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June 21, 2008

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Fabulous Mermaid Parade, Iffy Play, Excellent ‘Inoteca and the Workaholic

K is a workaholic. It’s probably best that she works on the client site Monday-Thursday because it would make me crazy to have her home very weekday night but only very, very late and still not accessible at all. When she leaves Monday morning, she’s pretty much cut off until I see her again on Friday. It’s a little insane, but so far we’ve been doing this for two years and it’s working.

So when the weekend rolls around I make plans for us…and then engage in conversations where I convince her that it’s more important for her to leave the house and do something fun than to work all weekend.

*Full Disclosure*

I am excellent at having fun and not working and never, ever feeling guilty about that!

We finally made it to the Mermaid Parade, a completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events. We were late as K was hedging back and forth about going and then she needed to eat and blahblahblah, but we finally made it on the subway and one hour later emerged in Coney Island.

Not only did we have a fantastic time watching the parade, but you would’ve thought K had just discovered sliced bread with the amount of “we are so lucky to be able to do all of these amazing things every weekend in New York City and I love Brooklyn and isn’t this great and look the ocean is right there and we should really do these types of things more often” Well YES! That’s why I’m always trying to get you to not work so much on the weekends! Ha Ha!

After watching the parade for an hour or so, we walked along the beach and came across a lesbian marching band who had finished the parade and were now performing not “on” the beach, but “in” the beach!

It was awesome dancing along in the water and watching everyone have such a great time.

When we spied a fried clam shack and a taco shack, we ditched our plans of going back to the city and parked ourselves on the boardwalk with everyone else.

Later that night we met up with a friend back in the East Village and went to an Off-Off-Off Broadway play, Stitched. It was…interesting. Or as K would say, “You know I don’t think I like this kind of play”.

Then we all headed down to the Lower East Side and made a late night dinner of meat and cheese plates at the bar ‘Inoteca. Good times, great friends.

Feeling fine, not counting days, not stressing. Just enjoying.

I love Summer.


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Opera in Prospect Park


Summer started tonight and what a perfect way to welcome the season!


Tonight we met friends out in Prospect Park, Brooklyn for the Metropolitan Opera with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, opera’s first superstar couple. Usually this event is held every summer in Central Park and an entire opera is staged. However, this year they moved it to Brooklyn and performed some greatest hits of opera.

Friends had arrived early and held lots of space on the grass and we enjoyed meeting our friend X’s new boyfriend and friends of both of theirs. Everyone brought loads of picnic type food, wine (none for me!), sweets and we all had the best time. Even though there were 10’s of thousands of people (there’s a bit of a mystery as to the exact number) attending this free performance, it had none of the crazed atmosphere that it does in Central Park. The Met had predicted up to 150,000 people, and were set up to handle a crowd that large. The police estimate the turnout at 50,000, which is still the largest ever for a show in the park. Regardless, the show was very well received and included seven encores.

There was one point at the very beginning of the concert when a police helicopter was patrolling in circles above us and you could hear the grumbling of the crowds as it was a huge disruption. When they went around a second time, I swear the entire crowd raised their hands to flip them off and they finally flew away!

We really like Brooklyn and could see ourselves living there at some point. The evening was wonderful and after leaving we formed a small party back at X’s boyfriend’s house. He has a fabulous balcony with views along the East River and beyond where we hung out and chatted in the cool air.

Nights like this remind me of how much I love New York City all over again.