These last few months have been somewhat filled with activity. However, this last month of the year is going to packed with nonstop action. Below is an outline of what I have coming up this month/what’s happened so far. I will fill it in as things actually transpire.
Naturally the stuff I’ve written for future dates is just conjecture so far.
Karaoke / Shave
After work I met up with some co-workers at the Alligator Lounge, a staple of my life in Brooklyn. We went for what other than karaoke. Despite telling people to be there at 10:30pm, I myself arrived at 11pm. However, as is usually the case, I was still the first one there.
I put my song in right away and then watched a few people sing. After a while I started to make my way to the bar to see if anyone had come in. No sooner did I turn to leave was I greeted by my co-worker Yev. Moments later he was followed by our co-worker Michael. Just as we began to make our way to the bar, my name was called, perfect timing.
Rather than just stand up and sing, I chose to make it a full performance. I pulled over the small table that was on the stage and pulled up a seat next to the table. I then lowered the mic stand so I could sing into it from a seated position. I then took off my regular glasses, placed them on the table and put on the sunglasses I’d brought with me.
As the music began to play I mimicked playing piano on the table and then proceeded to sing all 6 minutes and 46 seconds of Elton John’s Someone Saved My Life Tonight.
Singing at karaoke at Alligator Lounge
At the end, when it repeats the title, I did a bit of call and response with the audience. First with them as a whole, then out to individuals and finally for the last two, splitting the audience between the left side and the right side. To my pleasant surprise it worked and they sang along beautifully.
What I love about karaoke (and I imagine is the appeal for most people) is the feeling, even if just for a moment, that you’re a rockstar and that the audience is hanging on your every word. To have that much control over an audience while also having their temporary affection is really wonderful thing.
On top of that, the feeling of vindication of picking a good song that the whole bar know and will be interested in singing along to is really a talent that I pride myself on. I rarely fail to bring the house down.
After singing and dancing until 1:30 or 2am, we called it a night. Michael was kind enough to give me a ride back to my apartment. Once home I took advantage of the fact that November was technically over and trimmed down my overgrown beard. It was nice to see my face again and not feel dirty or itchy.
That said, I don’t know if it was the shock of going from a lot of facial hair to suddenly very little, but I did sort of immediately regret it. I think I need to find a happy medium of scraggily facial hair and too little facial hair. Luckily, it’ll grow back.
December 1 (Sat)
Haircut / Food / Write / Brinson Chill Session
After going to bed at around 4am, I slept in till 9:30am. I then got showered, dressed, brushed my teeth and at 10:25, began to make my way to Greenpoint for my haircut appointment.
It usually takes me pretty long to get to my barbershop, but I knew it was going to take particularly long because, in usual (G) train fashion, it was only running to Nassau Ave, at which point I needed to transfer to a shuttle bus to Greenpoint Ave.
Once off the bus I backtracked to the nearby Bank of America to grab some cash. Then doubled back to head to Tomcats, grabbing a copy of this weeks Time Out magazine along the way. I got there a few minutes early for my haircut so I just sat and chilled.
After the cut I headed back towards Nassau Ave, this time on foot, along the way stopping for a late breakfast (or on time lunch) at Charlotte Pâtisserie. There I had their hummus sandwich which was very good and fairly priced. Afterwards I made my way back home where I chilled and wrote a bunch of this.
Went to Brinson’s apartment to hang out with co-workers. We watched some boxing and afterwards I went to my co-worker’s girlfriend’s apartment which was literally across the street.
December 3 – 7
It’s crazy to think that this is my last week with the Inside Sales team. Despite the fact that the time with this team has been slightly longer than my time with the Boston team (1 yr 6 months vs 1 yr 5 months) it’s somehow felt shorter.
After work on Friday I went to Home Sweet Home for Shakin’ All Over, the soul music dance night put on by New York Night Train and spun by DJ Jonathan Toubin. I met up with my co-worker’s girlfriend -Skyler, her roommate Kristen and their friend Tory.
We had a really good time dancing. Kristen and Skyler ended up leaving at 1am but Tory and I hung back and danced until 2.
VOX LUX + Tom’s Bday
When I first saw the trailer for Vox Lux I instantly got Black Swan vibes. Not only because of Natalie Portman, but also because she is playing a character who is a performer. My gameplan was to go to this movie on a Hinge date. However, due to unforeseen complications, she decided we should reschedule.
That said, I had no intention of waiting to see this movie so I ended up going with my co-worker Carter.
That night was my co-work’s roommate’s birthday party. I’ve gotten to know Tom a bit over the year and a half that I’ve been here so I was happy to attend.
December 9 – 14
Fly to California / Training / Fly back to NY
Sunday afternoon I took the train in to JFK to board a flight to SJC.
Monday through Friday I trained at Tesla HQ in Fremont.
I flew back Friday night and got into New York early Saturday morning.
Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
I was able to get my squad to stall and not see the new animated Spider-Man movie until after I got back from California.
The Grinch (Jim Carrey)
screening with co-workers
December 17 – 21
New Job in Brooklyn
This was my first week doing my actual new job. Luckily I had some metaphorical training wheels in the form of my new colleague [name]. He rode around with me and taught me how to structure my day.
Bus to Boston
Saturday morning I got up early to take the 7am bus to Boston.
Podcast with Chris Smith and Greg Clapp
December 23 – 26
Boston / Xmas / Bus back to NY
Sunday was chill
Christmas Eve … Auntie Jeanne
Christmas … Grandpa
Wednesday afternoon I took the bus back to New York.
12/27 – 12/28
New Job in Brooklyn
Thursday and Friday I worked the new job
Pirates of Penzance
A bunch of my co-workers and I decided to go to our co-worker’s production of Pirates of Penzance. When we were buying the tickets, we were trying to get the seats all in a row and next to each other. I somehow got roped into buying my seat and two others.
Now the two other people paid me back right away, but they didn’t pay the extra $4 each for the service fee. It just pissed me off because I was too much of a wuss to speak up and ask for the extra money. This sort of thing happens to me all the time, but I do it to myself, I have no one else to blame. Not important to the story, I just had to get it out.
In any case, on Saturday night we all got dressed up and went out to Manhattan. We met up at … .
New Year’s Eve
Thanks to my new job I had New Years day off. I spent the day … . In the evening I went to … (a NYE party? Karaoke? Idk yet)
New Years Day
I spent New Years Day …
January 2 – 4
New Job in Brooklyn
Wednesday through Friday I finished out the first week of new year in my new role. Whew, what a way to close out the year.