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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NYC Finale/ Grand Central . . .

We wrapped up our visit in NYC with a visit to Grand Central Station and the neighboring shops. I can't count the times I've commented "its like Grand Central Station around here!" Surprisingly, while the place was pretty much non-stop busy, it was not overwhelmingly so (at least while we were there). I was not expecting the number of shops actually IN Grand Central Station as well as the variety of eateries downstairs. My small group wasn't that hungry around dinner time (didn't know teenagers ever to be "not hungry"...but anyway...) we opted for something light at the food court. Another group, however, decided to eat at a semi-enclosed "restaurant", with a waitress that they described as less than attentive (actually stood talking on her cell phone). When it came time to pay, her poor service was reflected in the tip. Apparently the waitress was not happy with this and actually chased them down through the food court area and DEMANDED a larger tip. HOLY COW!! I am amazed at how many people think that they are 'OWED' something versus 'earning' it. Had it been me - she would have been S.O.L. and frankly she could have chased me all the way home and my opinion would not have changed, nor would her tip. I'm glad we opted to sit it out in what appeared to be nice comfy chairs (reality check ~ hard.plastic ~ it is in the middle of Grand Central Station after all!)

By-the-way, found where the "Littles" live - and its right down the street from G.C. Station. There were several of these 'tiny' homes (&/or businesses &/or chapels) at various spots - where there is skyscraper, skyscraper, itty bitty building, skyscraper, skyscraper...[you get the picture]. Immediately made me think of Stuart Little and the Little's house.

We wrapped up our visit to NYC heading out (on foot) for the train at 5:45 a.m. the next morning and happily getting home around 10:00 p.m. What a day - what a trip! I am so glad I had this experience with my daughter and though she is not in any of the pictures I have posted (under section and code of the strict "NO PICTURES POSTED" agreement mandated by my children) - that is truly what made this trip so special.


  1. While visiting my DD when she lived in NYC, I was amazed/appalled/flabbergasted/astounded by the rudeness of the wait-people back there. I never had one chase me down, though. That takes the cake! Great shot of the clock at Grand Central.

  2. How fun! Except the part about the waitress, holy cow!!!

  3. I am so sorry about the waitress. WOW! I can't believe that.

    The pictures are awesome though. I feel like I have seen so much of New York through your lens this week.

  4. TFS your great trip - except for the waitress!! ;)

  5. Love the Grand Central Station shots! And I can't believe that waitress! She sure had some gall to demand a bigger tip after her crappy service!

  6. What a great series of photos. I have only been to NY once when I was in collage for a convention. I did not see that much of the city and I regret it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the collection of pictures and stories. Wow, that waitress had some nerve!
    I really enjoyed reading about your NYC trip. I need to go back one of these days....

  8. onderful pictures. I would love to visit NYC. ~Jackie

  9. I can't believe the waitress chased them! wow! Great pix and sounds like such an adventure!