Sunday, January 19, 2014
Oh, and by the Way
We're not big on gift buying, so we decided a while back to just take ourselves out and do something that day. Then we heard about the show playing in NYC with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and that decided us. They're doing two shows on alternate days, No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, and two days a week they do both shows back to back (which I can't imagine doing).
We decided on the Wednesday matinee of Waiting for Godot.
We took an early bus to NYC, got there around 11:15 a.m., and walked up to Le Rivage, a little French restaurant on 46th Street not far from the theater. After a lovely and filling lunch, we went to the show. While I have to admit Godot isn't necessarily my sort of play, I really enjoyed it, and I think my favorite part was watching the two actors play off each other -- their friendship and level of comfort with one another is really obvious, and fun to watch.
If it was better weather, we might have done an evening show, but I couldn't bear the idea of getting back home near midnight, down at 30th Street Station where the wind blows in off the river and makes it seem even colder. By the time we got home, it was about 8:30, which was plenty of time for a glass of wine on the couch, a little discussion about the day, and some mindless television until we fell asleep.
And yes, I did spend that many hours in NYC without going to the Garment District. I walked through it; I saw plenty of fabric being carried here and there and everywhere, and I did not shop.
So it is possible. But I'm going up for a day in February, and I make no guarantees about that. Matter of fact, I can guarantee shopping, since I'll be with a few world class enablers. You know who you are.