Sigh, how can I write about this? There is too much to say, so why even start. Yes, this is the reason I haven't blogged about my trip to NYC.
First off, I was able to stay with my friends. It made the trip. Really, it did. I was able to come back to there apartment each night ready for great conversation. When we were out and about, she enlightened me about the architecture and some history of the place. Oh, how I love to know those interesting details.
After a day at the garment district, I decided to walk to the Wall Street protest. So very interesting! My timing was great, because after I got there, they all marched on City Hall. I was impressed by the organization of the protesters and the police force. As we were marching, the police were right there. Lots and lots of them.
There was a woman that was writing the phone number of a lawyer on people's arms. She wasn't happy that I declined her offer. I felt that if something were to happen, all of the others around me would have the number on their arms. I skipped out after a while. Very cool energy and so very interesting.
Here is the reason I couldn't get arrested. Kenneth King and Susan Khalje! Read more about them here: Kenneth or Susan. They were fabulous teachers. I admit, Kenneth is also an over the top story teller. We were entertained while being enlightened about couture sewing techniques! I really suggest this class for anyone who is interested in sewing clothing. It was informative and you will feel right at home with everyone. Everyone was so kind and supportive. Really great experience.
Here is Kenneth with his hair extension and leather coat. He has created some pretty incredible things. Oh, and did I mention he is a funny guy?
Susan is the one with the blue tape measure around her neck. This woman could de-stress any situation or person. I did tease her about her calm and cool demeanor. If she said, "Look at this, I guess you will have to spend 50 hours repairing this mistake." You would be fine with it. It isn't her message, it is in the way she says it.
I did prove to be a distracted student. I have learned that when I take the class again, I can't do it in New York. That place has far too much energy for me to settle down and really get things done. Good thing I am in Utah where there are far fewer distractions:-) For the exception of my cute boys and honey, of course.
The weather was crazy. Sunny one day, snowy the next, then sunny, then snowy. On my last evening I walked til I was wet through. I had someone snap a picture with my phone. Yes, I know I have red eye, but I can't fix it. I am a dressmaker, not so great at computers. I Love the brightness of the night sky there. It is so opposite of my life. I do find it hard to go in and relax, because I will miss something, I know I will.
Well, I got home in time for Halloween and our scary zombies. The biggest culture shock was going outside in the morning and realizing that when I walk out of our house, nothing is moving. No cars, no people, no neighbors. It was a bit shocking. That day my kids were zombies, but I think I was closer to being one, despite the green makeup they wore.