Saturday, November 18, 2017

Museum day with my niece

It's been a while since I've had the chance to go to a museum with my niece, so I decided to brave the cold and go see her at the Museum of the Moving Image today.

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When I got up this morning, I knew it was going to be a full day in Marian mode.  Of course, the many summer dresses I had laying on the other side of the bed was a reminder of how much I prefer living life as Marian. These dresses have little hope of being worn again soon, as I am trying to find a place for them in storage containers which will be filed away until Spring.

You may be asking, where do I stand on the cruise I'm considering?  Well, as of this morning, it has gone up another $75 in price, and I'm not sure whether I will drop the hammer anymore.  I waited too long to get information from Mercy regarding make up sessions, so I'm not sure about spending at least $1,100 when I'm out of work.

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I left the house around 1:30 pm and drove down to the Bronx.  On the way down, I stopped at Mickey D's (a big mistake), where I had to wait a long time for 2 basic cheeseburgers. However, things were so screwed up, that I got two sodas instead of one.  Parking was much easier than usual at the subway station, as I had a choice of spots. And I figured that the best spot would be the one right in front of Ex-GF-M's house. (I wonder if she figured out whose car was there.) So I parked my car and took the train into NYC.

Getting from the Bronx to Queens wasn't as easy as I'd have liked. Normally, I'd take the express to 59th street , and then transfer to the Astoria line.  However, the Museum of the Moving Image recommended that a different line be used to reach their site. This forced me to make a transfer to the Lexington Avenue local for one stop, and then switch to the local terminating in Forest Hills for several stops. This was not a route I'd want to take in the evening, so I figured that I'd use my memory of the subway system later on to have an easier ride home.

When I got off the subway, I received a text from my niece that she would be a few minutes late. Given the cold outside, I was very glad that I dressed in the above outfit for my walk over to the museum. (I'd regret this a little inside the museum, but better safe than sorry.) On the way over, I figured that I'd kill 15 minutes by having a bowl of soup at Panera Bread. And just as I was finishing that bowl, my niece texted me to tell me she had just arrived at the museum. So it was on with my coat, and off on a 2 (short) block walk to the museum.

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Inside the museum, we walked around the permanent displays. This is not a place I'd visit often, as I only find the special exhibits worth the visit, given the nature of the permanent exhibits. And for this visit, they had a nice exhibition of Jim Henson (Muppets) artifacts.

I never knew how prolific this man was with his puppetry. He was inspired by Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and he took the art of puppetry much further than anyone else did before or since. It's amazing how his work with puppets resonates with adults. I think that he realized that one could entertain people of all ages with a well crafted gag. He also realized that the puppets were characters, and one had to flesh them out for people to accept them as more than just puppets.  (Compare Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.  Does Mickey have much of a character?  No.  But Bugs does, and most people of my generation can give you several characteristics that make him more than just an animated creature on a celluloid cel.)

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All too early, it was time to go home.  My brother picked up my niece at the subway station, as she didn't feel safe being in Jamaica, Queens after dark. I can't blame her.  The end of the line is not in the best neighborhoods anymore.  As for me, it took about 2 hours to get home, as I got stuck on a local train to the Bronx when I was expecting to be on an express.

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After a long day, I realized that it didn't make sense for me to go on that cruise when I can enjoy another Spring vacation when I'll need it most.

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