Wednesday, December 8, 2010

blog numero 3 nyc 12/05/10

So I've almost lived here for 2 months! It's been fun. No job yet and no I dont need anyone pestering me bc i will get one when I get one.With that being said, the job hunt starts tomorrow and so I wanted to write my blog today... Man i have had lots of visitors. At one time, we had 4 or 5 people spending the night in this little apt. craziness.

ok so the Jeanne bartending thing never happenned-in fact I havent even seen her yet. let's do a recap of when the girls-Sara Monday thr Sat day and Court and Hedy overlapped some staying thursday thru Monday day. Lynz came in late Friday and left early Sunday so only a day.

Here's what we did busy, busy, busy-nonstop. spent 600 bucks in a week! ah! I had Sara write up what we did b4 I forgot, but ill add to it some.

Monday - November, 8, 2010
-Sara showed up around 11 AM
-Williamsburg for Lunch - went to "Sea" (amazing decor - highlight of the lunch was free appetizers for everyone and free drinks for Sara and Seth)
-Roebling Tea Room
-Sara went to Colbert Report (front seats that hoe) with Julia and her friend Brooke
-Met Sara and Julia with Seth at Garage. hadnt seen Julia in almost 3? years! for tail end of live jazz performance Sara got so into the music that Sara started talking about patients out of nowhere-Sara has lots of those spacy moments super funny
-Back to Vic's place for Vic's yummy yummy stuffed mushrooms and brownies with olive oil (yumm!)
-Highlight of the night - Sara's cellphone ringing at 5 in the morning with Vicky getting every question "WRONG!" (I never tried to answer them -Sara has set her alaram so that she has to solve math problems when she wakes up..what a nerd haha
Tuesday - November 9, 2010
-Woke up at 11, and decided to go to Athom Cafe, which was closed =(
Walked around and came across a ghettoish Italian pizzeria - I had some yummy eggplant parmigiano!
-Went to the TKTS booth in downtown Brooklyn and purchased discount Orchestra seats for The Phantom of The Opera!!!
-Brooklyn bridge - absolutely amazing views and sights-really awesome
-Rushed home and got ready in 30 mins (unbelievable)
-Phantom of the Opera with Vic and Julia ($5 dollar water - you better have saved that bottle, poster, photo session) This was my first Broadway show. Glad i got to see it with a theatre gal-Julia and super excited Sara who have an appreciation for it. I was sick but it was amazing-great music
-Shake shack - for burgers yummm!
-Went to bed early (2 AM is early) because we couldn't find Spartacus online

Wednesday - November 10, 2010
-Got to The Met around 1 (rushed like crazy that morning - ate granola bars on the train) - amazing amazing time there - Egyptian Exhibit, Islamic Arts, South EAST Asian Arts ;), the peaceful Chinese garden-, my favorite Egyptian temple/tomb? - ahh bliss! Vic got a hot dog from the food cart.
-Took the M4 bus down to 57th St. Then, ran "run like youve never ran before, Sara!" and walked from 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue - we probably looked like idiots.
Finally, I hailed a cab and we got to the our destination - The Daily Show!
...only to be rejected by the show, because someone got there too late (*cough*Seth and Peter*cough*). Decided to go to the Colbert Report again, but the standby list was too long.
-Walked to Totto Ramen - left the guys there and just started walking...commencing our little adventure...
Reach Broadway St. and found Crumbs (I had it on my list!!) - went in and discovered orgasmic cupcakes. Vic got a Bryant Park cupcake (and started moaning-hey it was the best cupcake ive ever had chocolate with chocolate mousse and cream cheese frosting with white chocolate flakes) and Sara got a Blackbottom cheesecake Walked to Radiance Tea House -We ordered yummy yummu miso soup. Then, Vic decided to order pork dumplings! Fun place!
Walked to 53rd and 6th for some Halal Chicken and Rice -this is a rediculously popular food stand
Went home to watch some hilarious stand-up comedy (Russell Peters)
Thursday - November 11, 2010
-Waited for Hedy and Courtknee to get to Williamsburg from the Airport - it took them 2 hours!!
-Went to a cool vintage store where the owner (interesting guy) was playing some creepy music. Bought a cool record - Cat Stevens!
-Finally after what seemed like an eternity, the girls came! Courtknee with her "drunken" luggage
-Got ready and headed to the Best Deli shop in NYC rated number 1 on our very useful yelp (longest walk) - Graham Meats and Deli with Vic, Hedy, Courtknee, Seth, Peter, and Aid
-Walked to park ("just around the corner," according to Peter...was another few minutes walk). Saw floating heads in a car. Ate the best sandwiches EVER! sooo soo good.  3 lbs of meat! carefully prepared
got ready for a night out in the town
-Reached China Town - quickly browsed through the market, and then went off to Little Italy (yes, Sara is pronouncing the "A," as I type this). Went into Ferrara and had the best cannolis ever. My first canolli! we all tried to find our name on signs and we all did except Sara
-Met up with the guys at Kabin for some stand-up comedy. Turns out that the show didn't start till 9:30.
-Walked to McSorley's and had drinks
-Headed back to Kabin for some free stand-up comedy - fun times - fugaize Courtney "Black people are just funnier I dont know why"
-Went to Sultana to smoke some Hookah with everyone pretty fun
- I was drunk so went to some Pita  Belgian french fry shop
-Then, LIT Lounge-a club that we went to when we dressed like smurfs- dancing to Back that Ass Up, Killing Me Softly, Dougy

