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Istanbul -NYC-MA-VT-ONT-MI-IL, A Sinner and an Angel on Pilgrimage

Oct 11th, 2012, 08:38 PM
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Chopped liver is one of those strong and unique tastes. You either love it or not. In one of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods shows he was in a Jewish deli and spoke about tongue and chopped liver as if were he drinking coagulated yak's blood from some soon to be extinct tribe. It was shocking to think the food of my childhood evoked thoughts of the exotic and bizarre.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Hellooooooo Other!
How nice to see your Travellers' Tales - I'll happily trail along, vicariously enjoying the good life of Table & Road.
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Oct 12th, 2012, 03:35 AM
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I wrote long paragraphs last night but must have offended some powers and/or deities of IT because punched a wrong button on the tiny netbook keyboard with my now pudgy from tasting chopped liver fingers and all I wrote disappeared. Now I am being more careful, choosing words more carefully, hands already getting back to original size after the effects of the chopped liver starting to disappear.

Yesterday morning was a mad rush around Secaucus visiting an unfortunately open and accommodating Escada outlet where the sales lady mentioned her Turkish managher and with the goodness of her heart gave much too precise directions to the Ferragamo company store which had no name, no shop window and no sign, on the side of a warehouse in an alley with a small parking lot. It is incredible how the female hand can take the shape of suction cups attaching to especially leather stuff like handbags and shoes which the owner of the appendage claims would fill a very large gap in her wardrobe even if there are at least ten items very similar to that if not exactly the same.

We left the area no richer, no wiser, possibly happier by half to leave the heavy load in the hotel room, eat a cholesterol supplement at the Red Lobster, take the bus with my $2.05 senior discount ticket to Port Authority which took only 18 minutes.

We walked a long time underground again to make it to the Q line to Atlantic Avenue and then to Doug Beube;s fabulous home and studio where we quickly decided that we could not afford most of his work because they could not compete against Escada, Ferragamo and their ilk.

After good artistic and political conversation, we made it to the Hertz rental on 95th and Broadway to discuss the $200 excess charge, were told that that was usual and would be credited back if not needed but that we had apparently not been charged for additional driver and now would be since we had stupidly walked into one of New York's standard traps.

Dinner at Picnic market cafe was sub-standard. The company was good. There was Jeff, quite youngbut retired IT chap living off property income bought earlier, Ray who had visited us last March and whom we had taken close to the Syrian border to visit Gobeklitepe, Frank a very typical New York resident and Doug and us. We talked of my deceased cousin over some good wine and about the hereafter which they all believed in. They felt that the cousin was happy there and may actually be observing and protecting us. I almost said that if he had been protecting me we would not have found the Ferragamo shop that morning.

$45 taxi ride back to our hotel, telephones ringing at night and now Eser complaining I am stupidly writing this instead of helping with packing. Good bye.
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Oct 12th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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I almost said that if he had been protecting me we would not have found the Ferragamo shop that morning. >>

i hope that holding back on saying this did not cause any choking to take place!

i also hope that it is "au revoir" not "adieu".
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Oct 13th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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ttt
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Oct 13th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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We are at the Crowne Plaza at Pittsfield paying quite a bit more than we should for this run-down property.

Yesterday, we drove to Hudson first to see photographer friend living outside the town in a 14 room house in six acre grounds. Two large poodles befriended us immediately. Possibly the reason why the black walnuts were strewn all over the back yard and not collected by squirrels. His wife, Cathy was at her antique shop in town, but we spent a good two hours with him talking about his upcoming James Baldwin presentation in Seattle and other stories and gossip. He seemed to have grown old but that did not deter him from speaking to eser most of time rather than me.

Another hour and fifteen minutes took us to our hotel
a short nap and we were being picked up by Andy and Sue and taken to the coffee shop next to a Zombie awakening location. There were about 40-50 people in addition to the band. we shook a lot of hands, heard many names, talked some politics and Syria.

Andy gave a short speech and presented us with a Certificate of Recognition signed by the mayor of Pittsfield for helping promote peace. I gave a speech, during which a number of people may have left the premises.

This morning, our hosts took us to their home on a lake, went out on their boat, ate a light lunch and talked politics again. Came back to the Pitts and had to visit the museum at the insistence of Eser who has this strange attachment to all museums which 34 years of marriage to me has not been able to cure.
Soon they will come again to take us to dinner. Are we over-staying our welcome? Will they swear off asking any other foreigners forever and ever?

Tomorrow 10 AM 1st Church of Christ. James the preacher told me last night that it would be nice if I spoke a little about the Middle East and Syria. I feel spoken out already, but may recover by tomorrow.

May have little left to say at our GTG at Brattleboro, later in the day. This may actually be better for Jubi, dhFrost, VTtraveler, and Eser who will get their chance to speak and not be bored by my drivel.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Tell them the joke that you told us, that should go over well.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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we now have husbands of dforstnh and Vttraveler joining us too, OC.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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OC, did you realize that Manchester has many high end outlet stores for Eser?
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Oct 14th, 2012, 03:21 AM
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HappyTrvir, Eser has a very good memory for some locations. We were in Manchester, VT twice before about 8 and 12 years ago. I could not erase those memories.

Last night dinner was fine at Frankie;s Restaurant at Lenox. There was another couple with the husband an insurance professional so I could talk on another subject.

Wrote a review of the restaurant on TA. Time to pack now.
Unfortunately seems rainy for next two days.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 03:27 AM
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funny, i was thinking Manchester, England [featured in another thread recently and whether it was worth a trip] and wondering why anyone would think that a lady with the class of Eser would think of of going shopping there!
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Oct 14th, 2012, 04:52 AM
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She would go anywhere for shopping and I probably would take her to Manchester England if she got me tickets for a football game there.

And a reminder, we believe in a classless society outside our home, although must admit you surprised me with your insight into our home procedures, Ann.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 06:10 AM
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We like Frankie's for comfort food.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 09:08 AM
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I hope VT will show you it's spectacular fall colors this weekend. No matter how many times I've seen them, they always amaze me.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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just back from our small GTG at THE marina in Brattleboro. It was as good as it could get. Meeting everyone was fabulous. The food was excellent. Eser was happy that I did not try to dominate the conversation. Jubilada is happy that we are all real people. Vt traveler and husband won the raffle for the remaining drops of Turkish Raki. I just hope they do not drink it on the way back.
DhFrost should be happy that her DH will now recognize the power of food better.

Another high point of the trip behind us now, but the memory will stay strong.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 05:27 PM
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Enjoying the report OC, you do get around!
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Oct 14th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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I had explained that driving to Brattleboro for the dinner I had the thought that what if none of the others really existed and we were just on a wild goose chase. But the geese all showed up.
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Oct 15th, 2012, 01:13 AM
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Sadly some of us were absent geese!
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Oct 15th, 2012, 02:10 AM
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Annhig, we toasted you and other missing Fodor's friends. The wonderful meeting made me extra disappointed that I missed AGM's ice cream social thanks to 3 scaredy-cat friends who wouldn't consider meeting a "stranger". The sun came out for Eser's picture taking and people were out in their boats to make the river look even more picturesque. OK, the pickup truck isn't as rusty as I made everyone think.
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Oct 15th, 2012, 03:08 AM
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thanks, frosty. it sounds as if you all had a great time.

BTW i could have vouched for AGM, having met her in Paris - I've no doubt that her ice-cream would have been yummy.

but then, does a testimonial from one virtual friend about another virtual friend actually count?

that sounds like a good subject for a philosophical discussion!
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