Tags: andre 3000, relaxing vacations
As you read this (if you are reading it the day it is published), I am finally on vacation. But don’t worry, I wrote this before I left — I’m good like that. I just couldn’t leave you guys hanging. I just couldn’t! So here’s a little reflection on how I planned this vacation in comparison to the way I have planned trips in the past.
This trip was all about relaxation, silence, legitimately getting away. I realized I have yet to recover from my crazy work schedule from July, so I really just need to clear my head. I envisioned this trip to be similar to my first trip with the fiance to Ocean City, Maryland back in 2008. A road trip, where the sight-seeing is just ocean, boardwalk, and seafood. A trip where we can just enjoy being together.
Well, in the words of Andre 3000, you can play a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather. I left New York for an ocean vacation still in the path of Irene, but I have gone up north. By the time you read this, hopefully the storm has come and gone with minimal damage. Hopefully I have spent the storm cuddled up with the fiance in our hotel room enjoying a bottle of champagne. One couldn’t really ask for more.
But last summer, the fiance and I were out for a more exciting trip. Last year we were in Vegas, and the year before we were in Puerto Rico. We had a great time on all of these trips, but they are definitely different kinds of vacations.
Sometimes you need a vacation to let loose. Sometimes you go away to experience something new. Sometimes you are where I’m at — you just don’t want to hear the clutter of the world anymore.
So although the storm has added some stress to the vacation, I hope to come back refreshed, recharged, and with some good stories.
Tags: best bar in the area, hanging out with friends
This past weekend while celebrating my friend’s “big move” to the city, we decided to go to what we consider the best bar in our area. The main reason why we love this bar is because of the atmosphere and the crowd that usually fill it. There’s always good music, sometimes live performances, and young folk who are out to have a good time. Another reason I personally enjoy this bar is that almost every time I go there, I run into someone I know. This weekend was no exception.
I’ve talked briefly in the past about how I used to go clubbing as a teen. There was this one club I went to all the time with a group of my friends. Going to this bar now reminds me of that time. Every Saturday night I’d go to that club, I’d set up a corner of the bar with my friends, and then I’d start circling the bar looking to chat with other friends who were also at the club.
I’ve never been the type to go clubbing or to bars to meet guys (when I was single, of course) — it was always about hanging out with both the friends I came with and the friends I only saw occasionally, typically when we were both out. This has proven to be just as important to me now as it was when I was a teen. I don’t need to go to the hottest new club or bar, or that place where that celebrity hangs out. I need to go where my friends are.
Because it’s so easy to go through the work week and not doing anything social other than send your coworkers a funny email or go on Facebook (it’s sad, but true that Facebook has become the social activity/addiction of choice, but it has). It’s so important to let loose and see people who may not know what you do 40+ hours a week and to not have to make small talk where you would then explain what you do when you aren’t at work. It’s so important to clear your mind. And for me, it’s so important to remember where I came from and the people who were there with me way back when.