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Tom- geeking around

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Icon 6 posted September 09, 2005 16:15      Profile for Tom- geeking around   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Travelling again!

As some IRC-lingering GC'ers might now, I'll be headed for New York this Saturday.
I'll stay at my sister's place roughly two weeks and catch up with her and her husband since she's living in NYC since a couple of years now.
In addition to that, I volunteered to work at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. I have no idea what I'll be doing there actually-
The volunteer coordinator said something like "It'll be your job to bring our fleet up to museum standards" - whatever this means. I guess it means that I'll end up cleaning dirty and dusty cockpits. Which is fun anyway for an aviation enthusiast like me [Wink]

Anyways. My sister has Wifi and Broadband at her house, so there'll be no considerable problems regarding communication - except that I will be in a different time zone...

As soon as I arrived and managed to set everything up, pics will follow from my room, my working-place at the museum and my flight, and various other stuff .. [Big Grin]

In the meantime:
Have fun everybody!

Catch you later!


Bye,

Thomas

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You just can't sit still, can you? Have fun! [Smile]

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quote:
You just can't sit still, can you?
That was my first thought [Big Grin] . I wish I could do the same. What part are you staying in?

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Icon 1 posted September 09, 2005 21:00      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
But it's September! What about school? How are you affording all of this? What about health insurance?

/me wishes she weren't so practical or financially challenged so she could do fun trips like Tom's.

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(Since I don't remember in which thread Tom asked about the instruments I play/own, I'll post my answer here in his thread.)

I play piano, viola, organ, violin, timpani, handbells, recorder, guitar, and voice. Huh. I thought for sure I was up to nine instruments. I forget which one I left out. In any case, I own a viola, electric-acoustic violin, 12-string acoustic guitar, six-string electric guitar, alto recorder, and up until Saturday had a piano in my house (I moved out of my Mom's house last weekend). I'm waiting for my amp to come so I can start practicing on the electrics. I also own a Pismo. [Big Grin]

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For the NYC GC gang, Tom and I are planning to meet up for lunch on Sept 22nd somewhere around the Intrepid. (I'm flying out of Newark later that day.) If anyone else is interested, this is the place to plan it. =)

(Also, I'll be coming back on Oct. 18th, so I'll probably schedule my departure from NYC later in the evening, if anyone is up for dinner plans somewhere in the city...)

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Icon 1 posted September 10, 2005 01:58      Profile for Tom- geeking around   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey all!

My last post before I fly. I am sitting with my iBook in my lap at the gate and am waiting for boarding to begin.

To answer a few of your questions:
It's September, and university starts in October.. I wish it would start later, so I could spend more time in NYC, but I take these two weeks and use them.
I am lucky - my family is doing well financially, so they pay my flight and everything I need there. Since I can stay at my sister's I don't need a hotel.
My sister's house is not exactly in Manhattan.. It's in Long Island, Great Neck-
Austria's health care system is excellent. Should problems arise, I am also covered via my Visa credit card health insurance programe.
I hope I answered everyone's questions!

Thank you very much Rhonie! i'll be taking many pictures for you all.
Have fun! Goodbye! I gotta go boarding!
And NOOOO, I can't sit still!

Thomas
P.S: Nice instruments you are playing! I wish we could get together once and do a little session [Wink]
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Aah... that credit card has seen some action, hasn't it?

I'm glad to find that it does other things too, though. [Big Grin]

Are you there yet? Are you there yet? Are you there yet? Post p1x already!

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YES... I am there..
The flight was a bit bumpy at first, but went smooth for the rest of the flight.
I had the window seat, and the seat directly next to me was empty. That was great, since I could stretch out a lot and get good sleep. Earplugs (I recommend the blue "Hearos") and my dad's Bose QuietComfort headphones made the flight very silent as well [Wink]

The approach in JFK was very turbulent though. A 4 year old kid threw up.. I could see that she was feeling a bit queasy, but I looked out the window to see NYC:. Suddenly I smelled a strange stench.... Well, you can guess the rest [Smile]
But otherwise, a nice flight.
Immigrations and customs didn't bother me a bit.

