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Leaving Junior’s, we were having trouble getting a cab, so we hopped into a bike taxi. It was expensive as hell, and worth every penny. The thing I’ve always hated about riding a cab through New York and Chicago is that you have to contort yourself to see out the windows. Not so with a bike taxi, and the guy took us through Times Square and took our picture with my phone. It was my first time actually being able to see Times Square in all its glory. It was like Disneyland and Blade Runner on speed. Near the end of the ride, I remembered that my new phone records video, so after we passed all the really cool stuff, here’s what it looked like…
Pardon the generic YouTube music. I didn’t want to risk the video getting pulled because of what the taxi was playing.
The next morning we got up, checked out and hopped The Pennsylvanian back to Pittsburgh. Our New York excursion had us in Manhattan for about 41 hours. After another night at my sister’s (thanks, Debbie!), we started home. On the drive back, I made sure to make one last visit to the haunted Toys R Us near South Hills Village, and also the one in Clarksburg. We picked up a few goodies for 50% off.
I did make an observation: When TRU shuts its doors, some liquidator (probably Ollie’s) will have a bounty of Funko Pops that nobody will want, probably for three bucks or less. Both stores I hit had tons and tons of them left. There were no bare shelves in the Funko Pop sections.
Also on the drive back I made the decision to skip Wonderfest this weekend. I mainly go there to see my JoeLanta buddies, and I’ll see some of them in Chattanooga and the rest in Louisville at the Kentuckiana Joe show the last week in July. It makes more sense to rest up and save up for the Marx Toy Convention and the last Official GI Joe con later in June.
All in all, it was a total win-win-win of a trip. It’s not nearly as extravagant as it may seem. Amtrak costs way less than flying. We cashed in Hilton Honors points so the hotel was free. Our balcony seats at the theater were not as pricey as the main floor seats. The food was reasonably priced. Mel got to see her play, I picked up some vintage goodies and we were able to hit a couple of TRU stores on the way home. Even better, we made some wonderful memories together.