Friday - November 12, 2010
-Woke up late (surprise!) again. While everyone got ready, Hedy and Sara went to Princess Bakery
-Went to the Central Park and walked around - enjoyed the gorgeous weather.
-Went to Serendipity 3. An hour long wait, so we went to Dylan's Candy store and went to Bloomingdale's. Met up with Julia and Glyness a friend of Court's and headed back to Serendipity 3 Everyone had some frozen hot chocolate what they are known- yummylicious
-Went across the street and went to Patsy's for pasta e fagioli, others had pizza
-Went to Broadway/Times Square area, toys r us,  and then to Crumbs again-red velvet not as good
-Started the journey to JFK to get Lyndsay-one of the most fun parts-we played Would you rather this or this, Out of these three who would you kill, marry, do, etc. hilarious
-picked up Lynz and then went to Ana Maria's for some delish pizza, then home

Saturday - November 13th, 2010
Sara had to leave on this day
She Got to Union Square, and only had 15 mins to say goodbyes
The rest of us shopped for boots, went to Forever 21
-Found a cute tapas place thanks to Sara's phone and yelp. Called Casa Mono-we all got great tapas there all very tasty
-didnt go to Ippudo and instead walked around, ended up getting Sbarro of all things with everything around us
-Some comedy club promotional guy who sorry Courtney apparently not all black people know how to do the dougy, sold us tickets to Dangerfield's-the MC Ray was hilarious and so were all the standups. much funnier than the guys from the 1st comedy show. ya get what you pay for i guess and the drinks were pricey. Great time there.
Next, we went home and got ready and went out. Yay clubbing with the girls in the city,  only we didnt know where to go but we had heard people talking about the meatpacking district so we went. Didnt know where we were going. Eventually after a while ended up at 675 a coverfree really fun club where Court was flirting with some brits and some guy just planted one on hedy. We danced and I got to catch up with Lynz. Fun time from 2 am  till 4. cabby took up home, i puked on the side of the road and cabby called me and told me my phone was in the cab... we watched a 30 rock episode the following day where that happened to Liz and he brought it back to me

Sunday November 14th
I was not hungover, but didnt feel good to walk around and such so Court and Hedy went. Lynz left :(
then we met up with Justin from high school a good friend of Hedy's at the Rockafeller center, then went to Shake Shack to chat. Justin had a hilarious coming put to his father story.

Monday November 15th
got pizza at the place over by the subway, walked Hedy and Court to subway and they left

Found out that my sister was going to leave on th 20th and that she would therefore not be here for Thanksgiving day, so i decided to come home on the 17th, meaning id get there on the 18th and then we could possibly do an early thanksgiving-it's arbitrary anyways like i called it - Happy the Native americans shared with the white folk and the white folk slaughtered them months later day. However my sisters mother in law was coming at the same time...Let me also mention that yet another bus incident- the motherefin bus broke down for 5 cottonpickin hours on the side of a delaware road, luckinly i was able to upload pics and charge my phone and hang with my new found friend but it still bloew. I decided to write waht i was thankful for in the spirit of thanksgiving i guess.  Chris Goodloe picked me up and we postponed thanksgiving and just had it on the normal day without my sister-the lengths i go to hang out with miss preggy pants. Lola picked out a middle name for the baby- tuna. Luna Tuna haha. I hung out with her and her mother in law until Saturday night, going to Chuck E cheese, hanging with the neices and watching internatioal house hunters, while she packed, ate lumpia and all other things right with the world.

She left and other notable things about my Thanksgiving "break": Got an adorable winter coat from NY and co. with my mom
Went out with Kristena dn April to Kelly's- we looked like poo and still had some guy buy is drinks.. I was drunk and it was fun
Went over to Christians and watched Boys in the hood, and then walked around outside in his slippers looked like we were at an old persons home or an insane asylum. Either way, he\;s one of my only friends that i can hold a deep convo with
went out to Olive gardeen with Jenna and caught up with her
went to Court's friendsgiving-beautifully set up table, good food, and gt to catch up with prego Casey, Sarah, and see hedy and court again-good time
-went to Watermans for 80s night-had so much fun getting ready and singing in Courts room wityh Court, amie, Kelly and April and then outto watermans to dance to 80s music. We all had so much fun that night. went to chichos and saw kia too and russ, and ryan J. drunkskies i was. i hung out at courtney;s for several housrs, but  I wouldnt spend the night tho bc i lov the smell of turkly cooking in the morning or afternoon when i wake up
-"Happy birthday, Victoria" Emmanuel said, oh it was surely my birthday indeed-thanksgiving is the happiest day of the year. MMMM. Great food as always. Poor seth stayed home and didnt have anyone to celebrate wth but  finlayy went and ate with one of his friends. The next day was our 2 year anni but I wouldnt get home until the day after. I think balck friday is some kind of a joke. take people who are in recovering from a hangover from Wednesday, suffering from a food coma from thurday, nevermind Turlkey makes you feel like youre drunka dn then tell them all to go run around town and fight for bargains in long lines with other crazed people. hmm
Black friday-i was one of those crazy people at wal-mart at midnight and the exchange was a madhouse, bestbuy had ppl camping there looked like homeless in an alley, Dad and Alicia bought tvs,i got a crockpot for 3 bucks that was my claim to fame. bought a couple of Christmas presents.

