Okay. This blog is going to be annoying to many of you, because for a few more days, it is going to be the place where my vacation photos (and videos) live during my time in New Jersey and New York City. I'm at BEA (Book Expo America), in case you forgot, and today was a tourist day. Kelly took me into the city to show me all the things that I ought to see while here...things I will not see while spending the next three days in a convention center meeting authors and picking up books.
It rained. And not just a little bit. It rained a LOT. And we thought, "It will warm up. We do not need to bring coats or sweatshirts! We will bring these two umbrellas!" Except one of the umbrellas was broken. Two of its arms were snapped free from its nylon outside protective thing, which meant it wanted to turn inside out and smack me in the face from time to time. And by that I mean all the time.
It occurred to me that the umbrella was a metaphor for my life.
It also kind of felt like that umbrella was giving me the finger for the first half of the day. You know how it goes.
And my shoes became soaked through. Which was cold, and uncomfortable.
And I had the time of my life.
We went to the New York Public Library. And we went to The Strand. And we went to Times Square. And we went to a cupcake place that Maureen Johnson likes. And we went to Shake Shack, where were were accosted by feral squirrels, one of which I am pretty sure had scabies, or mange, or some other fur/skin condition. And it also had crazy eyes.
But anyway, I took pictures. So here you go.
Pictures with books were taken at The Strand. I have more Strand pictures trapped on my phone, but they cannot come off my phone until I get home and transfer them with The Magic Cable. Meanwhile, if you want more pictures and updates, take a peek at my Twitter feed in the sidebar (look to your right, scroll down a bit) and here on my Twitpic.