The Difference Between Law and In-Law is You Can Justify Yourself Before Law but Never Before In-Laws

Lunch at Cornelia Street Cafe

Gill took Mordecai out for a run, and I went down to the corner to get a latte from Starbucks. When I got back to the apartment, I met Bob who lives downstairs. Bob is a big fan of Toronto and Montreal, so we talked awhile about his favourite spots. When he recounted what is was like to stand at the corner of West 16th and 7th and watch the twin towers collapse, it was surreal. He was without power for the following week, and no one could get in or out of Manhattan.

I worked until about noon, and then we cleaned up a bit for Paul and Heather’s arrival – just back from Calgary to witness Simon being called to the bar. Their cab pulled up to the apartment around 1:30, so we had some cocktails then headed down to the Village for lunch. Tried to get a table at a Mexican place, but they didn’t want Mordecai to join us, so we moved on. We got lucky when we found the Cornelia Street Cafe. They welcomed the pup, and served up a great meal. There’s a lot of New York music, art and poetry history here, from Monty Python to the Royal Shakespeare Company, from Suzanne Vega to the Vagina Monologues (which, I guess, isn’t really that far). All that and a deadly burger with swiss on an english muffin.

After lunch we all walked up to Times Square, looking for some good deals on a Broadway show for Saturday. We struck out, but did get to spend some quality time with Minnie and all her superhero friends. Paul and Heather hopped in a cab back to the apartment, and Gill and I walked Mordecai home past the Trailer Park. Gill was intrigued.

For dinner, we finally made our way to The Grey Dog. It’s just a couple doors down from the apartment, and always busy, but somehow we kept finding ourselves somewhere else. A very funky place, set up a little like Stoney’s back home.

Back at the apartment, we made some plans for Saturday, let Mordecai out and went to bed, exhausted from having way more fun with in-laws than is culturally acceptable.