I am intrigued by something called “The Winter Garden”. Part of the world financial center, it is an indoor atrium that hosts art shows as well as music and theater events. Around the holidays, it is decorated with a light display. And apparently, this light display is a sight to behold.
And so, today I am going to The Winter Garden. And I am counting down the clock. I only have one hour.
1:30 Leave the office. I put on my handy disguise, and jump in a yellow cab.
1:33 Car accident in yellow cab. As my cab driver is telling me about how “there’s nothing he hates more than f_ing cab drivers”, he proceeds to rear end the car in front of him. He then gets out of the car, and starts kicking the said other cab while repeating “I f_ing hate cab drivers”. A small crowd gathers to take pictures. I pull my hat further down over my head and slink low. Driver hops back in and off we go.
1:37 We arrive at the world financial center. My driver wishes me a good day, and I am sure to give him a very generous tip. And here I am…incognito of course.
1:40 The Winter Garden. I spend a few minutes wandering around checking it out. Smaller than I would have thought, but I like the light display. I keep walking past tourists which for some reason makes me feel uncomfortable. This is the feeling I am trying to fight. I am a tourist here too.
1:55 I walk outside, and realize they have an outdoor garden area as well. This has been another of those eerily warm winter days. I notice leafless winter trees that have crystals tied onto them, shining in the unseasonable sunlight It is a nice effect.
2:03 I hail a cab back towards the office.
2:12 Back in my desk. I even made it back early. First mission a success.