Friday, October 24, 2014

View from the Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental

Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Central Park in Fall

After show late night outings

Our show ended at 10:30 last night. In true "Dick Craddock in New York" fashion, the evening was just beginning.

We headed out to the Village for dinner at our favorite little Italian place Frank. After midnight, we were back at Small's, a great jazz club that Dick found a few years ago. We stayed until 2:00. This is Dick on vacation mode. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Real Thing

Smaller museums in NYC

We've been exploring some of the smaller museums in NYC on this trip. Yesterday, we went to the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and saw an amazing exhibit on Dance and Fashion. No photos were allowed, but it was really amazing.

Today, we started a the the Museum of the City of New York. It was a great space, with several great exhibits. My favorite was Mac Conner- a popular artist/illustrator/designer who did many illustrations for ads and magazines, most notably in the 50s and 60s.

In the afternoon, we checked out the Neue Gallery that had an amazing exhibit of an artist named Egon Schiele. Again, no photos allowed, but fantastic exhibit.

It's been really fun checking out these great exhibits in these smaller spaces.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anniversary Surprise!!

You may recall that our 9th Anniversary was almost two weeks ago. Unfortunately, I was in San Francisco and Dick was home in Bellevue. We had a vacation planned in New York later in the month (where we are now) and Dick suggested we'd celebrate together then.

I figured we'd just acknowledge our anniversary at dinner one night. Imagine my surprise when we checked into our hotel today, and saw scattered rose petals on our bed and, Godiva chocolate and a chilled bottle of wine!! This is a first, and was SO sweet and thoughtful of Dick. What a very wonderful surprise!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014


This is Walter. He's the teddy bear I won at the NC State Fair this afternoon. He's a great teddy bear - he's cute, cuddly, fluffy and floppy. He's actually a Gund Bear- pretty impressive for a carnival prize. "Gotta Getta Gund!" :)

I won him on the frog carnival game. It's the one where you place a rubber frog on a Spring base. You hit the base with a rubber mallet and it propels the frog. You try to have the frog land on a moving lily pad in a pool of water. I had a practice shot (good idea, Dick!), then got the frog in the lily pad on my next try! Yay!!

Walter is very excited to be going home with us. He was getting tired of the carnival lifestyle. ;)

Our afternoon at the North Carolina State Fair

We had a free afternoon so decided to check out the NC State Fair! I took a picture with Sheriff Pickle, visited some blue ribbon chickens, Dick won a small football, and I won a teddy bear by hitting a (fake) frog into a lily pad. Good fun!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

50th Anniversary of UNC's Dept of Computer Science

Aside from seeing family, one of the reasons why we are in Chapel Hill this weekend was to attend an event at Dick's Alma Mater. UNC Chapel Hill's Department of Computer Sciences is having it's kick-off event for its 50th Anniversary. We attended events all day, and Dick was able to connect with some old colleagues professors and friends. We had a very nice time, and hope to return in early May for the 50th Anniversary Gala Event.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Back in the Tar Heel State

This plate of cookies was at the reception desk when we checked into our hotel.

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