Month: April 2011

courage to be vulnerable, strength to pull through

- things that it takes to survive caring about someone and yet not be together, because to be together would require sacrificing those bits of what you admire so much about each other, the drive to succeed, the curiosity to explore, your hopes and dreams for the future.

The 404

The Plan

April 25-29: Pack, ship/donate unwanted goods
May 3: Ship
May 8: Fly to Seattle
May 9-13: Find/sign apartment
May 14: Fly to LA
May 20: Anne's Bachelorette Party
May 22: Anne's Wedding
May 23: Return to Seattle
May 25: Start new job
May 28-31: Move into new apartment

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To be fair, I can't refuse to believe in fate...

... but also continue to believe that there is such thing as The One.

It's the hardest thing, to believe that if it's meant to be, it will be

Because maybe we actually just irrevocably fucked it up and then what?

NYC Places - Text Dump

Pete's Tavern
https://foursquare.com/venue/128

Only been here once, but it was an awesome once, a meeting of the minds with @TJAllard and crew to discuss a new interactive project.

Recommended: Sauteed Chicken Liver with Marsala Wine, Onions and Mushrooms

Village Pourhouse
https://foursquare.com/venue/31891

Back when Rock Band nights first took off, this was the place to be. It's where I first met @chrisa9 and @leighalexander, where I rocked the stage with @alex_navarro and @samitsarkar. Been a while since I went back, mostly because it got too crowded for my taste.

Macondo
https://foursquare.com/venue/40773

First stopped by here during @chrisa9's birthday after-party. I vaguely remember drinking delicious white sangria out of a crazy watering-can style carafe. Repeat visits led me to discover their great selection of tapas we well as an amazing hibiscus margarita.

Recommended: Sangria Blanca, Ceviche Camaron

Pastis
https://foursquare.com/venue/1132

The time I remember most here was a beautiful Saturday brunch with @beeme. New York had finally started to give us sunshine this season, and it was the perfect afternoon to catch up and share great stories.

Recommended: Sunday brunch, to see all the well-dressed but hungover Saturday night praters.

Blaue Gans
https://foursquare.com/venue/32590

Memories of celebratory afternoons with the @Candystand crew, leaving work early for a pint (okay a few) of beer, schnitzel, sausages, and vulgar commentary from @BernarBekirov.

Recommended: Jager Schnitzel, Apple Strudel

Back Room
https://foursquare.com/venue/20844

An old AOL coworker brought us here after a few rounds at Whiskey Ward. A crazy dark alleyway leads into an unmarked door, opening up into a speakeasy-style, velvet-lined bar. Sexy, with a hidden VIP room (behind the bookcase), cocktails served in teacups, beer served in paper bags.

Recommended: Don't tell your cohorts where you're going and surprise them.

PDT
https://foursquare.com/venue/36524

Another hidden bar gem, loved by me because they deliver tasty tater tots from Crif Dogs next door. Hard to make reservations for, but fun to enter through the phone booth.

Recommended: Have the number handy; the phone line for reservation opens at 3pm for each night, and spots fill up quickly.

Angel's Share
https://foursquare.com/venue/2189

Trifecta for the hidden bars - this one is located behind a barely-marked door in a highly trafficked Japanese restaurant. First time was, rather appropriately, with a covert date. Great to look out at the East Village while sharing a cozy couch.

Delicatessen
https://foursquare.com/venue/139481

Cute little Nolita spot with a ton of weird personality. My first trip there marked a great afternoon excursion from the AOL office with some of our team.

Recommended: Cheeseburger Spring Rolls (YEAH)

Black and White
https://foursquare.com/venue/9204

The AOL outing staple for when Central Bar was too close and too crowded. Many nights texting for friends to meet us there, sniping tables, taking smoke breaks on the lowered patio. An almost-kiss that ended up going nowhere, but nonetheless great memories.

Sahara East
https://foursquare.com/venue/646

A staple hookah bar during the time I was dating a full-time smoker. Okay food, okay ambience, but served its purpose - a place to spend a nice evening out with friends.

Sultana Cafe
https://foursquare.com/venue/85661

Frequented this hookah spot less, but I remember the events more. Once right after the big breakup, met here with a high school friend who was in from out of town to get perspective, grounded.

Cleopatra's Needle
https://foursquare.com/venue/1496

Came here for jazz night with a freshman-year crush. Food was meh, music was meh, the date? Ended up pretty meh also!

The Burger Joint
https://foursquare.com/venue/17754

A hidden greasy burger place in the middle of the swank-ass Le Parker Meridien hotel. Always packed, with a line slinking into the hotel's posh lobby, but a pretty good burger to make up for it.

Symposium
https://foursquare.com/venue/179320

An amazing Greek restaurant, with a gracious and friendly host. We came here at first because they didn't check IDs and have amazing pitchers of sangria. Stayed for the to-die-for food selection.

Recommended: Symposium Mixed Appetizers Plate, Potpourri of Greek Foods (one order of each will satisfy a two-person table)