Back to [a new] reality

The Fry Family Quartet had a lot of firsts this weekend. First home cooked meal in Fry Lodge West Village. First night in A LONG time sleeping in our own beds. First visit from the Brooklyn Eitings in our new apartment. Fryman’s first haircut NYC. In addition to those things, we spent a lot of time unpacking boxes. We’re almost done with that, save a stack of boxes full of books that we’re using as a dining room table. Vacation is officially over. Back to reality.

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The new cousin reality:

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The Frys Do Manhattan

Over the past few weeks we’ve taught the kids to hold their breath as we go through tunnels. The Holland Tunnel turned out to be too much for all of our lungs. We drove into New York City this morning, arriving in the West Village (our new neighborhood) just in time for the street sweepers to free up a parking spot just down the street from our new apartment. Our new landlady, Jane, met us at the door to hand over our keys and show us into our new home, Fry Lodge West Village. We love it. Henry’s room has a fireplace, and Ruby’s room has a mini closet that only she can fit into. The AC units are now installed, and the movers arrive tomorrow to drop off all of our stuff. Hello, NYC!

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Mom as my copilot

This one goes out to Kristine, who not only planned this entire cross-country road trip, but has played the role of navigator, DJ, side-trip inspiration and backseat skirmish referee. Thank you for agreeing to this adventure, Kristine. And thank you for making this a Fry Family Quartet adventure that we’ll remember forever.

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Cedar Point

You would think that, after more than 2500 miles in a car, Henry and Ruby wouldn’t want to spend their entire day in car rides at Cedar Point. Old fashioned cars, race cars, bumper cars, monster trucks. Kristine and I had fun watching people scream on the roller coasters. Henry wants Cedar Point to be our annual vacation. Hmmm. Next stop: Newcastle, PA – the fireworks capital of America, and apparently hot dog capital of the world.

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Heartland

We drove across Indiana and Ohio on Tuesday, ending up in Sandusky, Ohio. After 30 minutes on the interstate, we made the decision to take secondary highways the rest of the way to avoid the truckers and see more of the countryside. Good decision. Today we’re at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Henry and Ruby are pretty psyched.

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Chicago

We couldn’t get out of Moline, IL (not our favorite city) fast enough on Monday morning. From there it was a relatively short drive to Evanston, where we visited Kristine’s alma mater, Northwestern University, before heading into Chicago.  After taking care of some business at Weber Shandwick’s Chicago office, we went to the 96th floor of the John Hancock building. I think that’s the highest anybody in the Fry Family Quartet has ever been. We ended the evening at Union Sushi (thanks for the recommendation, Cathy!), which had an excellent view of the ‘L’ train. Next stop: Sandusky, OH and Cedar Point.

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