The Birthday Girl and her Photo Project

I had this plan to get as many people as I could to pose with me for a birthday photo.  I was going to go up to people that I saw wherever I was in New York and proclaim “It’s my birthday, would you take a photo with me?” Well as the saying goes the best laid plans of mice and men, etc.  I had this button made to wear and went out first into the madness that is Times Square and then froze.  There were just too many people (it’s more congested now that so much of the street there is torn up for construction) along with all of the street hustlers who were busy trying to get people to take photos of them in their Minne Mouse, Hello Kitty, Iron Man, etc. costumes for “donations.”  Some of those people were getting a bit more aggressive than I had ever experienced before; one even grabbed me by the wrist asking if I wanted to take a photo with them.  And we saw on the news that one “performer” nearly got into a fight with a tourist because of the amount of the donation given and had to be arrested by the police.  Not a good look for you Times Square.

Starting out in our hotel I got a couple of people to pose with me and then it was out into Times Square.  I managed to get into the Good Morning America crowd and right next to a little girl who was holding up a sign that said it was her birthday.  So my visage made it onto television.  I wished the little girl a happy birthday but neglected to take a photo with her.  Darn!  The over closeness of the crowds made me a little uncomfortable so I didn’t get as many shots in Times Square as I hoped I would.  But wandering off I did get a few photos in with strangers and had a ball in Saks laughing it up with the shoe sales staff (if you know me you saw that one coming).   My present, besides the trip and all, was a pair of shoes which the salesman wrapped up beautifully for me wishing me a happy birthday.  As we walked here and there (according to my FitBit I logged in 20,774 steps that day) many people who saw my button wished me a happy birthday.  So even though the photo project didn’t pan out as planned it was still a wonderful day.

Still wearing my button DH took me to see Les Miserables which was wonderful; if you haven’t seen it do go!  From there we had an after theater nosh at a very good tourist trap called Juniors Most Fabulous Cheesecake and Deserts.  The place was so good that we came back the next day: cheesecakes, Rubens, corned beef sandwiches, chopped liver sandwiches and the cake shake! What is a cake shake? Your choice of cheesecake + milk shake + ton of whipped cream on top with a cherry = Cake Shake.  Oh the goodness! Oh the calories! I didn’t care! I even shared a little with DH.

We had a wonderful server that birthday night.  A young lady from Hawaii who now lives in the New York area.  She was a sweetheart and we hit it off immediately.  She congratulated me on my birthday, talked to us about where to go visit in Hawaii, which airline had the better deals and facilitated a happy birthday moment for me as the clock was approaching midnight.  When my raspberry swirl cheesecake came it came with a group of Juniors servers who sang happy birthday to me; I was beaming.  My whirlwind day ended on a sweet high note.  If you are ever in Junior’s in Times Square I hope you get Kame as your server or at least say hello and that you heard about her from me.  Hi and thanks again, Kame 🙂

(On a side note – this will be the LAST time you will see this many photos of me in one post.  I prefer being behind and not in front of the camera.)


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33 Responses to The Birthday Girl and her Photo Project

  1. seaangel4444 says:

    And the Happiest of Birthdays my dear!! Cher xo

  2. hjs1951 says:

    Nice idea!

    And happy belated birthday of course 🙂

  3. bulldog says:

    oH my oh my Oh my… that shake looks out of this world…

  4. What a great idea and post. Happy Birthday! P.S. I gotta try one of those cake shakes 🙂

  5. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm “raspberry swirl cheesecake” :-). Sounds like you had a blast! Well deserved!!

  6. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a lot of fun

  7. The Dose of Reality says:

    AW! What a great idea! I LOVE your photos! You should get in front of the camera more often! You are very photogenic!! (but I get it, I don’t like it either!)

    Your shoes are FABULOUS. I want them! (But I probably couldn’t pull off walking in them properly. I’m not good in heels)

    It looks like NYC was a wonderful time! We went over Christmas break last year and had a blast. I had the highest logging step days on my Fitbit then! I’d probably lose 20 pounds just by moving there and walking instead of driving like I do here at home!

    Most importantly…Happy, Happy, Happy birthday! Mwah! XOXOXOXO –Lisa

    • Thank you so much 🙂 I’m trying to keep the walking pace up but it ain’t gonna happen here. I never really like any of my photos I always find something wrong about them. Since I broke the toe I’ve had to come down in height in the heels so these here are actually lower than many I have. And aren’t those Fitbits great!

  8. Ingrid says:

    I put on five pounds just reading about the cake shake and looking longingly at the photo of it. You’re looking mighty fine there Ms. T. Glad you had a great B-day 🙂

  9. sportstimeoutval says:

    *gasp* You went to Junirs and didn’t mail me a slice of cheesecake. Shame on you! 🙂 But seriously, sound like you had a great birthday. Loving the story/photos!

  10. Cindi says:

    Yay for photos of you! Yay for birthdays! Yay for cake shakes! Yay for Les Miz! What a fabulous way to celebrate!

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    You sure know how to celebrate, Teri, though I’m glad you skipped your plans for Times Square. You might have made the news on GMA instead being a spectator.
    PS That smile of yours lit up the photos. Let’s see more of it, please. 🙂

  12. DeDivahDeals says:

    What a memorable and special birthday for a memorable and special lady – HAPPY BIRTHDAY again!

  13. What an awesome day!! Now that’s how you celebrate.

  14. Nancy says:

    I Missed Your Big Day! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

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