OK, I am set for awhile. There is no better way to realize your humanity, than to spend eight days in NYC. The people and vast subway system almost overshadow my purpose: to discover new things and absorb the city and its art. Limitations are realized; biting off small chunks is hard. I wandered through The Cloisters, Whitney, Soho stores, MOMA, the MET, Guggenheim and the garment district. I wish I had spent some time sketching in the galleries, but overall, they are crowded. I will do this in San Francisco. Textiles-wise, the garment district remains intact, despite the new designer-as-entertainment focus. B&J Fabrics was filled with amazing fabrics. Mood Fabrics is still useful, and I purchased a new dress form there! How frustrating to discover I cannot absorb it all or walk from 86th to the tip of Manhattan anymore in one swoop. I'm a flaneur who stops often for snacks & refreshment, pah! Luckily Nathaniel was the best guide on his days off. He knew how to turn this ultra-sensory squash into a spectacular memory!