I'm fortunate with my job that I have a massive amount of vacation time -- by massive I mean right now I'm sitting on about seven weeks' worth -- and having that much gives me the chance to travel with Darcy when she goes on trips. She's the Director of Communications for a company that makes restaurant equipment and goes to lots of trade shows.
It's been fun...last year we went to Italy and earlier this year Las Vegas, and Italy is on the calendar for next October, as is Dubai in February. I love to travel and always dreamed of going to far away countries, so I feel very blessed for the chance to do that.
Anyway, we spent the last couple of days in New York, and I have a tangent that I can go off on about something we did yesterday, but I'll save that for later. One of the goals I had for the trip was to go for a run in Central Park. I was last here in 2003 and had an epic run along the West Side Highway (I ran from Midtown to Ground Zero and back) but never made it to the park.
Since this was such a quick trip and we had an early flight out Saturday, my only option was to get up early, so I got out of bed around 6:30. Our hotel was a block away from Rockefeller Center and so I ran to Sixth Avenue and turned north.
Well, bonjourno! It was fun to cross paths with him. He is from Milan, where we visited last year, and was very nice. The light changed and we went our separate ways.
It was such a glorious morning, while it was a bit chilly at 36 degrees, the sky was crystal clear and the driving winds we had yesterday had settled. Great running weather!
The path was pretty busy for so early on a Saturday. There were actually a lot of serious runners out there who were really hammering a pretty good pace. One of my main goals was to find the finish line of last week's New York City Marathon. I had studied the race map and had a pretty good idea where I was going.
I ran for a little bit and got a pretty obvious sign that I was on the right track!
I ran a little further, looking for more paint on the curb, and .2 later I found what I was looking for!
I ran on a little further and took some more photos, which I'll drop later on my Facebook page. Overall I'm guessing I ran about 3-3 1/2 miles, and I felt pretty good, which I was a bit worried about because I was on my feet a lot the day before and my back and right hip had been sore when I went to bed. It was just a really cool experience, and one I want to do again when we come back and I have a little more time to explore.
So, for the other cool experience: we were in town for an investor conference at the Metropolitan Opera House for Baron Capital, which is a big investor in Darcy's company, Middleby. Her boss (and company CEO) Selim Bassoul is well-known and very popular thanks to the success of the company under his leadership, and he was one of the speakers at the conference.
What made it even better was that we were in a box right next to the stage, meaning Sir Paul was about 50 feet from us! He put on a magnificent performance, although I want to see him again because he only played for about 75 minutes, which is typically about half as long as his usual shows. I like live music at clubs, bars and parks but don't really get into bigger shows, but in this case we'll make an exception.
We are actually on the flight home now, so we are leaving New York behind. One thing is for sure, I'm not going to wait 11 years to come back again! :--)