Wednesday, March 29, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #40] Island hopping

I wish I would have written something before I left New York; all my happy, emotional, good thoughts about my visit there have been coated with a layer of Miami now.  My sisters took me to a cocktail party last night for the opening of their friend's newest real estate office and a guy with botox gave me his card.  Ew!
 
I had such a great time in Manhattan (and its environs, don't worry Schnookums & Petr!).  Seeing everyone again, being there, Black Party.  Nothing felt weird about being back.  Before I left London I was a little scared I might get back to New York and feel like 'Oh my god, why'd I ever leave?!', but that didn't happen.  In the same breath, though, I didn't feel like I'd never be back, either -- it's not like when I left SF and I was just done with it.  Just a nice, content feeling; I didn't feel homeless, I didn't feel invisible.
 
The saddest point I had was last Monday morning.  The day before I had champagne brunch with a few friends, followed by champagne social at my old apartment, closed with a champagne evening with Darrin.  Monday morning I became very keenly aware of all the lives & friendships I've actively disjointed myself from and it felt really lonely.  But as I went on with my day and the familiarity of New York came over me that feeling subsided and I was OK.
 
After we took off from LaGuardia I could see Manhattan off the right side of the plane (there is absolutely nothing like the Manhattan skyline) and I honestly thought I really truly love that little island.  Now I am down South on this plastic island for a few days, then back to my new home on a new island this Saturday; and I am good with that.  But I'll be back again soon.
 
Cheers,
Shaun

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #39] Bienvenido a Miami!

Well, I made it to Miami/SoBe, you may all pity me now.  ;)
 
Anyway, off to cocktails - just wanted to let everyone know I arrived.
 
Cheers,

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #38] Beer, vodka and champagne, oh my!

First a notice -- I will be going to Phoenix this Wednesday for $2 pints, so all of you whom I won't see at other events I hope to see you then!!

The time-change thing is definitely affecting me. Friday "night" I got to bed about 7:00 and woke up at 11:00. Last night I was in bed just before 5:00 and could not sleep in past 8:30 to save my life. This is very odd because if there's one thing I love it's vodka, but not too far down the list from that is sleep. It has, however, resulted in the not-unwelcome fact that, other than the trip from JFK to Terry's, I haven't really been sober in NYC.

Mommie Dearest came up yesterday from Philly to say hello and make Mommie Dearest iced teas (similar to Long Island iced teas, but so, so good); what was that I said about not being sober again?

And on that note, just a couple hours away from going to one of my favorite spots on earth: $11-all-you-can-drink brunch at Intermezzo. Then tonight I have a champagne date with the beautiful Darrin; I can safely say I am enjoying mt trip.

Got Hot Spot pizza... it's hard to ask more from life than a good slice of New York pizza.

"Having a wonderful time! Wish you were here!",
Shaun



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Saturday, March 18, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #37] New York City

Hey all,

Just letting you know I arrived safely in New York City... got here a few hours ago! I got to Heathrow early and got an earlier flight and got in three hours early.

Always lovely to come to NYC & descend into Sutphin Blvd subway stop! And NYC was sure to give me a little taste of what I remember... an E train came right away, but it just honked its horn and drove right on through the station. :)

But fab to be here.

Xo,
Shaun

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Friday, March 17, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #36] Contact info, "The Falling Man" and New York

OK, first business; my contact numbers for my visit:

in New York --> 917-###-####

in Miami --> 786-###-####

Well, that's it for business.

Tonight on More Four (the famous Penis Week channel from many eMails ago) had a rather striking show on called "The Falling Man". And it was literally about the falling man - you all know who I am talking about, from September 11th. It was a tactful look into the jumpers of 9/11 and why they were pretty much air-brushed out of the picture of that day. In its trauma America wanted to remember the firefighters and other rescue workers, to rally around the good; but in doing so we somehow ignore and don't honor what happened there. I won't go on, but it was certainly an emotional pull back towards the city I am leaving for tomorrow.

And that's that. I am packed, save for my toiletries; I have my passport, Citibank card and credit cards; reservations and plans are made; Hot Spot Pizza and Taco Bell await me.

It's a very unfamiliar feeling I have sitting here thinking about going there. New York is the first place that ever felt like home to me. I loved living in San Francisco and, to the astonishment of most, Fairbanks. But New York is where I learned what it feels like to get to go back home after being away. So what do I feel now, going there, going "home", when it's not home anymore? I just don't know because I've never done this before.

All that said, I couldn't be more excited, I am so ready for this trip. I can't believe I get to say "See you soon!" to so many of you, but I do! So I'll say it one more time:

See you soon!

Shaun
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