|Maya and Naomi at Coney Island Beach|
|Steve, Don'tae, Maya Steve's sister, Naomi, niece and sister-inlaw|
My brother left to start his new life in the Bay area yesterday though he still has his house in NJ. We drove up yesterday to my brother-in-laws's. There is no way to get there without paying $12 in bridge tolls which is sort of making us hesitate going back and forth so much. There was a sign that the Outrebridge Crossing was $12 but we didn't think we saw where they could have scanned our easy pass. Must check our account.
We had a nice family brunch made by my brother-in-law's wife. Both Steve's siblings are here along with his brother's step-daughter. At brunch, his sister's best friend stopped by with her daughter. Lots of people here and having a baby here makes things very chaotic. They are saints for letting us stay. We are in a heavily Jewish Orthodox area were the men have the tall black hats, forelocks and always wear heavy black coats. The women rarely are seen except yesterday going to and from shul. Their heads are covered with wigs outside the home. We visited Coney Island where Steve grew up and walked the boardwalk. Naomi, Dontae and their step cousin rode The Cyclone, almost 100 years old all ricketedy.
Later I ran up and down Ocean Parkway, a boulevard lined with trees and park benches flanked by several Jewish neighborhoods. A woman with bare legs is not acceptable but it was so warm, I really did not want to wear long pants. I was tired and dehydrated. It felt good to be moving . I haven't had much time or energy to run and I feel guilty.
|Maya enjoying a chair at my brother's house|
|Naomi, Don'tae and her step cousin on the cyclone|
|On the Boardwalk|
|Dinner at everyone's favorite Italian restaurant in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn|