Day 7 in NYC: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

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And that’s really about all I did. It’s actually “Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2” which is the equivalent of doing 2 shows in one day. I’d slept OK the night before, 6 hours or so, up before 6am. I had nothing planned except the shows so took my time putting the blog together and […]

Day 6 in NYC: Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Hamilton

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For some reason I woke up around 2:30am and it was clear pretty quickly I wasn’t going back to sleep so I made some coffee and started working on the blog (what else?). I made my way out for breakfast around 7:30am. I had 9am reservations for the Statue of Liberty ferry and took a […]

Day 5 in NYC: Mon, 7/1 – Transition from conference to vacation

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And I really do feel like that: my vacation starts NOW. Everything about the conference felt like work to me, although not in a bad way at all. That’s kind of the point, right? It’s definitely a “you get out of it what you put into it” situation and I put in a lot. With […]

Day 4 in NYC: Sun, 6/30 – The New York City World Pride Parade

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What a day. It will be difficult to write about an experience of this magnitude concisely but I’ll do my best. I’d thankfully slept until about 6:45am after going to bed at 1am. It was enough. But not too much to not be able to get the blog up around 9am before I had to […]

Day 3 in NYC: Sat, 6/29

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What a day. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up until 1am, but that’s how this day rolled. With a service commitment at 7:15am, it was long and full on more than one level. I got up about 5:30 and managed to get the blog up before I went downstairs but no time […]

Day 2 in NYC: Fri, 6/28


Today was the first full day of the conference so no sight-seeing, except for the High Line, a very popular attraction which was the venue for the big meeting in the evening. And lots of food of course! I learned on Thursday night during the meeting announcements that the conference put together an “eats” page […]

Day 1 in NYC: Thu, 6/27

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I only slept about 5 hours, waking up about 5:30am. I had coffee in my room while I finished the blog, getting the photos done the night before. I went out for breakfast about 7:00 after looking over Yelp and decided on Junior’s, which is up on 45th St between Broadway and 8th Ave. Junior’s […]

Departure: Sacramento to NYC – Wed, 6/26


I am happy to be in New York City finally. I planned this trip in early January and it seemed to take forever to get here. I’ve been wanting to spend a long time here since my first trip in 2011 and this is it! I’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned so was […]

Pre-Departure: NYC coming up!


A week from today I arrive in New York City around Noon Eastern time and will spend a total of 17 nights there. This will be my 2nd longest trip ever, with the first two Europe trips in 2013 and 2014 both coming in at 18 nights. The big difference here: just one round trip […]

Easter for the non-religious (Revisited)

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April 21, 2019 I originally wrote this on April 5, 2015. The “Indiana” nonsense was about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that had just passed there. Opponents of the law believed it targeted LGBT folks, and with good reason. I called it nonsense then because of what I believe to be true about Christianity, although […]