It was time to go home. I bitched about my trips on the Springter bus and got a free ride back to ny. Emman decided to come up with me as he'd never been to NY. He told me he wouldnt come until i got a job bc he did not wantto distract me, but everyone falls for thr NY magic.

1st day: (ok ive been job searching for the past 2 days.. discouraging, but hopeful too)
got home successfully and then went to McDonalds on Small business Saturday, then took naps-Emman realized how Puerto Rican my hood was
-went to Central park and discovered a whole new section of park-beautiful and most fun ive had at central park so far even saw Cleopatra's needle!
-ate at some Irish pub and then went to Times Square-Emman said, "I am really happy right now." took a million pics during this trip also
-fuckin facebook is annoying me telling me theres no pics in my album, but here are the people in the album what kind of sense does that make?
-Seth brought me back 24 roses (1 for each month) we'd been together for our anni
-went to Union Hall in Park Slope a bar in a nice part of brooklyn that has a bocche? ball area, and books everywhere like a library and paintings of old dead important folks-had a bet going on who the guy outside was. I thought it was either Alexander Hamilton or Andrew Jackson. Cool bar
-Got Ana Maria's Pizza!

2nd Day:
-Empire State building 86th floor out of 102 floors observatory-tallest building in city, amazing views, got entertaining audio to listen to and a map pointing all major buildings, streets, etc. out in New York-so cool
-random deli for lunch then decided to wait for seth to go to World trade center the next day so just started walking around-what a great idea that was-saw so much on that walk such as good views of some of the buikdings we'd seen from ESB like Chrysler building-so gorgeous, outside view of Grand Central station, the public library, Rockafeller center but tree not yet lit and then we stumbled in St. Patrick's Cathedral just to look around and take pics, but a mass was just starting so being Catholic and Emmanuel raised so decided to stay. It was beautiful and the 1st day of the Catholic Church's new year. told to make the resolution of charity, no not giving money to the church, but just being charitable in our everyday lives. What a good experience.
-our feet/ his knee hurt a lot but we decided to pick up Seth and go to China town/little Italy. It was not buzzing. Pretty dead, but we went to Ferrara for cannolis, and then walked to the LES and ended up at st marks place and went to Kenka-food was gross, so not the best choice but cotton candy was good and i think that's all we did that night

3rd day
Went to Roberta's for lunch which was a success. yummy pizza, pear salad and emman got good cappucino
-went to the Financial district and went to a mini 9/11 museum, saw one of the world trade center buildings-not yet built and saw the plans for the site-those buildings are going to be ginormous!
Walked around there-emman is an accounting guy now and enjoyed all the financial buildings and their architecture, saw wallstreet, and the Bull! took innapropriate pics with it haha, trinity church was pretty from the outside, but we didnt make it in
Ended our time in the financial district by seeing the statue of liberty during sunset soo pretty
-went to cool Union Square to the open market area, got cider, looked around
-went to McSoreley's and some drinks with the resident cat
-met up with Chris and Peter at Stand for burgers and sweet potato fries where Jasmine (1st time i'd seen her in NY) met us
-went to what we thought was a stand up show invited by seth's coworker, but was a less funny but still entertaining skit show (cling ons-from startrek, space jam song, really not hilarious cops except the black guy)
-walked around the city and took pics of Empire State building
-went inside Grand Central Station
-all of us went back to our place, watched comedy central standups

4th day
-Ippudo with us 4 - a hit
-bye emman

Since then... hmm saw April and her man last Friday. went to their hotel room and then got yummy chicken wings at Boka and Lychee soju. then went out to Central, but after a little bit they dipped. Seth and I chilled then went to Kenka for the cheap beer of course, then back to central where Jasmine would be. Some dude was all over her and so i didnt really get to see her. Drunk talking with Seth at Kenka was fun though. and that night i saw the lit up rockafeller tree. I will go iceskating there before the season is up!

On Saturday, Seth and all went on an arduous and freezing (ef busses!) journey to Queens for his surprise Anniversary dinner. Spanish restaurant called Marbella. had jamon serrano which you know is the love of my life and manchego cheese, cheated on my moms paella with this one which was good, had sangria and dessert consisted of creme brulee. There was a harpist too which was a nice surprise who personally played us Killing me softly one of my favorites although surprising to hear coming out of a harp, there was a customer turned opera singer there too and overall a good restaurant that I hope to make it back too despite the adventure getting out there. Happy 2 year anniversary.

