This weekend I got a visit from my awesome Cali friend Amber. Which, as any New Yorker will tell you, meant I took advantage of a bunch of things the city has to offer that I never would have experienced otherwise. And, somehow, almost all of those things tied in with the Mechalarum theme!

First, we spent some time helping out with a coastal cleanup, and got to see several massive helicopters landing right below the NYC skyline.

Next, we headed over to the awesome Singularity & Co scifi + fantasy bookstore in Brooklyn to check out their collection of used and classic books.

The sections are clearly marked, for those who get easily distracted - or lost!

Tastefully appointed. Oh-so-apropos decorations!

And some awesome illustrations to stir the imagination!

Then we stopped off at the Hayden Planetarium. Definitely the space-iest thing I've seen up close so far in New York.

Got to see a big chunk of space material.

Cool space pictures.

And finished with a stop at the American Museum of Natural History to check out the fantastically varied morphologies of flying creatures.

Hmm, maybe I can get some ideas for my next Mechalarum suit costume...