Sunday, April 02, 2006

Burbs and Birthdays

The Travelogue continues...

It's been all about suburbs, the past few days. Great picturesque towns, dotted around New Jersey. Places I had been to before, and wanted to see once again. Princeton, NJ is a fave, and I would probably buy a huge property there if only someone would see sense and make sure I win the NJ Lottery. A fave Music shop is there too, the fabulous Princeton Record Exchange. If time and money allowed, I could spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in this one location. There is absolutely no doubt about that.
On other days, Lambertville was one of my choices, a rather sleepy yet beautiful little hamlet, and then, across the river, is the town of New Hope, in Pennsylvania. This is where Carla (my NJ hostess !) and I visited one sunny weekday afternoon, to take in the sights, visit a real French Bakery for lunch, and gorge on strawberries covered in chocolate. Marvellous. Hey, I'm on holiday, sometimes you have to do these things. If I had more time, I'm sure I would venture yet further afoot, but time is of the essence, and I will dot around as much as I can before returning to AZ Towers in London late in the week.
Yesterday, April 1st, called for a celebration - the Birthday of our own Rich Phoenix.
The preparation for the event swung into action at home early in the morning, with new catering managers Carla Phoenix and Johnny Reece installed and instigating proceedings.
By the early afternoon and into the evening, friends from far and wide had gathered to eat, drink, and be merry. Happy Birthday, Rich.
At this point we could tell you what age he is, but we won't. All we will say is that he's old enough to do what the hell he wants and still get into trouble.
Today, a quiet Sunday. Tomorrow, back into New York City.

Johnny Reece