Went to Croxley's on Monday which has an awesome deal for Monday night football, a buck fiddy for 15 wings to see Seth's new team, the jets lose.

Had a really good time last night. Went to Momo Sushi Shake with Peter, Seth, Tomo and his friend So. The place looks like a garage with three cedar? picnic tables in it and the sushi is really good. Had a good time there and then also when we got back to our place and they started drinking. got to know So and chilled with Tomo and then Seth played the violin for everyone.

Ok hope I didnt miss anything. Seth is sleeping bc the routine is now stay up till 4 Am, then he has to be in at work at 9:50 and then he comes home and sleeps... My schedule is wake up at 2 PM i know its awful, look for jobs and cook and clean and play online, call ppl sometimes, and eat dinner and watch 30 rock, and chill until 4 am... productive. I think that everyone should take some time off like this if they can afford it. A re-set. It connects you back to you. I know how it is when you get busy and always stressed out and always on teh go looking at ok whats next whats next..but hanging out with me especially at night and letting your thoughts roam where they may without all that outside noise (not talking about the Puerto rican music) is really healthy. I remember working and being on vacation (people usually need vacations from their vacations if youre go, go, go, on them too) and i couldnt even relax because I was like oh man im missing so much at work, everything's piling up. Ohh I should really respond to this email... this is nice but of course financially a bit stressful.

Ok caught up ttyl!

starting to write Yelp reviews for everything

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New York entry 2 11/02/10

So sitting at Chris's drinking his home made pumpkin beer, staring at the deer head jutting out from the wall and watching them play xbox live with Sean who's being just as lame in VB haha. Just talked to Sara and was planning with her what we were going to do when she got here. We have a little calendar (why isnt that word spelled CalendEr?) that we're working off of. You know i gotta be productive.

So dont know if i mentioned that there's a place across the street where you get you pick out you own live chicken and they slaughter it and pluck it for yas. Hmm I can't get personal with my food before i eat it, although i had never thought twice about eating a fish with the head on until one of my friends freaked out about it. I think my mm or my dad sucks the head haha that sounded funny of fish and shrimp? I dunno. Anyways, so I went home on the 22nd because of family stuff and hung out with them the whole time. It was fun. TJ maxxin, walmartin, targetin, and lots of good food and Yama!, good to see my sister and the girls after a while of not seeing them. We celebrated my brother's 30th bday with amazing food, cake and got him a kindle, and i brought back a bunch of stuff for my apt like a pan, platos hondos, cups, curtains to block out the light and it promisd it would block out noise, but i still hear the song. Had fun at home hangin with the fam. The bus ride up there, i took a nice bus, it was 60 bucks round trip and though it left almost an hour late, it was clean, had free wi-fi, played movies like Killers, Star Trek and some generic Twilight movie- I will never watch that movie, and what else free bottled water. The trip back was not quite so nice. The nice bus decided to cancel for 2 whole days and i had to fight with Tammy, who's English and customer service skilled sucked. My brother in law helped me fight her...took a long ass time to get that squared away, but finally did. anyways, i left on the 28th back to NY and took a ghetto China bus. I almost died a few times. First, there was a Chinese black war on the bus, the bus driver and a family cussed each other out ending with why dont you learn how to write English, Im from this country mother efer and threats to go back to Newport News. Turns out the family claiming they could read English and the Chinese couldnt, were indeed wrong, but as all the other passengers said, "i want gon' say nu'in" anyways after the war, i met a nice guy who was qually annoyed at al facets of the ghetto bus. Someone spilled a Mr. Pibb on the bus and i put my bag down on it. Then, the guy behind me propped his stinky feet my my face, then the bus driver slams on his break and my ipod that has been out of its case twice since i got it in 2005 went flying 3 seats down in that nasty mr pibb. I knew it would happen because i had bragged about how it was scratch free and i was being punished for it somehow with a nice scratch on the screen. I was so upset, which i know is dumb because it's a material thing, but still. The bus as dirty and whatever i was miserable. Too bad that a plane costs so much more... at least 160 bucks plus rides to and from airport. And get this the bus company actually has it in their terms and conditions that you cant bring corpses on the bus. pheww-glad they had that in writing, i almost brought ol' Frankie Sinatra. Anywho, Seth met me in China town and we went home.

