Disclaimer: Memory on various details may be faulty; it's certainly foggy!
|Me at 17 in Times Square.|
Heading from Illinois into Indiana, we passed through Gary where I was reminded of the famous Jackson family. Their music (in particular Michael's) has always meant a lot to me. I remember thinking about Michael Jackson growing up in that place I was seeing out the car window, albeit under cover of darkness. From Indiana we passed into Ohio, then Pennsylvania. I bought a Dean Koontz book in Youngstown (STRANGERS, an old favourite I felt the need to read again at that time), and a pack of playing cards (which I collect when travelling). Finally, we got to New York City.
|Central Park in snow.|
|My New York homeyette impression.|
We left N.Y.C. via the ferry to Staten Island. According to my travel journal, it cost us $3.00. And we stopped for petrol at an Exxon station. hehe
Next, we went to Philadelphia, where we met a guy called Chris Manos who played in a ska band (I Googled him recently and found a few articles about him, or a guy I think might have been him! here and here). Then I wound up stalking him on the internet to see if he still existed. Still not sure he does, but I hope so! Chris was cool enough to give us a lift, as we had dropped our car off and needed to get places in other ways! He also played us a tape his band had made, and I'm not entirely sure that the band was one called Public Service, but it could well have been!
|New York City graffiti.|