Sunday, February 6, 2011
2011 Chinese New Year
Today was the big parade in Chinatown so we went to see what we could see. There were a lot of people and it was pretty insane, but we were able to find a spot near the end with good visibility. Unfortunately it was pretty late so we really only caught the tail-end of the parade... tail end, get it?
I got some fun pictures and I think I also got some good ones on my Holga but I won't know until I get them developed (hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday). Instead, I present to you this collage of my quick digital shots, cut down to look like fake polaroids or something. Ha! I am excited to finally develop this roll of film... I have been afraid to use it because I didn't want to waste exposures, but instead it's been sitting in my camera and I have no idea what's on there. So I finished the roll today and I can't wait to see what comes out. Hopefully... SOMETHING. As opposed to the NOTHING that I got from our trip to London in 2005 when I loaded the camera incorrectly - repeatedly. Sad.
Two scary things happened today. ONE: fresh fish flippity floppiting around. If you know me, you know I have an irrational fear of fish out of water. I don't mind dead fish. And live fish underwater can just stay away from me. But once they're out of the water and flippity floppiting, struggling and drowning in the air, I get uncontrollable shivers. BLEH! I'm even okay with fresh fish in marketplaces still moving, but it's the flipping and flopping.
TWO: We tried to take the Q or R from Canal street. We got into the subway station and the train just wasn't coming. The station continued to fill up with people until it basically became dangerous to walk on the platform because it was so packed. I had visions of falling onto the tracks. So we left. And then we realized the station was full all the way up the stairs. I'm glad we got out of there. We walked a few more blocks and took a different train. We wasted $5 and 20 minutes but I am glad we left. I hope everyone still down there was okay. I could just imagine something spooking the crowd and then it would be a chaotic death trap. And it was nice out anyway so it wasn't a big deal.
So that was the day. We're making an effort to do New Yorky things, so this was one of those things. :)