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Yesterday I went to the City with my friend to get the tickets they won in a second round lottery for Dead & Company (basically the Grateful Dead minus the late, great Jerry Garcia & Phil Lesh, who was touring with his own band). They were doing a charity thing & tickets were given out & a good time was had by all at the concert, but I'm getting ahead of myself. XD So my friend & I need to be in the City at the charity's headquarters' between 1 & 3. We were there at 12 & got there before the people that work there. XD We did what they said, namely go wait in the lobby for them. We were 1st on line & got tickets for crappy behind the stage seats, but, hey, they're free, so all's good. Since it's like 1:15 or so & the show doesn't start until 7, we decided to wander around & try & find some lunch. So we just went with the flow & passed through time square at one point, passed a game store with a giant Pikachu out front, and eventually wound up in Bryant park. They have a lil carousel there & as someone who loves carousels I rode it twice. XD And it's an adorable lil thing, with one chariot (the benches you see on a carousel), 1 stationary horse with a stationary deer next to it, some horses, a kitten, frog, and bunny. It's a small carousel only 2 animals across & they play French cabaret music. Adults & kids can ride for $3, with a discount for I think it's like 5 tickets. They also have a winter village of small kiosks where you can buy stuff & food. We bought pretzels & water & sat & watched the ice-skaters to kill some time. :D They have a free ice rink & you can also rent skates. :D Seriously, if I lived near this place, I'd be there all the time. It's a small park, but it's nice. They also do a kids' show with songs & I guess a skit, I wasn't really paying attention XD, but the lil kids loved it & when it was done they all wanted to ride the carousel, which is right next to it. XD According top their site, they also do kids' bday parties. :D After that we visited the NYC public library, known only to em form various TV shows & movies & I wanted to see it. It's a beautiful library! Full of marble & it's just a grand place to be! It was sad that they were searching peeps bags for books, but understandable, when leaving. XD

More wandering around, back to winter village, which was when we got the pretzels for dinner & watched the skaters. I took another spin on the carousel & we wandered around some more & ended up by Radio City Music Hall. :D by then it was dark, so time to head to MSG. We get there in time for the tie-dye fest, otherwise known as the gathering of dead heads. :D We're sitting hanging out & when these guys got up, we took their spot. I also went to see the mouse colony at MSG. There's a planter box with nothing planted there, but it's full of mice, so being the nature lover I am, I had to look at them & wonder who feeds them & I wished I had some of my pretzel left as I felt sorry for them. XD I'm probably the only person who does too. XD So back to sitting & hanging out. There's this woman there & I got to talking with her & this guy walks up to us & asks me if I like pink & I was like yeah. He gives me a pink tie-dye t-shirt he made. Pretty shirt btw. :D I put it on cuz a) I was kinda cold & b) I didn't feel like carrying it. XD So all's good, we talk then split up to go inside. After passing through the metal detectors, we head to the right to go get our seats & just hang. Unfortunately, there's an issue with the tickets not scanning, so they send us to the ticket counter. We're like salmon swimming upstream at this point, cuz by now there's enough peeps inside to make a crowd. Anyway, we get to the ticket window & whatever the issue was it's resolved according to the ticket guy. So we decide to go to our right (which would have been left initially), only to have the same issue. XD My friend gets angry, manger is called, story retold, manger takes us back to the ticket guy, apparently the issue's still there, but he goes, here, take these tickets instead. So we take them, thank everyone involved, & finally get in, only to discover we went from crappy behind the stage tickets to excellent near the back, but facing the stage tickets! :D Score!! So free tickets, free upgrade & free shirt! :D

And while I didn't really know that many songs, I still had an awesoem time. :D (And after the Friday, I had, I needed it. :D)



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Nov. 8th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
beautiful carousel!

Glad you had a great time.

I love the grateful dead
Nov. 8th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? :D


Yeah? Awesomeness! :D
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Jerry was smiling on you...
Nov. 9th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
You think? :D
Nov. 10th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like a great day. Love the pic of the carousel!

That's awesome about the tickets. It's funny how sometimes bad luck actually turns into good luck!

Bryant Park and the NYPL are right by my office! Looks like you were hanging out just a couple blocks from me all day! And I agree, Bryant Park is a great place - on warmer days I go there to eat lunch outdoors in the park.

Nov. 10th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
It was!! :D I LOVE that carousel! I wish I had it in my backyard. XD (Not sure exactly if it'd fit, but would love it if it did! :D)

Thanks! I know, right? :D

Really?! We may even have passed each other on the street & never knew it!! Cuz I was there a few times! XD It sooo is!! I wish I worked there, or even lived there, as I'd be there all the time!! :D Are the kiosks there in the warmer weather? I Loved all the lil stores they had, even if some of the stuff was rather pricey. XD
Nov. 14th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great time!

Beautiful carousel.

At UO main library, you had to walk through these barcode detector things like at the grocery store when you left that would beep if you had a book that hadn't been checked out with you. During final week, they would check your bags though.
Nov. 14th, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)
It was, thanks! :D

I think so too! :D

Yeah> I'm trying to remember if our local library does that or not. Since I own a ton of books, I'm not that into visiting, plus I'm not in school, so I really don't need to go for research materials. XD I know they have updated it & made it look more modern when you go in. *Actually went & reapplied for a library card last year*
Feb. 3rd, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.


Ah. XD
Feb. 5th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)


Dec. 20th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had such a fun time!

I'm also glad the library is taking better security measures. Big libraries have had a lot of issues with theft over the years, especially from their rare books collections. In one case, I'm not sure if it was NY or not, someone cut out pages from a book in order to sell them. Can't remember if it was wood cuts or illuminated stuff but that sort of thing won't set off a bar code detector so a manual search makes sense.
Dec. 22nd, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)

Yeah. OMG! I'm horrified that someone would destroy a book like that! And they have old maps at that library which makes me wonder how many of those were stolen, or destroyed so someone could make a few bucks. >.> It's sickening!
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