The Very Last New York Post

I was sitting outside tonight, lazily tossing the ball to Kianna, who follows that thing like… god, what is more drawn to something than a labrador retriever to a ball? A moth to a flame, sure, but that’s a pretty boring metaphor – what else works? Like.. Micah to Minecraft? Like Moxie to trouble? Like Mack to me? Maybe all of those work and maybe it’s time to wrap up our trip to New York in posts, since we have some things we need to talk about soon. Like ducks.

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New York:

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The Korean Spa

Helena & Bryan took us to the most amazing Korean spa that I have ever been to outside of Asia. It Blew My Mind. They also took us to eat these Shanghai Soup Dumplings in Flushing – have you eaten them? Heaven.

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I wish I could have taken more photos of the Spa because the entire concept was amazing.

A chunk of Asia just splat-smacked in Queens, New York. I would never have thought that something like that could work, but good thing they never asked me because it DID! It was jam packed with every race – mostly Latino and African American in the upstairs swimming pool and jacuzzi area, more Asians in the downstairs gender-segregated naked area. I don’t understand why there isn’t something of this magnitude in the Bay Area yet? I mean, WHY? And if I had a cool chunk of change, that’s exactly what I’d invest in because it would FLY.

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after hours of soaking…

Circle Line

This is so uber touristy that it’s a total blast. Sooooo grateful that Helena & Bryan got this together

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I know, it’s kind of amazing how much we were able to pack in, isn’t it? It’s because of Helena and her knack for organizing and planning and creating brilliant adventures!

One that I’ll be treasuring for the rest of my life – Hedwig and the Angry Inch –

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20150818-IMG_2253And still more!

Here’s the last smorgasbord of photos – from fabulous food (street! international! walk-up McDonalds?!!) to fabulous friends – Beth, one of my closest friends from high school in Hilo, Hawaii, and Morgan (newly married!), who worked with me in Berkeley. Lost teeth on the subway, smiles, big laughs, pouts, long stroller naps, B&H Photo (!!!), glances through doorways, love alight.
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Beth! One of my closest friends from HIGH SCHOOL!!!
Beth! One of my closest friends from HIGH SCHOOL!!!
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Morgan!!! And his husband!!

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Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.
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