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Her Way – What Pegman Saw

Welcome to What Pegman Saw, a 150-word weekly writing prompt inspired by the photos found on Google Maps. Yep, that’s really a picture of Manhattan. Inwood Park, at the very tip of the island, is one of the few places on the island that looks as it did three hundred years ago. (I included the pic so you’d know what Josh was talking about!)

This week you can roam any or all of the five boroughs. There are a thousand stories in the naked city, so bring one back. You can also write a poem, an essay or whatever you feel like writing. Share it with the others and comment on their stories. We ask you keep it to 150 words, but aside from that, there are no rules. Have fun and good hunting.

I have chosen to go deeper into the island πŸ˜‰Β  This Super Bowl is so bloody boring, I’ve had time to type this and make my links… and post!Β  Thank you, J.Hardy Caroll, for hosting this little party.Β  I’ve been away for a while and have been lured back…

Her Way

How is it she has been to Manhattan, New York, four times, yet still hasn’t seen what she wants?Β  How many times did she have to do Central Park, Times Square and Toys ‘R bloody Us?Β  What about Greenwich Village? Soho? Hell’s Kitchen? Washington Heights? Chelsea? Harlem? Maybe not Harlem.Β  Wait.Β  Why not, Harlem?Β  Can it be that bad?Β  She wouldn’t know because she never seemed to get out of bloody central Manhattan, barely hitting Midtown.

She wanted to visit Strand’s Bookstore, the Met, the Guggenheim. How about a Broadway play?Β  Hell, she wanted to play tourist, corny as it is.Β  She even wanted to go to the top of the Empire State Building.Β  So many pictures of the Statue of Liberty taken from afar but still hasn’t made the trip to see her up close and personal.

Enough.Β  This year was the year she would do it her way.

90 thoughts on “Her Way – What Pegman Saw

    • Funny you should say that – I was in Brooklyn last November πŸ˜‰
      Last few times we stayed one night in order to take a cruise ship – which is why we never had time to do what I want 😏
      I will go back for sure!


  1. So frustrated on your behalf. I love my family and friends but there are occasions when I feel exactly the same. You visit somewhere and there’s a place you really want to go and no one else does so you end up missing out! Go there, Dale, do those things. And can I come to the Guggenheim with you, please? πŸ™‚

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  2. Dear Dale,

    Of course she did it ‘her way.’ πŸ˜‰ Reminds me of someone I know and love. And you know how I felt about the Super Bowl. As always, a story well written your way.

    Shalom and hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Well, she WILL do it her way – and soon πŸ˜‰ Super Boring, you mean? What the hell was that? K, ’nuff of that.
      Glad you liked my “fiction”…

      Shalom and Lotsa love,



  3. Q,

    My question would be. What in the blessed name of Gloria Steinem was/is/has this character been waiting for? You gots to be running your own ship! LOL.

    Seriously, I get the going for this person and that person and the other person thing, as a parent who was the go to on all points, I get it. And being the other half of someone else in all manner of definitions, I went to see plays I wasn’t crazy about and boutiques (ugh!) and MOMA instead of the Met, and Radio City instead of the Yankees. Yeah, it happens. Not a burden or a bad thing, it just is. But I’ll tell ya, when I got divorced, I went and did the town my way. Of course, I could have done that before then. And of course, it was nobody’s doing (and not doing) but my own.

    Of course, I didn’t go see Lady Liberty, and I probably never will. But that’s alright.


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    • B,

      I tell ya. She won’t stand for it anymore. She has actually sorta visited a few things way back in ’90, but I think that was limited to, you guessed it, Central Park and she actually did go up the Empire State Building but that’s all she did see – she was there for a wedding in Long Island so, yanno.

      It just is indeed. As the half in a duo, you are limited. ‘Course, when you’re only spending an overnight and then a few hours before taking a cruise ship with two families, the “what you see” can be rather limiting. I’m not saying she’s complaining but I think she is ready for a real visit now.

