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Ah, My Jet Set Life

We are only one day back from the east coast, having even finished unpacking yet, and yet Spokane and worldcon are only a week away. Sometimes all this does leave me feeling rather ragged.

It was a great trip, though.

My nephew Jeffrey and his lady Kristin got married in Bayonne and enjoyed a lovely lively reception in Morristown, and nothwithstanding the fears of some of you out there, no one died at the wedding. Pigeon pie was not served. Nor did we dance the Hokey-Pokey, which is unusual for a Jersey wedding, but I am told the marriage counts anyway.

I enjoyed delightful meals at wonderful restaurants with editors and publishers from Random House, from Tor, and from Simon & Schuster. Good folks all. After all the Puppygate craziness of the past few months, it was nice to sit down for a few hours with actual grown-up sane professionals from the real world of publishing, and be reminded what that is like.

I also went on a pizza crawl of Manhattan and Brooklyn with X-Ray and Raya. Nothing beats New York City pizza... well, unless it's New Jersey pizza, and maybe New Haven's. We wimped out, though, and could only manage two pizza places. But the pies were great.

And we visited the training camp of the New York Jets, and got to visit their war rooms and practice fields, and meet Gang Green's GM and a lot of his staff, plus Nick Mangold and D'brickashaw Ferguson. We didn't meet Darrelle Revis, but he was there practicing, and it was great to see him back in green and white. The Jets were great hosts, and who knows, maybe I can make it back later this year for an actual game.

And then of course there was Staten Island, and the showdown between the SI Direwolves and the Lannister Renegades. Much has been written about that elsewhere, so I won't rehash: google if you want details. I am pleased to report that the Direwolves won 10-1, so I won't need to kill another Stark. The team made an incredibly generous contribution to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary as well. And I have to say, the field there on Staten Island, right next to the iconic ferry, is the most beautiful I've ever seen, with truly spectacular views.

All in all, a great trip.

If only there wasn't so much work awaiting me when I came home...

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inquisitor77
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
Geno Smith
George, I'm not sure if you happened to hear the recent news about Geno Smith. I know you haven't been a big fan, but any thoughts on his being out for the next few months, or the incident that caused it?
24hoke
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
Jets locker room
Glad you enjoyed your trip. What are your thoughts on the Jets' quarterback situation?
DMelean
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
NFL
Please write about what happened to Geno Smith. I won't ask for anything else, I promise.
msconduct
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Two pizza places is less of a crawl and more of a stumble:). Did you know there's still somewhere in New York selling coal-fired pizza? The pizza's great, and you just brush the coal dust off the bottom and hope for the best.
grrm
Aug. 12th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Actually, there are a dozen great places in NYC with coal-fired ovens. All the iconic pizza places have 'em.
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vandor
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Jaw Broken
The Geno Smith incident is straight out of the A Song of Ice and Fire world. Kid qb, feeling better than he had for previous seasons, with Marshall he had better weapons than ever before... and he gets punched in the jaw by a 6th round pick allowing the average (below) Harvard kid a chance to start instead.
Roger Christie
Aug. 13th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaw Broken
J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!! :)
storm59
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh.... I do miss the awesome pizza -and Italian, Greek, Jewish delicatessens, hot dog carts and many other foods- that I loved in the New York/ New Jersey area. I've found a handful of 'New York Style' pizza places in California -and a subset of that group that just about get it right- but it is a testament to how good those pizza's of yesteryear were that they are still the standard I measure by, 26 years later.
swifty123
Aug. 11th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear your enjoying yourself George, you really deserve it! Today i pre-ordered my copy of the knight of the seven kingdoms and can't wait to get my hands on it, looks like a really good read. P.S. I don't suppose Jeffrey has any resemblance with Joffrey :P
Frank Probst
Aug. 12th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Weddings
If you're ever looking for a good fund-raising opportunity, I would pay good money to see you do the Electric Slide. (Less for the Chicken Dance, but I'd probably throw in a 20 for that one.)
BeLu BeL
Aug. 12th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Cheer up!
Cheer up Mr. Martin! Think about this way, you get to work on what you love doing =)
redrawnoxen
Aug. 12th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
brooklyn pizza
If you are ever in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there's a little restaurant called Adelina's that has this amazing pizza with a fried dough crust. Plus there's so many different kinds of wines on tap. :D
athelas6
Aug. 12th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
There and back again...
Wow, it sounds like it was a marvelous time for all. Congrats to your family on the wedding. I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear about the Direwolves and the victory. I'll have to check out the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I support the Lakota Wolf Preserve when I can and the Wildcat Sanctuary. Lol, sounds like I am a fan of both camps. I'm happy you had a great visit and thanks for the news. I added "Windhaven" to my reading pile yesterday and I'm looking forward to delving into it.
xraytheenforcer
Aug. 12th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
It was a pleasure, as always. I think it was the egg cream that really did me in.

Next time you're in town, we will hit a couple of Staten Island places and get a Jersey bar pie. And start at 11am for maximum success. Then we can sit on my roof and drink cocktails and watch the sun set over Manhattan and wonder if we'll ever feel hungry again. :)

In other realms: What In The Hell Is Going On With The Jets. Smith out with a broken jaw and I hear that they're thinking of bringing Sexy Rexy onboard? WHAAAA?
bigbob1221
Aug. 12th, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
Pizza
You still did better than I did. One time, I took a two week visit to NYC with my family, and the only pizza we had the entire time was from Dominoes. Embarrassing, in hindsight.
grrm
Aug. 12th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Pizza
Why would you do that? Why, why? That's like visiting China and eating only at Panda Express.
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Alyson Rasimowicz
Aug. 12th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for a great time!
Such a thrill to meet you and such a fun night out with my husband. Thanks for setting it up with the ballpark and setting time aside for it. A truly memorable night. I'm still smiling!
smofbabe
Aug. 12th, 2015 03:27 am (UTC)
Were you able to say "D'Brickashaw" with a straight face? :->
grrm
Aug. 12th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I did ask him about his name. The Wiki report is correct. His parents were Colleen McCullough fans. He's named after the Richard Chamberlain character in THE THORN BIRDS.
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