You’ve heard some of us Riders talk about our recent trip to NYC and the RWA national conference (Yea to Helen again for her huge Rita win!!) All of us have stories to tell and photos to post and I’m no exception.
I really did NYC this trip, folks. I mean – really. I saw two shows (Spiderman was great! BTW), went to Chinatown (thanks to Jennita Low for introducing us to Dim Sum!) took a helicopter ride over the city (thanks Kylie for going with me on that big adventure).
Saw Lady Liberty from above:
Got up close and personal with 2 of NYPD’s finest and bravest!
Had an Elvis encounter:
and generally ate my way through the city. Amazing restaurants! Amazing!!
By far the BEST New York moment, however, (and I know Kylie will attest to this because she was with me) was in Central Park, not far from Strawberry Fields, a memorial to John Lennon, beneath the shadow of the Dakota Hotel where John and Yoko lived (where Yoko still lives because she says she will always feel John’s presence there).
Kylie and I were walking back from the Bethesda fountain and right in the middle of the square was this piano. We both were wondering how the guy playing it got a paino into Central Park (I’ll come back to that later), when the man standing by the piano motioned us over.
“Ladies … we can’t remember the words to this song,” he said with a huge smile. “Please help us out.”
So the piano man started playing. I looked at Kylie and she looked at me and we both got shivers and started singing along to - are you ready? – Imagine, by John Lennon. It was a magical moment. 4 strangers, all singing in the sunshine in Central Park, not caring that they didn’t know each other, only feeling the presence of a genious and incredible song writer and story teller. I still smile when I think about it.
Oh – and how DID the piano get in Central Park? It seems the city of New York has instituted a ‘pop up piano’ program. They will place a piano somewhere – Central Park, Time Square … whereever – and just let it sit there, inviting someone to sit down and play and sing and generate a little love. It’s a wonderful way to spark a sense of community … as 2 Iowa out of towners found out. )
What about you? Have you ever experienced an unexpected magical moment? Care to share? How did it make you feel? And if you had been Kylie and me, would you have stopped when a complete stranger motioned you over, not having a clue what he wanted?
WITH NO REMORSE – July 19, 2011
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