      And as to Lady Liberty, for some reason, that isn’t high on her priority list either. If she goes, she goes; if she doesn’t meh – there’s a helluva lot more to see – and we ain’t talking the M&M nor Toys R Bloody Us, neither!


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      • Q,

        Long Island ain’t New York. In fact, I’m not sure WHAT Long Island is. Although, Montauk Point is really nice.

        It needs to be done if the lady writes it. Hells, it needs to be done if she ain’t writing it! LOL. But that’s neither here nor there, it just is a matter of doing it or not doing it.

        Hey! the M&M store is (was?) cool! And Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum was cool too . . but the real thing in London was, of course, bettah.


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        • I know, I know, Long Island (insert appropriate Jewish accent here) is not New York. But the Point was beautiful.

          Yes it does. For whatever reason. πŸ˜‰

          M&M store – the kids were ecstatic… Mme Tussaud’s, we passed by and saw a couple on the outside trying to entice us in… meh. Ain’t been to London neither! Damnation.

          I need a life!

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          • Lonk Oisland is how I came to understand the place, growing up in New Yawk.

            It was kitschy, Madame. The candy stores in New York are great. That Dylans Candy Bar was my favorite of the chain candy shops. I remember taking the kids there and then we walked to Serendipity for their frozen hot chocolate. It was like ten fucking dollars and it sucked. After that, we went to Corona and chowed down on real food, LOL.


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          • Exackery! Robin would be proud…

            Sigh… kitschy is good πŸ˜‰
            The candy stores are insane – we did more than one. Don’t remember Dylans so probably didn’t make it there. Serendipity (like in the movie?) Bloody hell… nuts when they charge an arm and a leg for something like a frozen hot chocolate.

            Fun stuff.

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          • I STILL call it that.

            They are! Yes, but no Audrey Hepburn in sight! Just a nasty guy who ran the place, and way overpriced. It was disappointing. But the kids had fun so there’s that. All’s well that ends with happy.

            It’s crazy. New York will getcha with that unless you hit the local spots. I took the kids for lunch at Bobby Flays American Grill and paid a pretty penny. For lunch. It was great but . . for lunch. Huh? So we did korean bbq at this corner joint the next day. Five bucks we all ate. WTF.

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          • So do I! But probably not as successfully

            No Audrey Hepburn and no Kate Beckinsale then? As you said, the kids were happy…

            I do know that much. And what did you think, going to a celebrity chef’s joint? Of course you’re gonna pay tru da nose…

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          • Not an Audrey nor a Kate. Not even a Jennifer or Sandra!

            American was excellent, but my lasting memory was the french fries and then running into Randy Jackson- the American Idol judge- on our way out. That’s a lot of moolah for fries and a how do with Randy Jackson if you ask me.

            We used to go up for the Macys Parade every November. We ate at Mesa Grill, another of Bobby’s joints, on Thanksgiving Eve. From service to presentation to flavor it was a home run. My son even brought his Bobby Flay cookbook in the hopes Bobby would be there. We told him not to get his hopes up as Bobby has a ton of restaurants.

            Of course, Bobby was there! LOL

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          • That’s just not right… there should at least have been one babe…

            And love ya Randy, but you ain’t no Vera πŸ˜‰ and not worth the price of admission to this establishment…

            Now THAT is most cool. To actually have the celeb chef there (and hopefully was nice about signing…) Damian must have been floating!

            I never got into parades, myself. Not in person and not on TV

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          • Hey, dems the breaks. Its ayt, the kids took up all my time. Worth it.

            Randy was all “look at me” to which I implored them not to. Nothing I hate more than a celeb who thinks they’re God’s gift. Meanwhile peeps like Lady Gaga shop at my local grocery and are totally low key. Because there’s a way to behave as a rock star and a way not to. She gets it.

            Good thing for Damian that Bobby is such a workaholic.

            I swear, it seemed that every year it was colder than the last! I wasn’t into it, but the kids loved it.


          • Dems is da breaks. You did it for your kids – as a good daddy does.

