Not Gonna Happen – #1LinerWeds

I’m not sure if the title is the one-liner or if I should go with my plan to use the sign. Or, perhaps I should put it in the form of a question to the artist/planning board/park designer:

“What were you thinking?”

Yeah, that works.

As I hinted last Saturday, I had an adventure last Wednesday. I took the train to New York City to meet with Brad Lewis, a friend of mine who was visiting from the west coast.

Brad and I walked along the Hudson River, played a intense round of mini-golf (minus two holes) and proceeded to sample some of the wonderful food available in lower Manhattan. We had Dim Sum on Elizabeth St. for “brunch” followed as fast as we could walk, by a Pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen for “lunch” – seriously, we did. We ate like teenage boys. If we had thought about it, we would have stopped for a slice of pizza. Throughout the day, we shared stories, laughed and drank like mature adults. OK, as mature as men ever get.

I think this will happen again. Brad has demanded a rematch at the mini-golf course, there were a couple items at the Dim Sum place we didn’t try, and those slices of pizza are calling.


This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

The gallery includes some of the pictures taken on this one-day adventure. More will follow tomorrow and Saturday.

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  1. There’s nothing quite like a NY pastrami sandwich. Yum. If you like Cal-Mex food, next time you visit NYC, check out Calexico. You might meet one of my sons. :)

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    1. Thanks Gwen, I will check that out. I’m not sure I’ve ever had Cal-Mex. We don’t have very many good places in CT for Mexican food and very few varieties. That sounds good. I just looked it up. I think I’d like to try a restaurant, but from where we were, I could easily hit the cart in Soho :)

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  2. What a day!! Brings back old memories of Manhattan! You and Brad need to make a specific date to do it again – just saying “one day we should…” just never seems to arrive. Besides – how can you give up a NY pizza?!!

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  3. “I could tell you that the pictures is of Lady Liberty (under the lamp). The crane just got in the way.” 😆😆😆

    Meeting up with a friend for a day of beer, food, and sightseeing sounds like the best. Make it NYC and then it’s an adventure!

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  4. So many nice photos in this post. The roof of the Penn Station is so fine and I really love the photo of the crane on a barge in the Hudson and that of the ventilation facility. The latter can be used to explain perspective in art.
    I also like the observation you made about 23-pound dogs. I had to laugh at that because I missed it the first time.

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    1. Thanks Peter. That’s actually the lower level of Penn Station, which is about all that survived after the “renovation” in 1963 where they tore the station down to build Madison Square Garden.The main area of the terminal is ugly. It’s funny that you mention perspective. I have a photo that I took from the side, where you can see both sides, but I liked this better for that reason.

      I guess the park designer wasn’t paying attention the day they covered ‘less than’ vs ‘less than or equal to’ in school.

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  5. When I first looked at the photo from inside Dim Sum, I thought you were attending a convention. That’s a seriously huge dining room!

    Glad you and Brad were able to spend some teenage boy time together, eat well and have a couple of brewskis. Happy Wednesday, Dan!

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    1. Thanks Mary. That dining room was huge. That picture captures about 40% of the entire space. And you just sit wherever there are two chairs. Men never stray too far from those teenage roots.

      I hope you get up and over the day with ease.

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    1. Truth be told, Judy, either of those meals would have qualified as a large lunch. I was sure I wouldn’t be able to finish the Pastrami, but…

      I love that there are always cranes in NYC. A good day, indeed. Thanks!

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  6. Seriously? Don’t climb! As a child, a youth and even a young adult you can bet your salami on rye I would have been ALL over that sculpture! I would love to see a camera set up to capture that site after hours.

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    1. Ha ha – I hope you appreciate the pictures of New Jersey, Lois. I can’t believe how much they’ve built on that side of the Hudson. There aren’t as many places to get a good sandwich, these days, but this one was excellent. Yeah, don’t climb.

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful day, Dan. My hubby would definitely travel to NYC (3 hours for us) just for a good pastrami sandwich. I want to know why you only played 16 holes of mini golf. Too many beverages? :)

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    1. It was a great day, Laurie. It’s a 3-hour train ride for me as well, but I love being on a train, so it really is a win-win. We’re not sure how we missed one of the holes. We were going along, as you do in mini-golf, but when we got to the 11th flag, we had only played 10 holes. Then we skipped a hole to get passed a very slow family. We hadn’t started drinking yet.

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  8. LOL – did you and Linda plan this connection to food…you two are driving me to want to go grab something bad for me to eat! ;-) Interesting about the dog park separating by weight. The food and sites look like you had a great trip!

