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Waiting with Waits for Professional Developer

Posted by mandy on January 25th, 2010

There is this spectacular person I met through the bus driver who navigates me and ten other people 40th Street and Harlan Avenue on Mondays through Fridays at six o’clock. Of course, the bus driver didn’t introduce me to this person. It was his cousin who works in a firm that does collections who had orange hair from a bad dye job and a permanent smile with bubblegum in her teeth. But she was not the person who knew this person that I am writing about. The person who knew the spectacular person was her neighbor who had an opal pendant in the shape of an anatomical heart and was part of the executive training branch of another company. The spectacular person was her friend, Anne Bobby.

It would seem to me that a spectacular person would not have such a plain name that really belongs on a street sign in a little town. I did not know she would be spectacular until I saw her desk at work where she does professional development. Anne Bobby told me I could meet her at her work for coffee at three o’clock, which was when she got off. I could wait in her office until then because she would be in a long, long, long meeting, but it would not last until three, she assured me. Naturally, I did some superficial snooping while awaiting her to come to the office. It was strange that she had none of the usual photos and desk knickknacks that most people had in their offices or cubicles.

Anne Bobby had a photo of a blue balloon in a blue sky bleached of most its color. She had a photo of footprints in cement that were in front of a sign that said no loitering. In a miniature gumball jar near her computer were not gumballs, but old stamps that been used. At the edge of her desk and in the center was not her name–her plain name was not anywhere in sight–but a silhouetted bust collaged in photos of Tom Waits and headlines about his tours. I already knew her before she came in the door right at three o’clock.

Even When Wet, New York Serves up a Great Dish

Posted by mandy on January 13th, 2010

I was actually on my way to Europe, but I purposely purchased airline tickets that would make a stop in New York, JFK and made sure there was a serious lay-over, 12 hours serious. I figured that would give me plenty of time to travel to see a bit of Manhattan. When I was younger, I went to New York, but only to Buffalo; the experience was great, but it wasn’t New York City. I have my heart set on getting at least a little bit of the city.

When I arrived in JFK and passed customs, I checked my bags again, which made me bag free for my little excursion on the Metro into the city. I did a little bit of research on the Internet to find what would be the best sites to see and the best New York restaurants to eat at, so once I was there I could save some precious time. After asking people for direction and information, see, I’ve never been on a great transportation system like the Metro, coming from a small town, so I was a bit nervous.

I did manage to find my way to 9th Avenue and 42nd Street and the first thing that hit me was the cold weather, the noise of all the cars, a massively tall skyscrapers and the sheer spirit of New Yorkers. Everything was awesome except the rain! Awww! I didn’t have an umbrella, so I just ran from one over-hang to the next, but all that didn’t keep me from getting wet. I couldn’t take any pictures either, but not losing my cool, and despite the rain, I was going to enjoy the city no matter what.

I ended up walking around for a few hours and managed to find one of the restaurants I looked up on the Internet, and fortunately, they let me in wet clothes and all. I really appreciated that, when I left, they pointed me in the direction of a Metro station, but before I reached it, there was a lone brave hot dog stand offering up New York hot dogs, I was already full from my wonderful meal at that wonderful restaurant, but I couldn’t resist ordering a single hot dog with mustard on it; it was so good.

I caught the E-Line and made it back to JFK in an hour! I wasn’t too upset about not being able to experience a dry New York, because I also arranged my flight back to the States, and this time I’ll have a 15 hour lay-over!

Fort Worth is Fifth Largest City in Texas

Posted by mandy on January 8th, 2010

Fort Worth is the seventeenth largest city in the United States of America and the fifth largest city in the state of Texas. In general when one considers the fifth largest city or town in any state the common assumption will be that it is relatively small and while it may contain unique attractions and traditional elements, it is not a major cultural center of its home state. However, in the case of Fort Worth it is important to remember that it is also the seventeenth largest city in the country. When considered in the country and state context it becomes obvious that Texas is home to five out of the first seventeen largest cities in the country. That’s more than the state of California, which has four of the largest seventeen cities. Texas is a big state with big cities, that much is obvious.

One can then reconsider the relevance of fifth largest in the state when that also means that it is also one of the largest cities in the nation. And with everything Texan, Fort Worth is big and full of life. Oh, and one more thing, don’t mess with it. It has a population of just over 700,000 residents, which puts it almost in the middle of Columbus, Ohio with a population of almost 755,000 and Memphis, Tennessee with 669,000 residents.

Fort Worth was first established in 1849 and at the time served as an army outpost. It was a protective outpost and overlooked the Trinity River. This original aspect of Fort Worth’s history is a point of pride and honor for the contemporary residents and its western tradition is reflected in much of the culture, architecture its traditional heritage observations. Tourists who visit the city and stay in one of the Fort Worth luxury hotels are sure to note this fundamental aspect of Fort Worth culture and heritage as it is displayed in most of its landmarks and attractions.

The New York Yankees win Again!

Posted by mandy on January 7th, 2010

After a boring 9 hour flight and many glasses of red wine, we landed in New York City jet lagged, exhausted and somewhat lost. We managed to find a New York cheap hotel around 11pm and checked in. The room was nicer than we expected and then we proceeded to flop on the bed for a much needed sleep.

The next morning, we didn’t realize what a great location the hotel was in, we felt that we lucked out. We had breakfast in Times Square and then went to collect our New York passes. These passes turned out to be an excellent value and they basically gave us free entry to 50 top attractions through out New York. Our first stop was the Empire State building, then off to The Rockefeller Center, 30 Rock! Took the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Sea Air and Space Museum and a 3 hour cruise around Manhattan on this Double-Decker bus, like the ones they have in London.

The above was done in two days! The next two days, we got tickets to a Knicks game at the Garden, strolled through Central Park, walked through Wall Street, and finally paid homage at the World Trade Center site. But, we were fortunate enough to be in town when the World Series of Baseball was going on and the New York Yankees were one game away for winning. So, we ended up back at Times Square where ESPN has a sports bar, and after surviving our initial shock of the price for one glass of beer, $10.00, we had an excellent night, despite the Yankees losing that nights game. They won the Series two days later and we got to witness New York erupt!

We left our wonderful cheap hotel and caught our flight to San Francisco.

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