Monday, June 25, 2012

Days 41 and 42 June 24 and June 25

By Al

Saturday I went to meet my high school and college friend.  He is now working as a child therapist in New Haven but was in New York for a piano lesson.  He had us meet at a German restaurant in the east village.  I is called Zum Schneider.  So, I decided to walk.  On the way I passed a block party with kids activities and games.  I also passed another street festival with many booths selling food and other things.  I walked through a park with a very good rock band playing sixties style rock music.  This is why I like New York, there is always something new to see or experience.

I also stopped at Grand Central Station to use the facilities and found that Delta Airlines was sponsoring an event for baseball fans.  I was able to get some signed photos and get my picture taken with some former Yankee stars.

Dave Cone and me

John Franco, me, and Bucky Dent

It was good to meet my friend.  We had not seen each other for about 40 years.  It took about 5 minutes for us to be like no time had passed.  It was a fun experience.  I highly recommend the restaurant.  Excellent food.

Sunday, I went to a no kill animal shelter to volunteer.  They had me walk dogs while they cleaned their cages.  It was sad.  The shelter had dog cages stacked 3 high.  Perhaps a hundred dogs in a space 40 by 40 feet.  There were also cats kept in close proximity to dogs, which had to be very stressful.  But, the dogs that I walked were pretty nice.  Easily controlled and friendly.  I didn't have a chance to ask how long dogs stay at the shelter, but I hope not long.

After that, I went to the Pride celebration. The parade was over by the time I got there, but I was able to walk around the celebration area. I have to say that I far prefer the Twin Cities Pride event. This one was held on the city streets, with booths(tents) on each side of the street. It was maybe a little bigger than Twin Cities Pride, but had basically the same mix of business promoting their GLBT friendly policies and businesses selling things. There was only one small performance stage. The Twin Cities Pride celebration is in a park, has three performance areas, and just seems more fun. But, it was good to be there and, of course, there was a lot of free stuff being given out.

Performance stage

Booths and tents

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