Me Upon My Pony On My Boat


Finished up work around 4:30 and took Mordecai out for a walk. We headed west to the River Walk, our usual route to Leroy’s dog run, but this time we decided to go north along the Hudson. We walked around Chelsea Pier, checking out film sets, recording studios, and even a driving range.

Chelsea Pier is home to some spectacularly large yachts – even bigger than a corned beef sandwich from Carnegie Deli – and a carousel surrounded by a beautiful treed park. The rule of thumb in New York is, if it’s grass, dogs aren’t allowed, so we stuck to the boardwalk, but with an incessant tugging on the leash in the direction of green.

We continued north, past the NYPD Tow Pound where my Mini booked a $400/night room earlier in the month, past the Circle Line Ferry, all the way up to Pier 82 at West 46th Street.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is at Pier 82. The Intrepid is an aircraft carrier. It’s big. Not Carnegie Deli big, not yacht big, but really, really, really big. It’s so big, one small corner of its deck houses a pavilion. Inside the pavilion is the space shuttle Enterprise. It’s that big.

While I was trying to take a picture of the Intrepid, Mordecai was pulling, hard. I’d been so focused on the freakishly large boat in front of me, I hadn’t realized we’d stumbled upon a new dog run. But the pup sure had.

Mordecai was in full-on fetch mode, and soon attracted many tourists and their cameras. One couple said he was more entertaining than Times Square. Clearly not Elmo fans. Mordecai got quite a round of applause when he tried his best to look casual fitting into a wading pool half his size.

We walked home through Chelsea, and Mordecai collapsed on the couch as soon as we got home.

I went down to the Guitar Center to drool over some vintage Strats, Teles and Les Pauls, even some old Rickenbackers and Gretsches. I spent as freely as the budget would allow, returning home with a burger and fries from Five Guys.