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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving 2005

Happy Thanksgiving 2005, everybody! I hope you are thankful for the good things in your lives.

This morning Jenn and I watched some of the Macy's parade on TV. I understand there was a bit of an uproar over Dora the Explorer, and another balloon tried to take people out with a lamp post (again).

Our plan was to meet Jenn's mom and stepdad at a restaurant in New Jersey for Thanksgiving dinner. So we got ready and went to the NY Waterway Ferry terminal on West 38th Street, where we met Jenn's aunt and Jenn's mother's former research assistant Haiyan. Since all four of us live in New York City, we decided to take the ferry to New Jersey together. Here's a photo Haiyan took of me, Jenn, and Jenn's aunt Nancy.

We were standing there, waiting for our ship to come in. And then there it was!

This is the ferry we took to Port Imperial/Weehawken. We were traveling to New Jersey, but just barely. Our destination was Arthur's Landing restaurant, which is not only right on the water, but it's right next to the ferry dock. You can even get free ferry tickets if you eat at the restaurant, which worked out well for us.

Here's a photo of Jenn, Nancy, and Haiyan as we arrived in New Jersey.

It's a very short ferry ride--essentially straight across the river--and we were soon seated at a great table on the second floor of the restaurant that had a beautiful view of Manhattan with the light of the setting sun upon it.

I call the photo above Skyline Noir because with the rain clouds coming in but the sun still shining on Manhattan it almost looks like a black-and-white photo, when in fact it is in colour. Color. Remember you can click on any of these photos to make them more awesome.

Here's a photo of all of us at the table. At the front right is Jenn's mom. Jenn's stepdad Chuck is next to Haiyan. At front left is Jenn's mom's friend who also teaches at Fordham. The building right behind Nancy is the Empire State Building.

Pat and Chuck treated us all to a wonderful dinner and lively conversation. I stuck to traditional Thanksgiving fare: Turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, and apple pie a la mode for dessert. It was all delicious but I think my favorite dish was my first course: a Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Creme Fraiche Drizzle. It was heavenly. Jenn got the salmon and said it was good. The apple pie was also quite divine. I'm still stuffed, although since it was an early dinner I might need a snack a bit later.

On the ferry ride back to Manhattan after dinner I took some pretty funky photos of the New York City skyline at night. It was about 5:00 p.m. This is what happens when you set the camera on the Night Scene setting but can't hold it very still (for example, you're on the upper deck of a boat in choppy waters). The tall green and red building on the right is the Empire State Building.

This series of photos is called Skyline Squiggles 1-5. And the artist is me.

This one is kind of cool.

As is this one, in my opinion.

After we arrived back in New York we said goodbye to Nancy (who walked to her Hell's Kitchen apartment from there) and then Jenn, Haiyan and I hopped on a free shuttle bus at the ferry terminal and took it to the subway at Times Square. Here's a photo of Haiyan and Jenn on the bus.

We said goodbye to Haiyan in the station. She took the subway home to Queens, and we took the subway home to Brooklyn. Now we're hanging out, calling our family and friends on the phone and wishing them a happy Thanksgiving. It was a very nice day.

Before I go, our best wishes go out to Ted and Sonny, who got married yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. May they have a lifetime of happiness together.


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