10/18/2022 our last day in NYC and the first morning we have nothing planned. Ok, I take that back, we planned to once again, organize. Being in such a small space things get chaotic easily. Moving stuff around, putting things we access frequently in easier locations and shoving things in the back we know we won’t use. It took hours, like almost 5 hours, but boy was it worth it.
The play started at 7 pm, but we wanted to see times square in the evening and do some people watching. We left to get to the subway around 3:15. We do as we’v done the last of couple days, ride our scooter to the subway, lock them up on the street and take the subway.
We pop into a couple stores, get a corn dog, do some haggling with street vendors for our last bit of souvenir shopping and watch the world rush by.
We found an open bench, and run over to sit down when a lady says, just so you know, there are mice in that planter. I think to myself, Oh exciting, maybe I’ll get to see a New York rat! I sit on the bench staring at the holes they’ve made around the vegetation just waiting. For a while I wasn’t sure it would happen, but I saw a tail! That tail was waaay bigger than a mouse. That was a rat! Mitch had saw a whole body and said, oh ya that’s a mouse. Ok, so what’s happening here, is it a mouse or a rat? Well, it’s both! We saw them both scurry around at the same time. That’s right folks, a mouse AND a rat live in a Times Square. If you’re ever in the area and stop by, tell ‘em we said hi! We should name them, maybe they’ll become as popular as the place itself.
After our exciting rodent witnessing, it was 6:40 pm and time to get inline at the theatre half a block away.
The actors, the music, the singing and dancing were spectacular. It was so well written and the fact that it was a huge history lesson about Alexander Hamilton was quite interesting. There was no photos or videos allowed. Mitch got a terrible leg cramp halfway through, so I got two shows in one. Him trying to workout a leg cramp without hopping around in pain was a feat of its own. After the show was over we leave the theatre and see the cutest cop car ever!
Since it was our last night in the city, I looked into the best way to give away our path and metro card. People said they usually just give it to a local, someone on the bus, so that’s what we did. Mitch gave his to a lady who had just gotten off of work, all business attire and such. I gave mine to a young man sitting next to Mitch and we ended up talking with him for the whole ride back to Grove Street. When we get to our stop we find out his name is Paul and we say goodbye and it was nice chatting with him. To our surprise he was getting off at the same stop and offered to show us his place, and since we wondered what the size of the apartments were like we took him up on it. I was thinking it would be the size of a walk in closet, or maybe a living room, but as we walked to the front doors I realize this place is fancy. It’s not gonna be no closet sized apartment. It was a brand new building and as we go up the elevator he tells us it was the view that sold him on the place. As we approach his door he says, “this is the point where you realize it’s a place to harvest your organs.” We all laugh, but in my mind, as we enter into the bedroom to see the view, I worry for a second he’s going to lock us in the room. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, he offered us Fiji water and I see awards from YouTube on the ledge of his windows.
We encourage him to invest in real estate, he tells us a bit about his family and how his mother was scammed out of money his Dad had left them when he passed. They went from having money to living comfortably for the rest of their lives, to being homeless. That’s what motivated him to start his own business on YouTube. He’s 20 years old and working 12 hour days to help his mom get back on her feet. Not only that, he’s thriving in a way he said he probably never would’ve if things hadn’t happened the way they did. One of his many channels is called mystery recapped.
After exchanging numbers we talked about meeting him in Vegas sometime, gave him big hugs and wished him all the best. Home to Harvy we go, tomorrow it’s back on the road, Philadelphia here we come.