I am worn out after going to New York today on my day off and doing all of the things.
Looking forward to a mellow day tomorrow and finally taking my first bass lesson.
I started by waking up at 5:00 am so Lanna, my wife, could get the shower at 5:45. We then left the house at 6:30 after an issue getting the scrapers out of the coatrack with frost on the windshield.
Then the thirty minute drive to Stratford, and parking then taking a 90 minute ride to NYC. Getting to New York is an ordeal.
Then the rush to the 4-5-6 train and then a short trip on the L to Williamsburg and a crazy and very expensive Japanese seafood breakfast with bluefin collar, uni/sea urchin, poached egg, miso soup, rice and my favorite aged tofu. It cost a ridiculous $37.50 which included tip. So it goes.
Then a wander which leads to tired feet. So I went into a very cool bar with coffee called Sugarburg. I had a delicious Smuttynose Barleywine and a very good latte, although I do prefer cafe au lait. I probably good have hung out there longer and grabbed lunch.
But, I wandered some more and went to a pork sandwich place that looked like it had been there for decades but nope faux signs from Philadelphia on eBay. Ridiculously large pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and a very hot pepper. It was good, but not as great as the Yelp reviews. Sadly I passed a banh mi and pho place later.
Then I played pinball at Modern Pinball near Baruch College (3rd and 26th) for 3 hours at a fixed rate of $19 for 3 hours ($12 for one hour). They had about 30 games working. It was cool but it made me really appreciate my friend JR’s collection of 100 pinball machines in Maine. The Sanctum’s collection of 50 games in Connecticut, Pinball Wizard Arcade’s 150 games in Pelham, NH, and the superb barcade in Portland, Maine that includes pinball, arcade, console, board games and beer. Great job by my friend Dave Aceto.
I then made the long/not long walk to 7th and 13th, stopping at Shake Shack for a mix in sundae and at Starbucks for an Iced Tea.
I then went to the excellent Union Square Slam. I wish it was closer. It’s only 75 miles from Ansonia and a 95 minute drive around 10pm but not during rush hour. I really miss poetry and I think I need to get involved again.
Right now I am on the train we just made after getting food. Metro North needs a lot of improvements, it’s much slower than it should be and I should get home around midnight. I left the slam around 9:05pm. Oy.
When I lived uptown at 151st and Broadway almost 12 years ago, it was exhausting too. But then, the trip from 14th street to 145th street was just the 1 train. Still could be frustrating when I waited a while for it.