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28–29 February 2008
At 8.10 on Thursday, 28 February 2008, Amtrak train number 56, the Vermonter, departed from Washington’s Union Station. We were on board, along with Susan’s sister and brother-in-law and their children. The train slowly pulled out of the railyard then quickly gained speed as it made its way up the Northeast Corridor. Through Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Trenton we sped, across the countryside of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey on the way to our destination—New York City. We were officially off to get married!
We arrived at New York’s Pennsylvania Station a little over three hours later, at 11.18. We hopped aboard the 1/2/3 line of the New York City Subway and traveled uptown one stop, to Times Square-42 St. That was where we would find our hotel, the Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square at 1568 Broadway.
Dustin anxiously checked in and went to his room. In making the reservation online, he had included a note indicating that the stay was for his own wedding and asking, if possible, for an extra-special room. And the hotel delivered! They had put him in room 3903. It was a corner room, with wraparound windows that offered stunning views up 7th Avenue to Central Park, of the Hudson River to the west, of Times Square below, and of the tops of the skyscrapers all around. The suite had a sitting area, a dining table, a separate bedroom, and two bathrooms. It was far nicer than we had expected.
That evening, Susan’s parents took us and everyone already in New York for the wedding—Karen, Bob, M.H.G., C.H.G., Matt H., Matthew B., and Rebecca—out to eat at Our Place Shanghai Tea Garden, a Chinese restaurant at 141 East 55th Street. The food was good, but the company on the night before our wedding was best of all.