The Lone Rangerette Has Returned…

Got to NYC on Wednesday afternoon and here’s what I’ve done so far.  Remember:  it’s only Saturday.

  • Hiked a little once I got off the bus and then
  • Hailed a cab (successfully with luggage!)
  • Hung out in “my” neighborhood’s diner for a few, then the Starbucks for just a couple (a girl will go anywhere for the chance to charge her iPhone and mooch free wifi!)
  • Moved in and got situated and saw the family off to Dubrovnik
  • Walked the dog to my brother’s apartment
  • Found furniture on the curb in front of his place
  • Held the door as the boys moved one couch up and one couch out
  • Took the Subway to Grand Central
  • Walked to Bryant Park
  • Did an hour of Yoga in the Park, on grass, surrounded by skyscrapers!
  • Watched all of House of Cards via Netflix & Apple TV
  • Walked down Park Avenue to see Still Me at the Paris Theater
  • Walked home alongside “The Park” (much faster that way!)
  • Started in on Orange Is The New Black full speed ahead
  • Walked to Ruby Foo’s to meet my ticket guy who hooks me up and has dubbed me “The Lone Rangerette”
  • Thoroughly enjoyed First Date with Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez
  • Walked home from the show past Serendipity3, yep, still a line!

Love being in New York, still have 29 days til “my people” get back.

So much fun to be had, I am thoroughly enjoying it here!  Enjoy a few pics!

Just a cool fountain

Just a cool fountain

LOVE

LOVE

Yep, found it!

Yep, found it!

Broadway's Musical Comedy!

Broadway’s Musical Comedy!

Times Square

Times Square

Kinky Boots!

Kinky Boots!

On tap...Annie!

On tap…Annie!

Classic tourist shot!

Classic tourist shot!

Jimmy's Window @ NBC Studios

Jimmy’s Window @ NBC Studios

Thank you, ketchup packets....

Thank you, ketchup packets….

Bloomingdale's!

Bloomingdale’s!

Tickets for the Lone Rangerette

Tickets for the Lone Rangerette

Show swag

Show swag

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July 15 … Then & Now!

July 15, 2000 was my first day on the job in the Accounting Office at the Gore 2000 National Campaign Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fast forward exactly thirteen years and I have to say I never imagined I would find myself in Nashville again, but here I am.  I am with a friend who has a quick in-and-out work commitment here.  As soon as I found out about his assignment I impulsively said, “Oooh, may I join you?”  When he said, “sure, I have the rental car and a hotel, you just get yourself there,” I was all in!

With a connection in Charlotte, North Carolina, where all of my college years were spent (NC, not Charlotte per se) and I was a history major and got “the bug” I am in Nashville again on July 15.  Yes, I stopped dead in my tracks during on-line check-in when I realized I’d be in Nashville again on a July 15.

Being the history major that Elon made me, I’d love to say let’s have a look back at the past thirteen years, but instead, no, let’s not!

Living in Nashville was a lot of fun!  I filed my little burgundy Toyota Corolla and drove from Alexandria to Nashville with a stop in Knoxville (my first alone in a hotel, I remember) that summer.  On July 15, though it seems like yesterday, I walked in the front door of Headquarters excited, scared, nervous, and anxious and with eyes definitely wide-open.  Gary Gruver was the big boss of the Accounting Department and Cynthia was my immediate supervisor in Accounts Receivable.  I made friends immediately despite my nervous energy (or maybe because of) and still keep in touch with many of them to this day.  Some are missing, but I’m sure are definitely still in action.  Back then we had only had the Clinton-Gore Alumni list-serv (or was it a Yahoo!Group?) to connect us, but now it’s thanks be to Facebook, that I am able to keep up with so many people from that fun 13 years ago! 

Richard, Torian, Patricia, Meagan, Varun, Tom, Kevin, and ahhh the list goes on!  What fun we had!  That day, my first day on the job, the candidate himself, then-Vice President Al Gore, came to tour the new campaign headquarters (previously a Sprint warehouse) and he even posed with the Accounting staffers!  Yeah, we like to say he knew who paid his bills! (yeah, I can’t find it on my computer right this second…will upload soon enough!  I know right where it is on my desk!)

So much has happened and changed since then:  personally, professionally, medically, geographically and in terms of technology and communication, well, everything, really!  But…. won or lost, friends remain through it all.

 

Thanks for the memories, Nashville, now I have to get out there and make new ones!

 

Off we go!

July 4th @ Sandbridge!

The Pimp Stick!

Really?

I love my job!

Some days I swear I should take before and after pictures.  Today was one of those days!

A repeat client (a friend of another client, who was a referral from another client) had taken this week off from work to de-clutter and get caught up on “stuff.”  Namely, she wanted to tackle emptying the trunk of her car.  Just one of those things you need another person there to help you do, right?  Well…did we ever!

She popped the trunk by way of the remote clicker and what lays across the top of the beach towel, the folded-up beach chair, the bags upon bags, the shoe, the purse from Spain, the boot complete with nail polish on it, just…. everything?  Yes – “Oh, my pimp stick!”  What?  Really?  At this point I definitely said out loud “I should have taken before and after picture of your trunk!”

We get everything upstairs and this pimp stick is complete with not just liquid in the diamond at the top, but also silver glitter in the diamond, of course!  

“I’m sorry!  I have to take a picture and I am SO blogging about this!” 

“OK just don’t use my name,” she says!

So…you never know what you’ll find when you clean up.  You could have a pimp stick in your trunk, too.  When was the last time you emptied out the “junk in your trunk”?

A Do More with LES rule of thumb:  I empty my car every night of the day’s doings!

If it came into my car, it comes out of my car, same day.  Period.

(I told an ex-boyfriend this trick and he confessed he does it, too, now!)

 

The Pimp Stick in its entirety!

The Pimp Stick in its entirety!

Glittery Diamond Topper to The Pimp Stick!

Glittery Diamond Topper to The Pimp Stick!

Happy Summer!