February 7th, 2009

krazy koati

To that Broadway rhythm, writhing, beating, rhythm

So bunny_hugger and I had after all found the Macy's store displays and admired them, along with all manner of curios and attention-grabbing items found within the store. And we had plans to walk up to Rockefeller Center, about a dozen blocks north, to see the Christmas Tree there. But what to do immediately after this?

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I suppose that it is good to have a bit of unfinished business, though, even if the Little Thimble Theater spot would be a tiny bit indeed. It's something to think of for the next time we see Manhattan together, and to have a new and different day.

Trivia: On Christmas Day, 1936, Omero C Catan became the first customer to skate at the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink. Catan had also been the first person to buy a token when the Eighth Avenue Subway opened; the first man to pay a toll in the Lincoln Tunnel's center tube; the first passenger to land at Idlewild Airport; the first person to put a coin in a New York City parking meter; and the first person to drive across the Tappan Zee Bridge. Source: Great Fortune: The Epic Of Rockefeller Center, Daniel Okrent.

Currently Reading: The Age Of Gold: The California Gold Rush And The New American Dream, H W Brands. And I come to a half-chapter about Archy Lee, a slave brought to California after it had adopted the antislavery constitution, and we get to why I don't read more history about California. The state has an infuriating habit of combining abundant opportunity and freedom for people with an attitude toward the civil rights of minorities that makes Texas state legislators look professional.