Another good day today. First we went to Mass at the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was pretty cool. It’s a beautiful church with ornate shrines and statues and gorgeous architecture. I also had a pleasant and unexpected surprise; the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine (which is in the St. Patrick’s sanctuary) has relics from six Polish saints, including my patron: St. Maximilian Kolbe!

We also got some emergency umbrellas from a street vendor; stupid rain!

After changing out of church clothes, we made our way by subway to the ferry terminal in lower Manhattan for an afternoon out at Liberty and Ellis Islands. That was a lot of fun too. That’s one big statue. Unfortunately we couldn’t go up in the crown, but we were able to go up to the top of the base.

We headed back uptown to Times Square (with a nice musical intercession along the way) where we had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. As I had heard, the food was overpriced and mediocre . . . but the atmosphere was awesome, and there was all kinds of cool rock & roll memorabilia around. After a bit more walking around Times Square, we headed back to the hotel. Here are my pics:

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.