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Pictures from Colorado and of the New TV

Let’s have a post where I get the picture situation under control and take care of it before I get way out of date!   Got a few sets of photos for this post, one of work stuff while the rest are fun fun fun!

January 22 – 24, 2014 – Denver, Colorado

During this past week, I was out at the Dry Creek facility in Denver.  It was a good trip and I got to see a lot of interesting stuff and see a lot of people.  (I know, that was extremely detailed).  It was a trip that definitely needed to be done and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so!

January 24-25, 2014 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

I was most excited about this trip to Denver as I was able to visit my Colorado Springs-based friends, Susan and KD & Eric.  Timing and availability all worked out for this to happen, and so on Friday after everyone at work called it quits, I went back to my hotel and awaited my chariot.  My chariot happened to be driven by Susan!  She was actually up in the Denver area for Guard stuff (hello, Major Ruby!) so it really did work out for the best.  She picked me up and drove me back to the Springs, which gave us tons of time to catch up.  After getting there, it was dinner time at Rock Bottom Brewery (their Mac & Chicken is especially good, as are their beers).   KD wasn’t going to be back until around 10:30pm as she had concert rehearsal, so we managed to kill time until then and went to KD & Eric’s awesome new home.  It’s ridiculously awesome.   More catching up ensued and I really got nostalgic for those days of 2006 and 2007.  These folks are the best.  We hung out until around midnight (BEYONCE tracks were played, to be sure), then Susan and I left for her place for the night.  Early the next morning, we headed back to KD’s as Eric was also flying out from DIA at pretty much the same time I was.  So we had more time to laugh and bond – LOVE THEM.

We are going to try to go back in March for vacation purposes – hopefully Breckenridge will be the destination!  Oh, and if you doubted my assertion re: KD & Eric’s place, THIS is the view from their backyard!

IMG_2623From L to R, that’s Cheyenne Mountain, then Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, with assorted views of the city also there.  IT’S RIDICULOUS.

Okay, here are the pics I took from my oh-so-brief adventure with Susan, KD & Eric:

January 25, 2014 – Pics of our New TV!

We bought a new TV!  It had been since 2009 when I bought the 52″ LCD TV that had held the fort down in the living room starting with the UWS New York apartment, then to Santa Monica, and finally now with our Silver Lake apartment.  But in the time since 2009, TV technology has been constantly improving, and it was time for us to indulge.  The new TV is now 65″, 3D (with 4 pairs of glasses), a Smart TV, and is even thinner than the last one.   After setting it up when I got back from Colorado on Saturday, we played around with it and it’s just amazing.  I don’t have the best depth perception (I think it’s time to go to the optometrist to see what can be done about that) but I can still some of the amazing 3D we now have at home.  It’s awesome.  And the Smart TV functions are pretty amazing, as well as the fact that the TV can really act as media machine too with Netflix and Amazon Prime built in (along with a ton of other video features).  So yeah, it was an awesome upgrade.  We ended up moving the other TVs around too so that we’re making the best use of them.

So yeah, it’s been a good weekend.  And then this upcoming week?  I’m headed to NYC for a few days yet again for work.  Another day in the life of me, the jetsetter.  LOL.

Random things:

– We ate at the Burbank Media Center In-N-Out yesterday after Larry picked me up from the airport.  We ended up eating next to Mirielle Enos (the star of The Killing on AMC as well as Brad Pitt’s wife in World War Z) and Alan Ruck (Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!!!!) who apparently are together and have a little girl together as well.  It was kinda shocking to find ourselves next to them.  Larry first gave me the eye-indication that something to be seen was next to us.  Sometimes that look is for super hotness…in this case, it was celebrities!

– We checked out an open house on our walk back from the barbershop today.  It’s a fantastic house that we’d certainly be right at home in, as it’s got a modern design sensibility (the MLS listing calls it “architectural”) and a lot of great space.  Going for the super reasonable price of $1.2MM.  🙂  Chump change, truly.

Committed Now

The movers have taken my stuff – no backing out now!

