This past weekend I decided to take Friday and Monday off to go back home to Boston. I did this (took the extra days off/when back to Boston) for three reasons:
1) because whenever I go back to Boston, even if I leave early on Saturday morning (or right after work on Friday night), I basically just have the rest of Saturday and till noon on Sunday to hang out before I have to start heading back to NY. This way, leaving Thursday after work, I had ALL DAY Friday, ALL DAY Saturday and ALL DAY on Sunday before I had to leave on Monday.
2) because the quarter had just ended the week previous and I was in need of a tiny vacation from work.
3) because had stuff I needed to pick up -my skateboard and my bike polo mallets. On top of all that, I wanted to go home for the usual reasons, see my family, meet up with friends, etc.
I started my morning by showing my Mom my new headphones. I had told her about how cool they were and so I wanted her to try them. After that, her and I went to Dunkin Donuts where I tried the Thin Mint iced coffee, which was pretty good. While eating we had a good chat about the Optimistic Nihilism video I’d sent her.
Additionally, I texted my friends Alyssa (to see if she was still planing to meet up with me on Saturday evening), Josh (to see what the plan was for hanging out that night), Eric (to see about meeting up with him Saturday during the day) and Craig (to see about grabbing drinks on Saturday night).
After eating, we got in my Mom’s new car where I drove us to Winthrop to my Aunt’s house to take care of her cat (my Aunt was in FL to take care of my Uncle). After doing what we needed to do we drove to the cemetery so my Mom and I could visit her Mom and Dad. Once we did that, I took a picture of her in front of her new car. I forgot to mention the fact that I gave her a HOONIGAN sticker and that we had fun messing around with the Apple Car Play features.
Next we made our way to Showcase Cinemas where I used my Movie Pass so we could see Ready Player One. I didn’t have a ton of interest in it, I hadn’t read that book, but one of the podcasts I listen to has been talking about for the past year(s) so I needed to see what the big deal was about. In short, overall I liked it. It delivered exactly what I was looking for, a fun adventure with cool visual effects and a straightforward yet interesting story.
I then drove us home in the now slushy weather. We chilled for a bit before walking to the bank to take care of some… banking. We then walked back home where I chilled for a bit until it was time to venture out to my friend Josh’s house party.
The party consisted of the OG crew of people I used to work with. We had snacks, drank beers, caught up on each others lives and played beer pong, a game I detest for how “frat bro” it is. I left around 11:30pm.
I was woken up by my Dad at 7:30am on Saturday morning. We went the the traditional Saturday morning breakfast with my Grandpa, my Auntie Maria and my Dad. As usual we went to the Cracker Barrel which was, as usual, very good.
After breakfast we dropped my Grandpa and Auntie Maria off. I then had my Dad drive me to Oak Grove so I could take the train in to JP to meet up with my former co-worker Eric and his wife Pammi. She had recently had a baby and I was excited to meet him. I got to hold Keanu and he was awesome. There is no doubt he will grow up to be a baller.
Once I was finished hanging out with Keanu and the gang I took the train home. There I brushed my teeth (something I definitely needed to do), finished my leftovers from breakfast and watched a thing I’d DVR’d. I had to stop it part way through because I was so tired from the previous evening and having to get up early that I had to take a nap.
After waking up some time later I watched a bit more TV before going out for drinks with some of my old work squad; some from the night before and some that were new to join. It was good to see a bunch of people I hadn’t for a long time, some as long as a year ago.
I took the train into the city, got out at Back Bay and walked through the Prudential Mall to get to Boylston Street. As I exited to the street I caught the tail end of a missed call from my co-worker Alyssa who was driving up from NY to meet me. I called Alyssa back to find out that she was about to pull on to Boylston, what perfect timing. I ran to the corner where she was, hopped in her car and together we found a spot basically right in front of the Pour House.
There are really only two things I want to highlight from the night: 1) when I when to the bar there were two beers already behind the bar. I assumed they were for a customer that hadn’t gotten back from the bathroom yet or something. When I ordered my Sam Summer, the bartender just handed me one of the already poured beers.
This seemed odd because who knows how long it had been sitting out. However, I reluctantly paid for it. Then, as I was about to go, the bartender told me to wait. She filled up the rest of the other glass of beer that had been sitting behind the bar and handed it to me. “You can have this one too” she said, “I’m wasn’t going to serve it.” Again I was a little skeptical but you can’t beat two beers for the price of one.
