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2018-04-16 20:56:43 PT 2018-04-17 03:56:43 UCT This is where I am right now:

And all I have to say at the moment is “stormy” :-/ Yeah, we’re right on the line where the two air masses are smashing into each other.

I made my way from the LGA baggage area to the airport transfer area and waited for my free shuttle to the Hyatt. I waited a while and it seemed like there may have been a mixup. I decided to try and stay positive, and appreciate the very warm humid air. Finally when I got to the hotel, Harry at the front desk was super apologetic about the shuttle problems.

He upgraded me to the deluxe floor and gave me a bottle of wine! I was pretty impressed.

After a nice glass of white, I met up with my long lost friend Khushi. I met her back in India when I had first arrived off the boat about a decade ago. During the few weeks that I had “couchsurfed” with her family, I got to know her very well. I kinda adopted her as my little sister. If I could invent a younger sibling, I would model her after Khushi. She is a gem.

I made my way down the elevator and met her in the lobby. She is recently married and I was honored to meet her new husband as well. I almost had some tears because I was so happy to see her thriving.

After our hugs, we walked down the street for some authentic Queens Chinatown food. We spent the next few hours catching up and I remembered why I love this girl so much. I guess she is less a girl and more a woman now, but to me she will always be my little sister.

After supper, we parted ways promising to meet up again tomorrow. With my tummy full, I fell into bed exhausted from such a long but successful day.

Sometime in the night I woke up and wanted food. Traveling and jet lag can make you hungry at the weirdest times. I scanned the local haunts on Yelp looking for something that was open. I discovered a Korean wing place just two doors down that was open till 3am. I called in my order then went to pick it up. I had to wait for a few minutes while they finished packing it and got to soak in the vibe. It seemed to be the happening place and I began to understand the rave reviews I had read. When I got back to the hotel, I was treated to the best wings I have ever tasted in my whole life. No joke. If you ever have a chance to go to The Coop, do it. It’s well worth the trek even if you need to make a special trip. Mmmm…I can still taste them now just thinking about it.

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