Saturday, March 9, 2019

921. Fellowship

921. Fellowship
Definition: (n) friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests
Location Placed: Joe and The Juice, Westfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/8/19 at 7:17am

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I popped it as a juice seemed like it would be just the right thing in the morning. However, the prices were a bit much for my liking. The vibe seemed really cozy, that I could see myself hanging around for a bit. I am a big fan of places with cool vibes that are good for people watching!

920. Soul Mate

920. Soul Mate
Definition: (n) a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner
Location Placed: Le District, Brookfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/7/19 at 7:37am

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From Brookfield Place, you have a direct line of sight to the Statue of Liberty, which I really appreciate whenever I walk by. I do manage to see her at least once a day on the commute in, but it's always something special seeing her and remembering all the folks who came before; the folks who came to this country with little more than the shirts on their backs at times. It reminds that that my own great-grandparents came over when they were younger than me to start a new life here.

919. Award

919. Award
Definition: (n) a prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement
Location Placed: Epicerie Boulud, The Oculus, New York City, New York
Date Placed:  3/6/19 at 7:24am

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The Oculus, which looks like a spine from the outside, is a really interesting new shopping structure that also connects many different modes of transportation in one location. Folks from New Jersey coming over on the PATH, find themselves dropped off at the far end of the Oculus. Coming in from street level, it is really neat to see all the people dispersing in waves from the PATH stop and going all different directions to various subways and to street level to their jobs.

Monday, March 4, 2019

918. Concentrated

918. Concentrated
Definition: (adj) wholly directed toward one thing
Location Placed: Starbucks, Edison, New Jersey
Date Placed: 2/17/19 at 11:47am

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After meeting a friend for brunch, I popped over to Starbucks to pick up a drink for my ride home. It was set right down the way from the Top Golf, which is a place I've not been to but heard a lot about. A driving range coupled with a bar, appropriate for all seasons. It definitely seems like it's a good time, and I'm hoping to be able to go up there some time. It's been probably over a decade, at least, since I've been to a driving range!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

917. Facetious

917. Facetious
Definition: (adj) joking, playful, tongue-in-cheek
Location Placed: Starbucks, Edison, New Jersey
Date Placed: 1/6/19 at 12:13pm
Status: FOUND!

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After brunch, I looked up a couple places to put cranes since I'm not normally in this area. However, after my trip, I realized I hadn't put more cranes in my little pouch that I bring around. Bummer! So I had to be strategic. I had planned on going to the Menlo Park Mall as I had never been there before, but I only had one crane left. That is when I passed by Starbucks and made a split second decision to make that my placement location for the last crane I had on me. And it certainly worked out because this crane was FOUND!

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This crane was found by Mary's son, Aidan. "Good afternoon, while out with my kids today, my 11 year old found a Crane at our local Starbucks in Edison. NJ. He immediately came home to check out your website.. what a cool idea! Thanks so much for doing this. Here’s Aidan with the Crane he found!" In a subsequent email Mary said, "He was quite excited to find the Crane and your website, he’s excited just to be a part of it! Such a neat idea. Aidan loves learning about other places and he’s completely fascinated to see all the places the Crane has ended up." So happy to hear from a crane finder, especially one as jazzed as Aidan! Hopefully Aidan has a lot of wonderful trips in his future to all the fun places he's learned about!

916. Aflutter

916. Aflutter
Definition: (adj) nervously excited
Location Placed: Metuchen Train Station, Metuchen, New Jersey
Date Placed: 1/6/19 at 11:55am

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A friend had suggested we meet for brunch at a cute eatery in Metuchen, Hatch 44. I had never been up this way before, and I do love me some brunch and quality time with good friends. This place did not disappoint! I had waffles with oreos and cream. Definitely a decadent treat! It wasn't very big, so I could see how it would quickly fill up during the busy times, so make sure to go early. I'd definitely enjoy a meal there again, that's for sure!

915. Self-Discipline

915. Self-Discipline
Definition: (n) the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses
Location Placed: Terminal 7, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
Date Placed: 12/29/18 at 7:57am

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An earlier morning flight was in order for us since we were flying back across all U.S. time zones. Definitely didn't leave ourselves near enough time to make it through where we needed to in order to get in line early for boarding. We still managed to pick up a meal, but didn't get to fully explore the airport. Although a HUGE airport, LAX is situated in a horseshoe with a couple little shortcuts just in case you're at one of the areas on the other side of the horseshoe. Mighty convenient!

914. Moral

914. Moral
Definition: (n) a lesson, especially one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience
Location Placed: Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Date Placed: 12/18/18 at 5:04pm

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After buying the requisite Christmas ornament to remember our trip, we wandered into a side room right in the castle, not knowing what it was. It was a little room showing some little bits and bobs related to Sleeping Beauty's Castle! I was not expecting a little room tucked away, but it was nice to have a little poke around and see what was what. Definitely worth it if you have a couple minutes to spare!

913. Sufficient

913. Sufficient
Definition: (adj) adequate, ample, abundant
Location Placed: Starbucks, California Adventure, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Date Placed: 12/28/18 at 3:42pm

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It ended up being a bit colder in California than we had anticipated. Definitely could've used my gloves if I had brought a larger bag in with me. And maybe a light jacket to go over our hoodies. But the good thing about being in a park is that there are no lack of warm beverages and indoor shops to warm up in. That is just what we ended up doing when the sun started to set and the nip of the evening set in.

912. Genial

912. Genial
Definition: (adj) friendly and cheerful
Location Placed: Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, California Adventure, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Date Placed: 12/28/18 at 3:07pm
Status: FOUND! On 12/28/18

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The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a really neat little wilderness area where there are rope bridges, climbing walls, swings, ziplines, and neat looking caves. It's a fun place for folks of all ages that doesn't require waiting in line. It also has some fun facts about California scattered around as well. It was a nice thing to do as we didn't have enough time to wait on line for another ride but still wanted to enjoy a bit more time at the park before departing.

And this crane has been found by Brandy! Brandy wrote, "Yes! I was happy to continue with the crane quest. I have been making cranes since 5th grade and am now 35, so it was nice to find it along our adventure. We took our young daughter to Disneyland for a vacation and we utterly enjoyed the Redwood Challenge Trail; I was happy to come upon your little treasure along the way. I will place it again when I find a good location. Thank you for taking the time to make people smile. It's the little things in life that bring joy."
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