We watched one of the greatest movies of all time-Hocus Pocus and get ready for the rally in DC

Seth got an offer from another place, but decided to go with Paragon. They are having a....

ok so it's now 11/07/10 sorry for the delay and lapse in story...
DC rally. Put on our costumes and slabbed on the facepaint-papa smurf, Smurfette and Beaker and went on the bus with the Colbert audience and colbert's interns. Nice bus and snacks/metro fare included. We met this nice older lady who hung out with us for a while and the main Colbert guy was cool. There was at least 250,000 people there and we got Special Guest passes which means that we got to be closer up than everyone else except the VIPs. It was a cool experience. At times it felt a little slow, but still very cool. There was musical performances by" The Roots, John Legend, The OJs, Cat Stevens!, Ozzy, Sheryl Crowe, Kid Rock -not my favorite at all but he wasnt too bad, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, some guy from Law and Order, etc. Mythbusters guys. Besides musical performances, John Stewart and Colbert did some skits and going back and forth with each other. Pretty funny. Colbert's so funny. For his entrance, he pretended that he was a couple thousand feet down as a Chilean miner and came out with the Chilean flag "when i say chi, you say lay, chi-lay, chi-lay" So pretty good time. And Jon Stewart's ending speech was a good one-it wasnt bashing on the retarded tea party or anything, but more positive. We thought that everyone would be dressed up, but there werent too many ppl. Sadly enough, being a smurf was the closest I've ever come to being famous. Sad, I know. But everywhere we went people were snapping pics like crazy like"poppa"razzi, we'd hear "smrfs!" everywhere. Our signs read, "We put the Blue in red, white and blue. Papa smurf for Congress, who's your papa?" and the other said, "We're here, were smurfs, deal with it with a if i may say so myslef, a very good depiction of the 2 smurfs painted on. Peter or rather Beaker's sign was on point it said is a series of colors and sizes one solitary word: MEEP!My face hurt from smiling. I swear Seth and I have 500+pics out in cyber space. We found a few. We were interviewed a few times also. This one girl nonchalantly walked by and said" ha, gangbanged" to me. Hilarious. Well that night when we got back, we walked through Times Square, only we looked unkempt and looked more like homeless smurfs than anything, but still people wanted pics-like kids. We were a hit. People dont make eye comtact on the subway, but youd see people just look and smile to themselves. We made children happy, and a couple of old men who would tell me that their street name was papa smurf. Best costumes we saw were the clockwork orange crew, a used condom, and Captain planet, nad of course, Quailman. Didnt you always wonder, if Quialman was a figment of Doug's imagination, why did he put him in a makeshift costume. Why woudl you draw a belt on your head, when you could draw a medallion of pure gold? i know right.
After all that, we went to Mayumi's roomates birthday party pretty late and met some cool peeps there, none of them had played kings before and they all had a ball with us. Left at like 6 am. Next night on Halloween, we went out with Peter and some of his friends from the restaurant. Went to Crocodile Lounge which was dead but with every single drink purchase, you get a free personal cheese pizza. Isn't that rediculous and awesome? After that, we went to Lit, a coverfree club and that was fun. I needed some dancing, and hadnt been to a club in a long time. That will change when the girls get here, yay!

So because the girls are coming and that whole unemployment thing, I need some cash. With rent, loans, cell phone, food, laundry and everything else that doesnt stop coming despite lack of funds, the girls coming will be pretty expensive too. Seth got a job with Paragon sports- they are just finlaizing what exactly he will be doing for them. He worked like 70+ hours this past week for them. He asked me if I wanted to work  a temp job also in the New York City Marathon Expo where 40,000 runners would be picking up their pacets for the race and several companies would have booths there to purchase from. Paragon sports had 25 of the 75. Seth told his boss I was cute and they put me in the Puma booth. "Don't smudge those pumas" I had to go in and train at Paragon on Tuesday which entailed looking at 3 racks of Puma clothes and learning about tennis shoes from this nice runner that worked there. I was so proud of myself. That was the first time I had ridden the subway by myself and I found the store with no problem. I had left my house 2 hours early, so now i was an hour an a half early. Made it home perfectly too. Then for the next four days, Seth and I would get up at 6 something in the morning (even harder cuz it's cold) and take 2 trains to the Javitz convention center. Wednesday, I reported to the Puma booth and set up and Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 12 hours everyday, I worked the expo. It was fun, met some cool people from Puma and Paragon and worked hard, but joked around with everyone I was working with. Got a bunch of free puma gear fo free like shoes, a watch, pants, 2 shirts, a hat. We had the most fun booth with a race track that calculated your mph, which i was charged with getting people to sign up for and keep track of the fastest male and female. it would hurt to see them fall like they were diving into a slip and slide. I had fun with all the foreign folks, even got to use some of my spanish. I got to wear Hussein Bolt-fastest man ever in the world blow-up arms and dance around with them on the last day, i'm gonna be on Puma's website too. I was super putgoing-i blame it on the lack of sleep which allows me to act siller than usual and the frequest visits to the power bar booth where Seth worked. Anyways, had a blast working with the people i worked with and had a really good yet exhausting time.

Last night, we were supposed to go to a potluck, but we were so tired, we slept and then went over there at 230. the party girl was smashed beyond belief which was hilarious and then Seth and I went back to the apt, drank our brewskies and watched our show 30rock.

So yeah, Sara is in town hanging with Julia now and we're going to hangout tomorrow. Jeanne is also coming into town and we're going to a bartender contest. Apparently Jasmine is moving here this thursday too? If she does, it's going to be insane.

