time again for my world famous
weekly thought. The place where I tell you everything
that is going on in my head and stuff thats happening
Cousin Gets Married... on FRIDAY the 13th!
was the big family event of the year. The wedding of
my cousin Serena to her high school
sweetheart, Tony. My parents flew up
from Florida to be here for it. Tony had family fly
up from Puerto Rico to be present as well. It was a
full year in the making and it was going to be the kickoff
for the summer. My role in this wedding was an usher,
or groomsman. I don't know.. that's what it says on
the shot glass that was given to me as a gift as you
can see on the picture on the right. All I know is that
I was in the wedding party. The actual wedding itself
was held in a small church in Long Island. There was
a small crowd present to witness the two recite their
vows. It was actually quite beautiful. After the wedding,
we all headed over to my aunt's house to get some last
minute snacks before everyone travelled to the banquet
banquet hall was a very beautiful building, and just
enough space for the people that were coming. I think
it was one of the best organized facilities I have ever
been to. The name of the facility was the ARIANA
WATERFALL and its located in West Hempstead,
Long Island. They took care of the catering, the limo,
everything was included in one wedding package. Thanks
to them, I think the wedding ran very smoothly.
Don't Want To Open This Box...
wedding reception went on without any flaws. Great music,
great choice - that's right, choice
of foods. There was no walk-up buffet at this function!
You told the waiter if you'd like either the chicken,
sirloin steak or baked salmon dinner. I went with the
steak and potatoes.
the food, we all danced the night away. My bridal party
partner was this real fine girl named, Jodie.
(my cousin's best friend) Holy cow she looked amazing
that night!! Her and I danced to salsa and reggae.We
could have easily taken over the dancefloor, but the
night was about the bride and her groom. We had to make
sure the spotlight was always on them. The DJ was playing
a dual role as an MC as well. I feel he did a great
job. The partying continued up until 1am when they banquet
hall had to shut down. Its too bad that it had to wrap
up so early...4am sounds more reasonable! Everyone went
home and there was NO afterparty!
I couldn't believe it. I don't remember ever hearing
such a thing! Everyone is supposed to trek to a hotel
and finish the party!
it was a great wedding and I wish the new couple, Tony
and Serena all the best! Don't make me an uncle too
Visits NYC and cK!
Just weeks after I went to visit Bermuda and see
my friend, Selica, she was up in New York City on business
and nearby to see me again. But the whole wedding planning
and preparation really tangled up my schedule making
it really difficult to make the most of the 3 days she
was here. I did however, manage to drop by the
hotel she was staying at on the last day she was leaving,
which was also the day of the wedding!
Room at the W Hotel - NYC
was staying at the beautiful W
- The Court. I came to visit her
after getting my hair cut and trimmed in the Bronx.
I go to this place called Canas. (Jerome Ave
/ 168th Street) I think its worth the 2 hour train/bus
ride to get my hair done there. Well, I got to her hotel
and she had about one hour until check out time. I had
2 hours to get back before the wedding commenced, but
I couldn't live with myself if I let Selica go back
to Bermuda without meeting up with her while we were
in the same city! Selica braided my hair for me while
we chatted a little and watched Conan O'Brien on tv.
Before we knew it, our little time was done. I had to
run out and catch a train back to Queens while she had
a car service waiting to pick her up and take her to
the airport. At least I got to see her, I hope to see
her again soon with more time!
Goes to Club Tobago
have always heard of this club that was a popular spot
for west indian/caribbean folk, but I have never had
the chance to visit it for myself. So on one random
night with my cousins, I came to see what all the hype
was about. My cousin, Deva went to the website (http://www.clubtobago.com)
and printed free passes that allow you entry all night.
My cousin and I were waiting outside for other cousins
that were supposedly coming. But they never showed up.
So we went in there ourselves, just at the right time
too because they disallowed anymore people into the
club after us.
Tobago in Jamaica, NY
I get into the club and was taking in the environment.
The whole ceiling was covered in black lights and was
painted in fashions that you would see in a glow in
the dark roller skating arena. The club was packed,
but still enough room to move about without having to
step over people. When you walk in to your right is
the one and only bar, and to your left is a food counter.
If you are hungry, it appears someone's aunty is there
cooking up a storm! I'll try the food next time. The
place was nicely designed, and there was carpeted floors
all over. I was impressed with the sound system. Usually,
these types of Caribbean clubs just blare the music
with your ears ringing for days later. That wasn't the
case here, it was at a great and amplified level that
was letting you dance without having your fingers in
your ears. Also, a never before thing I seen was that
this club was giving away free margaritas and dollar
off tequila shots... I'm told they do this all the time!
I have never heard of this in a caribbean club before.
was chilling in the back corner in the club when this
real drunk guy stumbles and sits beside me. He tells
me his name is Ansel and he's from Trinidad. He lives
here in New York and is a bio-chemist. Shortly after
telling me this, he pretty much passed out. Poor guy.
I did venture to the dance floor and was also very impressed
with the general attitude of everyone. Nobody stepped
on your feet and if they did accidently bump you, there
was an immediate apology. Everyone gave each other dancing
space. I know lots of places where people don't do that.
the music was switched to a slower pace, I ventured
back to my seat. Upon sitting there, I noticed a guy
also sitting not too far from me. He looked very familiar.
He looked like a guy a knew from Toronto. So I went
up to him and told him that he looked real famliar and
asked him if he knew me from school or something. The
guy looked blank. He told me that he doesn't know me.
Feeling very embarrassed and still thinking that I do
know him, I asked him if he ever lived in Toronto, he
told me no.. then he said, "I don't know
who you are.......KELVIN." That's
when I knew he knew me. His name was Dee and I haven't
seen him in like 9 years. Along with him, was also a
guy named Andy (aka Bogey) and they even brought my
cousin, Stefan. I couldn't believe it! They all drove
down from Toronto that weekend just to party. It was
by luck that I met up with them. I definitely had a
good time at that club, and I give it a high recommendation
to visit if you are into the caribbean vibe scene.
of the most anticipated returns since 1996, has been
the arrival of the Chevrolet Impala SS. It has adapted
a huge cult following and was mourned when General Motors
cancelled it some years ago. But they have revived it.
Its back this fall and is hoping to burn up the streets
and blaze the stoplight races all over the country.
Its shy 20 horses and 2 cylinders that its predecessor
had, but its still a huge deal compared to other competitors
there. This Impala SS is powered by a 240 horsepower
supercharged V6 front-wheel drive engine. The previous
Impala had a 260 horsepower V8 engine. Sure, the newest
one will sip less fuel, but the tire smoking will be
coming from the front wheels instead of the rear ones.
Highway police forces all over have adopted the Impala
SS engine into their cruisers, so when you drive one,
you'll know exactly what the police are using to catch