Um, is it really already the Eighth of July? Holy moly. First of all, that means there are only 31 days, or one exact month, until the lovely Leah turns 21. I will be celebrating the event with her in The Vegas, and I can’t wait. Second of all, that means that my Super-Funtacular Long Weekend of Funness is over. Boo! There is nothing worse than the week after a long weekend, but the week after the Super-Funtacular Long Weekend of Funness is especially hard. Hows abouts I tells ya about it…
It really started last Thursday, the night of my little birthday celebration. It was at the Boat Basin Cafe, which is a totally awesome place under the West Side Highway right on the Hudson River. There was a big crowd there, but we had no problem getting a table for everyone. We had a blast there drinking pitchers of beer and gossiping about everything from work to celebrities. Mostly celebrities…we’re cool like that.
Friday was a half day for me, thank goodness, because I was feeling a little out of it when I woke up. After punching the clock at work, I came home and Mike and I had yummy take-out crepes before we caught a movie. When we came out of the theatre, we were in the midst of one of New York’s sudden rain storms. We had to RUN down the street to a Duane Reade to buy umbrellas, but by the time we got them we were soaked, of course. We ended the night with some hot wings and a movie at home.
Saturday is when things really got going. Mike and I woke up and got ready to head out to Coney Island. Neither of us had been there before, and we wanted to check out the rides and eat Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Once we got our dogs, I wanted to go on the rides! I dragged Mike on the famous Cyclone, but it really wasn’t his favorite ride. I paid for a re-ride, but Mike couldn’t get off fast enough! Hee. I just love roller coasters so much. I had my arms up the whole time, baby! After that we went on that rocking pirate ship ride, and Mike wasn’t so fond of that ride, either. I’m sure he would like me to point out that that was because the safety bar didn’t totally secure me in, and was totally freaked that I was going to fall out since I kind of wasn’t really holding on to anything. I liked that weightless feeling I got at the top! After we got off that, we didn’t go on anymore rides! Ha. Instead, we wandered over to the game area of Coney Island, and we totally kicked the asses of multiple children in every game we played. I am now the proud owner of several oversized stuffed toys. Goody.
After we were done with everything Coney Island had to offer, we went back to my apartment for a quick change before meeting some people at the Staten Island Ferry. I’d never been on the ferry before, and it is a perfectly enjoyable experience when it isn’t crashing into docks killing people. And it’s free! I can’t believe that Mayor Bloomie isn’t all over charging for that 25 minute ride – you have great views of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, and of course, Manhattan Island. And, they sell alcohol on the boat! Hello, is that not the most perfect mode of transportation ever? Once we got there, we headed over to Richmond County Bank Ballpark to watch the Staten Island Yankees baseball game. The stadium was awesome, extremely ritzy for a Single-A minor league team. You could see the Manhattan skyline in the outfield. After the game there were free fireworks. Again with the free! I love anything free.
On the Fourth of July, Mike and I took it easy for most of the day, until it was around 4 or so, when we gathered up and headed down to Chinatown for a party our friend was throwing. It was on the roof of his apartment building, so we had an AMAZING view of the Macy’s Fireworks, which are supposedly the biggest fireworks show in the nation or something. First, however, we watched the footage of the Hot Dog Eating contest out on Coney Island. Um, yeah. That’s a lot of hot dogs. After that we were inspired to eat hot dogs, but I could only manage to eat two. New record! For me, at least. Did I mention they were wrapped in bacon, our own homemade danger dogs? So good!
Finally, on Monday Mike and I went out to the Garden State to witness my friend Jordana and her fiancé Roland tie the knot! We were so glad we were able to come out and be there for the event, which had to take place very quickly and suddenly for silly technical reasons. We got to meet Roland’s family and friends, and I was able to sign their marriage certificate as a witness! I was so glad I could be a part of it. Then sadly, on Tuesday Mike had to go back to Los Angeles. I was afraid I would cry and cry when the Super Shuttle came to take him away, but “lucky” for me the shuttle never came. I spent the last 10 minutes of Mike’s visit yelling at the Super Shuttle people and then helping Mike get a cab. Stupid people! I sent them an extremely pissed off email today. We’d better get something free – you know how I like the free.