I guess it’s not really winter break since I’m not in school any more and just took vacation days between Christmas and New Year’s. It still feels like it I guess.
One of the main advantages of taking the train home is that they get me to New Jersey and a bus, though much cheaper, only gets me to NYC. Since on Christmas Eve every year my family goes into Chinatown and I was going home the same day I thought I’d save myself the money and take the bus. I decided to try to BoltBus, which is only $18.50 and seems to be less of a shady operation that the Fung Wah (which somehow manages to run a bus from Boston to NYC for only $15.00). It’s a little nicer of a bus that the Fung Wah but not as nice as the train. The other big advantage is the bus has wifi, so it’s easier to kill time during the trip.
One complaint is that the route they took in NYC. They took 5th avenue from way uptown all the way to midtown (they drop you off at the corner of 34th and 8th). I’m no expert on driving in New York but that doesn’t seem like the best route. We hit traffic (traffic in Manhattan, I know I’m shocked too) and ended up arriving about half an hour late. We experienced a nice role reversal of the normal “are we there yet” situation, my Mom was constantly text messaging me to let her know what street I was on. Finally when we hit 34th, she called me and we had the following conversation:
Mom: That means your almost here!
Me: I know!
Mom: I know you know!
Me: Then why did you call to tell me?
Mom: I don’t know!
After I arrived we ate our traditional Chirstmas Eve dinner at Wo Hop (the downstairs one, the upstairs one next store isn’t as good, or so I’m told).
Since my brother is going to school in St. Louis and my sister is going to school in Phoenix we don’t all see each other very often, so we had from Christmas Eve to the following Sunday with all 3 of us in NJ. On Sunday Ben had to fly to St. Louis to then get on a bus to Florida for his training trip for swimming. Rebecca and I stayed until New Year’s Eve. My other sister Sarah is still in high school so she’s still trapped in NJ with my parents. It was good to have everyone together for a little while.
For Christmas my uncles visited. In a stereotypical Jewish fashion we went out for Asian food (Malaysian since we had Chinese the night before) and a movie. The movie was Sherlock Holmes, which was enjoyable. A fun movie but not a great movie, basically a summer action movie but released in the winter.
I had insisted since I was taking vacation days now, and didn’t just get time off all the time, that we actually do things and not just sit around. For Saturday Rebecca made mystery plans (and not knowing drove my Mom crazy). We went to a restaurant in New York and then a comedy club to seen a improv show. On Wednesday we went to a Broadway Play “Next to Normal”, which was OK.
On New Year’s Eve I took the train back to Boston and went to an awesome party thrown by my friend Tom.
It was a really good break and I’m not looking forward to getting up for work tomorrow, but got to pay the bills, I guess.