Fall Days, Golden Fall Days

My wife Karin and I enjoyed two wonderful days of Fall this past weekend.

We began early Saturday morning with a visit to the Farmer’s Market in the nearby town of Pleasantville. Arriving before eight AM, we were fortunate to be able to buy several heads of the first lettuce to be available since late July, as well as fresh vegetables and some of our favorite apples, Macoun’s.

We then had our usual breakfast at the nearby Pleasantville Diner: “garden omelet with four eggs, whites only, hashed browns, rye toast, no butter, one regular coffe, one decaf, with skim milk.”

I later took Karin downtown to have her hair done. I noted by the traffic and signs that this the day of the town’s annual Community Day, and so took a back route home, passing by the War Memorial bearing SSgt. Kyu Hyuk Chay’s name on the way home.

Around 2:30, after walking our dog, Scout, I picked up Karin in downtown Chappaqua and we then drove into New York City. We listend to the Mets game on the way in, following John Maines’s potential no-hitter, until we parked the car on West 94th near Central Park West.

We then made our way across Central Part to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entering the park at West 93rd street, where we noticed the playground had many children and their families in attendance. Karin and several other mothers worked for several years in the early 1980’s in order to get funding for the rebuilding of that park, in a group they callled “The Wild West 93rd Street Playground Association,” and it was a joy to see the fruits of their efforts in use over two decades later.

We saw the new show at the Met showing off their collection of Dutch paintings. We didn’t have to pay since as an IBM employee I get free admisssion due to IBM’s contributions to the Met. After enjoying the show, we spent an hour having cheese and wine listening to the chamber music group that can be heard on the second level above the main hall.

We then walked back though the park to have dinner with two couples we have known for almost thirty years, when the three mothers formed a play group that included my son Mike, a boy named Ben, and a girl named Sara. Ben’s parents have a fabulous apartment on the 34th floor with a stunning view of Central Park, and we spent much on our time that evening on the balcony admiring that view. We were pleased to learn that Mike and Ben had met earlier that day.

The next morning Karin and I took a bike ride that I have described in a recent post, and then set off to watch the Mets-Marlin game with our son Mike, a game that is the subject of several or my recent posts.

After the game we drove Mike home to Brooklyn, where I was able to buy a new router (Linksys WRT45G) for Mike and set it up for use with his new Lenovo Thinkpad. We then out for dinner at “Susie’s Place,” across the street from our usual restaurant destination in Brooklyn, Al Di La, as they were packed with eager diners. (Susie’s was good, though or course not as good as Al Di La.)

We enjoyed a spectacular view of the full moon on the drive home, and went to bed early so we could rest after a busy and fun-filled weekend, after enjoying just two of the wonderful days of fall that can be had in this part of the world, the Northeast, where the red colors of the maple trees define fall, and New York City with its abundance of culture, welcomes all.

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