Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

UCPN Breakfast with Santa

This morning, I did a mascot gig with Hi-4 at the UCPN Breakfast with Santa event at the Long Island Mariott in Uniondale. Also there for Hi-4 were Damian K., foxwell, and rapidtrabbit. In addition, there was another group with Elmo, Simba, and Winnie the Pooh mascots. (No Barney this time because they were missing one performer.) We see them at every UCPN event.

I thought this was a good event. People were nice and kids were well-behaved. The younger ones really seemed to like the costumed characters. We started off with general mingling and posing for photos. Then we had a dance and Santa made his appearance. Took a break and things started winding down but I did one more walkabout in costume to wave goodbye to the attendees. After the gig, we went to Colony Diner in East Meadow. Everyone else had breakfast platters but I had to be a maverick and order a fried fish sandwich. (It's hard to tell from the picture that it's a sandwich because the fish fillet was larger than the bun.)

After that, we went our separate ways. I did some geocaching. It was cloudy and very cold. 24-35°F. The strong wind, especially at the shore, made it seem colder still. I got five quick geocaches and then turned around to head back to Flushing for dinner. Before that though, I decided to hit one last geocache in Queens near the LaGuardia Airport. By coincidence, MMacgown and Sakiman arrived at the cache site at the same time as I did. It's the second time a chance meetup has happened. With three pairs of eyes looking, we made short work of the cache.

Then I went to Flushing Chinatown. I had nasi lemak and roti canai at Curry Leaves. I'm quite impressed with their nasi lemak. I think it's actually better then the old country. They didn't skimp on the spices in the chicken curry and that made all the difference. After dinner, I took a walk up Roosevelt Avenue, as usual, to buy some snacks to take home. I think they're starting to see me as a regular customer and are handing out perks accordingly. I got a discount from the sweet bean curd vendor. I also got a free red bean soup sample from Curry Leaves.

Some photos from the gig: (Photography by Damian K.)

Tags: breakfast with santa, curry leaves, flushing chinatown, geocaching, long island, mascot gig, ucpn

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