Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Look, Up in the Sky
A helium balloon is hovering over Central Park, but only until August 22nd. I was anxious to get on-board. But on Saturday, the line was much too long.
Yesterday morning, I went at around 8:15, but learned that the wait would be longer than an hour. One of my two bosses was coming into my office, so I didn't want to stroll in late. I bagged the balloon idea and went back this morning.
I made it up, but only because I was alone. I got to go in the basket with a mother and two little girls (who squealed in fear and joy), and another single passenger. Had I been with another person, I would not have been singled out and pulled out of the long line before CNN and Disney both showed up, preempting the passengers waiting in line.
That's the second time this summer that being alone has been a real advantage, the first being when I got the last spot on the Grand Canyon rafting trip. It's a trade-off, though. I miss a lot of things when I feel too awkward to go alone.