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Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 09, 2005, 16:15:
 
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
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on September 09, 2005, 16:16:
 
You just can't sit still, can you? Have fun! [Smile]
 
Posted by Matias (Member # 4216) on September 09, 2005, 20:02:
 
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?
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 09, 2005, 21:00:
 
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.
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 09, 2005, 21:05:
 
(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]
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 09, 2005, 21:34:
 
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...)
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 10, 2005, 01:58:
 
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]
Bye!
 
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on September 10, 2005, 07:58:
 
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!
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 10, 2005, 19:21:
 
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...
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on September 10, 2005, 20:39:
 
Perhaps you should change your nick to Tom-Geeking Around The World.

Have fun!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 10, 2005, 21:22:
 
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]
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 11, 2005, 06:25:
 
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!
Thomas
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 12, 2005, 16:26:
 
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
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 12, 2005, 16:58:
 
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]
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 12, 2005, 17:33:
 
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 =) )

Thomas
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 12, 2005, 18:30:
 
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
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 12, 2005, 22:17:
 
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
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 12, 2005, 22:34:
 
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]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 12, 2005, 22:43:
 
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.
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 12, 2005, 22:59:
 
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.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 12, 2005, 23:41:
 
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]
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 13, 2005, 00:03:
 
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]
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on September 13, 2005, 05:00:
 
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]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on September 13, 2005, 05:06:
 
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?
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on September 13, 2005, 08:43:
 
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]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 11:34:
 
Hmm. Okay. you almost have me convinced to at least go play with them. I'll have to think on it.

Sorry to threadjack your thread, Tom. But hey, maybe I'll be coming to NYC sooner than I expected?!
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 13, 2005, 14:38:
 
BW:
Skewed angle? Where I come from, we call this a vertical picture. Captures the towers better.

Rhonie:
No problem about the threadjacking.. nevermind..
If you really do happen to come to NYC before September 26th send me a PM by all means!
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 14:44:
 
Wait, you're going home before the end of September? But you just got here! I can't go to NYC before the last weekend in September. [Frown]
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 13, 2005, 14:56:
 
Yeah, it's kind of a short stay..
I would have loved to come earlier, but my sister and her husband were in Vienna visiting us, so I couldn't be in New York earlier. I flew to NYC one week after they left..
And I have to leave before October because University starts in October..
I really would love to stay longer...

Damn, it's really bad you can't come earlier.
Really.
But I'll be in NYC again for sure, might take a couple of months, but I'll get there again!

Thomas
 
Posted by Matias (Member # 4216) on September 13, 2005, 14:58:
 
quote:
Wait, you're going home before the end of September? But you just got here! I can't go to NYC before the last weekend in September.
Ah the obstacles romance throws us.... [hearts]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 15:00:
 
Silly girl, you know he's too young for me. Probably too cute, too. [Razz] I just wanted to hear his accent.... You know I'm a sucker for foreign accents. [Wink]

Actually, Tom, you do sound like you'd be fun to hang out with even if you're closer to my younger sisters' ages.
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 13, 2005, 15:30:
 
quote:
Ah the obstacles romance throws us....

.. o.O

-.-
LOL. You know, I am neither a friend of LDR's, nor of relationships with a 7 year age difference. At least at my current age.
The difference between 18 and 25 right now is significant, while it begins to shrink the older you get.

Anyways:
Rhonie- Spending time with you would be really fun I'd say. And it doesn't mean that whenever a boy and a girl spend time together, that they'll get into anything romantic.
BUT- I am not too sweet for you. Why should I? You surely are dynamite.

We'll get our chances to hear each other speaking for sure, maybe not this time.

Thomas
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 16:03:
 
...Be still my beating heart! [Big Grin]

Once you decide to romance a girl, Tom, she better beware 'cause you certainly know what to say! [Wink]


/me wracks her brain to find laws forbidding online flirtation with 18-year old foreigners.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 13, 2005, 16:09:
 
Check the OT... [Wink]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 16:52:
 
OT? Overtime or Old Testament? Can you tell how clueless I am 'bout your comment, dman? [crazy]
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 13, 2005, 19:10:
 
quote:
Once you decide to romance a girl, Tom, she better beware 'cause you certainly know what to say
[hearts]
Thank you [Big Grin]
But it takes two to tango [Wink]

Thomas
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 13, 2005, 19:26:
 
Sheesh, get a room, you two [Wink]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 19:30:
 
What is it with guys on here? First people urged csk and me to get a room, now it's Tom and me. At least now I know that I can verbally flirt (albeit unintentionally most times), but whether that's a good thing or not I couldn't tell ya.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 13, 2005, 19:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
What is it with guys on here? First people urged csk and me to get a room, now it's Tom and me.

