If you live in New York City, as I do, you put up with a number of negatives, but these are more than offset by a lot of positives…otherwise why would we choose to live here? When I want to crawl into a hole and hide from subway riders who think a subway car is the appropriate place to clip their nails or apply their make-up (sure, I’d love to have some of your face powder all over me…NOT) or I want to run from the garbage bags outside Starbucks in the summer months (milk cartons plus 95 degree temperature does not remind one of roses), I remind myself that for every challenging incident, there are numerous world class museums, restaurants, shops, and parks, and they in turn, drawn visits from friends who live far away.
A recent visit from Jeni Britton Bauer, of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream fame, is another reminder of what a draw New York City can be. The timing could not have better, as I had blogged about Jeni’s only a week before, not having any idea that Jeni herself, along with her ice cream, would soon be visiting my home town. [See previous post, dated September 2, 2012.]
Last week, Jeni and some of her employees, drove an ice cream truck from Ohio to New York City to promote her ice cream. Over a one week period, her adorable truck was parked outside various specialty food stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn who carry the Jeni’s Splendid brand, and ice cream (or frozen yogurt) was offered at no charge. I was fortunate to be able to use my lunch break one day to take a short subway ride to one of those locales, and was soon meeting Jeni (delightful), and eating Lemon Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (delicious). A very productive lunch break indeed.