Saturday, 25 June 2011

Friday night and Saturday morning

Friday night:

The East Village.
A bar with a secret door and dark oriental decor.
Delicious Asian fusion cooking. Delicate small portions.
Loos like mini opium dens - so well hidden by the decor that they are almost impossible to find.
Walking through packed streets, people queuing at club entrances.
'White Slab'. (Sounds like a mortuary, but in fact, kind of a cross between an oyster bar and club.)
Loud, very loud, Abba being played.
People shouting in your ear.
Having to shout to be heard.

Saturday morning (and afternoon)

An annoyingly slow cab journey to the Long Island Railroad - running in heels for the 12.20 train.
Walking home through empty, dark streets.
Bed at 2am.
A long slow morning watching Wimbledon in bed (luckily the boys were having a sleepover with our neighbours).
A croaky voice and ringing ears.
Cars 2 at a large all-American cinema, with popcorn all over the floor.
Driving around various large malls to purchase items such as a 'baseball mitt' .
Dinner at a branch of Ruby Tuesday. Large portions.

Sometimes I can't believe the contrast between the life in Manhattan that is going on, 20 miles away, and our little suburban corner of Long Island. I'm sure if the twenty-something Manhattanites from the bar last night had envisaged our Saturday, they would have been horrified. But this weekend, I'm happy to have experienced a bit of both.


Home Office Mum said...

great that you can have both right on your doorstep. I think a Friday night like the one you had is needed every now and then!

Iota said...

Best of both worlds!

Tanya (Bump2Basics) said...

Ditto Iota - a great balance. Boo hiss running for LIRR least it doesn't sound like you had to hang around there for an hour waiting and waste your money on pretzels or ice creatm you didn't really need anyway!

Muddling Along said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend of contrasts!

Belgravia Wife - sort of said...

Hi ! I like the sound Asian fusion, I like Ruby Tuesday too, really. The mall bit worries me but then so does the Abba. Lovely contrasts, roll on Sunday xx

Michelloui | The American Resident said...

I'm with the others: best of both worlds! Kind of nice being able to switch back and forth. :)

Nota Bene said...

Sounds glorious...

nappy valley girl said...

HOM - definitely, although I'm certainly not up to doing it every night....

Iota - exactly. It's one of the things I love about where we live.

Tanya - yes, that's usually what happens when we are with the boys! And Penn Station is SO horrible....

Muddling Along - definitely. I'll have to do it more often.

Belgravia Wife - do they have Ruby Tuesday in Belgravia now? ;-)? The Abba was quite strange, now I wonder whether the bar was celebrating the gay marriage bill which was just passed that very evening in NY State.

Michelloui - it is indeed, wish we made more of it sometimes.

NB - was good, but your weekend sounds great too!

Mwa said...

Sounds like an excellent use of a weekend. (Note to self: must try better. ;-) )

Metropolitan Mum said...

I think that's the beauty of being a grown up: the best of both worlds without feeling the need to choose one over the other. Why shouldn't you have both?

A Confused Take That Fan said...

Sounds fabulous. I'm moving!