I’m really moving to New York! WTF!?

Anyways, I’m back from New York and after a bit of drama and stress, I do have a place to live as well in West New York, New Jersey. Yes, it’s kind of hard to say that and not confuse people, but basically I will live in a city called West New York which is in New Jersey yet right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The place is really cool and the roommate seems like she’ll be pretty easy to share an apartment with. I’ll put pics up of the place once I have some. The features of the building are very awesome: an A&P grocery store on the first floor of the building, as well as a Starbucks, a Ben & Jerry’s, and an extensive wine, liquor and beer shop. Excellent.

So obviously I headed out to NYC for 3 days last week. The flights turned out to be quite uneventful, which was refreshing. Perhaps it was because I was on American Airlines and NOWHERE near Chicago O’Hare Intl Airport or United Airlines…..? I’m just saying.

It was a fairly hectic trip though, with lots to do from the moment I landed. I saw three apartments that first evening and they went from pretty much worst to best in terms of quality and desirability. Really, only the first one was one in which I really knew immediately I had no desire to live there. But the last two were pretty cool – especially the last one. Basically for the view alone the last one was awesome, but the apartment itself was also quite incredible. But flash forward a few days and that last one, which had the dynamic view of Manhattan from Hoboken, was the one I did NOT get. It came down to not hearing back from the guy when he said he’d get back to me, and I felt like I needed to make a decision as I told the person (Shelly) whose apartment I liked second-best (and which I saw on the following evening) I would get back to her asap. Long convoluted story short, I am now living with Shelly in a place right by the river.

But there is more, especially in the way of pictures. Lots of pictures. First up are my pics from my 3-day trip to the greater New York City area. Enjoy!

5 Sep 2007 – 1st Day of NYC Househunting Trip

05-Sep-2007 13:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.008 sec
View of Manhattan from my room
View of Manhattan from my room05-Sep-2007 13:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.004 sec
This is the harbor right next to my hotel - not a bad view!
This is the harbor right next to my hotel - not a bad view!05-Sep-2007 15:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
Another view of the harbor
Another view of the harbor05-Sep-2007 15:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.002 sec
05-Sep-2007 16:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.008 sec
Here's the light rail that runs through the Hoboken area to get to the PATH trains into New York City
Here's the light rail that runs through the Hoboken area to get to the PATH trains into New York City05-Sep-2007 16:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
And this is the Port Imperial Ferry terminal complex I'll probably be using to go to work
And this is the Port Imperial Ferry terminal complex I'll probably be using to go to work05-Sep-2007 16:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
This is that fantastic view of Manhattan. Truly jaw-dropping; this pic doesn't do it justice.
This is that fantastic view of Manhattan. Truly jaw-dropping; this pic doesn't do it justice.05-Sep-2007 18:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 800
 

So on that first day, I took a cab from Newark Intl and got to my pretty nice room at the Sheraton Suites in Lincoln Harbor. As you can see above, it’s right on the river and my room had a pretty cool view if you looked to the right – there’s the damn Empire State Building! I did take other pictures that day of the apartments I looked at, but basically there’s no need to see them here, except for the picture of the view of Manhattan from the uber-swank place I didn’t get.

In the next section below, you’ll see my plethora of pics from my day of finally getting to sightsee Manhattan. If you recall, I didn’t get a chance at all to visit the city during the final interview because of all the ridiculous flight delays and weather nonsense. And because I didn’t have to see my next apartment until about 7pm, I pretty much had all day to kill. And boy did I. My first action was to jump on the Ferry that had a pickup right outside my hotel, which was a VERY nice perk to where I was staying.

