When did I build a moat? We're putting up a big wall, but I'm pretty sure there's no moat.
Heading back home, thank God, New York is okay but it's far too crowded and busy for me. I'm glad I wasn't driving, I let my minion handle it and she got me a car and driver while I was here (a Merc S550), and it wasn't too much more than using cabs (I figured it up) but a hell of alot cleaner and more personable. Beat the hell out of renting a car and driving myself around the city, that's for sure. The driver was a hoot, the young guy worked really hard to anticipate my needs and help me with anything (knew the entire city like the back of his hand), though trying to set me up with a "date" was probably a little too much. He asked if I was married, I told him "sure am", and then he asked if I preferred blondes or redheads. LOL! I said, "I don't fool around with anyone but my wife". Guy shakes his head, "Sir, you have no idea how rare you are."
Even hooked me up with some great gifts for my wife at a jewelry shop in Greenwich Village, it had the most impressive gothic assortment I've ever seen, it wasn't until we were back in the car and on to my next appointment that I found out that the place was kind of famous/infamous (Catherine Angiel). Oh well, what I bought was nice.
Visiting Ahmed was awesome, he's simply fraking hilarious. For those who didn't read the 458 posts, he loves to hurl insults while you're car shopping. I'm sure it's not for everyone, some have thin skin, but I had a ball. It's as close to haggling in a Middle Eastern bazaar as you can get in the USA. He really appreciated me going along with it.
"What do you know about cars, Lefty, I thought you drove camels?" (Essentially called him a thief and camel jockey in one sentence, I'm proud of that one.)
"May your jewels shrivel and turn green, you ignorant pale devil!"