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Not Seeing Her – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Wednesday! And today I play. Blame Na’ama Yehuda for supplying this lovely image. Thank you, always to Rochelle Wisoff(no e)-Fields for hosting this weekly shindig called Friday Fictioneers. If this photo inspires you to want to write a 100-word story, just click on the frog below and add your link. Fun stuff!

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How many times do I have to come to New York without visiting the bloody place? Tell me! I came, back in ’90 or was it ’91? for a friend’s wedding. Then, we did the usual: Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, and… what? Nothing. I didn’t even know what the Twin Towers were and probably simply walked past them.

Twice, we left from New York to board cruise ships. What did we visit? Friggen Toys ‘R Us! Times Square. Central Park.

How many pictures of the Statue of Liberty from afar do I have to take before I visit her?

106 thoughts on “Not Seeing Her – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I’m not even that far away, but I can’t remember the last time I was there. I’m not sure that I’ve visited her either–maybe as a child? Beautiful photo by Na’ama!
    “Umpire State Building.” πŸ˜€

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  2. Dear Dale,

    I visited in 1999 with my son and cousin. Funny, I don’t remember being all that aware of the twin towers other than I knew my DIL worked in one of them. After 911 I was looking at some photos from that trip and there they were from the ferry. We visited Ellis Island…definitely a must see. Looking up at the Lady in person is pretty impressive. Oh…I did like your story. Fun dialogue as always. Glad you decided to play. πŸ˜€



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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I should go look at my pictures from when I did go to my friend’s wedding. Too lazy now to go through the albums. For all I know, I have them, too!
      I really much return… A girls weekend, eh?
      Glad you enjoyed and glad I did!

      Shalom and Lotsa love and sightseeing!



  3. Hmm … I dunnow. How about doing a scientific experiment and planning a visit … πŸ˜‰ We can see if we can get you there this time around (and, of course, likely Central Park, though perhaps not where you’d been in it, either!).
    Thanks for playing this week – it is always special but it is EXTRA special when it is my photo. … πŸ˜‰

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  4. This is beautifully ironic. I’ve been to NY a dozen times. The only time I saw her was returning from three years in Germany on my landing at La Guardia. At that moment I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen just standing out there.

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  5. I’ve been through the airport in New York and that’s it. I love the first photo. The second one isn’t showing up on my screen.

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  6. You got me thinking about the millions of immigrants who arrived in the harbor and saw Lady Liberty raising her arm skyward. I haven’t visited either. Then again, you have been to NYC more than I … but I very much want to visit nearby Ellis Island. Well done, Dale!

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  7. Q

    Many who live there haven’t even been to her. I lived there for almost half my life and I never visited her. Of course . . my aversion to tourist destinations means I’m always going to have known her from afar. But she’s a pretty understanding gal.

    But the M&M Store . .really. I mean, I threw up in my mouth when I went in there. And then someone suggested Dylan’s Candy Bar and we tried that instead and I rather enjoyed it.


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    • B,

      I know you have an aversion to doing the tourist thing… but sometimes it’s fun to go outside of the box, yanno? Maybe one will be able to entice you to break your code πŸ˜‰

      Oh! I forgot to mention the M&M store! Bloody hell and damnation for having had my ass dragged into that place not once, but twice! Unfortunately, no one suggested Dylan’s Candy Bar to me so… there’s that. C’est la vie!


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      • Oh, I don’t think it’s a box. It’s more like strawberry ice cream, LOL.

        My favorite “I’m with them?” moment was when I took the kids up to NYC in 2009 with a bus full of peeps from our area. The bus trips are worth it because you don’t have to hassle with driving and tolls. And we had a great day but when we got back on the bus, a few of the peeps were snacking on their leftovers from . . . TGIF.

        Why go to a chain when you’re somewhere else? I just don’t get it . . .

        Dylan’s Candy Bar was fun. It was a fun for all ages kind of place.

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        • Ummm…. kk.

          Bus trips are fun for the reason you state. Pfft. Some people love their chains. I’ll never get it, either.

          Guess one day I’ll go see.

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          • When we went to London, we took a bus trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon. In Bath, it’s such a cool village of a town with family bakeries and cafes. And WHERE do the Americans go? Fucking Burger King.


  8. Might as well just do it. LOL She stands for all the good things the republicans seem to have forgotten. We need to support her, or she may just tear her feet off the platform and walk back to Paris. Actually, she should probably do that anyway, their food is amazing but, of course, it’s up to her.

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  9. Well, we lived on Staten Island while my husband did his two year stint in the Army back in 1959 – 61. We took the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan on a regular basis to see plays with free tickets from the USO. We never thought of going to Ellis Island, though we saw Lady Liberty from afar.

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  10. I had a wonderful boat trip around the Statue of Liberty when I went to New York in 2019, also loved the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But I was in the wrong company – they wanted to eat thirty-five dollar breakfasts in Time Square and one of them hated crowds, another loved shops and the other one wouldn’t book theatre tickets because it was impossible to find a show everyone agreed on. I was screaming inside: any show – this is Broadway we’re talking about here. I escaped for a superb day on my own, wandered around Central Park for hours, talked to people I didn’t know, ate lunch on foot, for five dollars and went alone to an off-broadway play in the evening which had at the time boasted the same leading lady for 25 years. I’d love to go back and see the real NY but I think you have to live in a place, and I envy people who do. At the same time I ought to explore London more, but it never seems to happen. My dream is to sail there from the UK and wander around the city for a month. Well, we all have to dream! Phew. Feel better getting all that out in the open, Dale, thanks for posting πŸ™‚

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    • Something tells me you and I would have had a grand time and seen and done what we wanted.
      I have been exploring Montreal a lot more than I ever did. Have to give one good thing to the pandammit, right? And there is still so much more to see of my own province.
      You would want to sail from the UK to New York? That would be such a fabulous thing ,,,

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  11. I stood on that spot and looked at her, but my fear of water and my sister being at work stopped me from visiting her! I am annoyed at myself I had paid for the trip but chickened out… and not been back since πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  12. I have places like that – I always seem to be driving through to get somewhere else, always thinking “I’ll have to stop here one day, it looks really nice” πŸ™‚

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  13. I was drawn into your story by the sheer frustration coming through. I know the feeling well, having worked in many different countries on tight time available, I miss out on visiting the culture spots.

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