I took a few pics of me while I was in the plane, but I didn't get a chance to load them onto my computer yet. Maybe we're doing something nice tomorrow, so there's gonna be MORE pics.. [Wink]

Greetings from NY!

Thomas
P.S: YES, that credit card has seen plenty of action...

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Perhaps you should change your nick to Tom-Geeking Around The World.

Have fun!

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Hey, Great Neck ain't half bad - a friend of mine lives over there. What I'm about to mention might be bad for your credit card, but I'll say it anyway - if you get a chance, visit the Micro Center computer store in Westbury... (Google Map)
*drool*

/me thinks he needs to invite himself back out to the island again. [Wink] [Razz]

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Heya!

Nice nick, I like it! I'll consider changing it to that one..
Dragonman- thanks for that address! I'll definitely give it a try if I get a chance to go there. Sounds nice =)

Greetings!
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Pictures pictures pictures!
You wanted them? TADA! Here they are:

My flight was pretty nice, because I was sitting in a window seat and the seat next to me was empty. So I could spread out even more and get some sleep.
Me in my seat
Since I wore earplugs and my dad's Bose QuietComfort headphones the flight was perfectly silent [Wink] .
Austrian Airline's Airbus A330

My sister and her husband took me to Jones Beach where we played some miniature golf.
Picture of me playing golf -(censored due to ridiculosity).
I don't want you to see me looking like a dick while I am trying to hit the ball.
We got a quick lunch at Jordan's lobster farm where I had a great lobster roll.. Fantastic!
Lobster Roll

Finally, we took a walk in Manhattan:
Manhattan
I can't remember where this was..

Then we had dinner at Michael Jordan's steak house in Grand Central Station.
Click this link only if you are not hungry:
STEAK!

Then, the next day, I took the Long Island Railroad into Penn Station and walked up to the Museum.
The coordinator there gave me and another very nice volunteer from Cuba a quick tour of the boat, got us our ID-badges, told us what our mission is and introduced us to some other workers and volunteers there. They told us about the current projects there and where we could lend our helping hands.
And then, I saw this exhibit.. WOW..
Pure sex-appeal: Sweeeeeet!
Pure dynamite! What an aircarft!
It's well maintained, and with my volunteer badge, I can go beyond the regular tour and take a closer look. But still, I can't get beyond the glass door, so I can't get close into the cockpit. But I guess if I ask them nicely, they'll give me the key to that glass-door..

Well.. That was day 1 of work.. Finally, I left the museum--
The museum is right behind me:
Leaving
Tomorrow, I'll be back!

have fun!

Thomas

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Tom, you are absolutely too cute to be walking the streets of New York by yourself. [hearts]

I've never seen anyone photograph their dinner. Didn't you feel odd taking pictures in restaurants?

(And yeah, it'd be fun to jam a session with you. Take the bus from Chinatown to Philly, then hop on Amtrak and come to Lancaster.)

Have fun working! Hmm... with all that drool, they won't need to buy as much cleaning product. [Razz]

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quote:
Tom, you are absolutely too cute to be walking the streets of New York by yourself.

Awww... Thank you sweetheart! [Happytears] That's super-sweet of you!
I'd really much rather walk them in company.

The story of taking photographs in restaurants is kind of odd. My dad is really carzy about good steaks. He loves the steak house we went to, and told me to take a picture of the steak.
But since it is Grand Central station, it's ok to take pictures. But I still felt strange taking a photo of my steak [Wink]

(I really would love to visit you. But my weekdays are full with work, and the weekends are already tightly scheduled with my sister and her husband. And they aren't Internet-people, so if I tell them i'll visit somebody I know from forums, they wouldn't let me go. Anyways, I'll be in NY again for sure. And then we'll meet =) )

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Here are some neat things to keep an eye out for when you are in NY, too.

