Monday, January 21, 2008
Well, times have changed. I guess joining the workforce will do that to a person. (And working in an industry so reliant upon the economy.) Not to mention just living in Manhattan has forced me to think about issues that were perhaps not so apparent to me before.
I think Hillary said it best when she declared at a rally, "There is so much at stake." During her famous first display of public emotion, she also said, "When we look at the array of problems we have and the potential for it really spinning out of control, this is really one of the most important elections America has ever faced." With my limited experience, I have to say I agree.
To top it off, the wide array of candidates leading the race fascinates me. We've got a woman. A bi-racial man. A Mormon. A Baptist. It's never been such a diverse crowd. With each primary and caucus result I learn something new about our country. Each moment in this crazy contest speaks volumes about who we are as a people.
So, after spending perhaps too many hours up at night researching, reading, thinking, watching, feeling, talking--it is with great excitement that I choose to support Mr. Mitt Romney for president in 2008.
I would be lying if I said my being Mormon doesn't influence my opinion of Mr. Romney. Still, I have done my best to not fall into what I call the "blind sheep" category. While my lifelong experience with Mormonism does give me more motivation to support Mr. Romney, it is mostly because it gives me more faith in the good character that he advertises on TV.
But what really gets me pumped about Romney is his record as a businessman, his stance on the issues, his experience fixing things, his ability to motivate and unite, and his optimism for America's future.
I predict that Mitt will win the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic (though I'd much rather have Mr. Obama). The fighting will be fierce, but Mitt will come out on top as our new president. Right now Mitt is in the lead on the Republican side, but we still have a long way to go.
I just found out that New York's Republican party doesn't allow non-Republicans to vote in the primary. Why did I register undeclared? Why? I'm pretty upset about this.
So I figure that if I can't vote, then at least I can help Mitt out by getting the word out about him. To many out there I think he is still an enigma. So, if you've made it this far in my post, check out this opinion piece I found in the Times. If you're still undecided, vote Mitt! If you've got a candidate you feel passionately for, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here I am opening the gate to Gramercy Park, the only private park in Manhattan.
And for our final night we dined at the Stardust Diner, where my other roommate Ryan is a singing waiter.
This is a cool 3D bar graph that illustrates all the waves of US immigrants that have come from all the regions of the earth. Here Dad stands behind the bar representing European immigrants coming from 1841-1860. That's when his family came from England.
And here Mom stands behind the bar representing Latin American immigrants from 1961-1980. She came to the US in 1970.
After Ellis Island we met up with Erik at Fraunces Tavern, one of George Washington's old haunts.
After the museum we dined at Gramercy Tavern where my roommate Aaron was a pastry cook up until a couple weeks ago. Gramercy Tavern is currently ranked by the Zagat survey as the second best restaurant in New York City. It was easily the finest dining experience I've ever had. And it didn't hurt that Aaron surprised us with four free desserts at the end! Incredible.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
To top off a great holiday, we went to a place where Christmas day is just like any other: Chinatown. Apparently Chinatown is something of a tradition for non-Christians on Christmas. Go figure. BTW Christians like it, too. We managed to find a sweet Vietnamese restaurant on Doyers Street (one of my favorites) right where it bends.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
After our visit, we toured some other downtown sites like Trinity Church, St. Paul's Chapel, and Financier patisserie for hot chocolate. In the evening we moved all our stuff from my apartment in Harlem down to Gramercy Park, where we stayed for the rest of our vacation.
Mom poses with a statue in front of Tower 7.
A pigeon I made friends with in front of Federal Hall.
With George Washington
The Christmas tree at the Law Firm of Schnabel & Hill (Thanks, Sasha!)
Mom taking a break at the Saatchi building
Getting some yarn at Purl on Sullivan St. (Mom made me a scarf for Christmas.)
The real Knitting Factory
The next nine posts will cover our day to day activities.
After a red eye flight, my parents came ready to hit the ground running. Day one was all about the classic "Christmas in New York" experience. We walked across 34th St. and up 5th Ave. to see the elaborate holiday displays. Next we strolled through Rockefeller Center. To top it all off, Mom and I surprised Dad by taking him to see Les Miserables. We got him good, too. He didn't even see it coming!
Mom in front of the largest store in the world, Macy's on 34th Street
A Macy's "Miracle on 34th Street" window display
At one of my favorite places in Midtown, Giggles
In the Map Room and the Fifth Avenue Library
Old old old New York
The nativity at St. Patrick's Cathedral
The first-ever solar powered Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center
Dad thought we were going to go home to relax. Then he saw the marquee.