12/24/97
"There is a big gap."



Bill:

Today we went in to Manhattan. We took the Long Island Railroad. There's a ticket machine outside the Lawrence station, rather than a human being. I always seem to have the wrong bills and/or change for it. As always, we had to change trains at Jamaica before reaching Penn Station. Then it we took the subway uptown, and began walking. As a former Manhattanite, Jane is in her element in the subway. I know I'd take at least twice as long to get anywhere. The kids and I skated on the ice at Rockefeller Center. I shot an entire roll of film of the kids on the ice with some of the famous statues and the Christmas tree in the background. Jane watched, guarded our shoes, and took a couple of shots of Logan and me skating together.

Rev:

On December 24, 1997 we took a train to Manhattan. There is a big gap. [Rev means the gap between the train and the edge of the platform.] It was scary, but I made it. Then we went to Rockefeller Center to ice skate. I enjoyed the skating.

Logan:

We also went to Manhattan. We visited my Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Michael. We went many other times and saw many other things.



Channing:

Then the next day at 7:00 in the morning we went on a train to Manhattan through tunnels and meeting new people.

Bill:

After skating, we walked uptown to a jewelry store Jane's been wanting to see for years. Turned out it was on Madison Avenue, right in the heart of a district full of fashionable stores. I took the kids for hot chocolate while Jane shopped.

 

Channing:

In Manhattan we went ice skating at Rockefeller Center. It was fabulous. After skating we had hot cocoa, then we went back to my grandma's house.

Bill:

We weren't too far from Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Michael's apartment on E. 72nd St., so we decided to walk there. Steph had left work early, and was in. I installed some extra RAM and a backup tape drive on her computer, plus Photoshop.

Rev:

Then we visited Aunt Stephanie. Then we went back to Grandpa's house on the railroad.

Bill:

We left Stephanie and Michael around 8:30 and took a cab back to Penn Station, where we dined on pizza while waiting for the train to Lawrence.

I fell asleep, very tired, but woke up at 4:30 a.m. to wrap the Christmas presents, then went back to sleep.

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