Hello all, this is Wade, I'm going to be blogging today. How have you been? For a while now, Kali has been wanting to take me to New York and since it is Christmas time we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. We booked our tickets with FUNG WAH bus and hoped for the best... you see, FUNG WAH has a questionable reputation. Some say the buses catch fire, some say they have been known to roll over on the freeway, transport cages full of chickens, and so on. I guess I should mention that the FUNG WAH bus is a Chinatown to Chinatown bus linking all major cities back here. Any way rumor has it that they have made some improvements so we thought we'd give it a try.
We woke at five in the morning.
Oh yeah, we picked to travel after the worst snow storm of the year.
We donned our warmest winter gear and headed out.
We walked to South Station, about a twenty minute walk. Crews were busy shoveling sidewalks, but the snow was everywhere.
A nice man from somewhere in the Middle East could tell we were lost, in broken english he walked us to where the buses were, if not for him we probably wouldn't have made it.
The bus was nice and warm and the four hours to New York wasn't too bad. As far as four hour bus rides go.
We stepped out of the bus and BRRRRR! It was freezing!
We were in Chinatown and the only English we could see were the street signs (if not we would still be wandering around).
Halfway down the block a man approached us and revealed a card with pictures of purses, Kali had already warned me, so I knew what was up. We smiled, but said no thanks. Immediately, a little lady attacked us...
So it wasn't an attack, but she said, "you want purse?" pointing to our right. We shook our heads and tried to tell her we wanted to go left, so she said, "okay, follow me," and started walking. We could have easily run away, but she was going the way we needed to to get to the subway. Also, she kept looking over her shoulder to make sure we were following. I fear that if we tried to get away, she would have caught us.
We followed her to a store and when we got there she opened a secrect door in the wall. A SECRET DOOR. We went into the basement where we found illegal knockoff purses. Kali saw one she liked and the lady noticed us pointing at it, so she pulled it down for Kali. It wasn't exactly what we were looking for so we gave it back. When we tried to leave the lady freaked out. She followed us out and we tried to tell her all we wanted was the subway. Finally, as she followed us she talked to another guy, we told him we wanted the subway, he told her and she was still upset, but we kept walking. YIKES.
We took the train to Times Square and this is what we saw.
Apparently Kali loves Charmin, so we checked it out. Either that or she had to go really bad.
Here is the picture in the sled like she said We also got to pose in front of the new year
(hi...kali here. I know it looks like i gained 50 pounds...its really just three coats. promise.)
We then went to Central Park where we had a visit from a new friend.
This Carebear was at first friendly, then awkward, then creepy. He just stood there, and he smelled really, really bad; we rode the carousel anyway.
Enjoy the video:
Once I watched a movie about a miracle on 34th St. . . . close enough.
We froze our way over to Rockefeller Center
And then up to the Top of the Rock
It was entirely amazing buildings everywhere, the biggest city I'd ever been to. From the Top of the Rock we went back to Times Square.
THIS JUST IN! Boston has received it's first snow. Two inches...
and the governor declared a "snow emergency" yes, that's right. emergency. wade didn't have to go to work. i got to leave early. every school in the area closed.
the streets have been deserted. and we're all "snowed in" but there's only two inches! it's quite embarrassing and I just think, if only utah could see us now. I walked to school in snow like this everyday. if everyone in utah stopped going to school everytime it snowed, we'd all be illiterate.
but hey, i don't have to work, and i'm still getting paid for it. you're not going to see me complaining.
oh my heck. we've discovered the greatest invention of all time. you heard me people. OF ALL TIME.
so, as you know...we do not have a car in this insanely crowded city. it would be impossible to park. and very, very, very expensive to keep one in a parking garage (you're looking at 400 a month, for a parking space!) we also happen to be in the poor stage of our newlywed lives, so car payments, insurance, and gas are not on top of our priority list.
as you also know...I HATE THE TRAIN! Especially grocery shopping and lugging everything on a grandma cart through escalators and stairs. Now that it's gotten frostbiting cold outside, its even a more treacherous experience to walk everywhere. I'm not going to lie, I avoided grocery shopping for an entire month because I didn't want to go out in that mess.
Enter the above mentioned greatest invention of all time and suddenly our lives got a whole lot easier! Introducing....THE ZIPCAR!!
All we have to do is get online, reserve a car, walk a block to the parking lot, tap our card to the windshield, it lets us in and we drive away. We just pay 9.25 an hour, and it INCLUDES gas, insurance, and parking. It's screamin' deal if you ask us. And now we get to live like normal people again.
I've tried at least 4 times in the past year to quit drinking diet coke. But I've never really had any motivation besides the fact that I was addicted and I got headaches if I didn't drink it. Well, thanks to our lovely Ensign, I am now SCARED of diet coke. I haven't had one since I saw this picture. Thank you, you precious, inspired caffeine article.
Also, you should look at the picture of the spider webs...its like a spider on crack. only...not. I think I just compared caffeine to crack.