The Dowager Duchess and the Kid Brother have been keeping us awfully busy since our arrival in New York Wednesday afternoon. I’ve got lots of photos and stories but no time to share them. We head back to Spain tomorrow. Sunday, the Kid Brother arrived at 8 a.m. (he had already arrived at 8 a.m. Thursday and then Monday, as well). We headed to the casino at Aqueduct Racetrack, gambled, had lunch, gambled some more, and then went shoe-shopping (sadly, not with gambling winnings). San Geraldo bought two very nice pairs of big shoes for his big feet.
|NEW YORK CITY MOSAIC WALL AT RESORT WORLDS CASINO AT AQUEDUCT RACETRACK.
(CLICK TO MAKE THE BIG APPLE A BIGGER APPLE.)
The Dowager Duchess financed The Kid Brother’s gambling, but gave me the money to dole out so he would think it was coming from me (I’m much better at saying “no”). The Kid Brother’s financial management skills are no better than ours (San Geraldo’s and mine). When I finally cashed out all our tickets, I had $77 remaining of The Kid Brother’s original $100 budget. He couldn’t quite understand that the $77 were not winnings and, in addition, the $77 did not get turned over to him.
|BROADWAY MOSAIC AT THE CASINO.
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We rented a very nice car at the airport. We upgraded so The Dowager Duchess could be chauffeured around town in comfort. We insisted on a very new car (low mileage), so we could be confident that the car would not give us any headaches. The first thing I was thrilled to notice was that this car actually had REVERSE. And it worked. I didn’t have to push us out of the parking lot.
|THE RED “R” STANDS FOR REVERSE. AN AMAZING INVENTION.|
On our second day here, we were going to head out shopping (in the blowing wind and pouring rain). Chivalrous San Geraldo went to get the car and bring it around to the back entrance of The Dowager Duchess’s building so that she (and I) wouldn’t have to suffer in the weather. However, about two minutes after leaving us San Geraldo returned. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said. “We’ve got a flat tire.”
The tire was as flat as a pancake it turned out. We had picked up a large and pointy screw. So, our American rental car (made in Japan) wasn’t going in reverse or forward.
|WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY. A SPANISH TIRE SHOP AND A RUSSIAN PHARMACY.
(IF YOU EVER HAVE A FLAT IN BROOKLYN, HERMANOS ARE THE GUYS TO SEE.)
We, of course, hadn’t taken the additional “tire insurance,” which would have cost $9 per day. So, now we figured we’d regret that decision. AVIS sent someone very quickly to put the temporary spare on the car, but we then had to get the tire repaired ourselves. We went back upstairs and went online to find a nearby tire repair place. San Geraldo phoned and we headed over. We double-parked out front and waited 10 minutes in the entry of a very funky (well, very dumpy) little store. The repair cost $10! So glad we didn’t take that insurance.