We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It seems as if a lot of bloggers have been visiting NYC lately. Good. New York does Christmastime well. Maggie's has been very clear that we enormously appreciate the Renaissance of NYC as it has occurred under the hands of Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg.
We posted some NYC travel tips last April, and we have recently noted the Fra Angelico show at the Met.
Another tip - Jersey Boys, on Broadway. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Fine music - better than The Four Seasons ever were, I am told.
Don't forget to consider Fraunce's Tavern (since 1762) for dinner, way downtown, where Washington delivered his farewell address to his troops back when mid-town NYC was farms and woods. Consider Peter Luger Steak House (since 1887) too. Remember - dining in NYC means reservations.
Respectfully - the last time I had lunch at Fraunces Tavern, the food was mediocre. However, one should go there to be at a place where a tremendously important event in American history occurred, that of Washington's farewell address to his officers. Elements of this brief farewell appear in many later exhortations on the part of generals and commander's to their troops. Neat place, in the oldest (and if you ask me) most interesting part of Manhattan.
Luger's - remember, cash or Peter Luger charge only.