FEBRUARY 1, 2002



We took the R train to Union Square where we made our way in the light rain to Irving Plaza. While purchasing tickets to see Victor Wooten that night, we noticed we still smelled of fish. We hoped the rain would wash it off. There was still a good chance that could happen.

With our evening entertainment planned, we headed over to a pair of shoe stores on 14th Street to find some blister relief for my barking feet. After 15min. in Shoe Mania, I scored a pair of less painful treads. With the old boots in the box and the new shoes loosely tied on, we headed back to The Ameritania for a break.

Back in the room the warm air woke up the fish smell once again. Oh, well. After brief connoiter, a pit stop and some podial-triage, we were back on Broadway heading uptown in search of the Carnegie Deli. We found it where it should be, not far from Carnegie Hall.

Yep, it's a napkin.

We got a business card, too(image is enlarged).

Mike was introduced to a NY style lunch with the house corned beef sandwich, which fortunatley, we decided to share. Half of a sandwich, along with the plate full of pickles(the bright green ones were the hands-down favorite), was just the right amount. At $13.95 for the sandwich, it was a good thing we split it. Service was lighting fast and the corned beef lived up to it's outstanding reputation. We were back on the road in less than 20min.

From The Deli we worked our way down to 50th Street to catch the #50 bus(yes, the fare card works on the bus, too.) to get over to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on Pier 86. We ended up taking the bus to its terminus at Pier 83 and walking back to the Museum. It was not much of a walk, but as soon as we were completely clear of any cover, one very dark cloud rolled over top of us and let go. It was finally enough to wash the fish smell off of us.

We arrived at the museum ticket office around 3:30 and purchased our wristband tickets to see the sites; an aircraft carrier, destroyer and submarine.

To guarantee some sunshine, I purchased a museum umbrella. It worked. After taking a look at the space program displays in the interior of the carrier, we were able to look at the aircraft displayed on the deck in breaking sunshine. Mike shot this snappie from the deck of the carrier looking toward the west side of mid-town. The sun was just starting to peek out and warm things up.

After checking out the bridge of the Intrepid, we headed over to the Growler, a WWII era submarine that had been adapted to fire nuclear missles with the addition of a "bat cave" to the top of its hull(oddly enough, as I was typing this entry, Growler was mentioned on the History Channel. You'll have to search the site to find out the rest of the story). To take the tour we had to take "the test". "The test" consisted of walking through a mock-up of a submarine hatch. We wondered out loud how many tourists flunk "the test" every year, but forgot to ask anyone who might know.

The tour of Growler was confined to one deck, but you definitely got the flavor of submarine life aboard a WWII vintage craft. The tour ended at the aft torpedo room. Yes, the submariners bunked with their torpedos.

After the tour of Growler, we still had a few minutes before the museum closed, so we spent some time on Edson, a WWII era destroyer. Soon, the PA system was announcing closing time. The sun was now visible as it began to set. We headed back to Pier 83, caught the #50 and were back in room #511 for a quick change of clothes, a pit stop and some blister maintenance. We were back on Broadway to catch an R train by 6:00.