            Ugh. I wish “celebs” would realise their shit stinks just as bad as ours and they are not above us. They happen to have a job that puts them more in the spotlight. Why they feel this gives them the right, is beyond me. Yay to the Lady Gagas and Tom Cruises of the wordl.

            Yeah… and that he happened to be at THAT restaurant at that time.

            Hey. For the kids, right? Since I don’t dig on them, I didn’t introduce the kids to them (smart, eh?)

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          • As a magnificent mama, you know all about doing what the kids want to do. It’s not even a choice really, just how it works.

            And don’t forget Tom Hanks. That dude could not have been any more down to earth, really. Just a regular dude who, oh by the way is a Hollywood legend but doesn’t act that way.

            Damian was always lucky that way.



          • I almost left Fluffy’s “comment” as he chose to walk over my keyboard, oh so nonchalantly…

            I dunno about magnificent but I do my bestest. It is out it works.

            Oh, yes! I hear he is the kindest, most honourable man in “real life”.

            Some are born with a horseshoe up their patootie…

            Schmart is as schmart does πŸ˜‰

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          • Maybe Fluffy will be enlisted to predict next year’s Super victor seeing as how Mr Speaker has been relieved of his duties.

            You don’t know about it. I do. πŸ™‚

            And his wife is so much fun. What a great couple.

            Horseshoe up the Ass Syndrome . . the more ya know, LOL


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          • Old boy is 17 so if he’s around, we’ll see what we can do.

            You so schweet 😘

            They are a fantastic couple. Hats off to them for sticking to it.

            Some have it more than others… πŸ˜‰


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  4. Good for her! There are so many exciting things to see in New York, you can hardly see a fraction on one trip, but oh, how frustrating if the people you’re traveling with stick you in the same place over and over! It’s always a compromise, traveling with others, but hopefully most of the time it’s more fun than not, having someone to share all those cool new sights with. That said, I have been known to split off and venture on my own path more than once while traveling with someone with other ideas… πŸ˜‰

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    • Exactly! Whether part of a couple or a group, we are automatically in negotiation mode. Of course, if one is there for only a few hours, one is quite limited πŸ˜‰
      Having taken myself to Tuscany and visited where I wanted when I wanted, I am no longer afraid to go out on my own.
      Of course, it is nice to have someone to share it with as well… if they want to see the same things as you do, of course!

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  5. I like the naturalistic way you’ve written this. The rant of someone who is finally p****d off at accommodating other people and says “My turn!”. Good on your MC! Or you, if it’s as autobiographical as it reads!
    MOMA and the Met would be my top priorities, I think…

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    • Yes, a rant it is. And yes, she is (I am) tired of accommodating other’s whims.
      My list is so long, I’ll just have to do more than one trip. Oh dear and woe is me πŸ˜‰

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  6. Well, all I can tell ya is … there’s a LOT of New York to see that ain’t in the central belly of the boring midtown loop. Been to Governor’s Island? Been to Coney Island and/or Brighton Beach? Kayaked in the Hudson river? Walked in Riverside Park? On the boardwalk by the East River? Taken the Cable Car to Roosevelt Island? Been to the Tenement Museum? How about the Bronx Zoo? The Cloisters? Seen brownstones? Been to a neighborhood diner? Been to the “North Woods” of Central Park? I think you have some sightseeing to do… πŸ˜‰
    Na’ama πŸ™‚

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  7. Go have fun, Dale, doing it “your way”.I know you can do it!! I spent my first 15 months of married life in 1959 – 1960 living on Staten Island where my husband was doing his obligatory two years in the army. There were notable places I missed but many more places I experienced in New York City that were out-of-the-way treasures. Now doing it “my way” is remembering how much fun I had and being happy to leave robust traveling behind me.

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  8. Niiiice!
    You have evoked another memory. In Harlem, a guy bit me on the bicep when I wouldn’t go to his apartment with him. It was an ugly bite that took weeks to heal. I have a pic, somewhere.

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