New York State Of Mind.

For the last few days, I’ve been enjoying a much needed vacay in the great state of New York. Why, you ask? Well, because (1) why not? and (2) two of my wonderful friends live in New York (one of whom was celebrating a birthday), I thought April would be the perfect time to pay them a visit.

Because I know you are all dying to hear the nitty gritty of my trip, I will share all the details. Get excited, people.

I left Austin bright and early on Thursday morning, flying Delta. I was a bit hesitant for reasons unbeknownst to me (maybe fear of the unknown? I had never flown Delta before), but any hesitation quickly dissipated when I boarded the flight. Our flight was so empty that I had an entire row to myself (as did the few people in the rows nearest to me). If you maybe didn’t hear that, I’ll repeat – an entire row on an airplane – I think that’s unheard of, but it gave me a great opportunity to lay down and take a nice nap during the flight. To top that off, the stewardess gave me not one, but two, bags of pretzels for a snack in-flight – talk about quality service. The flight was easy and quite enjoyable, though I know its unrealistic to expect this kind of experience from Delta should I ever fly with them again.

Upon arriving in New York, I braved the subway system from JFK to meet up with Julia and her “roommate” Nora.   Now I’ve been to New York dozens of times previously, but this was one of the first where I was navigating myself through the transportation system, and even though I had a few hiccups along the way (including a subway power outage and passenger preaching the gospel to me for 30 minutes), I made it safely to Julia and Nora. For those who don’t know, Julia is one of my oldest friends – we’ve known each other for 13 years, ever since we bonded over a mutual obsession with Aaron Carter back in 6th grade (yes, I did just admit that) and have continued to remain close friends even though we live thousands of miles apart. Like me, Julia is mildly obsessed with her birthday, which occurred on the first day of my visit and was a large part of my decision to go to New York. Lucky for her, Julia’ s college roommate and New York soulmate Nora, shared a love of birthdays and was born only a day before. So for the past 6 years, the two have celebrated their birthdays with a weeklong “birfday celebration” as it is called.

Nora and Julia 6th Annual Birfday Week Extravaganza

Nora (left) and Julia (right) introducing the performers at their show.

This year they opted to celebrate their birthdays by hosting a variety show, appropriately titled “Nora & Julia’s 6th Annual Birfday Extravaganza + Laughs (Bitchez B 24)”. Guys, this show was great! Both Nora & Julia graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and run in a very awesome performer crowd. They had 5 groups of friends perform various acts – everything from improv to speeches to song & dance. It was an awesome thing to watch, and I imagine, an even cooler way to celebrate your birthday. And true to Nora & Julie form, they ended the show with the premiere of their very own music video, which I highly recommend you watch it here.

After the show ended, we hung around the bar for awhile (well actually, we shut it down). Not ready to end the night, we headed back to Julia’s apartment for some post-variety show fun. Here’s a major plus of hanging out with artistic-types in intimate social settings…they will likely perform something for you. And all of Julia’s friends did. And it was amazing. Don’t worry – I captured most of it on film for your viewing and listening pleasure:

The morning/afternoon after involved us lazying about and ordering bagels to be delivered because that’s what one does after living it up in Manhattan (well, anywhere really, but especially Manhattan). I can’t tell you how much fun it all was. Having fun with friends is always a plus, but its just extra special when it’s a friend that I don’t get too see very often anymore, and being able to celebrate said friend’s birthday with her for the first time in 5 years was really just the cherry on top.

Then I went to hang out with my college friend and sorority sister Stephanie for Part II of my already awesome trip…

NOTE: To keep this post from turning into something that more closely resembles a novel, I’ve decided to turn it into a two-part post, so keep an eye out tomorrow to read about the rest of my adventures in The Big Apple (btw – do people still call it that?)

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