One of the things I love about the city is the opportunity it affords for constantly discovering new places. Today both Carol and I wandered Governor's Island for the first time. It's a former military base, and there are remnants of that - cannons, barracks, even a fortress. In 2003 the federal government sold the island to the people of New York for a buck. Six years later, we finally claimed our share of the buck. We took the free ferry ride out to the island to picnic, check out the art shows, and explore. Several parts of the island do have a military feel. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that some areas also had a college campus aura - especially Nolan Park. One of my favorite parts of our afternoon trip was a photo exhibit which captured everyday life scenes on the island back when the Coast Guard used it as a residential community and operations base. There were beautiful snapshots of a bowling alley, movie theater, even a Burger King - blurring the line between military and civilian life.