March 30th, 2004

Keep Walking

New York City Trip

As always, New York City was GREAT! Derek and I arrived on Thursday afternoon, checked into the hotel and then went out & about on the town... We stopped in alphabet city (lower east side) for beers and dinner at McSorley's, of course some shopping on 7th/8th streets in the CBGB district -- I picked up a new piece of jewelry for my prince Albert (see image on the right.) A 2ga "Surgical Steel Segment Ring"; which when put on is a solid circle. It's very cool, and since it does not have the 16mm balls on the ends, it more comfortable to wear all of the time. After shopping, we headed back to the hotel to change into full leather to go to the New York Eagle for their "CODE" night (a leather/uniform dress-code enforced night.) Although a somewhat slow start of the night (we arrived at 9:30pm, not knowing they didn't even OPEN until 10pm), things got busy later on. We stayed until about 2am. It was a great evening!

Friday we went to The Web for the NOTG out of town show. I had never been to The Web before -- I had never heard of it. The bar itself was nice; kind of unusual, as it we located in a basement and a sub-basement. Completely underground... When the out of town show was over, Derek and I headed into the Village for a bite to eat at Jekyll & Hyde's Restaurant on 7th Ave. We had a good dinner, and a fun time there... Skip and Larry joined us towards the end of our dinner and we walked down Christopher Street to Ty's. All-in-all, a fun evening with the exception of the very loud person standing next to Derek.

Saturday was NOTG, but before that began we did what we do best: Shopped! We walked all over Broadway and Chinatown looking around for stuff, and eventually had some dim sum at one of the many Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Ask Derek about the beautiful lamp we saw in the window... Tee hee hee. Just when you think you've seen gaudy!! NOTG was wonderful; a tribute to Broadway was the theme for the evening -- Boy George was there, as were many other famous and not-so-famous people. The crowning of the new Empress of New York was wonderful. I loved Verna's on-stage display with the rose petals!! It totally reminded me of the closing credits for Rocky & Bullwinkle's "Twisted Fairy Tales."

Sunday was the bruch, and as brunches go, it was the usual... afterwards, Derek and I went to Pieces for happy hour ($3 long island iced teas!) -- when 6 o'clock rolled around (three hours later!), I decided to surprise Derek and took the subway to Union Square to see De La Gaurda. I've been a few times now, and really love the show. It's very interactive and if you've never been, you should really consider seeing it! (Click on the De La Gaurda logo [on the left], or this text to see their website.)

I was going to surprise Derek and FLY back to Boston, rather than take the Chinatown Bus; however, the best made plans... The shuttles on both Delta and US Airways stopped running on Sundays after 9:00 pm, and it was already 10pm... Damn! We rushed back to Chinatown to discover that the Chinatown Busses stopped running on Sunday after 10pm. GROAN!! Another hour of travel time, we arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and bought tickets for Greyhound ($35 each) for a bus leaving at 12:30 and arriving in Boston at 5:00 am. Remember: Monday was a WORK DAY for both of us!! We slept on the bus all the way home and both put in a day of work -- albeit a bit in a haze from lack of quality sleep...

For more details, or to see my shiny new ring, just ask! ;-)

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