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    So this weekend we went to NYC. While the Labor Day NYC trip has become a tradition since Mom retired, this trip was touch and go due to my health, and stuff going on with whether we were going to Long Island to check on my grandmother's family's graves or not (some are being repaired, as they're my great-grandmother's parents and grandparents and were falling apart). Due to my health, we only stayed for two days, and left Saturday morning due to thinking I'd be better off doing that then Friday. Mom was supposed to go to the US Open with a friend of hers, but her friend was busy taking care of her DGS as her DD got ill while visiting. We got to the tennis center around 10:30, including us getting lost and ending up at LaGuardia. So I headed off to the subway to go into Manhattan, and Mom headed into Arthur Ashe stadium. she was excited because she would be seeing Rafael Nadal. The subway had a bag check, the NYPD officer glanced in my bag ans then gave me a long lecture about how much he loves Boston. :confused3
    I boarded the train, and got out at Times Square. I realized it would be my last time seeing this and I felt a little sad. I headed out into Times Square to head to Planet Hollywood.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    I stopped to get lunch there-they had new handprints of the Jonas brothers, if you have Jonas brothers fans and are in NYC that might be a fun diversion (I took pictures to send to Dniece13). They were having some sort of big shindig there, I've eaten there solo numerous times and this was the first time they asked if I'd be okay eating at the bar. I had a drink (Unbreakable), and decided to order their summer special of pasta primavera (it was funny, I asked the waitress what vegetables were in it (to make sure there were no mushrooms), and she checked and said "broccoli, squash and tomatoes." I ordered it. When it came, it also had peas on it. My waitress came rushing by-"are peas ok? They didn't tell me there'd be peas!" I assured her peas were fine. It was in a nice sauce, sort of a thin pesto that worked with the vegetables well. I asked for the check, and got out the coupon I'd printed offline for $5 off of $20. It said food or drink, last year I had an entertainment book coupon that exclused alcohol but they could run it through, this year the waitress said NYC law excludes using coupons for alcoholic beverages. Oh well.

    I wandered around Times Square-I stopped and got some popcorn at Dale and Thomas', and got a free lemonade. I debating walking to the World of Disney, as I have $.83 left on a Disney Gift card, but decided it was too far. they let us into the theatre, and when I got upstairs they informed me they were moving people up, so I was in the front of the mezzanine rather than the back. w00t! However, I was next to two women who did not shut up the whole darn time. I was very tempted to either butt in on their conversation, or something. I was hoping the show would offend them and they would leave, but I was not so lucky. I really liked the show, but think people who see it should be warned (a friend of mine from high school commented that she was glad she didn't see it with her parents, and I agree). The site said it was for ages 13 and up, I'm comfortable with the thought of Dniece13 seeing Rent, but not with her seeing Spring Awakening. JMO.

    I headed off to the train and went up to the apt of Dmom's friend that we were staying with. I meant to get a photo of her hall and forgot-she lives near where "Robert" in Enchanted lived, and the layout and decor of the hall was strikingly similar to hers. My mom arrived, having seen Nadal and the Venus sisters. We had Dinner at Henry's it was good, but service was a little lacking.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    Sunday we got up and headed over to Zabar's. Mmm. I got Ronnybrook yogurt, hummus and a chocolate bar. We then headed home. Along 95, we tried to decide where to have lunch-we decided to check out the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. We had lunch at Junior's, it was pretty good. It's Brooklyn-themed, Mom was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the day so she liked that. We did a little gaming, I was bummed because they had the Bose Wizard of Oz penny slots I'd read about on the Las Vegas message boards, but no one was getting up. I did not have much luck with the penny slots, but Mom had good luck with the quarter video poker. I wandered around-they have an audioanamatronic lion, in case you're missing the lion habitat at the real MGM Grand. all in all, I liked it, it was more Vegas than either CT casino, but I think I still prefer Mohegan Sun. We stopped at the great farmstand between Foxwoods and 95, and headed home.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    Great trip report. I'm sorry I didn't get to see Rent before it is going to close.

    And I hate it when people chat in the theater. So annoying.
    Glad you had a nice time and hope you are feeling better.
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    Great report! Love the pics. I love Mohegan Sun better than Foxwoods too. I have not eaten at Junior's yet. Isn't that the cheesecake place? I have tried the cheesecake though. I thought it was good.
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    Thanks for the TR, Heather! I'm a Mohegan Sun lover, too. Since I live so close to the casinos, I rarely go. I always feel like I'm making a donation instead of winning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spring View Post
    Thanks for the TR, Heather! I'm a Mohegan Sun lover, too. Since I live so close to the casinos, I rarely go. I always feel like I'm making a donation instead of winning.
    Yeah, I always make a donation when ever I go to Mohegan Sun...well at any casino for that matter!! Thanks for the trip report and the pictures, Heather!
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    Nice pictures! I always wanted to see Rent on Broadway. I think they are coming to Houston, so maybe we can catch a show. I just love Time's Square.

    I'm sorry you weren't feeling well. I hope you are feelling better now!
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