Rome/Brooklyn 22/11 – Day 41: Schlepping around… My view…

6:51 was the sunrise in Rome and 16:56 will be sunset.  The Ave Maria bell should ring at 17:30.

In the Novus Ordo calendar and the calendar of the Vatican Basilica it is the Feast of St. Leo the Great (+461) at whose altar and tomb I celebrated Holy Mass many times over the years.

I’ve been watching the path of the hurricane, considering it already canceled my flight once already.  I’d like for that not to happen again.  I believe I may have a superpower: schedule a flight and it summons a hurricane.

Yesterday Father and I, before schlepping, started with bagels and schmear with lox and black coffee.  Very welcome.

We schlepped to Rockaway.

And then schlepped into Brooklyn again for more schlepping.

As we schlepped I saw this and couldn’t resist.

Then the schlepping took us to an Italian food distributor with a grocery for Father’s supplies.

The moon rose huge like a Cara Cara orange last night before we schlepped to supper.



We schlepped pretty fast.

You can guess the cuisine of the place to which we schlepped.

Which drink is mine?

The waiter schlepped some steak tartar our way.

… and then schlepped some Sülze.

The food schlepping ended, for me at least, with sauerbraten.

We headed home because it would be an early morning schlep to the airport for me if all went well.

And I am hoping that it has.  So far so good, since I am writing this from the airport lounge.

It is worth the schlep to LaGuardia these days.  I don’t feel like I am in the third world.

Seriously, the new Delta terminal is great.

I ask prayers for the rest of the trip.

Black to move.  Can you win material with a tactic?

Interested in learning?  Try THIS.

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Praying. Hope you got home okay!

  2. DeeEmm says:

    How nice for you. I lived in both Brooklyn and Manhattan for a total of 11 years. I can say unequivocally that a New York bagel reigns supreme. All the rest try their best and I’m not too snobby to eat them, but give credit where credit is due. Some say it’s the New York water that makes it good. It sure is yummy and so is your picture.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    it would be trad of you to have the weihenstephan.

    glad they’ve updoodled LGA. last time i was there (2005?) it seemed like a third world bus terminal.

    @DeeEmm – the best bagel joint in the mile high city imports NYC water. they’re not zabars, but they’re better than any others i’ve had west of the hudson.

  4. Neal says:

    1. …Nf5
    2. Qxd7 Nxg3+
    3. hxg3 Rxd7
    Trades a knight for a rook and opens white’s position a bit.

  5. FrankWalshingham says:

    Knight to B3 to fork the queen and the rook

  6. Kentucky Gent says:

    Looks like we can indeed win material:

    1…Nf5! Attacks the rook and the undefended white queen. Blocking with the knight seems like the least bad option:

    2.Nd5 Nxg3+
    3.hxg3 Rf7 and white has a strong knight, which is some compensation.

    If the queen moves:

    2.Qf2 Nxg3+ and black wins the exchange, but white can take back with the queen and avoid doubled pawns.

    Trading queens straight away looks bad:

    2.Qxd7? Nxg3+
    3.hxg3 Rxd7 gives black an active rook, and gives white doubled g pawns


    2.Rd1 Qxd2
    2.Rxd2 Nxg3+ and white has an active rook, but still gets doubled pawns.

  7. Gaetano says:

    I use Burton Salts/Brewing Salts to “Brooklynize” my water. It is a mix of gypsum, potassium chloride, and epsom salt that provides just the right mineral content.

    It is perfect for making pizza dough and certain breads. I also use it in my SodaStream to duplicate San Pellegrino at home.

    A small amount goes a long way, and it’s available from Amazon and many homebrewing sites.

    [That’s really interesting.]

  8. Charivari Rob says:

    I have heard good things about LGA the last couple of years. It seems like a bearded-Spock, have I slipped into a mirror universe, fever dream – but the witnesses are generally reliable.
    Nice view from Rockaway. Not just the lower Manhattan skyline – you have Floyd Bennett Field there from the bridge. Lots of aviation & military history there.

  9. James C says:

    The sauerbraten looks excellent. Do you recommend it at this restaurant?

    [It was a good restaurant. One thing in noticed is that there was a decided preference for the sweet side of things. The sauerbraten, too, had a sweet tone. Not unusual, but it was the predominant side of the sweet and sour which you want with sauerbraten. However, with sauerbraten, I prefer the dominance of the sour over the sweet.]</span

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