Sunday, November 07, 2010

New York State of Mind

A girl friend and I decided, just like that, to go to New York for a few days. We decided to stay in New Jersey because it was way cheaper than staying in NYC. Neither one of us wanted to drive downtown New York, so the Jersey option was good. We found this hotel, which had a bus stop right in front of it, dropping us off at Port Authority, for a fare of $4.25/trip. We also wanted to see a Broadway show while in the Big Apple, among other things. We planned only a few days, with lots of things to see.

The last time I was in NYC was back in 1999. I hadn’t visited much since we were there for a karate tournament and spent most of our time in a gym at Hunter’s College or the dojo.

On our drive down (it took us six hours) my friend, who can be a little neurotic, started telling me about what she’d been doing in the last few weeks. We had not spoken much prior to our departure: one phone call to agree on the hotel and to book a show once the hotel was reserved. I took care of that. She began by telling me she might be a little more neurotic than usual (that’s promising!) and that she thought of cancelling the whole trip. Her sister visited her husband in South Carolina and came back with bed bugs. My friend had to help her deal with it all, i.e. pack everything, have the house fumigated, etc.

You see, I, rarely watch the news. I don’t read the papers (nor online) either. The little news I get is from the radio when driving from point A to B. Other than that, I… uh… don’t care. I know, I know, it’s bad. I should keep myself informed, etc., but with all the crap going on, I don’t want to know how bad it is out there. Anyway. Long story short, I hadn’t heard anything about bed bugs and how NYC was infested. She had and was quite concerned about it, to say the least.

When we arrived at the hotel, before bringing anything in, we went to our room and basically went "Charlie Sheen" on it: we undid the beds; check all seams, nooks and crannies. We even put our bags in big garbage bags that we tied and stored up high. We avoided putting anything on the floor, or bed. Our room looked clean, but my friend wasn’t letting us take any chances. Let’s just say it added to the joy of travelling. Having to look through a garbage bag to get to my luggage was interesting. The whole time we were there I felt like I was watching my back. I wasn’t putting anything down, and even sitting in the theatre I was wondering if there could be bugs in the seats. Her neurosis was affecting me, that’s for sure.

Despite all this excitement, we had a good time. We got along fine. We saw many things, i.e. walked a LOT. Luckily for us we had nice weather. It was sunny, but cold. I didn’t care at least it wasn’t raining. Naturally we didn’t see all we wanted to see. We played it by ear and that was just what I needed.

Winter Garden Theater, NYC, Nov. 2010
We saw our first Broadway shows. I had made a reservation for “Mamma Mia!” at Winter Garden Theatre. What a show. While walking around Manhattan, I noticed a poster for another musical “The Addams Family”.

The Addams Family, Times Square, NYC, Nov. 2010

My first thought was: “ehh, interesting...”, but then I saw that Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth were in it. I just had to see it. It was a great opportunity to see Nathan Lane perform live, and the idea of Bebe as Morticia was just too much.  I just love Nathan Lane. I totally enjoyed it!  It was really worth it.  The decor was great, Nathan Lane was just... well... Nathan Lane, and Bebe was also a good Morticia.  Man does she look good for a 50+ woman!  Here's a little clip, from an appearance they did on Letterman.  Check it out.

My feet are still sore from all the walking we've done, but I'd go back in a heartbeat!


TechnoBabe said...

This sounds like a wonderful mini vacation. Good for you. Thanks for the link to the video on Addams Family. I too enjoy Nathan Lane's work. So glad you had a great time and escaped without bugs.

Marius said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I had no idea they'd made an Addams Family musical, but I agree about Ms. Newirth. She's amazing.

Meg said...

That sounds like a blast! I LOVE New York. My husband and I went and saw Wicked in April. It was sooo great. We're going to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular next weekend and I couldn't be more excited. I'm not gonna lie, I was definitely freaked out when I heard about the bed bugs. I'm glad you escaped unscathed! Hopefully we will too. :)

flurrious said...

Is that Aubrey Plaza playing Wednesday?

It sounds like a fun trip. I would have been worried about the bedbugs too; I've heard you can pick them up just trying on clothes in a department store. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

I need to know more about this bedbug situation- do they jump from the clothes you are trying on into your clothes? What did you check for when you were checking- and did your friend's sister know she had bedbugs when she was in SC? Did they get rid of them? Will you come here and protect me?

Stinkypaw said...

TechnoBabe: It was a fun trip and Nathan Lane alone, made it worth taking a chance with the bugs! ;-)

Marius: I didn't know either until I got there. Bebe was a really good Morticia.

Meg: You better make sure you're careful about the bed bugs. You wouldn't want to bring some back in the new house... Good luck!

flurrious: It was Krysta Rodriguez playing Wednesday, she was very good as well, no sunny disposition at all! They did close Victoria's Secret and Abercombie... as well as a few other places we saw. Scary.

Monkey: From what I've read (so far) they are nocturnal bugs. They're not like fleas who jump. They get carried away in luggage (left on the floor in a hotel room), they 'climb' in and the rest is history.

We checked for bugs on the mattresses, sheets, as well as their poo. Because they bite at night, there is often blood spots or even squiched dead bugs.
My friend's sister realised she had bedbugs a few days after coming back home. She had strange "pimples" and some sort of hives, went to the doctor and was told about bedbugs. She had her house fumigated and is now bug free (hasn't been bit in a few weeks), but she is traumatised for life I think, so is my friend... and come to think of it, maybe even me! I don't think I'll ever travel the same... eurk, the thought of it all and I itch all over!!

comebacknikki said...

Awesome! It looks like you had a wonderful trip! I love NYC so much -- I would love to move there someday.

I saw the Addams Family earlier this year (it opened in Chicago). It got a lot of terrible reviews (they ripped Bebe to shreds), but I loved it.

Robert the Skeptic said...

I heard a woman sued some big NY hotel due to bed bugs.. even though the place had been thoroughly cleared of having any infestation.