#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

About New York….

I know I promised the first installment yesterday, but, alas, I got so into my writing that, by the time I was finished for the day, I was clean out of energy.  :)  My health has improved enormously in recent days, however, and I’m both thrilled and grateful.  I’m not sure what was actually wrong–the physical was entirely normal (another reason to be thankful), but I was really dragging there for a while.

Wendy and I left the house EARLY on the morning of May 27, headed for the Big Apple.  Normally, I would write a special blog for Memorial Day, but being in transit, and joyfully exhausted upon arrival at JFK airport, I didn’t get around to it.  Wendy and I were lucky enough to be seated in first class, and there was a soldier in desert fatigues across the way from us.  We thanked him for his service, as did many other passengers as they boarded, and that was wonderful to see.  Since the military doesn’t usually fly soldiers anywhere but in coach, I suspect that the airline–Delta–must have upgraded him in honor of the occasion.  It would be nice to see more of that kind of thing, wouldn’t it?

But back to the trip itself.  Jenni, niece/assistant and dedicated Bernice-walker, met us at JFK–she had just arrived from a tour of Romania!  She was even more exhausted than we were, of course, but she had some great stories to tell.  The three of us headed for the hotel, with more baggage than a sane person would believe, and, Murphy’s Law being what it is, there was a snafu with the reservations.  We waited in the bar while the knots were untangled, and ordered food.  Would you believe one hamburger, a single serving of pizza, and a salad, plus a few drinks, came to $172, by the time the tip was added?????  Yowzer.  As many times as I’ve been to New York, I never get used to the prices–needless to say, the same meal would have cost under $50 here in Spokane, if not less.

A country girl in the big city–that was me.  :)

Needless to say, once the room situation was resolved, we all pretty much collapsed into blissful oblivion.

More tomorrow.

13 comments to “About New York….”

  1. sam
      · June 12th, 2013 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Linda, I do hope the meal tasted as good as the price was!!! ;) I can totally relate to the country girl in the big city. When ever I go to London I feel exactly the same :)

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · June 12th, 2013 at 2:06 pm · Link

    An exciting trip, no doubt, but WOW, those prices!! Don’t know how folks afford to live there & eat, too! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Sooo hot down here !! No riding! It’s all I can do just getting to barn to feed horses. They graze @ night, but stay in cooler darkness inside barn & avoid flies as much as possible. Rest up from the trip! I think you just run yourself ragged by trying to cram too much in at once, then your body says, hold up, let’s slow down a bit !! Glad you are back :)

  3. Juanita Rice
      · June 12th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    came to $172

    Oh, Linda! You do make me miss the Big Apple! :lol: Glad you’re home safe and well.

    Am reading and loving Big Sky Summer!!! Those children had better set that parent trap soon. ;)


  4. Patti
      · June 12th, 2013 at 2:30 pm · Link

    I have heard of people with first class seats swapping seats with soldiers so they the soldier can sit in first class. Perhaps that was the case in this situation.

  5. beth j
      · June 12th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    :lol: never been to new york, big cities are not for me. love the new book. finished it. have read entire series so far can wait for brylee. love your books, please keep them coming.

  6. Pat Burleson
      · June 12th, 2013 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Glad I live in North Carolina Linda. That meal would have been under $20 here ! Glad you are feeling better, now on to the next book. I’m waiting ! ha ha !

  7. Norma Stanforth
      · June 12th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad you enjoyed your trip. But i see i will not be going there with the food costing that much. God bless you and everyone.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

  8. Lois Rotella
      · June 12th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    That price is very high. I know things are expensive in NYC because I live here but that is outrageous. My friend and I always look for good food at cheaper prices. I know traveling makes me tired. Maybe that is the case in your situation. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

  9. Gloria
      · June 12th, 2013 at 3:40 pm · Link

    I agree with Pat Burleson, only I live in SC. If I’d been presented with that bill, I’d probably still be washing dishes, or in jail :-P .

    I’m glad the soldier had a good seat.

  10. Emily
      · June 12th, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Glad to hear about some of your trip. I know about the prices in N.Y. Too much for me!

    Glad you are feeling better. Hope your writing goes well and that you stay healthy and well yourself!

  11. Emily
      · June 12th, 2013 at 10:34 pm · Link

    I know how expensive NYC is, and I understand where you are coming from. The midwest is not nearly like that! YEAH!

    Still having problems with getting your blog, but I keep trying.

    Hope you are feeling better and that your ankle is well on it’s way to recovery.

  12. Hilda
      · June 13th, 2013 at 12:49 pm · Link

    $172? One question: How “few” is “a few drinks…” :lol:

  13. Elizabeth
      · June 13th, 2013 at 7:49 pm · Link

    On behalf of my city I apologize for the prices. But they only do that for the tourists. :cry: Anyway, I’m glad you made it home okay and I really enjoyed meeting you at BEA. :-D I’m still grinning about that. Take care of yourself, hope to see you again. :wink:

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