Saturday, April 4, 2009

David's trip to see ME!!

Originally uploaded by moosicalmath
The weekend of March 20-23, my darlin' younger (not little) brother flew out to visit me in New Jersey for the first time! (Well, first since I've lived here...he visited when I was an intern.)

David arrived completely exhausted. Why? You see, David is a senior at UW in EE. David woke up at 4:30am to catch his bus to Seattle, took an 8:30am final, then another final at 2:30pm, then caught a 10pm flight to Newark, in which his 6'3'' frame was stuffed into a middle seat on a crowded plane, then he arrived in New Jersey at 6:30am, then I drove him an hour back to Princeton, then I made him eggs, and then...David did this for about six hours:

Sleepy Booooy!

Once he returned to the waking world, we visited lab for the express purpose of challenging James in this fabulous game:
David challenging James in pingpong

Now, James is GOOD. Like really GOOD. But then, so is Davey...we were treated to a fantastic game that ended with David barely winning, 22-20.

Josh and I joined Dave and Jimmy for a doubles match, but due to my inadequacies, David and I lost to them twice. Ah well. :)

That evening, Bro and I challenged James to MORE games: he had us over for Chinese food, cupcakes, and the WII!! We exhausted ourselves playing tennis, bowling, boxing, and golf. Fabuloso.

Saturday morning, we woke up and hit the train:
Dave and Jess on the train to NY

Davey and I walked from Penn Station down to Chelsea, enjoying the sunny (yet windy) NYC day, smelling the sounds, seeing the sights, and looking for a good lunch place. We ate at a retro-modern diner that had pretty good burgers and really tall waitresses. Then, we strolled up to Times Square, where we took obligatory tourist pictures, looked at lots of stuff we didn't want to buy, and drank coffee:
Coke ad...except he's drinking Starbucks
Soooo many M&Ms!

Around 1:30, we got in line at the Barrymore Theater for our afternoon entertainment--the relatively new show on Broadway, Exit the King!
Exit the King was...interesting!

So it was...interesting. It's a very dark comedy that is mostly about death and life and the stages of grief about learning you're dying and was my life worth it?!?! and well, it kind of ended up just being about a selfish old man. But! It was extremely well acted--Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon were two of the excellent five person cast. That was worth it by itself--seeing such famous and talented people in person! :D Plus, how often do I get to see a play with my brother? NOT OFTEN. He enjoyed it too. As he's a novelty!

Then, we trekked up from 47th and 8th to 81st and 5th, through Rockefeller Center...
New York: Pretzels and Rockefeller

... by the fancy shops, and along the park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. David was really excited about the Met! He's an artist (perhaps on hold right now...but he's good!!) and into history (especially the art of war). After calling Mom and Dad from a bench by Central Park...
HI MOM! We walked from 47th and 8th to 81st and 5th. We're restin'.

...we amused ourselves mainly in the Egyptian and Arms and Armory sections:
Dave: "This was in Rogue Spear."
Dave likes the knights.

After the Met, we were TIRED. The Met's HUGE. And we walked several blocks up, we took a cab down to dinner. I took Davey to Akdeniz, the Turkish Place we went after the ballet in December. It was again delicious, and again filled with good-looking Turkish men. Ahem. After eating our fill, we walked back to Penn and waited for our train:
Dave and Jess waiting for the train home in NY

Sleepy, aren't we?

Sunday, I took him to church, where he got to meet a couple of people and see where I fellowship. Then, sadly, I had to go hang out in Frist Campus Center all afternoon doing rehearsals for my dance show the coming week. Ah well--he amused himself juuuuust fine on Princeton's wireless.
Dave hung out in Cafe Viv while I had rehearsal!

That evening, we met Luc, Josh, and Meg for dinner at Winberries, and then forced David to meet a whole heap of people at the department party. :D He had a lovely chat with my advisor and his wife and got to meet more of my friends. I think he enjoyed himself! I enjoyed showing him off!

Monday, we slept in, ate lunch at Panera, and then I had to drive him to the airport and say goodbye. :( I miss my amazing brother! Love you, Davey!

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