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…vignettes from a winter that never was.

It has been a week full of adventures.

I went to Brooklyn to visit my old roommate (hereby referenced to as Sprite) and check out Rutgers-Newark, but most importantly, to visit my Sprite! ;D I haven’t seen her in two years! I guess the Megabus gods were also on my side because round trip from Albany to NY was $20. 

As I was waiting for her, I was ogling at the bikes. It was killing me to be in the city without a bicycle!

She took me to Prospect Park, where we found this awesome tree. I’ve never seen branches stick up in the air like that. While we were in Prospect Park, I said to her how much I wished there was a park near me when I was growing up and she countered with “I wish I had a backyard!” It’s always funny how we all think the grass is greener on the other side. I loved Prospect Park so much, especially for the fact that it had a car lane, a people lane, and a bike lane. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Albany had that for Washington Park? She took me to this AMAZING bar called Double Windsor where you were surrounded by the aroma of apple cider. They had a great beer list but since I always end up spending a ton of money in the city, I just hung out with the Champagne of Beers, Mr. Miller High Life. I was served the BEST burger I ever had- it was a little pricey at $13 but it was well worth it. The meat was from a local farm and had so much flavor. I would definitely go there again. 

I saw that my Sprite had Golden Girls on DVD which was fitting because, back in the day, my roommates and I assigned each other a Golden Girl that fit our personalities. Sprite was Sophia, I was Rose, C was Dorothy, and M was Blanche. We then had a conference call with the other roommates and it felt like old times again. We haven’t all been in the same place since we graduated. I can’t wait until we’re all together again.

Sprite and I, after watching a ton of Sh*t (insert group here) Say videos, proceeded to watch Aladdin and play with her bunny, Ginger! 

In the morning, I went to Rutgers-Newark. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the school since academically, it’s wonderful, but I’m still a little iffy on the neighborhood. I would have liked it feel more collegiate but it was a commuter school in the truest sense of the word. Whereas Portland and Maryland have college towns around their respective campuses, there was nothing around Newark’s campus. Although, I must remind myself, if I did end up going to any grad school, I’m just going to be commuting from school to my apartment and probably hang out wherever my apartment is. I did love the fact that there is light rail so I wouldn’t need a car and use my bike whenever I pleased. 

After I came back from Newark, Sprite and I went to the East Village to get Ethiopian food. It was my first time and it was DELICIOUS! You don’t get a fork and knife, you just scoop up the foody bits with the bread! 

 

Afterwards, we had some time to kill until Beauty and Beast in 3D started and found this awesome bar that I forgot the name of. But! They had cheap drinks and appetizers AND! All the tables had chalkboard surfaces.

Beauty and the Beast 3D, although it was very expensive and we could have just seen it for free at the Sprite’s house, was worth it. Sprite and I sang and danced (I know, you must think we’re out of our minds, but it was delightful and we were able to develop a fan base on the streets) on our way to the theater to keep ourselves warm.  During Finals Week 2009, my roommates and I decided to watch a loop of Disney movies, and Beauty and the Beast was the only movie to make us all cry at the end, so we felt that it was only right to see it together now that we were reunited. It was hilarious because the audience was comprised of 20 and 30 year olds who may have dabbled in the spirits a little bit so everyone was singing and shouting at the screen. It was almost like a Disney version of Rocky Horror!

When I got back to Albany, my friends and I went ice skating at Empire State Plaza. It was my first time back on the ice after I almost broke my arm a few weeks ago, but this time, none of that happened. I actually learned how to spin and skate on one foot, thanks to my friend, who used to be an ice dancer! We also taught my other friend how to skate and he was a champ- he didn’t fall once! We then went to the Lark Tavern- which was interesting. It’s…not the same place. It’s very sanitized and is lacking the grit and glory it was known for. My first drink there was my last drink before it burned down- a Utica Club. 

And now, I’m back in Albany. I can’t believe this weather. I’ve been able to bike every single month this winter, which is a first.

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