Day 6 of 6 Ugh

31 Oct

It appears this adventure is slowly coming to an end. We’re booked on a flight out of Newark at 20:40 to YUL and then we have to take a bus back to Ottawa – ETA: 01:30 Thursday. I’m pretty disappointed to be missing Hallowe’en – I organized a kick-ass party that I won’t be able to attend. Someone needs to develop a Facebook filter that will block out all the awesomeness one does not want to be reminded of.

I was recently asked to provide a list of lessons learned from this trip. Now I know that technically the trip is not over. And I am also aware that the remaining nineteen hours could produce many nuggets of wisdom. So here is what I propose – if I learn anything useful between now and when I get home, I will make a separate post describing my learnedness. Deal? Thank you. So here is your list.

  • New York motorists are the most thoughtful of any city I’ve ever been to. If all the traffic lights are out and you’re waiting  at a crosswalk with a hundred other people they’ll stop without any prompting and let everyone cross.
  • For the purposes of airport security, peanut butter is considered a liquid.
  • You can always depend on the kindness of strangers.
  • Starting up your own art gallery in New York is really, really hard. Especially if Chantal doesn’t pull her weight.

There is some crazy shit to be found in storm debris.

The United States is a fully bilingual country.

The Natural History Museum is stuck in the eighties.

And as we make our way to Newark, I want to share with you the best quote from the greatest movie ever made.

Samantha: Easy, sport. I got myself outta Beirut once, I think I can get outta New Jersey.
Mitch: Yeah? Well, don’t be so sure. Others have tried and failed. The entire population, in fact.

 

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