PS. I think I saw my first crackhead yesterday. ok well my first blatant in your face literally crackhead...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nueva York so far 2 weeks in

Hey so I've been living in the Big Apple for 2 weeks...

-Our friend Sean drove us up here in Seth's packed explorer on a Tuesday and he hung out until Thursday
-Greeted by NewYorican neighborhood in Williamsburg, a part of Brooklyn regarded as nice
-Got in and surprised to see that bedroom was way bigger than i thought and started the unpacking process/decorating right away, looked as if we'd been living here for months on day 2
-First night here, we all pregamed forever (liquor murdered me) which was a blast and Sean's friend came to the city and we all went out to Manhattan, and went to Trevor's (Peter's friend) that is a bartender at a monk bar, where you're supposed to be quiet and we were loud as shit, had to go home right away bc i felt sick, saw Chris (one of Peter's friends that has become our friend) and we were all so wasted. Asked us the next day, "you noobs remember seeing me?" Yeah I came home and hugged the toilet. Happy homecoming. Then accidently chain locked the door and Peter and Sean couldn't get in. They were yelling and raising hell and we couldn't hear them although Seth's head was right next to the door. Finally got up and peter who's a cheerful redhead (hes also half Puerto Rican) who looks like he'd work at a 1950's diner serving up shakes, said "Vicky, I'm pretty mad see" and then looked at my PJs and said in a happy voice, "ha, nice is that Tinkerbell?" Fun first night.
-While Sean was here, we went to Roberta's-cute little "hipster" wood grill ovens and yummy specialty pizzas (not big NY style though) with Tomo-Peter's old Japanese roommate and a friend of ours who showed me how to get to the grocery store and my bank that morning- the essentials. Saw a dead rat on our way to Roberta's. For everything that would be funny or strange or really anything, Sean would say, "Hey, it's New York!"
-Peter hates that Alicia Keys New York song, so we'd sing it in spite of him
-While Seth went to drop Tomo off at his place, since Seth still had his car then (Sean was driving the car back home) Seth got pulled over for not wearing his seat belt. He're in New York, it's big deal. He probably got singled out for Va plates bc as he was getting pulled over, there were babies driving cars and drug deals going on around him-exaggeration i hope.
-Also, while Sean was here, we went walked around Union Square, got a drink at McSorely's-the oldest bar in the city 1864? and then to Peter's restaurant, Ippudo-soo good, they gave us lots of free toppings (meats-like pork belly yum). We'd been to Robertas, McSorely's and Ippudo before but we knew they were good and trust me, i intend to discover everything around here especially restaurants-i want to take a huge bite outta life!!
-Was dressed up in Giants colors excited to go to a bar in NY and watch them play, but Seth went to Second chance, appropriate name for a Redskins bar and we hung out there instead. It was pretty fun, they went into overtime against the packers and won. The entire bar only had this one game on and everyone started singing the fight song.
-one day, we went to Penn Station and Times Square and were touristy. I was excited but it bored Seth as if he had lived here for years
-Seth is teaching me how to get around using the subways, but agreed that at night if i ever came home from going out with galpals, id take a taxi back from the city
-heard gunshots a couple blocks down once. I don't think I've ever heard them
Its pretty loud durinhg the day, but not so much at night
-luv my apartment, high ceilings, wood floors, and gas stove -it's just kinda loud and obviously like everything else here, small, and my roommate Peter that I've known forever although never close to, he was in my prom group with one of my girls,
-Peter works mostly nights at an awesome Japanese Ramen shop aforementioned that famous people go to like Martha Stewart
-we stay up super late and wake up super late to the same Spanish song everyday. We're constantly using our itunes to block it out. You could get along completely fine if you only spoke spanish in these streets. Everyone on this street is Puerto Rican I think. -i have printed out the words, so at least i can sing along "me duele la cabeza de"
-spend most nights hanging out, making food, and watching episodes of 30 Rock and some Golden girl episodes -never seen 30 Rock before now, but pretty funny
-one night we went out at 1 AM-feels like Europe, although we just went to Chris' house and drank his delicious homemade beer-"Mckeedees-dont remember the last time I laughed so hard -he lives in Brooklyn too off the L -oo look at how New Yorkish i sound
-Seth says i need to work on my expressions-you know you can read me like a book, but i need to not freak out if i see weird shit which is all the time
-everyone dresses the same around here: leggings and boots, skinny jeans and scarves, flats, weird shoes. I accidentally judge everyone on the subway and everywhere else
-went to the laundromat yesterday-that took forever unless you do the more expensive lazy route for those employed- drop-off service
-went to a bar called drop-off service and met Chris out there-not too bad -just chill and cheap beers-met some minorities-Seth was the minority there
-haven't had some bomb ass pizza yet here since last time we came
-Peter invited a couple of friends-Mayumi-she seems great,  for movie night- Wet Hot American Summer
