The Pre-Parade

21Nov07

Hubster and I had this brilliant idea to go to the Blowing up of the Balloons on Central Park West. Somehow, we failed to take in the fact that a)today is the busiest travel day of the year; b)NYC is under a gridlock alert and c)there is a strike on Broadway.

What does all of that really mean?

A) Being THE busiest travel day of the year isn’t limited to just air travel; alas, a trip on NJTransit showed us that the airlines weren’t the only ones raising the body count. Supposedly, NJT added extra trains and put more cars on the back of existing trains. That thump you hear is me falling on the floor, laughing hysterically. Extra trains for them are as real as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

B) A gridlock alert means that you should take mass transit. It should really mean, grab your good running/walking shoes or a bike, ’cause you ain’t going nowhere fast…even on mass transit.

C) The strike on Broadway (The people, united, will never be defeated!!) has left a whole lot of tourists with nowhere to go. Here’s an idea…let’s go watch the balloons get inflated! Yeah! So in addition to all the bridge n’ tunnel folks (of which, regrettably, I am one), there were hordes of people who just wanted to suck up some NY cultcha, even if it meant watching helium being pumped into polyurethane and being run over by the latest Bugaboo. That’s if you could even get close enough to see.

Preparade

Can’t see anything, huh? Neither could we. This was as close as we could get even after circling the block a few times. That dark blob is the Energizer Bunny. The one good thing I can say about the whole thing was they were giving out free stuff (organic iced tea, Terra Chips and hot cocoa). I’ve never seen so many kids in strollers in my life. It was a real mob scene–as crazy as the parade itself.

Needless to say, we won’t be doing that again next year.

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