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New York, New York

I've been in NYC since last Thursday night, midnight. Joey had been here since Tuesday and was having a good time with Elaine and Ed - making robots, visiting FAO Schwartz, and more. Yesterday the three of them went to see the statue of liberty, ground zero, and the empire state building. I had done two of the three before, and felt my knees wouldn't thank me if I did them again, so I stayed back at the apartment with the doggie. There was another reason, too. I had left my jacket in Mary's car and needed to replace it. The temperature is bracing. By the time I got to Filene's Basement, about two blocks from the apartment, I had decided that I would buy anything that fit. Which I did, but it wasn't a drastic situation. There were several nice jackets and the one I chose is simple, a man's jacket, and thin so I can wear sweaters under it if I need to, and it was cheap.

Today Joey was scheduled to leave at 12:30. He travels on standby, because his dad is a Southwest employee. But standby is standby, and today he did not get on. Fortunately I opted out of the trip to the airport as well, because otherwise I would still be there now. The three of them are hanging around the terminal, looking in the shops, having coffee, until the 6:30 flight, which looks good for standbys. But again, who knows?

I have been napping, having snacks, reading. And I spent an hour in chat with an Earthlink customer rep. I have been paying full price for dialup service with earthlink since 1999...$21.99 a month. Yet these days I never use the dialup. However, I liked having the email and especially I wanted Mary to have a consistent email address. So I asked the rep if I could just pay for emails instead of the whole thing.

Over the course of an hour the rep downgraded my account but said there is no way to get a refund on what I already paid for this month, which I think is crap. I had asked to make the changes effective march so I could complete the month but this person, A Felton, doesn't read. I have it in writing, this chat session, so I can point to where I said that, not once but twice. But A Felton just had a mission and completed it in a speedy hour. I asked if I could just do this myself but A Felton didn't seem to hear that either. I am sure I could have done it and gotten my money's worth. I really hate live chat help most of the time. It's a lot like telephone help and I tend to get the same kind of results. Techs who do not read or do not listen.

But anyway! The end result is that I am now about to save about $19 a month. So it was worth it. Little trickles here and there are going to help me pay down my debt and make the payments on my new house - if I ever get it.

As for New York! I do have some fun stuff planned. Next Monday E & E and I are going to see Stephen Colbert live, assuming we get in. I have the tickets but they are not guaranteed. We have to get in line long before the show and it's first-come-first-served. On Valentine's day I'll be at Symphony Space, enjoying a Selected Shorts program. On Feb 26 E & E and I will see Jon Stewart - the Daily Show. Other than these things I figure I'll take in what I feel up for. So far my knees are not doing particularly well. But I will keep up with the arthritis exercises and the supplements and try to stick to the diet as best I can, and maybe I will see some improvement over the time I am here. Speaking of which, it is time to take the pup for a walk...


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Feb. 10th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
I always loved NYC in winter! Have fun, and I wish your knees well :)
Feb. 10th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love NYC any time - I even managed to love it in muggy summer a few years ago. But I have to admit that arthritis makes it much harder to do all that I would like. We shall see, we shall see.
Feb. 11th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Does being in NY mean that you are getting the old house moved and the new one in?
Feb. 11th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
No, unfortunately. It means I made a commitment some months ago to watch the animals while my daughter and son-in-law go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They haven't left yet - we thought it would be good to spend a little time together first.

I haven't heard anything new about the loan. Sigh.
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds fun! One of my close friends went to Bourbon St one year for Mardi Gras - too close to all the action *chuckle - a sign of age I guess. But, they did love it inspite of not being able to sleep much.

Maybe it is time to find a different loan company - these people are dragging their feet and that is just not necessary!
Feb. 11th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, this is the second - actually third - loan company. And there aren't many that will loan on manufactured homes with only 5% down. My choices are really limited.

As for Mardi Gras, my son-in-law is from New Orleans. It is almost an obligation. This is the second time my daughter gets to see it, but of course about the 26th time for my son-in-law. They are the right age to make something of it! I know it would be mostly wasted on me, although I'd love to watch.

Thanks for your good wishes. I know I'll get through this loan thing.
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