First of all, today I was acting all kind of happy smiley face (aren’t I always?). Why? Well, because we were going to thirty-fourth street and that always reminds me of the movie Miracle on 34th Street. I just love that movie so much, especially on a Saturday afternoon in December when most of the population of the UK are fighting their way through the crowds of Christmas shoppers in town centres, while I’m sat at home munching my way through a box of mince-pies and drinking mulled wine
As soon as we entered the store I admired how two young Sales Assistants were trying desperately to fold up garments only for the garments to be picked up again, unfolded, and thrown down by the shoppers who were out looking for a Black Friday deal. I felt sorry for those two girls but, with big smiles on their faces, they carried on almost oblivious to what was going on around them.
Anna needed to go and buy some makeup while John wanted to go and purchase some Calvin Klein underwear for himself as it is much less expensive to buy in the States than in the UK. Faced with visiting the makeup counter or men’s underwear department (it was a hard decision, believe me!), I decided to join John and we proceeded to the escalator to take us down to the basement. Upon arriving, I was amazed just how quiet the men’s underwear department was. It was almost as if we had taken a trip in a time machine to another less busy day than Black Friday. John was in his element as the Calvin Klein’s were on offer so he was getting a great offer on an already great offer (if you get my drift!).
Next stop was to find Anna on the Ground floor, or as we should remember as we are in the States, the first floor. Fortunately, she rang me on my mobile phone and we were able to meet up quickly. She too had been successful in her purchases. Macy’s was now fast becoming like we Brits like to say ‘as busy as Piccadilly Circus’, but John pointed out that I had still not made a single purchase. He had kindly offered to buy me some underwear and Anna was forever asking me if I liked this item or this item in the hope I would say yes so she could buy me something, but I was having none of it. It was only when I asked a Sales Assistant, who seemed to be trying to wrestle a coat back onto its hanger, why everybody seemed to be buying crazy, that my shopping motor started. “The prices of everything would start to go up again at 2pm”, he told me. Well, I’d never heard of that practice before when prices start to rise as the day went on, so a trip to the menswear department was on the cards.
Before we left Macy’s, we also visited their Christmas department which I was so pleased about as I was able to view some of the original props used in the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th street. This completely made my day and I was now one of happiest people in New York City on a Black Friday afternoon.
After dumping all the Macy’s shopping bags back at the hotel and having a quick light lunch, we made our way to the theatre as we had tickets to see “On The Town”. I was the only one who knew a little about the story and the show was not only very entertaining but, as far as we were concerned, a must see. However, what intrigued me more than anything else was some sweets/candy I had spotted in the shop at the theatre.
Now in the UK, us Welsh people are sometimes referred to as ‘Taffs’ or ‘Taffy’, so this item I saw on display in the sweet/candy shop really tickled me. I never got the chance to buy a packet or find out what it was, so maybe one of my American blogger friends can let me know exactly what ‘Salt Water Taffy’ is, as I, and all the people of Wales, would really love to know.
That evening we had another dinner reservation and were hoping it was going to be nothing like the awful experience we had encountered with the previous evening’s dinner reservation. This time we were in luck and we had an absolutely wonderful meal at “The Sea Grill” which was in the Rockefeller centre. Not only that, but we had a great view out to the ice skaters as we ate dinner and even saw one guy proposing to his girlfriend on the ice. Of course she said ‘yes’ and there was a huge cheer for the happy couple. But, best of all, our desserts this time were not of the deconstructed type. I have to say that it was the best piece of Key Lime Pie I’d ever tasted. The only disappointment (if you can call it that) was that the Christmas tree lights in the Rockefeller centre were not due to be switched on until December third, by which time we would be back in the UK.
Day four and Black Friday had proved a great success. John had got a great bargain on his Calvin Klein’s, Anna had completed even more Christmas shopping and spent far less than she would have in the UK, and I’d had the best day ever with seeing some of the original props from Miracle on 34th Street, and I’d finally had a fully constructed dessert.
However, my mission was still not complete and I now only had one more day left to complete it before we flew back to the UK the following evening.
To find out what happened on Day 5, click here.
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