John and Chip

While in New York City a few weeks ago, we ate at John’s. Four stars in my book. Two thumbs way up. This place has some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted, and I consider myself a pizza connoisseur. We all loved it…which is rare because my Mom only eats beets and carrots (gag) and things that are green. To our surprise, this 90 pound woman ate THREE SLICES! I think we might have called my Dad on that one. He didn’t believe us.

Someone did gripe when she found out that a beer cost $6. Then she proceeded to order one. Or two. I’m just saying.


And because my family is not weird enough, my sister pulls out Chip on our last day. Chip is a stuffed animal that my sister’s dog Freddie loves. My brother-in-law stuffed Chip in the camera case and asked Jamie to take pictures of him in NYC. Get this…to annoy their dog.

I know. What the crap?

It soon became the thing that had my sister and I in a fit of giggles walking down Broadway. My Mom, annoyed with us, kept asking if we needed to hail a cab. She loved the power she felt when they pulled up to the curb.

I know. Bless all of our hearts.

So I thought I would leave you with some of my favorite Chip moments:

Here he is at Hardrock Cafe

On Broadway

And excited about the movie on the way home.

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April 25, 2008 4:25 pm

Even though I have been reading your Bach recaps for a while now, I have never felt the need to comment on one of your posts*. Until now.

My family takes pictures of various stuffed animals while on vacation, too. We have been doing it for years. It’s kind of weird, yes, but terribly funny to us. I’m glad that you experienced the joy that is taking random stuffed animal to public places and taking pictures — and that you enjoyed it.


*(Not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I can only say “that was awesomely funny” so many times. Mostly, I just laugh to myself and that is that.)

April 25, 2008 4:53 pm

I just had to comment on this post for several reasons. First, I am flying from Austin to New York (not direct of course but through Dallas) next week and I am always looking for new places to experience up there since this will be my fourth trip to the city. Secondly, I love the pictures of Chip in NYC (abso- freakin-lutely hilarious). If you have more, you should post them. Chip in NYC reminds me of the Cingular commercial where the dad takes pictures of the stuffed monkey to send to his wife and daughter. But I do have a story for you on that note. The first time I went to New York a friend of the group I was going with was having surgery and couldn’t join us on the trip. So someone got the bright idea to put pictures of this particular friend on Popsicle sticks and take pictures with the Popsicle sticks where ever we went. You should have seen the face of the Rockette at Radio City when we asked her to pose with Rachel on a stick!

April 27, 2008 6:43 am

Lincee that is too funny! A colleague of mine and I did a similar thing when on a business trip to Vienna. Someone brought these squeezy lightbulb thingys with bendy arms and legs and a smiley face printed on them (and the logo on the back). So we started taking pics of ‘Connor’ everywhere (no idea where that name came from). We got him in the Vienna Opera House (so cool!), stuck in our waiters pocket while he served us wine, sitting drunkenly with the empty wine glasses, on the plane, etc. We cracked up every time too! We put these pics into our wrap-up ppt slide show when we got home…hee hee.

April 28, 2008 12:27 am


Chip is awesome! I hope the dog isn’t too jealous when he sees what a great time Chip had in NYC though. 🙂 My favorite is the pic of Chip on Broadway! Hilarious! Thanks for the fantastic idea. My son and I are going to Switzerland this summer and I’m sure we’ll have Horsie along with us…he’s been my son’s favorite stuffed animal since he (my son) was 2. I can just see Horsie now in front of a shop full of Swiss watches…

Aloha from Kauai!


April 28, 2008 6:29 am

My dog has the same toy, and is also obsessed with it! I’m going to have to remember to bring it along the next time I go on vacation! Thanks, Lincee’s brother-in-law, for the idea! 🙂

April 28, 2008 7:09 am

I have to admit I have taken pics of my stuffed animal in New York (and flight to New York). My friend and I had a blast taking the pics! Most people just laughed and helped when needed.

I am glad to know I will have friends in the loonie bin!

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April 28, 2008 7:03 pm

It was Chip that ordered the beers. Wasn’t it??

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