Storm of the Century

Maybe not the Storm of the Century, but it sure looked like it for a while. This thing rolled in just before 8 pm and instantly turned the sky black.

Baby robins

The baby robins have left the nest and we haven’t seen them since, although Ma & Pa robin have been sighted in the yard a few times.

First photo of the babies, taken on May 9:

5 days later:

A few days after this they had already left the nest. It was amazing how quickly they developed.

New York, New York

The city so nice, they named it twice.

Katra and I went to New York for a few days to attend the Toy Industry Association toy fair, and while there we had a chance to do a little sightseeing.

The south end of Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building. The Statue of Liberty is just visible at the upper right of the photo.

One of the residents at the top of the Empire State. There were a bunch of pigeons huddling around in a cluster near a door where warm air would blow when people went in and out.

Wall mural in the Empire State lobby.

Radio City Music Hall

Rockefeller Center, home of NBC.

The giant piano at FAO Schwartz, as featured in the Tom Hanks movie, “Big”.

Outside FAO Schwartz.

Carriage ride in Central Park

A bridge in Central Park

Katra meets a new friend

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

How about a little E.V.O.O. with that?

Cracking a joke with Satchmo

I finally find someone taller than me.

Stopping off to give Bill Gates a little business advice.

Men of Steel.

Times Square

The Hershey store at Times Square. The outside was much more impressive than the inside.

Elvis M&M, at the M&M Store.

The old church next to the World Trade Center site. This church has been around for hundreds of years (George Washington attended it when he lived in New York) but it appeared to have been completely untouched by the WTC collapse. It served as a waystation for WTC workers after the disaster, and is now a museum as tribute to those volunteers.

A hole where one of the WTC towers used to stand. After over 5 years, they haven’t gotten any farther than this.

Artist’s conception of the eventual memorial. There will be two large fountain basins where the WTC towers used to stand.