Gay in New York

Trip Start May 08, 2009
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New York went form WOAH to slow. I enjoyed both

Knife in my foot
I had drinks with Grace and her friends when I got to  New York at a local Harlem bar.  It was a little unexpected because I was pretty tired after a long day of travel; I went to Queens instead Harlem because I took the wrong subway.  I had 2 hours of sleep, Grace was hung over from our night out, and we went to the AIDS walk.  This was the reason I was in New York right now.  I spent about 5 months raising $1000 for the AIDS walk and thanks to my wonderful family and friends, I made it. Grace raised.... $2 and spent $1.  But fortunetly she donated a lot of her money when we went and she is committed to also donating a $1000 next year.  But still...pretty funny.  As we were getting ready, Grace dropped a knife on her foot,; I thought she was just trying to get out of the walk and didnt realize the seriousness out of the walk because she slacked on raising money but it was kind of a big deal...and she had been cooking eggs which I had promised I would do for us.  However, I made up for all that when I had a band-aid and she didn't :)

Gay Pride to Gay Hate

The NYC AIDS walk was great.  Since I had raised $1000, Grace and I got to go to a section where there was breakfast, porto-potties, etc. and I got a bunch of prize crap that I will throw away. :)  Grace went up to her high school who was also participating in the AIDS walk. I thought it was her high school from Iowa (duh) and after some confusion, realized it was the high school she teaches at in Manhattan.  We completed most of the  walk with thousands of different types of people surrounding us. I think it was a great moment in my life to share with someone as special as Grace.
We left early and missed the final ceremony to go to a counter-protest against a Mexican Evangelican protest against Governor Patterson who is for gay rights.  It was SICKENING.  They would come by and tell us "God Bless You"..... using it as an insult upon us.  This woman was holding a Bible, screaming at us, "GOD LOVES YOU" with the angriest tone....really?  I informed them, "I know Jesus loves me; he made me gay".  Although I wish we had stayed at the AIDS walk, it was important to go to.

Quick hilarious story: Grace and I were both tired as hell after all this and very little sleep.  We had gotten off a subway and saw an elevator going up so we ran onto it before the doors completely closed.  We waited, pushed buttons, but the elevator had broken.  So we offered the one woman with her child to help her carry her stroller up the steps.  Right after we got off, the elevator doors closed.  We were obviously scowled by the elevator for being lazy SOBs.

Lesbians Lesbians Everywhere, without a drop to spare

Grace then took me to Brooklyn where we where go to a Smith GLBT Alumni reunion and she brought myself as a guest.  It was GREAT.  JUST GREAT.  The host, Jaculine, had the quantiest house ever.  2 Bathrooms, a dining room used for appetizers, an office used for a "cheese room" and her living room used for a main discussion area, with all beautiful fixtures.... was lovely.  Not only that but these women were beautiful and intelligent.  I loved talking to....most of them.  I unfortunetly got stuck talking to this girl who had the most dismal outlook on life EVER. EVER. EVER.  She wanted to know why I even wanted to talk to her in the first place, if happiness existed, and if it existed if she even wanted to be happy, and why anyone wanted to be happy in the first place.  I really tried listening and opening up to her.  In hindsight I should have told her to get on with it already and stop wasting her partner's time.  Overall, it was a great time talking to Grace's old colleagues.
After all of this, I actuall went out to Hell's Kitchen. I wanted to go out in NYC and read the the Hiro bar was good for Sunday nights.  Was it ever.  These guys were ripped.  It was pretty cool to see a more diverse crowd of gay men (racially) instead of all the white Minnesotans that dominate my life.  The scene was great but the drinks were $11 (I didn't get one).  I danced by myself for a while until I realized that I actually had dozed off while dancing (I had 2 hours of sleep the last 3 nights). I went home and slept on the subway home.

Listen, hes been haigsd... and I aint goina say coffee for you
Jaculine, the host from Grace's Alumni party, had tickets to go to the Yankees game that she couldn't use.  She gave them to me for free so I decided to ask an old old online friend that had recently donated $100 to me for the AIDS walk.  Sam and I met at the brand NEW Yankees stadium and went to our bleacher seats.  I think we had the best seats in the house; it was the die-hard fan section that knew all the sayings and watched the game like it was church and as Sam said, "like Jesus was gonna come out of the field".  It was GREAT.  Best of all, the Yankees were playing the Twins.  Worst of all, it was pretty cold, neither Sam or I were die-hard baseball fans, and the Twins sucked compared to the Yankees. We stayed for 2.5 hours and decided to get something to eat.

Sam is from Brooklyn and is actually a Mets fan; had never been to a Yankees game.  And is Brooklyn accent was AWESOME.  I want to change my plans to meet up with him again, just listen to him.  He also is very well off for only being 20.  He is in his family business but is finishing up school @ Brooklyn College.  He does a job I would never do: He distributes makeup geared for preteen girls to places such as ToysRUs and Wal-Mart.  He had an awesome Mini Cooper and is not officially the only person I know in New York that owns a car.  He drove me to Midtown where we went to "Max Brenner", a place where any chocolate fene should go.  We had hot chocolate and dessert; I also made him sit for 30 minutes past paying....he is quite the antsy New Yorker.  ing a place and where he did the NYC bikathon.  He then drove me home and showed me where is he is thinking of gettI REALLY enjoyed my time with Sam and look forward to seeing him again.

Dinner Party
I spent Tuesday catching up on sleep, bloging, laundry, and life.  Basically, I vegged out and watched Survivor and the Amazing Race.  When Grace got back from getting lost on the subway....I know right?.... we went to the grocery store to get ready for guests we were having.  This was to thank her for hosting me.  We got stuff for an appetizer,  chicken and pasta, and mousse dessert.  Spent way too much after I had to pick up booze and mixers too but whatevs.... I stuck the Svedka 1.75 in my bag.
We were cooking as our guests arrived.  Amanda and Judy from my first night here arrived again.  A friend, Megan, that lives closeby also came with her mother, Ginny, and her little brother, Isaac.  We served dinner, talked, and played Simpsons Clue.  FYI, that game is HARD....and even harder after two glasses of wine.  And even harder after trying not to swear, talk about sex, etc. around a 10-year-old.  I couldn't help but crack a tranny joke when someone said Smithers (who was wearing a maids dress) used his pearl necklace in the dungeon....
We also watched intervention which Grace tivos.  Grace's roommate's dogsitter, Brian, came home pretty late.  He's pretty cute but 6'2''! and is doing the cliche...moving to NYC after graduating from a performing arts school working side restaurant jobs and trying to afford to stay alive.  Grace's roommate, Gary, has two pugs from his divorce with his ex-partner.  He also has also dinnerware and all of my favorite musicals' posters framed and signed by the cast including but not limited to: Chicago, 42nd St., Hello Dolly, Wicked, Mama Mia, Beauty and the Beast.

I might change my train ticket tomorrow to see Guys and Dolls.  Depends on how tired I am.
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