Fleet week, tourists and sex…

Last week Allyson reminded us all to hug a veteran this weekend and thank them for their service to our country.  I asked her if, since it was Fleet Week, it would be acceptable to grab some sailors’ butts instead.  She said it was and asked for a post about Fleet Week for all those not lucky enough to be here in NYC.  However, I was so pre-occupied by my various injuries yesterday that I forgot.  So…as promised…Fleet Week…

According to Wikipedia Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corp and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as provided by the Blue Angels.

It’s very cool to watch the ships come in on the first day.  Our old apartment had a view of the river and we’d always watch the ships coming through NY Harbor and up the Hudson River.  It’s my second favorite part of Fleet Week.  The favorite part, of course, is all the cuties walking around in their uniforms.  Pretty much every place you go during the week, you will find packs of roving sailors.  Of course, when I was all set to take pictures for this post, I couldn’t find one single man in uniform.  Luckily, NY Magazine had better luck.  So this is what NYC looks like during Fleet Week…

NY Magazine

Sadly, yesterday was the last day of this year’s Fleet Week activities and all the ships will be leaving today.  Now if I want to see hot servicemen in uniform, I have to go to the recruiting center in Times Square.  Boo!  Or I can go visit Ally on the Army base in Georgia.

Speaking of visiting, now that it’s “summer” NYC is getting very crowded with tourists.  I know this because the lines at the deli where I get breakfast have been insanely long.  Now, I’ve bitched about tourists before and their tendency to get in the way because they are so busy looking up at the buildings, etc.  The thing is…I kind of get that.  I mean, there’s a lot to see here and sometimes you can get preoccupied and you don’t realize you are in the way.  I don’t like it, but I get it.  What I don’t get is why it’s so complicated to order breakfast. 

You are a tourist.  You don’t live here and you’ve probably never been in that deli before.  I don’t expect the deli guy to know what you are going to order as soon as he sees you like he does for me.  However, I do expect that you won’t make a 20 minute production out of ordering a bagel with cream cheese or an egg sandwich.  Also, did you not see the self-serve coffee station with the giant sign right by the door?  I sound like a bitch, don’t I?  I don’t mean to…but I’m not a morning person as it is and the deli guy has my stuff ready for me by the time I get to the counter…I want to get in and get out.  Please don’t get in the way with your hemming and hawing over eggs.  They are just eggs…the same ones they have everywhere else.  Thanks!

Now for the sex…or, mor specifically, the Sex and the City.  I got to see it this weekend and I really liked it.  I know it got crappy reviews, but don’t believe it.  There were some parts that I laughed until I had tears.  The clothes were great, of course, and the story was totally realistic.  Well, mostly realistic in a Sex sort of way.  I won’t give away anything for those of you who haven’t seen it, but I will say if you are a fan you will love the latest installment.  

Off to work…have a great day!

Comments

  1. I’m DYING to see SITC! (and I wouldn’t mind seeing all those sailors either!)

  2. Oh SCORE!!! A post about Fleet Week! I just had the most ridiculous awful no-good day and this just made it like 400% better. When I top it off with a mojito after the gym, it will be like it never happened. I never actually knew what the purpose of Fleet Week was (I trust it was not so that men in little sailor outfits could walk around NYC and cause otherwise perfectly normal women to run into light poles and newspaper stands). So, I appreciate the history lesson. I also appreciate the picture. Like, y’know..a lot. 😉 I’m very sad that you were digging a ditch and NOT on the Subway this weekend. If I don’t live vicariously through you and your NYC adventures then it’s just me and CSI:NY…and that’s not realistic.

    And I’m happy to hear that you liked SATC. My girls up in KY won’t go see it and I was starting to think that I would be wasting my time. I wonder if it will ever make it to the base theater? 😉 I wonder if I would be the only person to go.

  3. I have to admit – the first time the Hub and I went to NYC, we were those irritating tourists (staring at buildings and waiting for the light to turn when we crossed the street – NOT fumbling over breakfast, however), but by the end of the week we were as annoyed by the “new” tourists as any native New Yorker.

  4. Ooh I’m going to see SATC2 this weekend. I read bad reviews about it but I’m going anyways. I’m glad you liked it.

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