The entire time that we have been in the RV – over four months – I have not heard a single car honk its horn. It took less than a minute after I exited JFK airport before I heard four drivers at an intersection leaning on their horns. What a great welcome back!
My parents were very happily surprised to see me, and being around for a family Chanukah party was nice as well. Monday and Tuesday were my busier days. Monday’s highlight – aside from seeing Amy’s grandmother – was a (free) luxury dinner cruise with Bateaux New York. The glass boat provided lovely nighttime views of New York’s lights, and I was adopted by a group from Kansas City who assured me that they would show us a good time if we come visit.
On Tuesday I saw the city from above, taking a (free – thanks, Expedia!) helicopter tour of New York. The views were great, and the heliport was conveniently located right behind my old office. Before and after the tour I spent some time getting together with old colleagues. I got the impression that people at first didn’t believe that I was only in town to say hello. It took them seeing me in jeans and a long sleeve non- button-down shirt for it to sink in that I wasn’t job hunting. I heard “You look… relaxed” multiple times over the course of the afternoon, and had some wonderful conversations, including one with a friend who is thinking of taking some time off to travel. I hope I provided some encouragement. On my way back to sunny LA right now!
posted by jay