And that’s how I am feeling lately.  Up all night, then lay down for a few hours.  I am not sure why I haven’t been sleeping lately, but it lead me to write this blog.  So, maybe it’s not such a bad thing.  Today, Rose and I are going to New York City.  She won tickets to see a band called Cavo at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.  Pretty cool, right?  She’s pretty lucky at winning things like that.  I personally suck at winning much of anything.

I really enjoy the city.  I will admit that I haven’t been a ton of times, but each time I do, it is amazing.  There is so much to see and do there.  I started out in the late 90s going down for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center.  As you may have noticed, I am a huge car junkie.  At the auto show, you get to see all of the new cars, as well as some concept cars that may turn into future production cars.

Inside the Javits Center

Inside the Javits Center

The first time I went down, I was like Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies.  I know.  Pathetic.  I grew up in a very small town.  I was amazed by the buildings.  I remember walking from our hotel up to Times Square and hitting a restaurant at 1am for dinner.  It seemed so unreal back then.  Now, it seems perfectly normal.

Back in 2008, I got a rare opportunity.  A friend of mine writes a blog and he asked us to join him as Press at the PhotoPlusExpo.  I was glad to accept his offer.  We took the train down to the city and headed to the Javits Center.  It was amazing.  All of the big names were there.  Nikon, Canon, Manfrotto, Calumet, Adorama, B&H…you name it in the camera industry and they were there.

After the show, we met up with my TCRPMG co-organizer Angela and her husband.  We walked around the city and eventually ended up in Times Square.  By the time we got there, we were starving, and having a hard time deciding what to eat with all of the choices that were there.  We ended up going to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. right in Times Square.  I do not recommend it.  The seafood was not great, even though the service was.

Here are some of the pictures that I took that day.  I hope you enjoy them.

A HDR pic made with photomatix

A HDR pic made with photomatix

I loved the reflections in this building

I loved the reflections in this building

This guy was selling Palin, Obama and McCain condoms

This guy was selling Palin, Obama and McCain condoms

Construction

Construction

Times Square using a mailbox as a tripod

Times Square using a mailbox as a tripod

As I said earlier in this post, we will be heading to the Hard Rock in Times Square.  Here are a few pics I took in the Hard Rock while we were there.

Pink guitar

Pink guitar

Hanging out

Hanging out

Have you been to New York City?  Tell me about it.  What did you like?  Not like?

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