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            Wednesday, November 12 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Thoughts du jour

On Sunday night the PBS Globetrekker show (probably my favorite program since I discovered it on the Travel Channel while living in Los Angeles over four years ago) spent an hour extolling the joys of New York City for tourists, the same main destination of my vacation last August, with son Mike. There were a lot of little facts and attractions mentioned in the show that made me regret not having been better prepared when we made our trek. But one fact bowled me over: within a mile of the Guggenheim Museum, which Mike and I spent much of our first day there finding, only to find it closed for the day, there are nine world-class museums including New York's most highly rated one. I've never been in any of them.

It's not that I don't do research before traveling, but there are always more things to learn after a first visit, many to draw you back, thinking, "this time I'll get it right." This has been just as true of Ireland as this New York excursion; I've been to the Emerald Isle six times in the past decade and every travelogue I see about it makes me wish I'd known that before my last visit. Another PBS travelogue, Discover Ireland, recently mentioned that by far the most visited Irish attraction, visited by two million people a year, is a prehistoric site called New Grange. I'd heard of it before, but barely, and never dreamed it was so popular. And a sad corrollary is that we drove past it, not far off our highway, the last time we were there.

But the Globetrek treatment of New York brought to mind several other loose threads about my summer vacation. I saw not only the outside of the Guggenheim on this visit, and walked all the way across Central Park for the first time ever, but I saw many other things that I'd never seen or had never let register on any of the dozens of previous visits to Manhattan. One of the most surprising not mentioned here before was the townhouses. From my first visit to Manhattan at age 15, I was "sure" there was no building on the Island, with the possible exception of the Mayor's residence, Gracy Mansion, under 20 stories high. Even when I used to watch the Bill Cosby show with the shots of the "brownstones" on the street he lived on, I thought "it must be Brooklyn or the Bronx; there's no such street in Manhattan." This time, we saw many such streets with townhouses no higher than four stories and shade trees bending over on both sides, just like Cosby's street. I was wrong all those years. Now I believe Moscow is the only city I've ever visited with no buildings under 20 stories, and I'm probably mistaken about that, too.

And already the word quota has been met. But before closing, I want to welcome our first-ever commercial advertiser to the Home Page. He's Jim Kasecky of Nanty Glo and JK Construction is the business. Check out his ad on the Front Page, and if you need a building project done, give him a call.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Fun facts (or "facts," so it says, but take with a grain)

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world?

—Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today

It isn't hard to be good from time to time. What's tough is being good every day.
 
— Willie Mays
 
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