6 Sep 2007 – 2nd Day Begins at the Lincoln Harbor Ferry Terminal

The view from the ferry pickup
The view from the ferry pickup06-Sep-2007 07:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 10.0, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
06-Sep-2007 07:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 10.0, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
Here's my hotel
Here's my hotel06-Sep-2007 07:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
06-Sep-2007 07:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 14.0, 23.1mm, 0.003 sec
06-Sep-2007 07:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
And there's the gangway to the ferry
And there's the gangway to the ferry06-Sep-2007 07:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
On the ferry and looking towards Manhattan
On the ferry and looking towards Manhattan06-Sep-2007 07:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
06-Sep-2007 07:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Looking north on the Hudson River towards the George Washington Bridge
Looking north on the Hudson River towards the George Washington Bridge06-Sep-2007 07:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
 
06-Sep-2007 07:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Looking towards the city of West New York, my future residence
Looking towards the city of West New York, my future residence06-Sep-2007 07:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 

After taking the quick ferry across the Hudson river, it drops you off at the Pier 79 complex Ferry Terminal. What is then really cool is you then can get on free New York River transport buses that go to fairly popular street destinations (34th St, 42nd St, 49th St, etc) which is part of your fare. Nice. I’ll be able to use the 49th St one for sure when I start commuting to work! Anyways, I jumped on the 42nd St bus that morning because I figured I’d then get to the subway station on 42nd Street and head to Ground Zero. It didn’t dawn on me that 42nd St goes right to Times Square, so when we started being surrounded by ridiculous amounts of neon and tourist stuff, the lightbulb went on and I was like, “Hey, let’s go see Times Square”. And you’ll notice that I become a plural entity when talking to myself. So I jumped off the bus at Times Square and let my jaw drop just a little because really, Times Square doesn’t disappoint. It’s a canyon of beautiful skyscrapers covered in neon advertising. You can see ABC’s studios, MTV’s studios, all these crazy over-the-top versions of megastores, tons of tourists – everything you have ever imagined Times Square to be…. it is. Now I just can’t wait to go back and see it at night! One revelation I had: I had no idea there was actually TWO giant panels of neon advertisements in Times Square, but it makes sense since the intersection is a diagonal street crossing a typical north-south/east-west intersection. So one faces south and one faces north and there’s tons of ridiculous traffic everywhere.

So I definitely got enveloped in the excitement and took lots of pictures and went to yet another Virgin Megastore. Let’s see… that means I’ve now been to the following cities’ VMs: Los Angeles (Sunset Strip and Burbank locs), New York City (Times Square), London, Paris, and Frankfurt. Cool. I’m such a world traveler. Yes, be jealous.

6 Sep 2007 – Times Square

I don't know what it is, but it's big and exciting
I don't know what it is, but it's big and exciting06-Sep-2007 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Just about to peek around the corner to see the eponymous Times Square
Just about to peek around the corner to see the eponymous Times Square06-Sep-2007 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
A fanciful and neon-covered 42nd Street Subway station
A fanciful and neon-covered 42nd Street Subway station06-Sep-2007 08:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
Ah, there it is.
Ah, there it is.06-Sep-2007 08:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
And right in the middle of it all: a recruiting station
And right in the middle of it all: a recruiting station06-Sep-2007 08:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Looking back at the first big neon panel
Looking back at the first big neon panel06-Sep-2007 08:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Looking forward/north again
Looking forward/north again06-Sep-2007 08:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
A clearer view of the north end of Times Square
A clearer view of the north end of Times Square06-Sep-2007 08:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
Right in the middle of it all. MTV studios is to the left; ABC is to the right.
Right in the middle of it all. MTV studios is to the left; ABC is to the right.06-Sep-2007 08:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Looking again at the south end of Times Square
Looking again at the south end of Times Square06-Sep-2007 08:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Hey, it's Me!
Hey, it's Me!06-Sep-2007 08:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Had to point. My pointing entertained multiple tourists this trip.
Had to point. My pointing entertained multiple tourists this trip.06-Sep-2007 08:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
There's a good view of MTV studios
There's a good view of MTV studios06-Sep-2007 08:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
06-Sep-2007 08:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
South end of Times Square, with what looks like the Ghost Busters or Daily Planet building on the right
South end of Times Square, with what looks like the Ghost Busters or Daily Planet building on the right06-Sep-2007 08:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 