-Seth doesn't remember the last time he had to actively meet friends- he has some acquaintances in the city that he invites out, but they haven't been able to come meet us. I'm sure we'll meet people when we start working, but I don't really care. I luv alone time and contrary to popular belief can be introverted. That and everyone and their mother is coming up to see me/or will be up here and I'll see them, so I'll be pretty busy in the entertaining business, speaking of entertaining, we saw this ad for a foot fetish model. You just sit there and let men who didn't get hugged enough as children lick and "play' with your feet-hilarious and disgusting. I start on Monday. Jk. but yeah April came just last weekend to see me. I needed some good April time. Friday, we went to my Puerto Rican grocery store, went to adorable but super hipster bedford avenue a couple stops away and walked around and then went to Samurai, a little casual Sushi place-pretty good, but no Yama then stayed in and ate fettuccine, watched Closer,  drank cheap wine, baked cookies and sang old school R&B/love songs like "I Swear" and anything by Mariah Carey until 3 in the AM, boys came back and were loud as shit and i got crappy sleep
Next day we were tired as balls, but went in search of this breakfast place she had been to before, Pillow. Just like GPS says "do you wish to avoid unpaved roads?" the Droid navi should ask "do you want to avoid hoods slash projects?" because it took us down one for a little while, we finally got there and it was cute and yummy, and we used my gmaps directions to take us home down a safer path, through the Hasidic Jewish part of town, every building had Hebrew writing, every person was wearing the orthodox attire. I thought i saw a bum, but c'mon they know better.. jk. then we went to where JMU dukes in NY were viewing the JMU homecoming game, bar was ok and we were pretty not lively, we lost to New Hampshire, then at home we planned on going and getting fancy dinner and going out dancing, but April dealt with some stuff and then we were all tired. We passed out. next day, we met up with Jaimie also from VB who was visiting another friend. We went to Peter's restaurant again with Peter and Seth and again i got the Akumuri Modern yum-super fun to get to hang out with her and April in NY! and met Jaimie's friends too. April left and that night Seth and I went to the redskins bar again to watch them lose and then went to meet Jaimie and her friends out at Trophy bar which was kind of dive with a DJ who played prince, mj and no cupid shuffle. I soberly hopped/danced around with drunk Jaimie on an empty dance floor , but it was entertaining as Jaimie was having a ball. Next day Jaimie, her friend, Peter, Seth and I went to Roebling Tea room which was also cute, got the chai tea- Seth was excited to see porkroll on the menu then Jaimie left
-So one cool thing about NY is that lots of shit is taped here like the...Colbert Report, we signed up for the Bill Bryson episode since Seth and I read him on the trail and what an awesome time. i was so excited and my face hurt from laughing and smiling. one of the employees was this annoying ass chipper girl that i wanted to smack. but everyone else was mad cool, there was a comedian before him while Colbert rehearsed some lines-funny. Then Colbert came out and it's an intimate atmosphere only 7 rows of ppl i was in the 7th row. poor lady next to me i was yelling and hooting like i was at a knicks? game, so yeah he came out and answered questions out of character and then within the show incorporated things that he had only talked to the audience about like that he feared bears the most and then muttered quickly..and gays and mexicans, and "shield of vibraneum" which someone in the audience tried to call Colbert on being wrong about, he messed up a couple of times and they had to re record some parts and we still laughed just as hard, saw his writers come out and his makeup people, it was awesome and he seems like a really cool dude in real life, show was about goats stealing American jobs, dumb ass Christine o'donnel, and even said "Oprah gave away tickets to Jon Stewart's rally, but not to mine, but it's okay because my grandfather had a saying...FUCK Oprah." oh my gosh it was hilarious and then we looked under our seats (I've always wanted to be on a show and do that!) and saw bus tickets to his rally in DC!!!  which we are going to! please watch the show 10/14/2010. you can see us in the upper left corner when he announces the ticket give-away but only for a sec. We're seeing The Daily Show when Sara gets here
-Yeah so next month, Sara -haven't sen her in so long- lived w/her A-wing represent! at jmu and quickly became friends-is coming up to see me and Julia (also in our wing) and then at the end of her stay, my vb gals Hedy, Court and Lynz (now lives in Misery) are coming. Vegas part II.
-I need a job, all these visits are going to make me ba-roke and no i don't mean the art
-im unemployed and the only effort i have made towards employment is redoing my resume which was a task, but proud of it now
-Seth is unemployed, but has had an offer for Paragon Sports, which he is probably going to take. They had an open house and everyone was standing in line to do quick interviews, where he'd glance at your resume and figure if he wanted to spend anymore time with you. I was being nosey and every now and again would peek to see nonverbals from the interviewer and Seth. it lasted a while and i knew that he had scored a job. Went to a Mexican restaurant drawn in by free sangria to celebrate
-saw a banana and cookie monster playing instruments together in the subway, saw a couple accuse a man of groping the male and yelling out NYPD!, saw a man mumbling to himself with a parrot on his shoulder on the street and the parrot shat on him and the guy could not have cared less-i kept my distance, I've seen an old, skinny man dressed as superman advertising purses, saw a bunch of people dressed like supernerds i mean superheroes for some comic convention,
I hate seeing poor people asking for change, it makes me sad
-i don't feel safe walking alone or with just a girl at night, but i haven't had to
-Seth plays lots and lots of Halo and Modern Warfare
-think our neighbors probably think we're crazy because they hear things like Seth jokingly yelling "Close your vagina, vagina face" when I'm asking him to clean the dishes
-went costume shopping and spent too much on a makeshift smurfette costume (Seth is going to be Papa Smurf-don't worry they arent related) bc we dont believe in pre-bought costumes. oh if we can recall, Michaelangelo -the ninja turtle in 11th grade thank you Christian and Joey
-Jersey Shore South Park episode was a doozy

