Friday, November 18, 2005

Field Trip

One of the reasons I enjoy my job so much is the fact that I'm not chained to my desk. Granted, I do spend a good amount of time there, but every so often the job calls for me to venture out. Today was one of those days.

Aaron invited me to go on a site visit to the newly reopened Top of the Rock. I never really thought about visiting the space until he brought it up this morning. I wasn't busy today so off we went to see what kind of event the space could contain. Our group of nine entered the building and went on the elevator very professionally.

As soon as we reached the Observation Deck it was a whole 'nother story. The crisp, cold air rouged our cheeks and bolted us to alertness. The vibrant azure sky and fall foliage of Central Park were breathtaking backdrops. We all became little kids, giddy from the gorgeous view. Smiling from ear to ear we chatted with tourists and gladly took their cameras so we could freeze that moment in time. Being in this place didn't feel like work. It felt like fun!

We returned to the office about an hour later refreshed and still peppered with the giddiness we had experienced before. All day I have not had the stress induced headaches I've been plagued with all week. I've felt light and airy all day. A guess this is what a few moments outdoors does to a girl.

I'm not really one to do touristy things. I never went to the Oberservation Deck of the World Trade Center. I just visited my dad at work on the 97th floor. I broke up with the person I had made plans to go the Empire State Building with. I use the Staten Island Ferry as mass transit. Both of my attempts to go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (for real field trips in grammar school) failed due to weather. There was just something about the Top of the Rock, though that makes me want to go back. I'd saunter in at 11 p.m., buy the last pair of tickets they have for the day and admire the view, cuddling with someone I care about. At the stroke of midnight we'd be as giddy as my group was today and we'd merrily continue our evening feeling like we are 67 stories above the ground.


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