My day started with a genuine New York City bagel, and I can still smell the savory "everything" bagels I'm bringing home to my family. I ran some errands with Cindy, here in sun-dappled Queens, where birds are singing in the warm weather. I did some shopping and we've spent a lot of time hanging out today, which has also been fun.

I get to meet my friend's boyfriend in a little while; I've been waiting this whole trip for that! I get to grill him on his intentions, hint at future offspring, and ask pointed questions about the date of the wedding. Well, Cindy says I can't do any of that, but we'll see . . .
Ariel Rainey