WordPress Was Hungry

… and ate the long post I just wrote. Roar.

Anways, life continues on its busy way, which is quite a good thing. Last weekend truly began the summer craziness.

On Friday, I met Lexcie after work. While he did some business-related errands, he made the grand mistake of leaving me alone with the “Holla, only a dolla” jewelry vendors. I did buy some nice headbands, although I made a promise to myself not to spend money on ridiculous items. Better luck next time, Amanda. When he he was finished, we met his friend Alex and had dinner at a good Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. I don’t remember the name of it, but it was somewhere around 50th and 9th. All I know is that the restaurant had $109 in “good luck” money in a frame on the wall. Real bills, too! It’s a wonder no one snatched it yet. I’d never leave that much money out in the open. Afterwards, we walked up towards Lincoln Center to catch the 1 train to Harlem, where he had parked his car. We made a quick restroom stop at Fordham, and it’s nice to see that my tuition went to fancy-schmancy automatic paper towel dispensers that hardly work. Before we boarded the train, the three of us had this deep conversation on NYCTA signage and whether or not they had made the station sign in anticipation of the 9 train’s vaporization. Yes, a conversation only dorks could have, but it works for me, haha.

We woke up early Saturday, planning to spend the day in the city at the 25th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. First, I had a business meeting in Plainview, so we parked Lexcie’s car in Freeport and took the train in from there. By the time we got to Brooklyn, we were both starving, so we stopped for a bite to eat at Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits. Although I’m not much of a fried chicken eater, it was pretty darn tasty. And I never saw so much chicken in my life – they must have been anticipating the parade crowd, which was lining the street five people deep in most places.

That being said, we didn’t get the greatest viewing spot, but it worked. The costumes were definitely something else. I don’t think I’ve seen such creative costumes (and bare breasts) in my life (minus the Village Halloween Parade’s ShElvis the TransElvis, a male who dresses like a female, who in turn dresses like Elvis Presley. I’m sure there’s some negation there, but an amusing concept, nonetheless). My favorites were the swamp-monster mermaid with the “Miss Gowanus Canal” sash and the Mormon mermaids with the “Salt Lake or bust!” sign. Lexcie seemed more interested in the mirrored garbage truck belonging to the New York City Department of Transportation, but better he take pictures of that than the porn-ish band Erocktica, which was a little over the top for a parade route peppered with children.

We left the parade early to meet Yuri in Flatbush, where we went in search of cold drinks and wound up in Walgreens on Atlantic Avenue. The store put the most curious items under lock and key. Caress body wash? Enfamil baby formula? Deodorant? Yet, $10 tubes of lip gloss, which could easily be slipped in a bag, were out in the opening. I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s not exactly a sight I see every day. The three of us then headed up to Chinatown, where we bought Yuri a DVD (Deeeeeeveeeeedeee? You want handbag? Chanel, Coach, Louis Vuitton?”) and then tried lychee from a street vendor. Lychee is definitely an interesting fruit. It looks like a strawberry, feels like a nut, peels like an orange, has the slimy consistancy of an overripe nectarine, a pit like an olive, and tastes like a hybrid of a peach and green grapes. It made our hands quite sticky, so we went to McDonald’s to wash our hands and wound up hanging out there for a bit, talking about highway design, digital cameras and love affairs gone wrong.

Lexcie and I then headed home with the intention of going to Ikea in Hicksville to find me a new bed. We wound up going the wrong way on Hempstead Turnkpike from the Wantagh Parkway, so we totally missed the store. Oh well, now that I know the directions, we’ll probably get there this weekend. Turns out the same bed I was supposed to buy from Craigslist last week (a few months old, no less) is being sold for less at the store. Score!

Sunday was my oldest nephew’s high school graduation and subsequent party. I can’t believe he’s done with school already. It seems like only yesterday I was at his nursery school graduation… it makes me feel so old, yet I’m only 24! That’s what you get for becoming an aunt in kindergarten, I guess, haha. The party was every party at my sister’s house – lots of food, fun and dysfunctional family. Lexcie proved he could handle hanging out with the family, and said they’re not as dysfunctional as I make them out to be, which I find amusing. Part of the time was spent trying out Guitar Hero II on my niece’s PS2, which could only described as a toy guitar meets Dance Dance Revolution and hair band music. I had a lot of fun with it, even though I sucked at most songs. I did pretty well with Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son,” but Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” were lost causes. My thumb was a little sore afterwards, but it was nothing like popping a vein in my hand to the B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” a few years ago while playing Donkey Konga. It was a hot day and I wanted to go in the pool, but there were about 10 kids under the age of 12 in the pool, which would have meant a “warm” pool, if you get my drift (welcome to my ool, notice there’s no P in it?)

Overall, quite a nice weekend, and just the beginning of what’s to come, including (not in sequential order) my middle nephew’s birthday party, a cousin’s graduation party, my best friends’ graduation party, my cousin’s birthday party, Fourth of July, the Rockaways trip, the San Francisco trip, a Miami business trip and a possible Washington, D.C./Baltimore trip. Yikes, I’m worn out even thinking about it!

Oh yeah, and a Mets game tonight! Even though I’m more of a Yankees fan, this work trip is fun. My co-worker said I should have brought my Long Island Ducks quacker. I’ll have to remember next year.

One Response to “WordPress Was Hungry”

  1. Yuri says:

    We wound up going the wrong way on Hempstead Turnkpike from the Wantagh Parkway, so we totally missed the store

    I said if you had difficulty in the directions, you could call me. 🙂

    It seems like only yesterday I was at his nursery school graduation… it makes me feel so old, yet I’m only 24! That’s what you get for becoming an aunt in kindergarten, I guess, haha.

    Jarvis is only five years younger than me, but I still see the little kid who always wanted to follow me wherever I went. As he’s gotten older, he doesn’t make me feel old, but my neice and nephew fill that function for me. It’s kinda weird when they think that the first generation cell phones that you thought were cool and state of the art are really just fancy cordless phones.

    which would have meant a “warm” pool, if you get my drift (welcome to my ool, notice there’s no P in it?)

    Mmm, funny tasting apple juice.

    I’m glad that you had fun Miss Noelle. 🙂

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