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NYC Family Trip

Yeah, that's right... I went to NYC all over again with my family only about a week after the SHU trip.

Though the experience wasn't quite the same, it was still fun. Here are a few pics... There are more, but for the sake of my family's privacy I've excluded a lot of 'em.

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First, a view of the harbor near Lady Liberty...

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Here is the Lady herself. We discovered that she is undergoing renovations to become safer, such as the addition of new sprinkler systems and such in case of emergencies.

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Here's a somewhat symbolic shot of Ground Zero taken by my mom... Look closely for the cross and the flag. It's such a somber place in person...

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Here's a shot of my family from behind. My parents on the ends, and my sisters in the middle.

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Fossils from the Museum of Natural History...

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More bones...

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I spent most of my time at the museum in the dinosaur wing... I used to have archaeological aspirations, before I shifted my career focus to writing.

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Unfortunately, I can't claim that I was brave enough to get this close to a real alligator/crocodile (I'm not quite sure of the difference). It's a fake. Well, at least, I think it was. Might have been stuffed.

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Here we head into the Central Park Zoo... The polar bears were rather playful.

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I love penguins! They're one of my favorite animals... In a two-way tie with turtles.

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There were lots of monkeys, too... A whole barrel full. I know, bad joke... I'm tired.

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Those first four monkeys weren't the only ones that came in large/small pairs...

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This bird was my buddy while I was waiting for my sisters to get out of the petting zoo... He was very cooperative for this shot.

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Now, onto Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum... First up, Bill Gates.

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Charlie Chaplin. He looks so real...

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The Rock.

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I'm not sure if this is supposed to be the mummy from the modern movie or not...

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The Beatles. I really wanted to try one of their guitars...

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Michael Jordan. Somehow, I don't think his height was correct. I was almost as tall as he was here, and I'm pretty short.

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Getting cozy with Jennifer Aniston (sp?).

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J-Lo and me... If only she was real. ::Sigh::

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Michelle Kwan. My mom wanted me to get up on the pedestal, but I was afraid I'd cause another one of my clumsy disasters...

I'm really tired, so excuse me if I rambled a bit or anything in there. I just wanted to get these pics up. I'll try to add more commentary later, but I still haven't gotten to the school trip's commentary... Oh well.

Later!

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I don't think you have to worry about redeeming yourself; Amanda definitely has a lot of trust in you.

If nothing else, I must say it was flattering to learn that she thinks I'm worth getting jealous over. ;)

Hehe, perfectly okay, Chris. I just wanted to redeem myself as Amanda's best pal and confidant, and not an instigator :-)

Karissa, sorry if I sounded a bit harsh earlier. I was a little annoyed and frustrated by the whole thing when I responded to your comment.

Mike, the museum was in NYC, somewhere on 42nd Street, I think. It was really cool... Check out the link I provided under the first pic from the museum, it takes you to their "official" website. I guess they have branches elsewhere too, such as one in London.

Holy moly, I've spawned a throng of chattering Commandment-followers! Yes, Chris, joke around. Just like I did about the "dating" commandments ;-) Thanks for that. Glad you had a good time, anyway. Just make sure Amanda knows she's still #1 and not some waxy artifact...

hey Chris, were was the wax museum located? The Michelle Kwan was figure was cool!

Never mind. I'll tell you about it in person.

It is nice to know that you can apologize and mean it. There are people that just can't. Pride, I suppose, hinders that. I'm glad that some boundaries are not there to be demolished.

I don't see what you mean.

Now who's taking the other too seriously? :-)

Try not to think too highly of the apology. I tend to give them out rather freely, because I hate long-lasting problems... I don't mind being the one to say "I'm sorry" and take the blame, if it means that everyone can just get over it and move on. The progress is almost always worth it.

Val, to be honest, I don't think I even have time to play video games right now. :P

My boyfriend continually tells me I will never be quite as good as his one game console...

He even named it Valerie.

Amanda, hold on to this one for a long time. Oh, and never let him buy a GP32.

What a grand apology, and I have it cataloged forever. :-) I love blogs.

(Darn MT screwed up my comment and cut off the second half.)

Oh, and if I were to follow the original Ten Commandments (as I should), then I wouldn't be allowed to follow the dating ones... Otherwise, I'd be labeling Amanda as a god (big sin #1) and I'd be idolizing her (big sin #2)... Neither of which I'm trying to do. She's certainly not a god-like, perfect person... And that's okay. Neither am I; no one is. But she comes a lot closer than most, which is why I consider myself pretty darn lucky.

I don't understand women... She was made of wax, for heaven's sake. Wax! -_-

I need to make an emoticon sign, or something, to carry around with me, and hold it up for display when I'm not being serious. :P

Anyways, I apologize. So I made a stupid move; what else is new.

As I have been trying to explain to about ten different people today, I was only kidding around... Sheesh, Amanda takes me way too seriously sometimes.

You know, just because I'm introverted doesn't mean I don't like to have fun and play around every once in a while. >_

Well, the Ten Commandments apply to dating, too: thou shalt have no other Gods before me, and (paraphrased) thou shalt not worship idols... Just remember that :-) Jealousy is a terrible thing to incite...

(On behalf of my dearest Amanda ;-)

Glad you are back and had fun. Can't wait to see those pics!

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