Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Drive In

Today got off to a slow start with a workout, some breakfast, and reading/catching up online in the park in Princeton. I was thinking about showing off with some cool bicycle stunts, but there was a sign that forbade it.

After that, we drove north to meet up with Nate before beginning the adventure that was driving into Manhattan. We left the place he was staying at 4PM anticipating hitting some (lots) of traffic heading into the city. We timed it pretty well, because it took about that long to go 50 miles. The last 7 miles took an hour and a half, with much of that waiting in standstill traffic heading into the Lincoln tunnel.

Driving in New York City is, well, interesting. Especially when you're driving a large truck. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The major disadvantage is that you're big and can't maneuver particularly well. The major advantage is that you're big and people have to pay attention to you. Regardless, the driving style required of a New York driver is moderately aggressive and very confident. I fit the truck through some holes in traffic that really shouldn't have been big enough to fit through. I also learned how to change lanes simply by turning the front end of the truck into the next lane to block cars behind me in that lane. It sounds rather rude, but is apparently standard practice.

After a fairly uneventful load-in to the expo, we spent a while driving trying to find a place to park the trucks before we eventually ended up at a place for $80/night per truck.

We took a taxi to the hotel and ate some pizza and now it's time for some sleep. Tomorrow morning I'm going to get up around 4 and head to the famous glass cube Apple store to hopefully finally get myself an iPhone. I've been able to confirm that the store has an almost continuous supply of phones, but it sounds like there's a 3-4 hour wait to get one regardless of the time of day. I have to be at the expo at 11, so I'm planning on getting there around 5AM to make sure I can get one with time to spare. Wish me luck.


  1. Good Luck! 80 bucks is cheaper than last year! We did 100 per truck :(

  2. Now that you have the iPhone let's get some mobile blogging!