After the excitement of Times Square, I got back on track to what I originally wanted to see first, which was Ground Zero. So I got myself a Metrocard for the subway and successfully navigated my way down to the south part of Manhattan where Ground Zero is. Very much unlike how my Dad and I traveled the length of Manhattan many many years ago – which was all walking back then. Anyways, I did get to see what is ‘left’ of Ground Zero. I say it that way because there’s really nothing to see at the moment – it’s a humongous construction site for the Freedom Tower that will eventually be 1776 feet tall. Right now they’re still building all the foundation stuff and subway tunnels that will traverse through there. There’s a small area where you can peek through fencing to see the efforts and above it is a list of names of those firefighters, policemen, and medics who died trying to help that day. You can also try to sign up for a guided memorial tour of the area but it apparently fills up fast, and I did not take it. Maybe in a little while once I’m living there.

Also in that area is the area known as Wall Street. So after getting a little bit turned around at first (with no real landmarks to go off of like mountains or the water, which you can’t see at that location, it’s kind of tricky to get oriented accurately) I did indeed find the legendary Wall Street and also the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately you can’t go inside the NYSE anymore, as I totally would have done that. But alas, security concerns override tourist curiousity. Didn’t stop me from taking pictures though!

On a side note, here’s a link to a site that has a comprehensive amount of pictures of New York and specifically the World Trade Center, both before, during and after 9/11.

6 Sep 2007 – Ground Zero & Wall Street

The walls that greet you upon emerging from the WTC subway station
The walls that greet you upon emerging from the WTC subway station06-Sep-2007 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Before you'd have seen nothing but WTC skyscraper right here
Before you'd have seen nothing but WTC skyscraper right here06-Sep-2007 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Here's a view into what is happening at the site
Here's a view into what is happening at the site06-Sep-2007 09:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Looking a little up to imagine that the towers used to be here
Looking a little up to imagine that the towers used to be here06-Sep-2007 09:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Another view inside
Another view inside06-Sep-2007 09:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Looking down in to where I'm assuming the trains are going to go
Looking down in to where I'm assuming the trains are going to go06-Sep-2007 09:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.002 sec
 
A look at the wall of names of heroes
A look at the wall of names of heroes06-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 141
06-Sep-2007 09:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
The church that heads up Wall Street
The church that heads up Wall Street06-Sep-2007 09:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
06-Sep-2007 09:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
And here is Wall Street - appropriately named, don't you think?
And here is Wall Street - appropriately named, don't you think?06-Sep-2007 09:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Getting closer to the Stock Exchange
Getting closer to the Stock Exchange06-Sep-2007 09:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
 
My 'clever' shot of the NYSE title and the Wall St street sign
My 'clever' shot of the NYSE title and the Wall St street sign06-Sep-2007 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 289
06-Sep-2007 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 315
06-Sep-2007 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 122
 

After that little jaunt around downtown, I hopped back on the subway and headed north to Midtown, so that I could go see my future place of employment: 30 Rock! Basically Midtown is the most expensive part of Manhattan and also has some of the most expensive and famous hotels and shops there, including the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Radio City Music Hall. Of course, 30 Rockefeller Center is also there. I ended up in a subway stop that was a bit away from the actual Rockefeller Center plaza, so I started following signs that led me through corridors underneath the streets, which was a bit surreal as I was the ONLY one down there. Anyways, I finally ended up at the Rockefeller Center shops in the sublevel to the main plaza, and while walking through there I saw the entrance for the ‘Top of the Rock’ Observation deck on top of the 30 Rockefeller center building. I hadn’t planned on doing that, but it was a beautiful day and I really had nothing planned except for taking a river cruise. So I paid my money and up I went to the top which lies at 67 floors up. And wow, what a view! It really is one of those million-dollar views because you can see all the city PLUS the Empire State Building. That’s what you’re lacking when you go to the top of the Empire State Building – actually seeing the building. So I would have to argue that with the WTC towers gone, the Top of the Rock is probably the best public view in Manhattan. As is evidenced by the photos below. There’s lots, so pace yourself.