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  9. Okay, those are some really cool photos. And that sculpture! I’m torn between “what were you thinking” and calling up the park planner with “WHAT were you THINKING?!” The insurance alone…

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    1. Thanks Laura. Seriously, the sign can say whatever it wants, but the sculpture itself screams “Please Climb Me!” – I told Pam (above) I’m guessing it’s anchored in enough concrete to support a drunk adult male.

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  10. Since I’ll never get to Katz’s, I have to enjoy the sammich vicariously through you. Nummmmy! And this is me, a wanna-be vegetarian.

    I had to LOL – literally – I looked at the trio of pix heading the post, read the sculpture sign “no climbing” and as I scrolled to your one-liner I said in unison, ‘What were they thinking?”

    So, jinx!

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    1. Thanks Maggie. Apparently, you can send a salami, but I can’t send you a hot pastrami.

      When I saw that sign, I just had to laugh out loud. Picturing myself as a child… I’m going to go with “great minds” :-)

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  11. Now that’s a dog park of a different color! Hope all the pups, and their owners, can read!! They can’t be serious with the sign on the sculpture. That’s just an invitation to “climb me!”

    What a great day you had with your friend. Sunshine. Cranes all over the place. Delicious food. Cold beer. Enjoying the company of a friend. Laughing and having fun being teenagers again. And being in that restaurant that seemingly has no end.

    I hope it’s not too long before you two can do a repeat performance.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Maddie isn’t a very social dog, so I doubt a dog park of any kind is in her future. Sitting on her deck seems to be the hit thing this summer.

      And yes, they would be better off with a sign that says “climb sculpture at your own risk.” How the artist thought no one would climb that is a mystery to me.

      I had a great time. I hope he has time for a repeat the next time he’s back on this coast. It’s a 3-hour ride, but I also love being on the train, so…

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  12. DR. BROWN’S!!!!! Beer or no beer, I’da hadda go for the Cel-Ray Tonic. Srsly. Lissen: You guys are the kind of guys I like to sightsee with. Mom was my walk-and-eat buddy, and I do miss those days. Thanks for taking us along on this excursion. And the sculpture? Yeah, they gotta be kidding! Don’t climb or hang from it. Phhht!

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    1. I took the picture of the Dr Brown’s sign specifically for you Marian. My friend was asking me why, and I told him about when I found it in the deli near us. He said “growing up, Dr Browns was just soda – nothing special.” After hvein the Tsing Tao earlier, I was ready to stick with beer.

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  13. Oh, it looks like you two had a grand time, Dan. Thanks for letting all of us here share part of it virtually. That looks like good grub! I’ve said that I like red ale, not beer. However, I always liked Kirin Ichiban. The store here in my vast “dry sauna” (aka desert town) doesn’t have it. So I took a chance on a couple of other Asian beers and found that I like them too. I’m not sure what the difference is…
    Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks Teagan. I’m glad you found a beer you like. Otherwise, you might have to move again, and I know that’s not an option. I ordered a Kirin Ichiban in the Detroit airport the last time I flew through there. I forgot that it comes in a 22oz can. That’s a beer!

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    1. They do, John! It’s such an eclectic place to eat. I got my instructions to feed singles to the guy making my sandwich, and I took his advice on the kind of bread. It was so good. If it wasn’t three hours away, I’d go back today.

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  14. Hi Dan – how wonderful you were able to get down to meet Brad – saves you the fare of visiting him?! What fun signs … so easy to understand, so easy to misinterpret. Sounds like you had a glorious day catching up and spending time together over old memories … and then the food – well mine isn’t going to be like that – but I am glad it’s near supper time! Fun photos too … cheers Hilary

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  15. You know what I just realized? Dim Sum and Pastrami on rye are two things I complained about missing when I was in Georgia. And two things we did the first week we were home. Good times. You have my support of both! And in good company?
    What an excellent way to spend the day! Well done! :D

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    1. An hour? That’s plenty of time for some Dim Sum and a couple Tsing Taos :)

      Thanks Deborah. It was a great day. Tomorrow I’ll share a few doors I collected while walking around. Lower Manhattan is an interesting area.

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    1. That was the best part, Jennie. I met him in Cambridge (at a bar). I had breakfast with him once in LA, and we’ve met a few times in NYC, but this was a great day. I’d say it was the least healthy, but we walked a lot.

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        1. That’s funny, Kirt. When I met my friend, he told me to meet him at Hudson and Varrick. I go there first, and he said “start walking west on Hudson” – of course, I started walking east. It didn’t take long before I realized I was going the wrong way, but…

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