Monday, December 11, 2006

I'm off to New York City!

I'm somewhat set for New York City. I have a small suitcase packed. I am about to embark on a brand new experience I have yet to experience on my own.

I will arrive at JFK airport alone and then look for a driver to have my name spelled out on a small sign waiting for me at baggage claim. I hope.

I have seen this so many times in the past but I have yet to see my own name on those signs. This will be the first time I will have my own name printed out. I wonder if they will spell it correctly.

I might say, "Take me to Carnegie Hall!" because I will be staying across the street. If I am lost, I will ask, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" I wonder if anyone will answer: "Practice, my dear, practice!"

On Tuesday morning, I will roam down to the lobby and out on the street and hail a cab to go to my new place of work for a week. I will sit in the back seat of the cab. Take in the views of the towering City out of my window. Count and make sure I have enough money to pay the cab plus a tip. I will try and pretend to look confident and experienced. I will say say "thanks!" to the cab driver and then push the button to the 5th floor. I will step out into our office and wonder if anyone will recognize me from last September or the Quilt Market in Houston in October and know I'm an employee there, too. But, a west-coast employee.

Will I feel bashful? Oh sure, I will! A little bit afraid? Yup. Wish me well.

As I will be the lady in red. If you happen upon New York City and see a woman in red... give me the thumbs up and if I return it back, then you know it will be me.


Monica said...

You will do great, I know it! I would be nervous too, we share that sort of bashfulness. But afterward you can look back and be so proud of yourself. Have a wonderful time!

Courtney said...

Good Luck and have fun! Be sure to take a rickshaw ride from central park to times square. You go right by many, many store displays, hear music and really soak in the holiday spirit. Just hail one as if it were a cab. Go with someone else to make the scary bits funnier. (near brushes with buses, etc.)

danny said...

I think you are all good! Now that NYC is a somewhat better (safer) place, I was worried about you...
Enjoy, and revel in your time there, and enjoy the view from your hotel room!
And enjoy the energy and vibe that can only be experienced in a city like New York....especially, Manhattan.
Bless you Shawn, and travel safe!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

ok, I am going to be on the look out for a lady in red! :-)

Doodlestreet said...

By the time I leave you this comment, you will be on your way home! Hope you are having fun there over the weekend and are taking in the sites and sounds and great NY flavor. (That's such a great town...oh, CITY). Us Idaho girls call everything a 'town'. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it! Welcome back!!!!