--- Town. Let's face it. Chinatown is "almost" like going to China, but without the long commute. What brought us to Chinatown was a little known "cultural" experience called Chinatown Fair. Chinatown Fair is home to a random assortment of arcade games and pinball games of my teenage years (back before Reagan was president). Think of it as Chuckee Cheese with an edge to it. Normally you can see the "World Famous Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken" but she was home for the night. I've tried to beat the Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken many times over the years and have never beat the chicken. To my knowledge no human ever has.
Eliza wasn't too thrilled with the noise level, but once she realized she could play Wheel of Fortune and an electronic version of Roulette she was hooked, because man it is all about how many tickets you can collect!
I think Eliza has a bit of affinity for the Vegas style games and managed to hit the jackpot not once but twice. Since the lottery isn't working out for us as savings plan, I'm thinking a quick trip to Las Vegas with Eliza may be in order.
Eliza also got to take a trip to the Courthouses which basically abut Chinatown in lower Manhattan. Eliza spends a lot of time in my office with me, but thinks of it as "Patti's House," Patti being my secretary and the first face you see when you arrive. Despite trying to convince Eliza that Patti does not live on Wall Street in our office there is no changing her mind. Eliza also seems to think that what I do at Patti's House is not actual work, since why would I be working if I was merely visiting Patti.
Trying to explain what a lawyer does to a 6 year old is not the easiest thing to do. Really, do I point out that people can't agree on what they thought they actually had agreed to in that thing called a contract so they sue each other, or they hate their old lawyer so much they want to sue him. So I figured I would take the moral high road and take Eliza to the Courthouses and explain that "lawyers help people when they disagree and this is where the judge decides who is right (or who had a better lawyer)."
I don't think she was impressed:
But she did enjoy the fountain and sculpture, Triumph of the Human Spirit by Lorenzo Pace (and the skateboarders were an added bonus):
And no trip to Chinatown is complete without a trip to a fish market.
Where one of Eliza's best buddies, Archie, was able to bring home a live eel, much to the dismay of his parents. The eel was set free the next day in the East River, so no animals were harmed in the making of this adventure.
The city, It's a great place for a kid,