Empire State of Mind

mayumi nyc I took the picture (left) of Mayumi a few months ago during a business trip to New York.  And while I’ve been traveling to the city for over twenty-three years, this was my very first trip to the top of the Empire State Building.
One part work ethic and one part guilt, I’ve never taken too much advantage of my travel, not in this way.  More often I’d be content ordering room service while catching up on emails after the long cross continental flight.
But I’ve always wanted to show her the city and circumstances aligned this one time, making it possible.  So after she’d patiently accompanied me on some research I was doing for a project, we zigged and zagged from Midtown to Central Park.  We crossed Time Square, Rockefeller Center, and of course FAO Schwartz all while two-fisting hotdogs and giant soft pretzels from Manhattan’s ubiquitous sidewalk carts.
Traveling with Mayumi was a nice reminder that life is something we can live everyday, not just something to be squeezed in on our ‘days off’ or postponed until the next vacation. There are no ordinary moments. And if you’re ‘working for the weekend’, you might want to reconsider how you’re spending the other five days.

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