Anyways, after spending a while up there, I then headed back down and wandered the plaza a bit, reveling in the fact that this was going to be my place of employment in a few short weeks! CRAZY. I stumbled into the lobby I had been in a month prior when here for the final interview and it brought back those memories full-force. It really is a cool building though, and very Art Deco.

6 Sep 2007 – 30 Rock & the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

The weird and EMPTY surreal underground passage to Rockefeller Center
The weird and EMPTY surreal underground passage to Rockefeller Center06-Sep-2007 10:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Radio City Music Hall from the Top of the Rock entry foyer
Radio City Music Hall from the Top of the Rock entry foyer06-Sep-2007 10:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
Apparently Fashion Week was going on
Apparently Fashion Week was going on06-Sep-2007 10:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
 
This is looking up through the ceiling of the elevator up to the Top of the Rock
This is looking up through the ceiling of the elevator up to the Top of the Rock06-Sep-2007 10:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.6 sec, ISO 141
It's a trick - when you first go in, it looks like a normal elevator. But once the doors close, the lights go out and the ceiling turns clear showing you the blue elevator shaft
It's a trick - when you first go in, it looks like a normal elevator. But once the doors close, the lights go out and the ceiling turns clear showing you the blue elevator shaft06-Sep-2007 10:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
Ah, the top. Here's a look north towards Central Park
Ah, the top. Here's a look north towards Central Park06-Sep-2007 10:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
And Northeast over towards the CitiGroup building
And Northeast over towards the CitiGroup building06-Sep-2007 10:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
06-Sep-2007 10:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me and Central Park
Me and Central Park06-Sep-2007 10:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Better view of the CitiGroup building
Better view of the CitiGroup building06-Sep-2007 10:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
06-Sep-2007 10:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
And there's the Empire State Building
And there's the Empire State Building06-Sep-2007 10:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Me at the lower level of viewing and the ESB - note that there are THREE levels, with the topmost having no glass
Me at the lower level of viewing and the ESB - note that there are THREE levels, with the topmost having no glass06-Sep-2007 10:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
ESB
ESB06-Sep-2007 10:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me at the lower level of viewing and the ESB - note that there are THREE levels, with the topmost having no glass
Me at the lower level of viewing and the ESB - note that there are THREE levels, with the topmost having no glass06-Sep-2007 10:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

I knew I wanted to get in a boat cruise of Manhattan in before concluding my day’s adventure. I knew there was both a 2-hour and a 3-hour cruise, either of which would be fine with me as I was getting tired and I just wanted to get off my feet. So I took the subway from the Rock Center/49th St station to 42nd Street, then walked about 8 blocks east to the Circle Line pier where all the tours begin. That was a long 8 blocks though to walk, as I have now personally experienced that crossing avenues (the north/south lines in Manhattan) means much longer blocks than crossing streets (the east/west lines in Manhattan). So by the time I got to the Circle Line pier, I was very ready to do nothing but sit and ride on a boat. I ended up getting on the 2-hour tour which is a semi-circular tour of Manhattan; the 3-hour tour actually takes you completely around the island without repeating anything. I’d like to actually do that one day!

Anyways, the weather was beautiful for this. You depart from the pier which is about midway up the west side of the island, and then you cruise south on the river seeing the sights of Midtown, Greenwich Village, Hoboken, Jersey City, and then Downtown (the area around Ground Zero). But the real highlight is right after that, as you cruise right up to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty stands. The Statue of Liberty is quite an incredible sight. It’s not as big as I imagined it to be, but don’t let that make you think it’s small. It’s still amazing to observe and I can’t wait to actually go and actually get on the island. After heading that far south, you then head up the East River to go underneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queensboro Bridges, getting a different vantage of Downtown and Midtown as well as Brooklyn and a little bit of Queens. Once you hit the Bellevue Medical center area, the boat turns around and retraces its steps. I was pretty much done at that point and just enjoyed the rest of the cruise.

Below are my many pics from the cruise. Once again, I had to edit myself so these are not all of them, but these are all pretty good though.

