Posts Tagged ‘charlie’

Men in Diners

Is there anything so purely and awesomely bizarre as a true old-fashioned diner? You know, the pre-fab 1930s metal blobs that look like art deco spacecrafts with bad 60s formica. Pastel counters and faux-leather booths are standard, as is the colourful staff. Walk through those doors and suddenly you’re in a time warp — welcome to an by-gone era. And sometimes, you’ll find yourself in Greece, but not this time.

On the way home from Atlantic City, Charlie, Pete, and I desired nothing but a hearty breakfast and bitter coffee. We found it.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

None of the staff are pictured here, but I should make a note that just like every diner, there is the one super-hot 19-year-old waitress who you fear will never make it out of that crazy place and in 20, 30, 40 years will become just like the other gals. With that same old haircut and make-up. I always want to grab her by the arm and be like “come with me to New York!”, but of course, I don’t have shit going on here, so unless she feels like doing my laundry, I’m in no position to offer a lifeline. Ok, that was random.

19

07 2009

Old Friends/New Friends in LIC

After a long day of rugby, and wandering around Yonkers trying to find our way home, I headed to that strange land called Queens, where streets, avenues, places, and blvds, all compete for the same numbers.

Invited by Melanie, one of my new favourite people, Charlie, Francine, and I schlepped it out to Long Island City, taking the requisite detour from missed exits and generally bad navigation in the industrial heartland of that borough. Met some new people, re-met some existing people, snacked, talked, laughed, had a good time.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

I need to start taking more pictures again.

By the way, this is what we were laughing at.

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16

05 2009

Dinner and Karaoke for my 28th

Once a year, I can harang my old friends into venturing east of the Hudson for an evening out in New York. This year, we headed to dinner at Havana NY before descending on Chorus for Karaoke shenanigans. Good clean fun.

The occasion was my 28th birthday, which technically doesn’t pass until Wednesday the 6th. We missed an organised shindig last year, so it was double-pleasant to see the old gang on my birthday. Thanks for coming out.

This was also the first time that I used Facebook to organise the event. I received something like 18 “maybe” replies, as well as 4 or 5 “yes” replies from people who didn’t show. So in the end I could have just made individual phone calls to all the people I would have expected to come. Shows you who your true friends are, I suppose. Next year, maybe I’ll use Mixergy.com or some other invitation service.

Many photos and videos, so make sure you check out the whole post.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

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02

05 2009