I had to go to my rental property again today. This time it was to meet another insurance adjustor to have him evaluate damage due to a roof damaged by an overhanging tree that caused the ceiling in the master bedroom to leak in several places. I am not sure I am covered for this type of damage but it doesn’t hurt to try.
After he left, I set to work putting the final touch on all that work I did on the bathroom tile floors. I used a glycolic acid based haze remover to clean up any dried up grout remnants on the face of the tiles. After that was finished and dry, I used a product called 551 Impregnator to seal both the grout and the ceramic tile. I wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in May of 1951? 😉 As I sit here typing this, I have a vague feeling of skin irritation on my left arm despite the fact that I used heavy duty long rubber gloves for both operations. I found out one of them sprung a leak while I was cleaning up after the job was done.
While I was in between operations, the tenant’s son came home and asked me if I wanted a free trip to New York City – round trip airfare and one night hotel. In return, all I had to do is show up at a gathering at the plaza across from the United Nations from 10AM to 12PM on Thursday, September 22. The organizers of the rally are looking for warm bodies to show up, the more, the merrier. I was able to include my son, daughter and her friend in the adventure. After displaying our stand for freedom and human rights in Iran, we are free to roam the Big Apple as we please.
Since the Ground Zero 9-11 Memorial opened to the public Sept. 12, this is a great opportunity to go there and pay my respects to the thousands that were lost that day. I have a slight connection to one of those victims. On January 14, 2004, I was engaged in my hobby of Geocaching and found myself at a very special cache in North Hollywood – the California 9-11 cache, dedicated to the 78 Californians that lost their lives on 9-11. In our log entry for that geocache, we were instructed to take a name from the plaque at the memorial and include it in the log. The person that came up for me was Thomas E. Burnett, Jr. Tom was on that fateful Flight 93 and helped fight the terrorists that hijacked the flight. The transcript of his last calls to his wife Deena gives a chilling inside look at what took place inside the plane.
This connection has given me the goal of finding Tom’s name at the Ground Zero Memorial, tracing his name on a sheet of paper, or at least photographing it, and including it in my geocaching log for the California 9-11 cache.
I am planning on leaving LA on a red eye late Wednesday, arriving in NYC early Thursday morning, checking in, or at least stashing our bags at a hotel near JFK, then heading straight off to the rally. From the rally, leave the United Nations Plaza heading for Ground Zero. After spending what is sure to be some spiritual and contemplative time there, I thought we could stroll down to Battery Park and hop a Staten Island Ferry for a nice view of the harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis and Governor’s Islands and the Brooklyn and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges. Other than that I am open to suggestions. My only other must do is to honor my daughter’s request to see Times Square at night before heading to the hotel. Friday, is wide open as long as we get back to JFK somewhere around 8 or 9 PM for the flight home.
My biggest concerns are how to handle the luggage and the location of the hotel (near JFK) with its transportation challenges. Any tips or suggestions about this trip by seasoned travelers is appreciated.
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This Day in Dodgers History
September 16, 1924 – Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record 12 runs as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.