2) The second thing, without going into all of the details, is that I ended up kind of making out with one of my former female co-workers. (I’ll keep her anonymous for privacy reasons). This was great because a) I always thought she was attractive and b) because I hadn’t gotten any action in a while. I later found out from her via text that this was just a drunken mistake, and though I was kind of bummed because I would gladly date her, I was still happy it happened.
After saying our goodbyes, Alyssa drove us back to my parents place where she slept in my old room and I slept in my sister’s old room.
In the morning I texted Eric and James to tell them what had happened with [name redacted]. Then, with my Mom’s help, I found a thing that I needed for a thing. Eventually, after Alyssa woke up, we drove to Salem to get breakfast at The Ugly Mug.
Alyssa is a horror nerd so we walked around Salem for a bit before driving to Boston. Once in the city we had to park in a garage, which was lame and expensive. We visited my sister at the Old North Church gift shop, where she works as a Manager. Then we went to Mikes Pastry and Modern Pastry to get/compare cannoli’s.
After walking around Faneuil Hall for a bit we went back to the garage, grabbed her car and drove back to my parent’s place where she dropped me off. Once home I watched another thing I recorded. My buddy Pete dropped by breifly so we could catch up and then my dad and I went to the movie Chappaquiddick. It was pretty boring AND the audience we were with was annoying.
Once home I showed him an episode of Rick and Morty and we watched the previous weeks’ episode of Silicon Valley.
In the morning my Mom and I went to Bruegger’s (tradition) before she dropped me off at Oak Grove. I took the T in to South Station and caught the 11:30am bus back to NY. I found out that all it takes is two podcasts and a book to make that ride fly by.
–Extra Stuff (this weekend… so far)
After work I biked to my co-worker Adam’s apartment, and, to my surprise, I beat him there. He made us chicken fajitas while we chatted. We then listened to a thing that I had recorded so far; suffice it to say it is a podcast, but that’s all you get… for now.
We ate dinner while listening to the thing. Then, once done, we recorded for an extra 40 minutes. We still have a good chunk to do before episode one is finished but this proof of concept episode is coming along as good, if not better than I expected.
We stopped recording right when Adam’s roommate Tom got home. The three of us went onto their roof where they shared a cigar and I drank a beer while we looked on to Manhattan. After chilling on the roof, we went back down to there apartment for a bit and then called it a night (at around 11pm) deciding to finish the episode next week. I then biked home.
This morning I got up at 8:30, got showered and dressed and hopped on the train into Mahattan. If I didn’t already mention this, I have been reading How to American and just had two chapters left to read.
While on the train I finished (almost all of) the book. I got off at 23rd St and walked across town to the Chelsea Piers Skatepark. I skated for half an hour before making my way over to 23rd and 8th. I took the (C) train to Spring St and walked to the old location of the Adidas Originals Store.
I did not realize it was no longer there but after a quick Google search on my phone, headed over to there nearby new location. I tried on a pair of shoes that were a little big for me before making my way over to the Onitsuka Tiger store.
After spending some time in there I made my way over to a store I’d seen while on my way to the bus last Friday that was filled with vintage Boom Boxes. However, I would later realize that it was closed.
From there I went to the LES/Manhattan Bridge skatepark. I skated for a bit, but it was pretty busy and I was intimidated by everyone there. I then walked back to where I thought the Boom Box store to be to make sure I didn’t miss the shop (again, a Google search once home proved I was in the correct place, it was simply closed).
I walked to the Bike Polo Court just to take a look at it before walking to Canal Street subway station. There I took the (4) to Barclays. I went to Target where I bought contact solution and body soap. I then took the train to the Brooklyn Museum station whereI walked to Library, finished the book and returned it.
I walked back to train and took the subway home (home by 3pm). Once at my apartment I changed, did some laundry (4pm to 6pm) and listened to what Adam and I had recorded. After my laundry was done, I ate dinner and watched some YouTube. From 7pm to 9pm I wrote this. Once done I’m going to put my laundry away, do the dishes, watch some Netflix and go to bed.
I plan on going back to The Met Breuer because the exhibit that was being curated the last time I went (St. Patties Day) is now open. Plus it’s supposed to rain so… might as well do something in doors. Also, I think I’ll finally get my hair cut. Probably should come up with some other stuff to occupy my day.