If you ever want to take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, but you forgot to leave your pocket knife at home, there is a nice street vendor selling hats and t-shirts right outside the line for the ferry who will hold onto your knife for you for $10. I know, because we went there this weekend with Johnnycake and Dimples and a bunch of Cowboy's coworkers, and I forgot to leave my Swiss Army knife at home. The one Dad got me for my Confirmation. It was one of those hectic mornings, where Dano didn't wake up as early as normal, so I had to wake him up and then he was cranky, plus there were two extra people using the bathroom, etc. And I forgot to leave my pocket knife at home, even though Cowboy reminded me. We also forgot to bring along the water bottles we'd put in the fridge, or Cowboy's backpack to carry stuff. It was one of those mornings.
But other than me spending the whole time on the islands with half my mind worrying that I'd lost my Swiss Army knife for good, we had a lovely time. We all got to go up the base of the Statue of Liberty, we took a tour at Ellis Island, and we got to spend time with Johnnycake and Dimples, which is always pleasant. And when we got back to the mainland, the guy gave me back my knife! I was so happy, I tipped him $5. So all's well that ends well, as Ma Ingalls says in the Little House books.