Okay, I’m going to have a LOOOOOONG blog about the circumstances of the last four days… but there’s no time for that now. Right now, I’m going to fulfill a promise and start a “best/worst/most/least/favorite” here, in no particular order and in many cases making it up as I go:
FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP- Bringing together friends from Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey. I *LOVE* merging my worlds together, and was delighted to watch it unfold throughout the weekend.
BEST UNEXPECTED SURPRISE- Meeting some AMAZING people, often randomly, and watching them seamlessly become part of the group within minutes.
BIGGEST UNFULFILLED INTENTION- Failing to visit Gray’s Papaya. (sigh)
BEST FULFILLED INTENTION- Meeting an online “chat buddy” and hanging out most of the weekend.
MOST TOURISTY MOMENT- Catching myself walking down the street by Rockefeller Plaza with my head tilted up at the skyscrapers. D’OH!
MOST “NEW YORKER” MOMENT- Sitting on the stoop outside a freakin’ grocery store, sharing an iPod and laughing at nothing whatsoever.
MOST SHOCKING MOMENT- Hearing the explicit details of what the underage guy next to me wanted me to do to him
BEST RECOVERY- Having an actual semi-sober conversation the next day that totally changed my opinion
MOST JAW-DROPPING MOMENT- La Vida Loca. Ay, papi!!
GAYEST MOMENT- “Santa Fe” on the Subway.
BIGGEST CELEBRITY SIGHTING- Anthony Rapp, strolling down the street with his iPod on, looking amazing and indifferent (Sean 1, I’m still not convinced we saw Julia Roberts!)
MOST PAINFUL MOMENT- After 2.5 hours of nearly non-stop thunderous applause at RENT. Adam and Anthony, you two were worth the trip.
MOST OVERDUE REUNION- Marc and Andrea from Jersey City, after three years.
ODDEST DISAPPOINTMENT- Not having a bunch of extra people crash at the hotel on the last night. (It’s less whorish than it sounds! Honest!)
NUMBER OF PHOTOS ON MY CAMERA- 566, somehow whittled down to the best 200.
FAVORITE DAY- Sunday. Watching Thijs win the Wicked Lottery, wandering aimlessly through a street fair getting to know a new friend better, staging impromptu photo shoots in FAO Schwartz and Virgin Megastore, getting only semi-lost in Central Park, bonding over nothing, and navigating the subways. Indian food, OMFG.
LEAST FAVORITE EVENING- Also Sunday. Tired and cranky, and all-too-aware that when I got back to the hotel I had to pack.
WEIRDEST PLACE TO MAKE A NEW FRIEND- Coming out of the bathroom with a guy, defending your innocence to a random woman in the hall who was convinced you were up to no good, then dragging her back upstairs with you and insisting she hang out.
NEW PERSONAL HERO- “The Right Stuff” guy.
MOST MOLESTED IN PUBLIC- The $10 massage from the young Asian guy at a street fair, who was either flirting or REALLY wanted a tip.
BIGGEST RECURRING NIGHTMARE- Handbags. JESUS, Jennifer.
MOST BLISSFUL MOMENT- Picnic in Central Park, with Marc, Andrea, and Jennifer. Ducks are awesome, especially when you have to sneak over a fence to get to them.
STRANGEST COINCIDENCE- Whitney and Sal realizing they grew up a few miles apart.
RUNNER-UP COINCIDENCE- Sean #1 and I both being in San Francisco at the same time in a few weeks.
BIGGEST UTTER CERTAINTY- That place is my home, it just doesn’t know it yet. I’ll be back to visit soon and back to live before long.