This morning I rode the bus to Manhattan and walked from the Port Authority bus terminal all the way through Central Park -- about 10 miles. I didn't really know where I was going in the park; I just wanted to see what was there and get a feel for the place. Last time I was there, breakdancing and leg warmers were all the rage!
I fell asleep on the bus back to New Jersey and got off at the wrong stop, so that I barely made it back to Dave's house by 3:00, when he'd said we had to leave for Poughkeepsie, NY. There we attended his daughter Audrey's induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community-college students. Audrey had a rather late start in life and has been attending a special school that's done wonders for her -- I'd say she's now more articulate than the average American her age, which was not the case last time I saw her. Lately she's branched out to take classes at a mainstream community college, and she's only the second student from her school to qualify for PTK, so it was a big honor for her and everyone who's worked with her. After a celebratory dinner we brought her home to Montclair for the weekend.