Nov. 1st, 2009

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  • Staying at a hotel on Times Square is pretty cool. 
  • I did take a bus tour, but didn't really see the Statue of Liberty.
  • NYC has nothing on Paris, sorry.
  • By my one sample, NYC taxi drivers earned their crazy driving reputation.
  • Landing at La Guardia is ohmigod there is nothing under me but water until you are less than 20 feet in the air.
  • Central Park does look cool, but I think a lot of this was because the rest of NYC is so lacking in greenery.
  • Greenwich village was the one place (that I saw - did not get north of Central Park) that looks like home.
  • The former WTC was in a very dense place which makes its absence even more impressive.
  • Less smog than Houston
  • The staff at the Marriott Marquis was unbelievably friendly and gracious.
  • If you are going to pay > $10 for a whiskey, you might as well pay $16 for Laphraoig. It was worth every penny. Take seriously the warning about the "peatiness." It was still very very good, but the smokiness is inescapable. The good (or bad part) was that the smoky flavor lingered for hours...mmmmm..... 
  • I actually spent far less than I expected on food, but there was no escape from the high costs of some things such as transport and wi-fi. I ended up just going without internet for the most part. There was no lack of things to do.
  • My random roommate from Peru turned out to be an awesome individual. The advertised ATA conference perk of making lifelong friends was not hype in the slightest.
  • I met translators from across the U.S. as well as Italy, New Caledonia, Greece, etc etc.
  • One really cool thing about NYC was hearing all kinds of languages spoken by people who weren't coming to the convention.
  • I think the NYC marathon is a cool thing, but I was really glad to get out of town before it started. 
Ok, that's more than 5 min, more later.


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