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Thursday, August 13, 2009

NYC DAY ONE: The Arrival

Laurel and Shannon were flying out of Salt Lake City on the classic Jet Blue red eye, which ironically is the exact same flight we all took in 2004: Leave at 11:58 pm and arrive at 5:31 a.m. I was leaving from O’Hare at 6 am that morning and arriving at 9 am. For expert advice in getting us to the hotel, I turned to askanewyorker.com. One of the New Yorkers suggested a specific car service that was comparable to a cab price but more reliable.

After picking up your luggage, there is a number to call where the dispatcher gives you your car number and also asks, “What are you wearing?” Laurel, being sleep deprived, had to ask Shannon what color she was wearing. Shannon told her black, so Laurel repeated this to the operator and threw in green shoes for good measure.

These two hit the Four Points Sheraton in Chelsea and were able to check in at 7 am. A miracle right? Let me just tell you that I am a Starwood Preferred Guest Member. It’s the rewards program that services all the Sheraton chains. They treat you like a rockstar, so everyone should join if you stay in a lot of hotels. Especially if you just took a red eye and want to check into your room at 7 am despite the official 3 pm check in time. I think these two were asleep in the room by 7:03 am.

Upon my arrival, I was also asked by the car service what I was wearing. I was thrilled to be in New York where finally my fashion would be appreciated. I explained in detail that I was wearing a Michael Kors tank dress with metal studding accenting the neckline. I had paired the dress with black leggings and comfortable yet stylish Mary Janes. To avoid the chill of the airplane air conditioning, I was wrapped in a white Pashima with gold threading. The operator said, “So, the driver should look for a black dress and white shawl?” I guess he just needed a synopsis rather than full plot line.

Once I got these two out of bed. We did a quick catch up in which Laurel introduced that she had taken all the video documentaries we used to film of ourselves in Cedar and converted them to DVD for our viewing pleasure. She had dropped $200 on a portable DVD player and now had $50 spending money for New York. To get us in vacation mode, we popped in the footage from our Minnesota trip. I will apologize to our Minnesota guide Darren, we were annoying with the camera, hilarious, but annoying.