That's why I did it, I was going for ironic. Besides, the [Wink] was to indicate it was all in good fun.

I thought you were anti-flirting anyway, Rhon?
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on September 13, 2005, 19:35:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
What is it with guys on here?

er...uh... Rhon? It doesn't appear there's a problem with the guys on GC. Just one certain female  -
I can't imagine who...  -
can you?  -
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 13, 2005, 19:36:
 
Rhon: Old Testament, of course. Didn't you once imply there was something unholy about flirting, or something kind of wacky like that? Ya know...the Bible only allows x, y, or z to happy, but not q? [Razz]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 21:12:
 
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
What is it with guys on here? First people urged csk and me to get a room, now it's Tom and me.

That's why I did it, I was going for ironic. Besides, the [Wink] was to indicate it was all in good fun.

I thought you were anti-flirting anyway, Rhon?

I know you were being silly there, csk. I was being silly too.

As far as agreeing with it or not, I have no idea. I'm definitely not cool with gross crudity, but fun kidding back and forth like Tom and I have been doing in all innocence is okay. I don't think we've crossed any lines. (If we took csk's advice, though, we definitely would be!)

Am I normally like this? Definitely not. Too many bad experiences with guys totally dissing me based on my appearance. You guys are intelligent, though, and it's fun to use words with y'all.

Clear as mud?

Oh! Look at that skyscraper. Isn't it a beaut?

/me whistles innocently
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 13, 2005, 21:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
As far as agreeing with it or not, I have no idea. I'm definitely not cool with gross crudity, but fun kidding back and forth like Tom and I have been doing in all innocence is okay. I don't think we've crossed any lines.

OK, makes sense.

quote:
If we took csk's advice, though, we definitely would be!
Hmm, but if you were to (hypothetically) take the innoncent flirting to, say, PMs, that wouldn't be intrinsically wrong? Although I guess it could be more tempting to invoke gross crudity under those circumstances?

quote:
Am I normally like this? Definitely not. Too many bad experiences with guys totally dissing me based on my appearance. You guys are intelligent, though, and it's fun to use words with y'all.
Makes perfect sense to me. Man, if only I was as good at real life flirting as I am at Internet flirting when I put my mind to it...
 
Posted by Jessycat (Member # 1171) on September 13, 2005, 21:53:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I'm definitely not cool with gross crudity

Ew, neither am I!
Is there anything worse than a tray full of rubbery zucchini, brown broccoli, and mushy grape tomatoes? [Wink] [Razz]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on September 13, 2005, 22:23:
 
Jessy, you're a girl after my own heart! Do you know how much I itched to type "crudite" instead of "crudity"?! [Wink]
 
Posted by Allan (Member # 1717) on September 14, 2005, 01:05:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I'm definitely not cool with gross crudity

Ew, neither am I!
Is there anything worse than a tray full of rubbery zucchini, brown broccoli, and mushy grape tomatoes? [Wink] [Razz]

Nothing you can't fix with some Garlic Head sauce [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 14, 2005, 04:59:
 
Just some sweet-talkin', nothing serious guys and gals.

I guess you're all just jealous, heheeh [Wink]

Thomas
 
Posted by FireSnake (Member # 1181) on September 25, 2005, 11:03:
 
/me necroposts

So, September 22nd, my bus got into NY late, and went to Port Authority. (I specifically checked that the destination was listed as Penn Station when I bought the ticket, but whatever.) Jessycat came up to meet me and we dropped my bags at her workplace. Then we headed up to the Intrepid and met up with Tom-geeking around.

Tom and Jessycat on the main deck:
 -

Tom and I on the main deck:
 -

Jessycat and I in front of the Blackbird:
 -

Group photo in front of the Blackbird:
 -

After showing us around, Tom had to do some work, so Jessycat and I wandered around for a while. We saw the Concord and met Tom's harem of girls who work there. Afterward we all stopped and got dog tags at the booth outside the Intrepid and walked up to a nearby diner for lunch. Much fun was had by all.

There are more pics that I will upload to Flickr later.
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 25, 2005, 18:19:
 
WOW!

Thanks firesnake for providing the pictures and writing the text.
My freaking camera-battery died, because I had it connected to my computer overnight *slaps head*..
Damn..

Anyways, it was really nice to meet you two ladies!
I hope you had a good time.
Hopefully, we can do that again sometime!

thomas
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 25, 2005, 18:31:
 
Wow hot p1xx0rz and hot ch1xx0rz! Yeah, you scrub up alright too, Tom [Wink] . Sounds like good fun was had by all!
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on September 25, 2005, 18:45:
 
Thanks csk [Wink]
I agree with you: amazing ladies!

Thomas
 


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