November 11 - In Medias Res
Up and out with Bette and George to visit Ann (Crystal lamentably unavailable, having been called to Maine from Massachusetts and really too far for a there-and-back-again), first to Media for another basic East Coast food group -- cream-filled concoctions from Dunkin' Donuts,
then the Blue Route to 95,
over the Schuylkill
into New Jersey,
at one point paralleling the Delaware, 195,
Holland Tunnel (one dollar less than the Verrazano Narrows, almost seemingly a bargain)
through Greenwich Village, up 8th Avenue, east on 16th Street and
south on 5th (N.B. view above is north) for our
With a parking space secured miraculously in front of her place, we walk to 6th and the Hollywood
Diner for a final culinary essential:
a Fisherman's Platter.
Following this sufficient-consumption-to-last-well-into-the-week,
retrace steps a bit,
then beyond to Union
efficient but lovely spread,
complete with a
Being John Malkovich half floor,
transformed by A into a very useable space via rolling stolls,
with areas including a recording studio.
novelty figures and
windows onto all manner of activity.
Farewells said, we take a rather raucous cab (our fault, too many old jokes / situations / stories, but the cabbie seems to enjoy the hilarity as well) to Penn Station
(lead us, indeed),
deliver the folks for their return journey to the Philadelphia area
(at less cost, once again, than the Verry, which definitely has impressed itself into the mind's memory).
Now it's time for a night walk,
angling south on Broadway from 32nd to Madison Square,
then the acute angle at 5th.
Happy to have the night's respite at A's and
take leave of all relatively early for needed rest, punctuated with perusal of
Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons (1912!) and
Wall Street Journal coverage of
Hurricane Sandy, plus composition of Double Piano Concerto: II [page 11] and The Decameron - Third Day: Novel 5  and pdf for At a Photo Shop ).