Last evening was the Friday before the New York City Marathon, scheduled to take place on Sunday, November the 6th (which is tomorrow). And, as is the tradition, there was a phenomenal display of fireworks in Central Park taking place there.
The five images included here are from that event. I had a great seat on the bench near the gazebo by the lake where wild life including Mallard ducks, Canadian geese, goslings, and turtles often spend their time. The weather was perfect and the display was better than any past ones that I can recall (and I've been to many).
It seemed almost disrespectful to have such a festive celebration occurring only a few days after Tuesday's terrorist attack, but I guess some feel we are showing respect by going forward?
After all, The NYC Marathon went on soon after the September Eleventh Terrorist Attacks as did the celebration with fireworks.
The only time I remember a cancellation was in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, and that was because certain parts of the city did not have water. Marathon crews were discussing the fact that they could be bringing in all the water needed for participants, but THAT seemed wrong so they decided against it, and I THINK they donated the water to places that had none.
Also The Five Boro Bike Tour that occurred on May 5th of 2013, went on soon after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, which occurred on April 5th of 2013.
I participated in The Five Boro Bike Tour that year,
and everyone was riding for Boston.
Be that as it may, I went to this year's NYC Marathon Fireworks event and throughly enjoyed it, but I only walked with my camera and my ID, which is needed for me to access my block during the Marathon, its related events, and also during The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
Normally I walk with backpack where I carry info re the book, Words In Our Beak Volume One, that I helped Cam (my permanent visitor who is a female cardinal) write and publish.
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I've digressed! Getting back to last evening/night, when I got to the park, I made my way to the gazebo which is alongside the lake close to The Dakota; and I had a great chance encounter that led to an interesting conversation with someone who is vacationing in NYC with her daughter.
They knew nothing of the display that was about to take place and we had a wonderful talk about an array of topics before the fireworks took place, The woman identified herself as Nina, and expressed keen interest in my book!
But neither of us had our business cards with us, so we did the paper napkin bit, and fortunately, someone had a pen! A rarity now days! In any event, Nina has already emailed me with a request for my book info, I hope something works out there, perhaps even a friendship.
Meanwhile, Words In Our Beak Volume One, is foremost on my mind today because it happens to be National Book Lovers Day, and Cam and I truly hope folks will love our book — whatever version they choose!