15 - 27, 2003
It's time again for my world famous
The place where I tell you everything that is going on in my head
and stuff thats happening with me.
The response to my new hair is mixed. Many people like it and
many people still can't believe I even went through with it. But,
I personally felt that it was time to let go. When I started growing
out my hair back in 1994, it was definitely not in style. Everyone
was kicking fades and short cuts. I always liked being seperate
from the norm, and apparently today's trend is the long hair and
cornrolls. If I were to continue this look, I feel I would just
be blending in. So, that is one of the main reasons. Sure, some
people will take some time getting adjusted to it, but that is
okay. I never grew my hair to impress anyone in the first place.
Do I ever think I'll grow it back? Well, as of right now, I am
certainly enjoying my new look and do not plan on bringing my
hair back to the length I had it once before anytime soon.
You Ever Seen A Hurricane Up Close?
Thanks to one of my friends for sending me the following pic of
Hurricane Isabel. Could you imagine being the captain on this
ship knowing that you have to be going into the storm?? I think
I would be terrified even if I was just a stow-away!
One Year Later and Favorite NYC Things
This week marked the one year anniversary of me moving out of
Florida to New York City. I only planned to be here for just about
a year, and it has been quite a journey this far. It was on September
25, 2002 where I got on a JetBlue plane leaving from Orlando and
arriving in JFK Airport in New York City. All I came with were
just a weeks worth of clothes in my suitcase. My parents were
supposed to drive up a few weeks later to drop off my computer.
That never happened, I'm still waiting for my machine to find
its way up here! So, what were the highlights of me being in NYC?
There are soo many, you might as well go through my archives
section to find out. I can definitely say however I do enjoy being
here. This is the only place that exceeds Toronto in family parties.
Virtually every weekend here, I'm invited to a family party or
get together. There is still so much to see and do. I think in
one years time, I have figured out how to get my way around the
transit system, I can drive here and know where to go for a drink.
I have seen the Empire State Building, visited Ground Zero and
been to Madison Square Gardens. I saw a NY Mets baseball game
at Shea Stadium and attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
I have been to a good number of clubs and night spots, but still
so many more to explore. I have not been lucky enough to go to
the Guggenheim or the Museum of Modern Art as of yet, but those
are items next on my checklist.
York is a city that is hard to compare to the others I have lived
in. Its huge, astronomically expensive and filled with people
that will step over you just to get a dollar. You meet people
who are so fake that you can see right through them. But thats
what makes New York what it is. The city has grown on me as of
late, but unless I really start getting a larger piece of the
big apple I will move my show elsewhere.
Recommendations / Favorites:
The following are just a list of some of my favorite
places and things to see that I have discovered after being in
New York City for a year. These can all change tomorrow, but as
of right now, this is the list I have come up with.
Romantic Spot: Brooklyn Heights Park overlooking
the Brooklyn Bridge
Favorite Hair Salon/ Barber: Canas - 170th/Jerome
in the Bronx
Favorite Scenic Bridge: George Washington Bridge
Favorite Latin Night Club: Johnny O's - Castehill
area of the Bronx
Favorite Dance/Trance Club: Centro-Fly - Gramercy
Favorite Calypso/Reggae Club: Club Tobago
Favorite Pub: Harp Bar - Across MSG in Manhattan
(132 W. 32nd St.)
Favorite Arena/Stadium: Madison Square Garden
Favorite Sit Down Restaurant: Virgil's in Times
Favorite Airport: JFK
Favorite Subway Line: 4 Train
Favorite Car Rental Company: ZipCar
Favorite Karoke Bar: The Parrot - Liberty Ave,
Favorite Lounge: Tapis Rouge - in the East Village
(9 Avenue A)
Favorite Place To Shop: Canal Street - Manhattan
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No, I didn't make a mistake. That is exactly how it was written
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hoped that nobody would be stupid enough to fall for this blatant
scam. If you are foolish enough to enter your credit card information
and send it to them hoping that they deposit over $200 into your
checking account, you deserve to lose your money! Whoever wrote
this obviously cannot speak English too well, and probably hopes
you cannot either! Please be on the lookout for this as it could
be in your Inbox right now!
Goes To Tapis Rouge Lounge
I was invited kindly by the TAG:NYC people to come and party with
them at the East Village lounge called "Tapis Rouge".
If you don't parlez en français, that means Red Carpet
in French. I was put on a special guestlist by DJ Beta, where
I was allowed free entrance along with open bar from 10-11pm.
To get there, I took the "F" Train to the "2 Ave"
station and walked about 2 blocks east to Avenue A. At the door,
I was greeted by a girl named, Tyra. She found my name under the
"designer list" and allowed me in. I went down to the
lower level of the lounge where the trance and electronic beats
were playing. I walked to the bar where DJ Beta was conversing
with 2 other guys: Sam and Bacchi. DJ Beta introduced me to them.
Sam is a
web designer and Bacchi is a music producer. For the rest of the
night, I chilled with them drinking white wine and dancing a little.
Bacchi was definitely out of control on the dancefloor, he was
crazy! But still real fun to be around. Sam and I went to the
upstairs lounge briefly where they played hip hop / r&b vibes.
I noticed this one girl that was sitting down dancing while her
friend was dancing with some guy. She looked lonely. I approached
her and asked her to dance. She didn't hesitate! We danced for
a good part of the night and then departed later with her friends.
As I danced a little by myself on the dancefloor, I noticed this
real fine girl dancing on the side in between some guys. As I
looked over at her, she smiled and pointed her finger calling
me over to come dance with her. This time, I didn't hesitate!
Her and I danced for a bit while the 3 o'clock hour approached.
She then later left with her friends. I went back down to the
lower level, talked to some girls sitting on the plush couches
and then decided it was time for me to start my trek home.
I went to the train station, I was passing by this little east
indian restaurant and thought that I should get a quick snack.
I go inside the tiny establishment and order a samosa. After eating
and realizing it was so good, I ordered another one. While sitting
there alone at my table watching some indian movie on TV, a gentleman
with two east indian twins walked into the place. Somehow, we
just started chatting and he introduced himself as Jayson, from
Magazine. He was really cool and even offered to share some
of the real hot food he ordered. The two girls with him were real
cute. Anyways, we all finished eating and got on our way exchanging
business cards before saying goodbye.
walked over to the "2nd Ave" Station and was waiting
for an "F" train where I would later transfer to an
"E" train. At that time of night, the "E"
train runs along that line! So I got that instantly which took
me all the way to "Jamaica/Parsons" Station. From there
I waited about 10 minutes and caught the Jamaica Bus home. From
what was supposed to be a 25 minute ride, turned into over an
hour ride! For the first time in New York, I fell asleep on the
bus and travelled virtually to the end of the line! I got up and
asked the bus driver if he will be going back and he told me he
would, I just have to get off and wait at a bus stop while he
circles back in 20 minutes. So I did that. In about 10 minutes,
he circled and then let me on the bus NO CHARGE. That was so nice
of him. I eventually arrived home watching the morning sun after
Rouge - 9 Avenue A (above Houston St.) in the East Village
New York City, NY 10009 - 212.358.1440
Every Saturday Night is Code:Red
Night at Tapis Rouge.
$5 admission for you and whoever you want to bring!
Includes Open Bar from 10-11pm!
Click here to get on the guestlist
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