February 21, 2014 (Friday)
Mike here. Edie has taken a day off. Truth be told, New York City kicked our asses! We are tired and sore and ready for a vacation from our vacation. We got up early, had a Hilton presentation to attend at 9 am. It was about a 6 block walk away from our hotel. We staged our luggage in Lex’s room and then got some coffee in the lobby of our place. We then walked to the presentation. It was nice. All the usual sales protocols were followed.
Emily, a relatively short woman that had once been a semi-pro basketball player, was our sales person. We saw all the pictures of the lovely Hilton properties, were told about VIP status and asked that series of questions that would lead anyone to the conclusion that a purchase today would be smart. We declined and the closer came in to make a pitch for a smaller package. We passed and then the final closer came in to pitch a week, to be applied to the purchase of the big package. We always conclude that if we buy a week at $1,695 and decide against ownership, then we have paid way too much for a week. We were shown to the front and given our gift. (Edie here, so disappointed we didn’t get to see the actual property. The whole reason for going!)
From there we walked to the garage and got our car. A young man, very nonchalant took our ticket and meandered off to our car. It was fairly buried in a group of cars. The fellow got in, started the car and fairly flew out of the area, rounded a corner and delivered it to our area. I was impressed, and relieved that he didn’t scratch anything coming around. I then had the pleasure of navigating the rough streets of NYC.
Got back to the hotel, Lex had all the luggage in the lobby. We loaded up, left the city and drove on clear streets through foggy skies. The drive was approximately 150 miles (about 3 hours). We stopped for gas ($3.33 a gallon) and lunch. It was a subdued and quiet drive. We arrived at about 2:30 and thank goodness, our room was ready.
It is a nice room with nice furniture and furnishings. We ordered from a local Chinese restaurant. I thought it was delicious. Edie has taken to bed and is watching a marathon “Say Yes to the Dress” series on TLC. Lex too. They are having such fun watching where they had just been. Through the show they realized that Edie was talking to one of the designers that she really liked.
This has been our day, hope yours was great.