Apologies all around for the lack of blog updates recently. As noted previously, I was showing my little bro around town for a few days and then we hopped on a train to VA for Miss Laurie's wedding. The wedding was amazing, the bride looked gorgeous and the fam and I had a fantastic time. More updates on the wedding in future posts. When you're around family and close friends for five days, leaving them can be bittersweet. On one hand it's nice to get back to your life and the "norm" but on the other hand a sense of loneliness sets in. No matter how much you may fight with them or how much they may get on your nerves, when your family is around there's a sense of comfort that just doesn't happen in your everyday life.
After Pat arrived, we dropped off his bags and promptly headed to check out the neighborhood. First, however, we stopped at Bleecker Street Pizza to grab him a few slices of New York's finest. We considered that lunch. Pat's dinner? Pizza. A whole one. I'd say he definitely got to experience a little slice of heaven....get it? Slice? Pizza? Wakka Wakka.
Bryant Park! Some of my favorite buildings are in midtown East and West and on our way to Times Square I showed Pat some of them. The Upper West Side has some amazing old buildings, but for a more modern taste, Midtown is where it's at. And of course you can't visit Midtown without walking through...
America!! Numba 1! Peace to America!! Is Time Square a cliche tourist activity? Aaaaabsolutely. But it's a cliche for a reason. TS really is an amazing place, and there's something magical about sitting on Broadway eating a bagel with the giant buildings and billboards around you.
5. You Must...view New York from above
6. You Must....check out Rockefeller Plaza and 5th Avenue
5th Avenue has some of the best shopping in the world and the NBC Store at Rockefeller Plaza has one of the greatest candy selections in the world. What's not to love?!
7. You Must...Walk through Central Park
Central Park is truly a magical experience where you can see anything and everything. Old pervy men hitting on women, dance troupes that say "Showtime in 30 seconds" for eight straight minutes, lovers both old and young walking through the crisp fall air, hot homos sitting on fountains....I'm just sayin.'
8. You Must...hit up a gay bar
Sure, there are plenty of fine "straight" bars. But no New York experience is truly complete without insulting a drag queen while playing a game of "Sluts in the City." The conversation went something like this:
Drag Queen: "Are there any straight guys in the audience?"
Patrick raises hand (or rather, my friends and I raised his hand)
Drag Queen: "Are you a real live straight guy?"
Patrick: "Yes sir....Ma'am!"
That DQ looks like Kate Gosselin, so Pat's unintentional insult was pretty much the greatest thing ever.
9. You Must...take a late night cab
Because our train schedules were so odd, we ended up cabbing to Penn station at 2:40 on Thursday night/Friday morning and home around 2:15 am on Sunday night/Monday morning. Only the finest creatures are out at those hours and the cab drivers only smell of mahogany and leather bound books....and falafel. Speaking of falafel.....
10. You Must....eat Street Meat
I'm actually quite opposed to this idea, as I think street meat is DISGUSTING. But Pat was hell bent on eating some of this fine, fine delicacy. So Monday before his flight and after our brunch (yes, this was his second meal in an hour) I walked him to Abu Abib's gyro cart in the West Village and Pat got his very first taste of Street Meat. He didn't love it. I told him so.
tonight so I shall be grabbing a date and hitting the town for the premiere. Speaking of More-O......
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! I got you a Tom Selleck cake. Why? No clue. Does Tom Selleck need to happen for a reason? Sometimes there are people that come along and you're like "how in the world did I survive without this person in my life?" I had that feeling when I met Amanda and Annette. Same with Page Six. And time after time I wonder "what did I do without More-O in my life?" Buddy, I love you and I hope that you have the greatest of birthday's! Even though I know you'll be working and your coat got stolen and you think today will suck.....hopefully things will turn around!