The Unbearable Banishment: i, tourist

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

i, tourist

In yet another blatant attempt to get 7-Year Old Daughter to look beyond the noise, filth and insanity of New York and see it for the shining jewel on the hill it is, I brought her into the city for some holiday tourist hijinks.

We met Nurse H for dinner at a diner. We ate at the Stardust Diner on Broadway and 51st. The food was ghastly, but it has its charms. The waiters and waitresses have musical theater aspirations and they take turns singing with a wireless mike. The singing goes on constantly from the time you walk in until the time you pay for your overpriced food. Some of them can carry a tune but I suspect that most of them are going to be working at the diner for a long, long time. That’s showbiz! You can’t give up your dream, even when faced with your own mediocrity.

The three of us hoofed two avenues over, past Radio City Music Hall, to look at the big Rockefeller Center tree. It was glorious! I do it every year and I never get sick of this stuff. Honestly! When I get tired of doing this sort of thing I’ll move.



Daughter’s favorite display is the snowflakes splashed across the façade of Saks Fifth Avenue.


I prefer the Cartier holiday bow wrapped around the Cartier mansion just a few blocks north of Saks.


A big New York City Merry Christmas to all!

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12 Comments:

OpenID daisyfae said...

Merry Christmas - to a prosperous, peaceful and festive 2009 for the entire Unbearably Banished clan!

Thanks for the amazing glimpse of life in the big city... gorgeous!

December 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

You can’t give up your dream, even when faced with your own mediocrity.

Now that pretty much sums up America, eh?

Merry Christmas to you and yours and best wishes for 2009!

December 24, 2008 at 3:01 PM  
OpenID thegnukid said...

A very merry christmas to you and yours. and hopes for a bright and better 2009.

your stories have me yearning for a visit...just a visit, mind you...to the big city. it's on the list for me.

December 24, 2008 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

That Cartier building is what I look at everyday from my office window! It is excellent.

December 24, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
OpenID nursemyra said...

beautiful photos. Merry Xmas xx

December 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

daisy: Thanks, but I’m the only one in this house who feels the sting of banishment.

rob: That sums up a LOT of things. Have you heard the last Rolling Stones album?

gnu: Just visiting is plenty for most. Only the truly damaged consider living here.

greg: It’s prettier than a mountain vista (to me).

nurse: Thank you, my dear.

December 24, 2008 at 10:59 PM  
OpenID popomaticjeff said...

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Sabrae Carter said...

Merry Christmas to you as well! I love New York in the winter and at the holidays! I've seen the Rockefeller tree but the one thing I haven't done yet is go to NYC on New Years Eve.. One day I tell you one day...... hmmmmmm

December 25, 2008 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

sabrae: Welcome! I lived here for almost 20 years and went to Times Square ONCE. It took me about :15 minutes to get seperated from my friends. Froze my ass off. But I'm glad I did it.

December 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

I enjoyed the pictures. The snowflakes across the building were my favorite too.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 25, 2008 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger ~E said...

The pic with you and your daughter (I think that's you...) is priceless. I hope you had a great christmas!

December 28, 2008 at 4:05 AM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

Great photos, especially the first. It's got to be a magical place in her eyes.

December 28, 2008 at 5:32 AM  

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