Are you getting tired of hearing about New York City yet? You'd think I live there instead of in B-Town lately. Well, gear up happy campers. The NYC posts will be free-flowing for the next week and long into early December. There is a reason New York is my favorite city to visit.
Today's Flashback Friday post is a true flashback. A High School flashback. Think you can handle it? I seem to look nearly exactly the same (save hair color and length). It was March of my Sophomore year--that makes it... ::beep beep boop boop mental calculations:: 1999. Is that right? Yes. 1999. And we almost partied like it was.
Our school's advanced choirs and Drama Club planned a combined "tour" (and why do they call it that? Isn't it more of a "school-sponsored but not funded vacation"? and what chaperones in their right mind would take, or want to take 40 crazy wild, annoying teenagers to one of the craziest, wildest cities on earth? And now that I'm OUT of high school and a frequent visitor to NYC, how can we get these crazy middle and high school groups NOT to come?). (Wow, that was a long side-note.) Being the not-so-great singer than I am, I wasn't in an advanced choir. I had to join Drama Club. Dun dun dun. But who cares. Back to the fun.
OH wait. Fun was postponed. Somehow, I drew the oldest maid of all old maid cards. My friend and I had to share a room with two chaperones--two moms. DRRRRRRRAG. Instead of staying up waaaaay too late and having a big experience in a big city, we shared a room with two moms. How was more ruckus not raised about that? How does crap like that even happen to me? Oye.
This trip was my first all-in-all out-and-out tourist trip to NYC. We did the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Canal Street, Broadway (Lion King and Miss Saigon), and a host of other Times Square-based things. It wasn't until subsequent trips that I realized there's TONS to New York outside of Midtown. Who knew?
Guess what? Yeah, it rained while we were there. NO BIG SURPRISE.
Quite a few of my readers were on that trip--and are in the pictures above and below. Alaina, Jody, Jake, Clayton, Rachael, Mandy, Matt, Cari, etc.--do you have anything to add? Particular stories to share? Alls I remember is that sneaking out was the rage--how safe is that? But really, High Schoolers sneaking around after dark in the city that never sleeps? This is another reason these trips should be outlawed. We had our fun, let's call it good and stop all school trips. Sure High Schoolers may be a bit bummed, but all NYC dwellers (Mel, Kristan, Karen, Michele, Joe, Nate, Jam) and frequent visitors (ME) would probably all be in favor.