHH!!! That's the 2nd time that happened. I just figured "yeah whatever," and decided to go on my own. Busy people are understandably impossible to co-ordinate with.
I found an availability slot for a few days during the week of the 11th. I decided to order tickets. Then I got a confirmation message saying I'd get a reuest "close to the date of the show" if tickets were available. That's rather unprofessional. Are they, or aren't they? Later dates still had "coming soon" on them. I thought for a second, and decided to "order" tickets for the 11th. If i get them, that's cool. If I don't get them, I'm still going to have an awesome time in NYC. I've wanted to go to the city long before Anderson had a show.
I checked out the Waldorf site again, and that nice "reasonable" rate that I'd been shot up by about 150%!!!! No AARP rates either. I know I'm not old enough to be a member of the AARP but I'm married to one of the world's oldest Baby Boomers, and when they sent him a card, they sent ME one too!!! I took a second look at the rates, and decided that they really put the ASS in ASStoria, with that little trick. Time to find another hotel! I mentioned a price range, and my travel agent suggested a Holiday Inn, because it was in the price range I'd quoted. We have one of those in Guelph! I did a little searching on my own, and found a beautiful hotel!! A bit more than the original price I'd quoted, but a hell of a lot less than theWaldorf was going to be. I crunched some numbers, and figured it would work nicely.Crowne Plaza Manhattan
Pretty sweet, eh? Beautiful views, nice bright rooms, and the cheaper rooms really aren't that much different from the expensive ones!
I got paid yesterday, and this being Friday, Walker got both his SSI and VA today. I needed to run down to the bank and start paying bills, and putting money where we needed it to be, for the month. I also had a couple of stuffed birthday cards, that I needed to put in my account. It was an awesome birthday! After the bank, I ran across the street to the downtown mall to get a foil pan. Walker's making guacamole for the guys at the Army Navy Air Force club on Superbowl Sunday. I also needed to pick up a refill of his prescription. On the way out of the drug store, I stopped at this cute little German bakery that I'd been hearing advertized on CKWR.com for years!! They had locations in uptown Waterloo (near Kitchener) and had just opened one in Guelph the week before. The baked goods are started in German, then flash frozen, shipped over here, and baked fresh every day. I ordered a herring sandwich, and boy was it good!!!!! A nice cup of coffee too, that could actually rival The Second Cup for quality!! :)
Six o'clock rolled around, and they were going to close, so I called a taxi to take me home. THAT is where things got totally CAR-AZY!!!! Pun intended. Actually, it wasn't so much the car that was the problem, as the idiot behind the wheel. He greeted me with a rather gruff sounding "what." A little unusual, but it was only a few blocks home, so what the hell. I had my two grocery bags, my purse, cane, and I thought on the way home, why not swing through McDonalds, and grab something? I mentioned this to the driver, and then said "and could you plese help me carry some stuff down a flight of stairs?" He started giving me static. Keep in mind drivers help me often, and I top them very well for doing it! That just got him RANTING AND RAVING!! Not just a bit of attitude, but a psychotic rant!!! So bad that I told him to stop the car and let me out. Oh no. He insisted that he was going to take me where I wanted to go, in that tone that suggested he wanted to do it, so that he could keep anting, the whole damn way. Know the tone I mean? Some people are quick draws with their weapons, but that's not Canada. I am, however, a quick draw with a cellphone! He was yelling so hard that he did not realize I'd grabbed my phone, and called dispatch. I told them that the cab they sent me was being driven by someone who chooses to rant at the passengers. It felt a bit like a hostage situation, the way he was acting. Fortunately they could hear him very clearly. He decided to geton the radio and tell HIS side of the story. I thought this was funny s hell, because now every taxi and passenger in the city of Guelph could hear his psychotic rantings. He yelled at me up and down for having filed a complaint against him before. Really? I've been using that company for 15 years, and have never in my life filed a complaint against a driver. Never filed a complaint against a driver in any other city, or company, either! He also agreed to let me out, and the company said they'd send a new cab. I told them there was no way I was going to pay to be yelled at, and they agreed. New driver came, and he was a complete angel! I told him I'd just escaped from Car #39, and he told me a few stories that almost curled my hair. Seems this idiot has a reputation. No managers around on weekends, but I am going to file a report with the President of the company on Monday!!!
Came home, thought of having a drink, and then decided if I did, I'd probably enjoy it a bit too much. Hubby made me a cup of peppermint tea instead. Unfortunately Shakti has decided that my mint tea smells like catnip. This is the 2nd cup I've had this week, and the 2nd time he's gotten totally stoned on tea steam.
Anyway, when I'm done with this post, I'm going to e-mail my travel agent, and put in my reservation for a room at the Crowne Plaza Manhatten, and a flight for the 11th.
I hope the people at the Anderson show get in touch with me about tickets, but if they don't, then to Hell with 'em. Not my fault they don't give people enough advanced notice, and I'm still going to have an awesome time in a city I've wanted to visit for most of my life. Can't wait!
Walker told me that after working in NYC for a while, the city made him feel claustrophobic. He's opted to stay here, and have a 3-day sci-fi movie marathon! :) He'll probably watch all the Star Trek movies on Netflix.
He's in for a real good time in March though, because there's a Comicon in Toronto that he really wants to go to. The nice thing about that is that it's a mile away from The Grand Hotel, where we always stay when we're in town. I'll go along for the ride, and while he's at the convention, I'm going to have fun touring around Toronto.
Anyway, WOOHOO!!! I'M GOING TO NEW YORK CITY!!!!