Times Square New York

Don’t Want to Be an American Idiot…

Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway

Saturday morning I was on my own. Sadie and Jamie and Carrie were off to the Brooklyn Brewery but I a) don’t like beer and b) had a ticket to Broadway.

On my way out I witnessed someone almost getting mugged. It was this teenage guy standing there with one of those backpacks where the straps are just strings and an older man walked by, punched his arm through the straps and yanked really hard. When it didn’t come off the man just kept walking. The kid seemed a little shocked and I am happy he still has his pack.

I wanted to check out some of the weird sculptures and statues around Manhattan that I had never seen. So my first stop was the giant needle and button sculpture in the garment district. And then the Ralph Cramden statue by the port authority…where a woman yelled at me for taking her photo even though I was not taking her photo. Ah, New York.

Giant Needle and Button in New York

Ralph Cramden statue in New York City.

I wandered about a bit more, and fell onto a street fair where I got a cheap lunch of $1 chicken sates and a fruit smoothie and I took them to Bryant Park for some down time.

Carousel in Bryant Park

Cheap chicken satay and smoothis

And then it was time for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway!

Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway

True story: I was a total theatre geek in high school, so going to Broadway shows still makes me feel giddy. And since, as of late, some of my favorites have been of the Rent/Spring Awakening/Avenue Q variety, I thought I’d check out Green Day’s musical.

The show was good. And, hey, cute boys singing Green Day is never a bad thing. The music translated really well to the stage, but the story was really weak. Weird thing: the guy would deliver his dialogue, walk into the spotlight, and then stand there tuning his guitar a bit before performing…it was odd to say the least and broke up what was going on a bit.

After the show I took a short walk through Central Park until everyone got back and then we headed back to the hotel for some much needed air conditioning.

Central Park

We did dinner at a place called Cancun (I had a sweet crab stuffed plantains covered in cheese) and then walked back to our hotel through Times Square again.

sweet crab stuffed plantains covered in cheese

Hungry Sisters in New York

We made it another early night though because we had to wake up bright and early to make our way to Coney Island in the morning

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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