Yeah so I'm liking it so far.It's not that expensive if you don't live in Manhattan. Our commute is not far at all. Only expensive thing is probably going out and the fact that theres so many fun things to do here.  Everyone visits next month, then home for thanksgiving and then a month, then home for Christmas. but yeah i gotta get on that job search. I feel like my life is exciting and I'm excited for it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

app trail day 15

About September 26, 2010
Day 15 Lambert’s Meadow Campsite à Highway 220 (9.1 miles)
 We’ve been home for 4 days… I haven’t been able to write because I came home and hit the ground running with packing for new York. It’s funny. I wore the same pair of pants for 15 days in the trail and now I’m facing the dilemma of having to pick my favorite 85 clothing pieces to bring with me. Stupid huh?
Anyways back to the topic of already being home. You ever had someone surprisingly take that last bite of your meal? Doesn’t it make you feel all messed up inside? Like cheated? Now when you get a plate of food, your mind psychologically prepares itself for that amount. If someone takes a bite in the beginning or you know that at some point someone will be having a bite, your mind in the psych-prep stage factors this in as well. But when someone surprisingly takes that last bite from you…
So that’s how I felt lying in the tent on the 14th night when we decided that going home early made more sense than staying for the following reasons:
1.       Corey was leaving the next day to Virginia Beach and instead of having Seth’s dad drive 10 hours out of his way on his day off, we could just go home with Corey
2.       Seth remembered it was his dad’s bday on what would have been day 16
3.       The reason we went on this trip was for Seth and he had gotten everything he wanted out of this experience (except Dragon’s tooth L)
4.       It was going to thunderstorm its buns off for the remainder of our time there
5.       My knee was still killing me
Now if it wasn’t for the Dad driving thing, I would have put up with everything else. I didn’t feel like we had been there long enough and again, I was anticipating 3 weeks, not 15 days so I just felt funny about leaving before the date.
Regardless, the next morning came and we would take on the day with the knowledge that this was our last day on the trail. It was raining and I stayed in the tent as long as possible. It was about 730 or 8 and we packed up quickly and started the 9+ mile day… in the rain. We hiked quickly- faster than we had gone before. At the pace we were going at, we’d be through by noon. We were above the clouds which was pretty. I tried to get photos of the pretty leaves while I could. Corey decided to push on ahead solo and Seth took the opportunity to practice his Spanish. As usual, the beginning went by quickly and the end dragged on. We were hasty towards the end and when we finally saw 220, and Corey keeping my hohos company, we were proud.
We hopped in and he drove us to the Home Place. A-mazing. Best fried chicken I’ve ever had. They serve everybody the same thing everyone gets the meats-country ham, roast beef, fried chicken and all of the sides- mashed taters with gravy, green beans cooked in bacon, biscuits, etc. ad somehow we made room for peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm. It was weird seeing so many people in one place, especially all the Va tech lovers. Wish I was there in my “I bleed purple” shirt. So after that little bit of heaven, we drove home and shook and flicked the stink bugs out of all of the equipment…those fuckers made it all the way to VB. I eagerly pulled out the scale for gratification. I told Seth to hop on first and not to look. He said that last time he weighed 202 pounds. I looked and the scale read 190. He lost 12 pounds! –he later found out it was 14. Well if he lost weight surely, I must have lost a ton too- I mean my turkey gobble wasn’t as prominent as it had been before. Seth would look this time before me. I stated that last time I weighed myself I was between 131 and 132. I stepped on then followed Seth’s eyes as they went from the scale and as he gave me a half, fake smile. I looked down and I shit you not 131.6. Wow. Pretty funny. We gave it the old muscle weighs more than fat thing and I defeated sighed. It ended up I actually went down to 126. The smallest I had been in years.
I drove Seth home and while mildly excited to be sleeping in a bed, I knew that this little adventure was over. It had felt like a while and yet a short period of time. I liked it a lot. Things were simple. They were not convenient, but simple. It’s funny, while you’re worrying about your basic needs, you find that the higher peaks on Maslow’s heighacrchy are reached. Inner peace and parts of self actualization. For those who are already in touch with these things, this experience highlights it. Im one of those. Im not sure how it woukd be to not already posess this sense of true happiness within oneself. I recommend this challenging but rewarding experience or really any time that you can get away from all the crap of life-the stuff that actually takes away from what you already know life is actually about (This I say as I type on my computer) I’m about to live in the land of excess. Let’s see how this goes…