We are in downtown New York. We have been here several times before and know Manhattan pretty well.

We are discussing our plans for the day while enjoying a caramel macchiato in one of the zillions of Starbucks cafés that help keep New Yorkers awake.

“Let’s see, what will it be this afternoon?” I ask. “We could take some pics from the top of the Empire State Building!” “Again?” says Anouk.

“Skating in Central Park?” I suggest.

“Done that!” Anouk replies.

“Check out the Bronx?” I try.

“Hmmm, maybe not,” is the answer.

“A helicopter flight…?” I persist. Anouk is having one of her attacks of ‘been there, done that’ and rolls her eyes at every suggestion.

“We are in one of the world’s most switched-on cities,” I say. “Why don’t you come up with something.”

Anouk decides to order another coffee while I try to breathe calmly and empty my mind. When she comes back, she has a big smile on her face!

“I’ve got it,”she says. “I picked up a leaflet from TKTS ticket sellers.Why don’t we go to a Broadway show? New York is the capital of live entertainment.”

“Well, I don’t know,” I lie, while secretly thinking it is a great idea.

“What show is on?”

“In an hour, we can go and see Billy Elliott,” she says. “No, too girly,” I say.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?” she asks. “No, too Australian,” I say.

She didn’t make it easy on me and I’m not going to make it easy on her.

“The Lion King?” Anouk persists. “Mmm, no, too childish,” I reply.

“Pfff,” Anouk sighs, “Do you want to stay in this Starbucks all day? Come on, I’ll look off-Broadway; maybe we can find something cooler there.

What would you like to see?”

“I don’t know, something that really rocks,” I say.

Anouk scans the leaflet and then her eyes light up. “Here’s the perfect show, Rock of Ages. What do you think?”

“Cool,” I smile. “Let’s rock!”

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