Joseph : Alright, this is my first entry into our trip to New York. Yeast will inject his comments as I go rambling along. Anyway, Friday, very early morning, I had to wake up at 530 or so in the morning to get myself to the airport. Since I couldn't do my roommate the disservice of making him take me to the airport, I drove myself and parked in this very cheap parking place I found that only charges 4.95 a day for open air parking. I must say, though, that a lot of people have found this same place and the parking structure was packed. Another con was that I had to wait 20 some odd minutes for the shuttle to take us to the airport. I was getting antsy because it was nearing my departure time. Fortunately for me, Southwest was the first stop and since it was only 10-20 minutes before departure, I did the skycap check-in for the first time. Now…I think you're suppose to give gratuity or some sort of tip for the service, but being that it was my first time, I just thanked them and went on my way. hehe..I'll tip them next time. In any case, the flight to Long Island wasn't so bad. I made one stop in Las Vegas and bought a freakin six dollar sandwich in the Las Vegas airport for lunch. This is no six dollar burger. It was cheese, ham, and crumbs. I passed the time on the flight by watching episodes of House that Abby was kind enough to lend to me, as well as doing nerdy puzzles like a nerdy engineer.
Joseph: Ethan was pretty amused by the little travel snack that they gave us on the longer trips. The dried fruit and cheese crackers were good, but as for the 100 Cal Oreos Ethan deemed them as disgusting.
Me: Dry and tasteless…who cares if it's 100 calories???
Joseph: Arriving at Islip, a very small airport with a random nbc store in it, Ethan and I met up and thus began our adventure on the east coast.
Me: btw, Joseph first called it "Yeast Coast Trip" when we were planning.
The first thing we ahd to figure out was how the heck we were going to get from the airport to the train station. Just fyi, we flew into Islip Long Island instead of LaGuardia because our free roundtrip tickets only flew to Southwest destinations and NY wasn't one of them. So we had to take the train in. We ended up taking a 5 a person shuttle which totally wasn't worth it in my opinion. I mean, come on, the person freakin packed as many people into this 10 person limited shuttle and made us wait for 20 minutes. Anyway, we got to the station, paid the dude 5 bucks and went to purchase train tickets into Manhattan. At this point, we were starving so we had to go get some dinner somewhere. I had already mapped out beforehand a possible dinner place near the train station, but it seemed to have been closed so we went to the next item. A place called Scibelli's pizza. We had their pasta specials. I chose the seafood one since I absolutely love seafood. You can see both our dishes below.
By the time we got the train station at 6pm, it was already pretty cold outside. Thankfully Scibelli's was right there, and we were glad to have a plate of warm hot pasta. While simple, it was probably one of the homiest meals of the trip.
Joseph was hungry and got a chicken skewer and hotdog…
NYC Rule #1: never buy street food. NASTY! Stay away!
haha, this food was pretty nasty. I just wanted to try a cart vendor food to see if it was any good and yea…like ethan says…it's nasty. Totally not worth it. Actually, what was really weird was the fact that the guy gave me the hot dog and didn't even ask me to pay for it at first. I was just standing there with a hot dog in hand waiting to give him cash and he just moved on to the next customer. Ah well…don't try the street cart vendors in NY. Although, there apparently is a Vendy award in NY that awards the best street vendor.
Ahh…and one more thing to mention, walking back toward the jumobtron in Time's Square, I all of a sudden saw Jack Bauer on the JumboTron!! Holy Crap!! It looked like scenes from the next season of 24! Ethan quickly whipped out his camera to take a video of the clip which kept on replaying.
Yeah my quick camera skillz proved useful. Heck, I even youtubed it!
I was wondering, at first, why it was replaying, but then I realized a whole crowd of people cheering everytime the 24 clips came up. I soon realized the crowd was shooting an ad for 24 for when the trailer premiered the following Tuesday. That clip can now be seen on 24trailer.com. hehe…
yea…so we finally went back around midnight…
Here's the view of the train tracks next to the apartment we stayed at:
turns out we forgot to buy earplugs so we were in for quite a night with the subway rumbling past us. I think Ethan tried looking for some at all the random mini-marts around Queens, cause I think he was worried about not being able to fall asleep…Turns out he was the one who fell asleep right away…go figure..while I didn't sleep quite as well….ah well onto the next day!
We tried so hard to tap onto the open wifi, but was only greeted with constantly disconnecting weak signals. Oh well. I guess Queens is not too wifi friendly.
Yeah, I slept like a dawg…ZZzzzzzz