WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS NEARLY A WEEK'S WORTH OF ACTIVITIES BUNDLED UP INTO ONE SMALL…ISH PACKAGE. IF YOU’VE NOT THE TIME, JUST CLICK THROUGH FOR THE RANDOM PICTURES
Friday, the 26th of September, was when I met Christina. Oh, right. I didn’t even tell you who this person was or why I had to meet her. About a week and a half prior to this day, my mother asked me to look after this girl, the daughter of an old medical school friend, for an entire weekend. She was told to be coming from Russia on her first trip to NYC and had some interest in an escort around the Big Apple. I couldn’t turn down the chance to get a blank check, so to say, to the city for an entire weekend (that and the fact that my mom basically told me I had to do it), so I signed up for it. The date kind of sprang up on me seeing as how the past few days were fairly busy (read: last entry). After classes that day I headed back to Nassau County where Christina, a name I had only learned not an hour before our first encounter, was waiting for me with my parents. Initial impressions: Cute girl. Nice body. This could be fun~ Anyways… we were all invited to a birthday of a class family friend, out in Queens. I told my folks I’d be taking my car and that they should bring their own just in case I wanted to leave early. They were fine with that and we both took off. Christina shotgunned my car so the entire trip there was used to get to know her better. A 20 year old (21 in a week or two) senior in college at Moscow University, she originally hails from the ice barrens of Siberia. Well damn. Can’t complain about the cold with her, huh? She was a linguistics major who studied English and Spanish and whose hobbies included clubbing and ballet dancing. The next few days would be amusing to listen in on seeing as how our conversations were a mix of randomly-placed Russian and English phrases. The party was held at a Thai restaurant on Queens Boulevard. The food was alright but the crowd was a bit too old for our liking. We stayed for a little while, during which she showed me some pictures on her online account (http://vkontakte.ru/
- look familiar?) and talked about how college life was like in Moscow. Apparently the people there are super critical of what you wear when you come to school, even more so than we are here. If you don’t have one of a list of certain brands on you, you were pretty much considered a loser and an outcast. HARSH. After eating a bit more, we told everyone we had to set off for another party (which wasn’t a lie, technically speaking). It was also my cousin, Roy’s, birthday. He decided to go out with some of his friends (including two of my house mates, Danny and Amy) to the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden out in Astoria. The weather on this particular weekend was fairly rainy so we were worried that we’d have to sit inside but luckily there was no precipitation at the time. We joined Roy and his friends at a bench and shot the shit. Random topics included the Olympics, 9/11, college, traveling and city landmarks. We left a bit early so that we could get some sleep for the busy weekend of city-crawling but not before I bumped into an old buddy who I used to live with during my sophomore year. Good times were reminded of and then… home.
October 26th was a rainy Saturday. Well, this I assumed the moment I woke up and looked outside. It was pretty dry but was quite overcast on my area of the island. Christina got up a little later and we both sat down to some breakfast before (barely
) catching the LIRR into Penn Station. Luckily, I grabbed the two umbrellas lying in the trunk of my car prior to getting on the train, which we used extensively through the remainder of the day. Time for a confession: This day would be my first time navigating the MTA subway system all by my lonesome. Once more lucky, I had downloaded the entire map of the tunnels to my phone quite some time ago. It was my bible for the day. Anyhoo, pouring the moment we got to the city. I planned out some locations we could go and simply began the day by heading for the Museum of Natural History. I’d heard there was a Lego exhibit and I’m fairly sure that would keep both our interest for some time. Unfortunately, not only was there no Lego exhibit but Christina didn’t even enjoy going to museums, apparently. So it was my job to figure out how to plan accordingly on the spot. A walk through Central Park gave me enough time to get a rough idea of what she’d enjoy, something I probably should have done a while ago. Odd side note: She was simply mesmerized by the squirrels. In Russia, those little furry bastards would run away if you got within 15 feet of them. Of course, to no one’s surprise (of you readers), the squirrels here practically stand next to you without the slightest bother. She took a bunch of pictures and we set off for… the local IMAX. Christina’s a big movie buff and really found it “attractive” if she could watch a movie on a huge, high-definition screen like the one at Lincoln Square. Knowing this, I began to point out locations and various bits of movie trivia regarding ones filmed in NYC (like Night at the Museum being shown at the Museum of Natural History and that one scene from Enchanted where the cyclists ran over the Prince in Central Park). We got to the Loews with the IMAX but were disappointed to find that there were no 3D movies on display, at the time. We settled for Eagle Eye, not knowing what to expect. Let me tell you folks… One of the best movies of the year. I’d say it’s just about as good as Dark Knight. You could turn your brain off and really have a great time with this action thriller. Was THAT much more awesome with the explosions in surround sound and beautiful visuals on a gigantic display. By the time the movie was over, we were both starving and wanted to have ourselves a nice lunch. I asked her if she liked chocolate, already knowing the answer. Our destination was Chocolate by the Bald Man (http://www.maxbrenner.com/