Forgotten NY

There are some onther interesting links if you Google "urban exploration NYC" too.

And here is another fun NYC link:

Improv Everywhere

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Did you bring your electric violin? Kisskiss is looking for a new player. They've been trying to recruit me, but I'm leery of driving 3.5 hours one-way to spend time in a studio on my weekends. Here's more info:


Hey! We are a Signed NY Band looking to replace our Electric Violinist.
We make music that is highly creative and dynamic, and from your add I think you are going to love us. We Dabble in odd times ( 11/8, 5/8, 5/4), our music goes from soft and ambient and to loud and dissonant all in the same song.
You can hear our MP3's here: http://www.myspace.com/kisskiss
 
We have a CD that is going to be in stores Oct. 11th,
and we just started to track our 1st full length CD to
be put out through Universal Records Mid 2006.
 
We Tour, We Record, We Play.
 
Here are the links to our Record Labels :
EyeBall Records - http://www.eyeballrecords.com
AstroMagnetics  - http://www.astromagnetics.com

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Did you bring your electric violin? Kisskiss is looking for a new player. They've been trying to recruit me, but I'm leery of driving 3.5 hours one-way to spend time in a studio on my weekends.

Damn Rhonnie, you should jump on that. Or at least give it a shot. Sounds like something you would really like to do, though. And really, the commute would be way longer for Tom. [Razz]

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The thing is, though, fs, that I'd be living with four or five guys all younger than I am. I wouldn't have health insurance. I'd have to leave the area I'm in now (I'm not ready to give up my counselor yet). I wasn't planning to leave here until grad school. Plus, I'm not so sure I like their fan base—totally different values than mine.

If it were a band I'd heard of and really felt strongly about their music, I'd jump at the chance. These guys are too much of an unknown for me at this point.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
The thing is, though, fs, that I'd be living with four or five guys all younger than I am.

I'm not seeing the problem here... [Wink]

Seriously, I understand the idea behind it. Just, don't make the mistake of talking yourself out of opportunity when it comes looking. Just because those guys might not be a good fit, it doesn't mean that making the contacts would hurt if that's a direction you want to go in someday.

But then, you probably shouldn't listen to me, because I always do things with reasoning like "well, what could it hurt?" and my life tends to be a seething, writhing ball of barely contained chaos.

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quote:
Originally posted by FireSnake:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
The thing is, though, fs, that I'd be living with four or five guys all younger than I am.

I'm not seeing the problem here... [Wink]

Too much choice? [evil] [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by csk:
quote:
Originally posted by FireSnake:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
The thing is, though, fs, that I'd be living with four or five guys all younger than I am.

I'm not seeing the problem here... [Wink]

Too much choice? [evil] [Wink]
But, isn't variety the spice of life? [blush]

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quote:
Originally posted by FireSnake:
...I always do things with reasoning like "well, what could it hurt?" and my life tends to be a seething, writhing ball of barely contained chaos.

And remember without chaos what kind of stories would you tell your grandchildren?

Rhonnie. I think you ought to go and at least jam with them once. You never know...

Go and live my dream of being a famous musician Rhonnie!!! Let me live vicariously through youuuu..... [Wink] [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by csk:
quote:
Originally posted by FireSnake:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
The thing is, though, fs, that I'd be living with four or five guys all younger than I am.

I'm not seeing the problem here... [Wink]

Too much choice? [evil] [Wink]
exhaustion?

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quote:
Originally posted by Tom- geeking around:
Pictures pictures pictures!
You wanted them? TADA! Here they are:

Finally, we took a walk in Manhattan:
Manhattan
I can't remember where this was..


Uhm, did you take that picture after visiting a pub in Manhattan? [Razz] The angle is a little skewed. [Big Grin]
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