Spring Break is here. That blessedly clean breath-of-fresh-air week between the marathons of third and fourth quarter. I am very glad it is finally here.
This Spring break was a special one -- my dad, bro and I went to New York City and it was truly a...learning experience. I enjoyed it of course, because really who COULDN'T enjoy New York? There's so much going on that eventually something you do will HAVE to be fun. Simple statistics. But I have made three generalizations about our Big (slightly bruised) Apple and they are these:
1. The City Motto is something along the lines of, "Screw Sanitation, the pigeons'll deal with it."
2. The restaurants are completely amazing and if we hadn't left (after four days) I'm quite certain I would be obese by the end of the week.
3. People will always be nice to you when you have money.
There were so many interesting things about New York that were just so foreign when compared to Madison. To give you a taste of what I mean, here's a list of tidbits I picked up from my short experience there. Bon Apetit!
Every night we had dinner around eleven o'clock and that was the NORM. Don't worry though, the restaurants are good enough to keep you awake. Especially the ethnic food -- which is REAL ethnic food not the lame imitation stuff we've created for our American taste buds -- try it whenever possible.
Broadway = love. We only got to see one show (Spamalot) that was actually ON Broadway but we also saw Altar Boyz (off Broadway) and they were both HIL-arious. It was fantastic. We were in the very front row for Altar Boyz and the actors actually addressed us personally several times. Oh my goodness it was so so funny. Unfortunately if I tried to recreate it in print it just wouldn't be the same so I won't try.
People in New York are really nice and really helpful. It's cool.
Everything is overpriced. Everything. Even the fake rolexes. Unbelievable and yet tourists still buy them. suckers.
The buildings are huge. HUGE. I know you're reading this and thinking "well, duh, it's New York." but seriously, Madison looks like a quaint little country village compared to the vast hugeness of these buildings.
There are advertisements of equal hugeness on said buildings. In fact, I believe the billboards of New York are about the size of Madison's buildings...They are also the only color in the city.
Subway walls are frightening things. Get to close to them and you risk not only touching them but smelling