6 Sep 2007 – Circle Line Boat Tour (includes Statue of Liberty & Brooklyn Bridge)

Hotness on the Circle Line
Hotness on the Circle Line06-Sep-2007 12:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
View from the tour boat as we awaited departure
View from the tour boat as we awaited departure06-Sep-2007 12:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
A look back towards MidTown and 30 Rock (the building with the white ball on top of it)
A look back towards MidTown and 30 Rock (the building with the white ball on top of it)06-Sep-2007 12:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
There's a look towards the ESB and Chelsea
There's a look towards the ESB and Chelsea06-Sep-2007 12:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
That's the ESB and in the foreground on the right is the Ferry Terminal to points in New Jersey
That's the ESB and in the foreground on the right is the Ferry Terminal to points in New Jersey06-Sep-2007 12:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Sep-2007 12:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 11.0, 15.599mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
Looking towards New Jersey and my hotel, which is just to the left of that long building in the water
Looking towards New Jersey and my hotel, which is just to the left of that long building in the water06-Sep-2007 12:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 13.0, 18.776mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Sep-2007 12:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 9.0, 10.487mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2007 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Looking south towards downtown (where the WTC used to be)
Looking south towards downtown (where the WTC used to be)06-Sep-2007 12:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 11.0, 15.599mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

And those are my New York Pics. After the end of my circle line boat tour, I walked a block to the Ferry Terminal, crossed back over to Lincoln Harbor, and then hung out in my room for a bit. Around 6, I went over to visit the last apartment I had planned to see during this trip, and it was this one that I am now eventually going to live in. It’s a really sweet place and I really am looking forward to being there.

Alright, I have a few more pics from a recent dinner at Chili’s with my friends out here. There’s quite a few Hobie Farewell Tour events going on my last few days, which will be fun but only serve to hasten things along. I am going to actually drive out of the Springs on Tuesday morning, for better or for worse. My itinerary looks like this:

– 1st Stop: Omaha area
– 2nd Stop: Joliet, Illinois area and visit Jeremy
– 3rd Stop: Cleveland
– 4th Stop: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and visit Jenny
– 5th Stop: Atlantic City and gamble
– 6th and Final: West New York, New Jersey

And that adventure begins in just a few days!!!!!! YIKES.

10 September 2007 – Dinner at Chili’s

A poorly executed self-shot of 'all' of us
A poorly executed self-shot of 'all' of us10-Sep-2007 20:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Jeff and Susan
Jeff and Susan10-Sep-2007 20:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
Eric getting felt up by KD
Eric getting felt up by KD10-Sep-2007 20:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
Awww
Awww10-Sep-2007 20:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
10-Sep-2007 20:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
A super close up of me
A super close up of me10-Sep-2007 20:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 179
 
I don't remember being that drunk - I'm pretty sure I wasn't
I don't remember being that drunk - I'm pretty sure I wasn't10-Sep-2007 20:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Susan smiles
Susan smiles10-Sep-2007 20:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
10-Sep-2007 20:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Maybe I was that drunk?
Maybe I was that drunk?10-Sep-2007 20:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
10-Sep-2007 20:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

Three… (T-3)

And so begins the final countdown to me being a civilian. Fuckin-A.

It’s been over a week since my last update – bad on me. Don’t have a very good excuse, to be honest. It’s just that the last week or so has been kinda busy in the evening. Much of last week I was hanging out with people each night – a few nights I spent hanging out with Byron while he was out here (and I was continuing the addiction-to-Guitar-Hero program which went without a hitch), my old neighbor EB was in Denver for business so he came down here one night and we had dinner, and then I spent one afternoon at my Dad and Pat’s to help them set up their new HP Vista PC (I’m almost inclined to go to Vista myself…but then I think of all the asspain and think again). And then one night I spent studying solely for my Security+ exam which I took on Thursday and which I rocked: Out of 900 points, I got 863 (to pass, you need 764). So yay for me. It’s not as if I really need it anymore, but I’m glad to have it. I will NOT continue to prepare for the CISSP exam though, basically that’s a huge pain that I don’t need anymore (it was mostly resume fodder, to be honest), it’s $500 I’d happily have back in my account, and the next test I could take is 30 Sep and in Denver….

