The car picked us up at 8:30 am yesterday and we breezed into New York on the Acela smack on time, where another car took us to the W Union Square, a few blocks from my daughter’s apartment. The driver then took us back uptown for some heavy duty shopping in Bergdorf’s and Tourneau.We rendezvoused with my daughter and son-in-law for pre-theater dinner at 5 Napkin Burger (don’t laugh, it’s in Zagat’s, requires reservations, and dinner for four was $200!). The burgers were as advertised, as were deep fried pickles and sauerkraut. Then off to Billy Elliot, which was terrific, about 95% of the London performance we caught a couple of years ago.Observation: Restaurant packed, theater filled, high-end stores mostly empty. Today it’s a haircut at the Barrett Salon back in Bergdorf’s, lunch with Omar (co-author of The Global Consultant) at Petrossian, then a business meeting at the Grand Havana Room and a cigar from my humidor there (with the best lichee martinis in town).Maria is helping Danielle cook all day, sounds like a fair division of labor!Maria and I send our best to everyone for a happy and joyous Thanksgiving with loved ones, friends, and family. Life is short. Take some time to appreciate its blessings.(Bergdorf’s Goodman Holiday Windows)(Deserted Grand Havana Room)© Alan Weiss 2009. All rights reserved.