Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas in New York

Theo, left, appeared for the fourth consecutive year in Santa’s Park Avenue corner office.

The 9:12 train to New York City arrived at the Metuchen train station right on time. Off we went to Daddy’s Park Avenue office for a rendezvous with destiny. Santa Claus was in town, and the Clarks of New Jersey, along with Uncle Danny, Aunt Tedra and baby Aaron, were coming to meet him.

Look there! It’s the Empire State Building, seen through the crosstown opening of 33rd St. Look there! It’s Café 34, where Daddy buys his no. 14 breakfast special ($2.98 for two eggs, toast, coffee and breakfast potatoes – the best deal in the tri-state) when he’s not in a hurry. Look here! It’s the elevator to the subway platform. Isn’t this a cozy fit for two strollers?

Santa Claus was very generous this year. He gave Theo a Lightning McQueen racecar and gave Natalie a toy radio. Aaron, a late entry, received a Teddy Bear. And all boys and girls received cupcakes and juice boxes.

Look there! It’s the world’s greatest electric train show – the Station at Citigroup Center. And here’s the world’s most famous toy store: FAO Schwartz. It’s also the world’s most crowded toy store.

Here’s our holiday tip: avoid FAO Schwartz during the holidays.

* * * Special New York City moment * * *
A woman on a crowded Fifth Avenue sidewalk shouted “Yeah, Indiana!” when she saw Theo’s I.U. jacket. Wait a second! Isn’t that woman the former girlfriend of daddy’s old college buddy Brad Carlson? It is! It’s Lola. You've heard of the Miracle on 34th Street? This was the coincidence on 59th Street.

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