We got back from NYC last night. What a wonderful short trip! We drove up on Tuesday, stayed overnight in a friend’s apartment, then departed for Manhattan on Wednesday morning. Met friends for lunch at an Indian buffet, then checked into the Lombardy for our night on the town.

We had a great room. They called it a “studio” rather than a suite, but it had a living room and kitchen area, as well as a huge bedroom. Really nice!

After we hung up our stuff, we set off into a chilly blast of NY wind to look at holiday decorations. The windows at Berdorf Goodman were amazing, gorgeous, wild and creative. See them if you get a chance. We saw the big tree at Rockefeller Center, and walked through Tiffany’s to warm up.

Then we went back to the hotel, and got dressed for the theater. The Hugh Jackman “Back on Broadway” show at the Broadhurst was just wonderful. I am such a fan of his. That man has charisma in spades. He was so cute, funny, handsome, sexy, and charming it ought to be illegal. Not to mention that he can sing and dance. He’s no Gene Kelly, but he’s very watchable. And his singing voice is very nice indeed. He deserved his Tony. We saw a few minutes of his Peter Allen persona from “The Boy from Oz.” What an about-face! Suddenly he was totally GAY, flirting with the guys in the front row, dressed in gold lame.

He did a lovely tribute to his home, with Aborigines playing digeridoo, and recitations in their native language. It brought back our trip to Australia last summer.

Jackman ended the show by raising a LOT of money for “Broadway Cares” by auctioning off the tank tops and belt he’d worn in the show, plus signed posters. When the bidding STARTED at a thousand dollars, I was not tempted to bid. But he really put himself out to raise the money.

The next day we went off to the Museum of Natural History — along with about a million other people who all had the same idea, unfortunately. I ran into FB and s.f. field pal Janna Silverstein (who lives in SEATTLE) — what are the odds?

Rob and Victoria and Michael and I nevertheless managed to have a good time. And later that night, we had Italian food at a little place only a block or so from the museum.

It was a wonderful trip!