* Had my shoes shined in an airport... first shone shine ever. My "shiner" was a nuice man in his 50's who said he shined shoes as a youth, then "took 40 years off" and did other things. He said some expensive shoes can last 17 YEARS with regular shining and a few resolings (if that's not a word, it should be).
* Saw my first opera at the Yamato theatre in NYC. Enjoyed it. The theater was only 25 feet wide, the stage only 20. It was in English - this turned out to be just fine.
* Overheard at a NY Deli to a waittress: "Hey - have you gained weight?"