). Union Square was where it was located so we got back onto the subway and headed downtown. Looked extremely busy, as per usual, when we approached the restaurant. We got lucky yet again when they seated us right away. We had a FEAST thanks to my mom’s generosity and left with big smiles on our faces and that much more fat in our bellies. I figured that I should show Christina the landmark buildings in the city so we went back uptown to check out Rockefeller Center. On the walk from the subway, we noticed some police officers posing with pedestrians for pictures. Christina wanted a shot so I asked if they wouldn’t mind and pushed her into them (I was the photographer for the weekend with the exception of the squirrels – after all, she was the one visiting the city, not me). I was complimented by some random man saying that she was lucky to have a guy like me (WAT). When we arrived to the area, Christina started looking for the Russian flag amongst the hordes of them around the rink. Before we found it, a foreign couple came over and offered to take a picture of us with the building in the background. In return, a picture of them. Everyone wins. Haha. Turns up the flag was right before our eyes. I tried getting as best a shot I could of Christina with the flag seeing as how it was already getting dark. As we left the area, Christina informed me that she’d like to purchase a gift for my mother (she gave my stepfather and I shirts from this place she worked at, as a gift, the night before) so I ushered her into that Japanese sweets store next to where Kinokuniya used to be. She bought something. I bought something. The next and final place to visit for the day would be Times Square. At night, gorgeous, as always. Still swarming with people from all sides. When we arrived, something happened to catch my eye that I’d never noticed before. That’s probably because it was fairly new. An M&M’s World ( StoreCollapse )
had been installed across the famous Times Square billboard building. Not sure why we didn’t step in… Before leaving, I snapped a picture of ( thisCollapse )
. Can’t really make it out but it’s a giant “I’M A PC” ad from Windows. This made me chuckle for reasons most can guess. We began to walk back to Madison Square Garden to catch our train back when I noticed some people in cosplay walking down the street. I didn’t know what to think at first but then realized that I had totally forgotten that New York Anime Festival was taking part this weekend. It’s good that I was reminded. As soon as we got back, I dropped Christina off at home to relax and headed off to bluucircles
’s home to deliver the third season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I wasn’t sure if she had returned to NY for the event but later found out that she did. Got back home and Christina and I sat down for some tea and cake. At this point, we were just chilling on the couch in the living room and the next moment, we’re all cuddling and stuff. I don’t know how things worked out that way but who was I to complain. I mean… I was kind of tipped off earlier when she was resting her head on my shoulder during our train ride back but still. Even though my feet were angry at me for all the walking, my mind would go to sleep happy that night.
That Sunday, the 28th day of September, was yet another venture into the city, albeit this time via car. Both she and I admired the skyline before heading into the Tunnel. The drive continued down Bleecker Street where Christina was able to admire all the fashionable and young people. I’d really like to return there, this time by foot, sometime in the near future. Got an awesome parking spot and set off. Our first destination was the South Street Seaport where we got some nice shots of all the bridges (along with yet another “waterfall” – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2125755&id=16301191
) and looked at the ships docked. We didn’t have much of a breakfast so we decided to grab some lunch nearby. ( SuteishiCollapse )
was the restaurant we went for, seeing as how she had a hankering for some sushi. We were seated outside – thankfully the rain was done, most of the skies were blue and the weather generally felt nice to the skin. Really good dining (once more thanks to mom for the monies) that I’d recommend to just about anyone. Check it out if you’re ever in the South Street Seaport ( areaCollapse )
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moment for me that I had to explain to Christina followed, as we walked off our lunch. From there, we went to the former site of the World Trade Center. After all, I’m sure people from all over the world are curious to see this particular landmark. ( ThisCollapse )
is what the current site looks like. Passersby really set the mood of silence to be the norm. The next and final destination was Battery Park City. From the edge of the water, we took in a good view of the Statue of Liberty. The first signs of night had begun to show and so we just happened to see the pretty lit-up version. After walking down the water-view path, we headed back towards the car via Wall Street. Checked out the various buildings there, totally unaware of the following weeks of mayhem to come. Drove home through a really bad downpour and got totally drenched when we stepped out of the car. Christina crashed while I downloaded and viewed the final episode of Code Geass R2… after which I was upset to say goodbye to the series. Then sleep.
The 29th, Monday, and everyday afterwards is pretty much boring. Christina left for Moscow that afternoon. I stayed home through the evening and welcomed in the Jewish New Year with my mother and stepfather.
Tuesday was another slow day. I watched ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’ and actually thought it wasn’t too bad. I definitely believe that I feel more for the Gay community after watching it so if that was the intention, good for them. Afterwards, I spent the late afternoon “stimulating the economy” by going to purchase something for my room at the major brand stores. I checked out Target first… only to be greeted by ( thisCollapse )
. Since when was Domo-kun so prevalent in the states? Anyways, couldn’t find what I was looking for at Target so I went on to Walmart. As I approach the entrance, I notice someone familiar exiting - an old high school friend. We chat for a little bit and then part. Found what I needed here and went home.
Wednesday was the first day of the current month. Drove back to Port Jefferson and spent the day “fall” cleaning my room.
Since then, downloaded ( ProtoCollapse )
Man and Endless Stage Modes on the 8th (friggin’ love them both), caught a nasty cold at the beginning of this past week, fasted for Yom Kippur (no food or water – it destroyed me, no thanks to the cold) and took a bunch of midterms. And that’s all.
Check out the artist for my current music. Really good tunage.
Hope everyone’s fall is going good.