….and I won’t be anywhere near Denver on that day because I’ll have been at work at NBC for just over a week by that time! Yep, the NBC offer is a done deal and as of today, my first day at the job has been established as Monday, 24 Sep. Yowza. That makes it much more real for me. I’ve got just over three whole weeks to househunt, pack up my shit, and drive out to NYC. Heart is definitely racing! But I’ve been looking at a few places and I’m very optimistic about them. I think out of all the ones I’ve been looking at, I should find a great place. Here’s hoping.

Two duty days left in the military (and then 3 years as an Inactive Ready Reservist…which means that if the Air Force has to call up personnel for some ridiculous reason, I could theoretically find myself back in Active Duty, but I try not to think too much about that possibility). Frankly, it’s hard to really fathom it. As you have probably seen on this site, since almost 365 days ago, I’ve been keeping a green count and at the time I started it, 365 days seemed like a long time. And to be honest, it was. The time did not exactly fly by, but that’s not to say it’s still not surprising that it’s nearly September 2007. I have fairly un-mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’m ready to be done. Cheyenne Mountain has not left the best taste in my mouth, primarily for the Air Force but probably for the military overall. It’s probably a situation of circumstance and location for me, as I know plenty of people who are still thrilled to be in the military, and good for them. But this past assignment has been quite enough for me to make up my mind that the military is not at all what I want to do anymore. Learned lots, but I’m definitely looking forward to being New York-Hobie for a few years!!!!! I figure I have two more updates to dwell on my military-related thoughts, and by that last one, perhaps I’ll be completely honest about a few things.

So I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me in the next few weeks. My plan is to fly out to the NYC area (on NBC’s dime, natch) to go visit the apartments I’ve seen and choose one while out there. That should hopefully be a very short trip. I’ll then have an idea of what exactly I’ll need to bring with me. Then I embark on selling nearly everything else I own. Yep, it’s time to clean house of all my big furniture stuff. Here’s a link to what I’m selling for those morbidly curious:

Hobie’s Moving Sale – Almost Everything Must Go!!!!

Tell all your Colorado-based friends if they are in need of some furniture! Then I’ve got to hope that my house either sells or rents. I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll probably have to rent it and probably at a loss on my part, but I’d rather pay a bit to ‘subsidize’ the rent then to have to pay an additional mortgage on top of my rent in NY/NJ. But that’s a rant for another day. Keep fingers crossed.

In family news, my mom had eye surgery. The primary reason was to remove the cataracts that are developing in her eyes, which are hereditary I think and something I probably get to look forward to in a few years. They’re working on her eyes one at a time, but a secondary reason and bonus for her is that they’re going to fix her vision while they’re operating. How sweet!! But it’ll be weird for her, as she’s had imperfect vision since she was 12 and glasses have been part of her face for so long now. I don’t know how it’ll be if she doesn’t have them on! But the first surgery went fine today and then she goes back in approximately a month. Yay! Other family news: Dad and Pat are going to be departing the Springs after this Labor Day weekend for California. It’s been great to have them around this summer, that’s for sure. Hope they have fun at their next campground in El Centro!

Okay, almost done for today. A few last trivial things to write about. First, I am hopelessly addicted to the new video game, Bioshock. Unbelievably fun and involving and creepy and eerie first-person shooter/game set underwater in a Utopia experiment that went all wrong. And then I also finished reading the graphic novel/comic book Watchmen. Highly Recommended!!!!! Can’t wait to see this movie…in 2009. Oy. Who KNOWS where I’ll be living then?????? 😉

Alright, enough from me today. I sent out a ‘Farewell’ email to most of all my past AF friends yesterday and heard back from quite a few of them today. I’ll definitely miss that camaraderie, but it’s easy enough to keep in touch with people nowadays, I have little excuse not to keep in touch with them. Seriously!