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With the celebs

New York has this hectic aura to it. It’s unbelievably fast-paced. I spent a great deal of time today walking around with my aunts. I felt like I had to keep up with the pace of the crowd, but I had to slow down repeatedly to keep with my family.

We first went to the Olive Garden at Broadway and 47th St. It was pretty well structured with three floors. You gave your name in on the first floor, waited on the second floor, and ate on the third floor. The thing is, the food wasn’t really all that good. I had the chicken scampi which was served on a bed of angel hair pasta. It really wasn’t all that special. To be honest, I much prefer East Side Marios out by the university. The portions at ESM are a bit more generous (which isn’t saying much), and the wedding soup is awesome. Whatever. We had a window seat overlooking Broadway which was pretty cool. On the street we could see the pick up spot for the double-decker red sightseeing buses. The lineup didn’t seem to die down at any point.

Funny I mention that. All day my aunts were complaining about the amount of tourists in town, and how it was making it harder to get around. It’s true. You can pinpoint the tourists because they’re the ones constantly looking up and staring out at the tall buildings. Also, they tend to crowd around the big tourist sites–like Macy’s.

I can say though that I’m just as guilty of visiting tourist stops. After eating, the three of us went to Rockefeller Center. That’s the place with the skating rink and the humungous Christmas tree. Upon seeing it, I was again reminded of the movie Elf. Man, that place was crowded! It was packed with families and couples trying to take pictures around the awesome scenery.

From Rockefeller, we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I took a picture of that place before, however, I didn’t go inside last time. This time we went in. It’s a great looking church. All around the sides are various shrines and devotion places. One of them had a relic from one of the saints. Aside from being a bit spooky, it’s really interesting. I wanted to ask what the relic was of…but how do you ask such a question? You wouldn’t ask, “so, what body part is in there?” That’s just rude. I imagine it’s just a bone fragment or something of that sort.

In the center of the cathedral is a mausoleum containing the remains of all cardinals which tended to New York City. I remember thinking just a few days ago about how creepy the idea of mausoleums are…and there i was at the entrance to one. Heh.

From there we went to Saks on 5th Avenue. That’s a pretty famous store in Manhattan. It’s damn expensive there! Upon entering the place, I consciously felt like I was lowering the average total worth of all the people there. I wanted to visit the Men’s department, but we didn’t stay long enough to go there. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, I suppose. One piece would probably have killed my bank account.

Our last stop from Saks was Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. I originally thought that the place would be pretty silly to be at, but as soon as I saw statues of Samuel L. Jackosn and Brad Pitt, I was in awe. It wasn’t long before I was hamming it up for the camera. I posed with wax replicas of people like Oprah, Madonna (I was feeling her up), Lenny Kravitz, the Pope, Einstein, the Rock, and Beyonce. If I get these pics from my aunt’s camera, I’ll post them.

Ah, so that’s today. I feel like I accomplished a lot today. I’m looking forward to getting some good rest.

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