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2008 NYC GTG Report and pics! (A REALLY LOT of pictures!!)



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Published on 05-20-2008 12:24 PM

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When JBH mentioned the idea of me coming along to the GTG this year I thought it sounded like a great idea, even though I’d just been in NYC in late March. I left Dayton a few hours after John since I had to work a little later.

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We headed off over the farmlands of Ohio.

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I got to the hotel around 10:30 and ran into Milos in the elevator. I thought it was him after seeing his Patek, and well, he looked a lot like the pics I’d seen from last years GTG. He introduced me to Joe. Turns out one of the guys I work with here in Dayton is the father of Joe’s assistant. Small world. Joe was a great gregarious guy who got us some last minute dinner reservations Friday night.

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It rained all day Friday, so most of John and I’d plans of things to go do and see got a little damp. We went down to 5th Ave and went into St. Patricks.
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John had lunch with a guy from Seiko and I was determined to go down to the Brooklyn Bridge and get some pics. Rain or not.
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At least the rain kept all of the people off the bridge which made for better pics!

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Several of us got together Friday afternoon at the hotel before finding out that the Yankee’s game got rained out.
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Hannes and Percy arrived from Germany and Hannes brought his new camera. He’s finally come into the DSLR world.
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They even brought their girlfriends along. They were delightful and a lot of fun to talk to. They taught us some German and we taught them some English. I just wish my German was ¼ as good as their English!
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Hannes loved taking pics with his spiffy new camera

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SATURDAY

The weather Saturday was perfect so John and I got up early to go take some pics.

First we headed up to Central Park where there was a 10k run. It was a good day to sleep on the park benches.
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We headed down to Strawberry Fields where there were hundreds of school aged tourists from several different countries. We were able to get a few pics in in between them standing on it.
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There weren’t too many people out sunbathing that day. This field is hopping in the summer heat though!
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After that we headed down 5th Ave where the street was blocked off all the way down to about 42nd st. Ok, so it wasn’t quite this barren, this was one of the cross streets.

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We headed down towards Radio City.
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John bought a pretzel.
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Although some nice fruit might have been healthier.
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John and I decided to split up. I went off to the 2h Circle Line cruise around the southern tip of Manhattan.
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Lots of great things to see.

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There is the driving range:
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We went under the Brooklyn Bridge
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On the way back to the hotel I was hungry and could have picked up some free bread.

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Finally it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for the party!

Of course Hannes and Percy were there
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Here's a group shot of me with Hannes, Percy and their girlfriends Mandy and Sabrina.
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There was lots of good food.
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Their girlfriends (both sporting Rolex’s and cool Oribta koozies for their beers)

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Milos did a great job of connecting with Orbita, Ball, James Dowling, Micah, JBH and other to get some great door prizes.

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Here’s a spiffy Orbta travel case
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Who’s going to win it??
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Coming all the way from England for the event, Mr. Dowling donated one of his books.

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What’s next??
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Micah donated several strap gift certificates. He makes some superb straps!
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John helped out with the prizes.
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Chuck Agnoff and his wife were there from Orbita! It was great to see the man behind the winder! Unfortunately I didn’t win the winder.

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Mrs. Agnoff and Kevin helped give it away.
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Ball was there with some great watches. Several of which you can use as a flashlight!
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They even gave away a watch.

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Milos’ beautiful wife Iveta was there.
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I tried on this PAM088 and loved it! I want one!!

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DiamondGirl Steph
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The (rather weak for 80 people, several of whom were wearing 2 watches!) customary table shot.
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Then all the GMT’s.
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Which order should we put them in?
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We’ll go with this order.

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John took the group shot.
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After the GTG I decided to head downtown for some night shots. I knew the Empire State Building was open until 2am. Although at 11pm there was still an hour wait!!

Here is its reflection as I’m walking down the street.
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And the real thing:
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Looking towards Time Square
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A little closer…
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The Chrysler Building
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And a little B&W action
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On the way back to the hotel I walked through Times Square
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SUNDAY

John and I got up bright and early Sunday morning and headed down to the WTC site and Battery Park

Here comes our 5 train.
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“The Sphere” is now located in Battery Park. It used to be between the WTC and this is what is left of it.

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This guy said he has been there every morning 9-12 for the past 3 or 5 years feeding the squirrels.
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Some wrist shots down near the water. One of me.
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And one of John.
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We stopped by Wall St.
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And by the Bull
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He sure is scary.
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I’m putting my foot down,
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We got a little hungry down there and stopped for some pizza.
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We went back to the hotel via Grand Central Station. We stopped in the market.
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Where they sell all sorts of good stuff
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Or you can get the more colorful flowers
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And maybe some sauce to go with them.
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What time are you supposed to set your watches to for pics?
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I was a little scared because there were all of these ghost people walking around the terminal.
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I think we took a few too many cabs. Perhaps that's because there were so many.
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But if you were upset, a great bargain could be had on yelling at someone.
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It was finally time to head back to Dayton. It was a wonderful weekend, despite the rain. I never would have thought we’d fill 5h so easily talking about watches.
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