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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-30 13:41
Subject: [personal] Such a day
Security: Public
Location:Broadway Plaza Hotel, Manhattan, New York
Music:elevator motor whining somewhere through the walls
Tags:new york, personal, travel
Had a nice brekkie with matociquala. Met the presumptuous cat.

Then we'un's headed down to Choate, where I found a deeply introspective mood, a quarter century after leaving the place. On visiting the library to donate some of my books, we were directed to Mr. Warren. He looked at me as I walked up to his desk and said, "Mr. Lake, 1982 or 1983, you went to Texas."

I was utterly floored. And then some. Had a nice chat with him, dropped by the office of my old housemaster (he was out), then we headed to New York.

I'd forgotten how aggressive and deliberately rude drivers are up here in New York and New England. We have our share of goofballs behind the wheel in the Pacific Northwest, and then some, but I can drive every day for a year and not encounter the total number of incidents I experienced in the two hours between Choate and our hotel. Then it took me almost fifteen minutes to drive around the block from the hotel's front door to the parking garage. (Note to self: be sure to visit NYC about once a decade to remind me why I stay the hell away from that place the rest of the time.)

Once checked in to our hotel, we walked over to Cafe 28 on the recommendation of the doorman. I was quite impressed with the place. While eating there, maryrobinette walked up to lasirenadolce and me. There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, but here our tales were crossing paths far outside of our home turves (the Upper West Side and Portland, OR, respectively). Everyone involved was somewhat croggled.

Apparently it's my day to be recognized. Like Elvis, I am everywhere.

Off to the Aussie reception shortly.
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2007-10-30 20:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's crazy! You just ran into Mary?!? We're getting the same train up on Thursday morning... meeting Hal n' Gary n' some others for dinner tomorrow night.

Let the fun begin.
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la sirena dolce
User: lasirenadolce
Date: 2007-10-30 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Running into her was pretty freaky.

Sounds like the drinking is starting early. Or did it ever end?

See you Thursday! In the bar?
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2007-10-30 21:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, the drinking hasn't ended for me yet. Hell, I'm drinking wine here in England, and I have to be up in six hours to fly... might as well roll one year into the next, right? Woo...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-30 21:53 (UTC)
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la sirena dolce: stairway to heaven
User: lasirenadolce
Date: 2007-10-30 21:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stairway to heaven
That last comment was from Jay who forgot to sign in as Himself. Looking forward to meeting you! - lasirenadolce
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2007-10-30 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Haha - I wondered for a minute! Look forward to meeting you too. See if you can spot me... I don't always smile like my LJ icon!
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2007-10-30 21:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love the word croggled.

That's pretty amazing, about Mr. Warren of Choate.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2007-10-30 22:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>"Mr. Lake, 1982 or 1983, you went to Texas."<<

1. He is a government agent, and, as you know, they track your every move.

2. He has a sophisticated electronic surveillance system installed which scans everyone who comes in and immediately accesses its enormous database, which fed him your information on a screen you could not see.

3. He reads your LJ and knew you were coming.
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User: jtdiii
Date: 2007-10-31 01:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is Choate, they don't need no stinkin electronic surveillance system.

Several of the Deans and some of the administrators memorize every face in the student facebook and are able to name every student they encounter. Some of them have very, very long memories.
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Ken Scholes
User: kenscholes
Date: 2007-10-30 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. Sounds like a fine trip, sir. Mary told me briefly about bumping into you when I called her from the backseat of the cab.

See you tomorrow!
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Michael Curry: brutal
User: mcurry
Date: 2007-10-31 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You have grown weak.

That's what I was going to say!
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2007-10-31 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to say that NYC is where I would go once a year to unlax and rewind.

Love the theater, hate the smell.

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-31 01:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You can't be like Elvis. You're a much snappier dresser. Sequins are, like, soooooo out of date. And white jumpsuits?

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