06 December 2005

Snow in New York



I'm a building scheduled to be demolished. I'm emptied, a house with nothing in it. Vacant. I have been for sometime now. Likewise, I'm to be rebuilt.

The wrecking ball crashed into my facade at approximately 3:30am Sunday morning. Exiting a bar in NY and finding it snowing, a kiss out of left field from a total stranger. Pulled aside into dark corners. She said, it's snowing, and before I'd even realized she slammed into me with all the force of something that changes everything.

Her name was Elizabeth, I think. We spent some time talking at the bar, we all did. Her, Jon, Nick and I. I doubt I'll ever see her again. Not said like that's a bad or good thing.

Scarves, Nick throwing a menu in a Korean restaurant after we were ignored for twenty minutes, the browbeating cold, the snow, warm gloves from your pockets, the subway, the picture Jon took of Kevin and I where we look like secret agents, pizza as a substitute for sushi at 4:00am, pictures in elevator mirrors, three guys singing "Let it Snow" in the middle of the street, a toilet that flushed like you were at thirty-thousand feet, a twenty-six dollar round of shots, hot-dogs, coy glances, unexpected street bazaars, feeling completely interesting, using a cute girl's favorite word by accident -- I like New York more than all of these things. It's greater than the sum of it's parts.

Snow in New York, there's nothing like it.

EDIT: Jon's pics are up.









9 comments:

Kevin K said...

I couldn't have scripted things better for you. The universe smiled on you this weekend, Paul. I hope you simultaneously don't take it too serious and hold on to it for some time to come. Does that make any sense?

Paul said...

Yes, I got out with my life, I was one of the lucky ones.

Take what too serious?

I'm holding on to that trip forever.

Jon said...

We're doing it again soon, don't worry. Next time on the cheap, though. That trip did a dropkick on my wallet.

Kevin K said...

Nick Kelly made you do it.

DelTron said...

On the real, we'll have to use my connects up there to get the skinny on the Big Apple...

God, I miss my old stompin' grounds. It's taking everything in me to not scream in bitter hatred over the fact that if I would have known how this weekend was going to go for me in MD, with all of the flaking and such, I could have gone...

*sigh*

No more could've/should've/would've for me. Next time I'm fusking there.

H said...

I'm so jealous I could eat my hand. Seriously. You guys made me totally homesick. In comparison, south Florida seems so uninteresting to me right now. (I HAVE to go camping!)

Still, I'm so freaking happy you got to go - your trip's a vicarious happy thought for me. Gracias!

Paul said...

Yeah, it would have been totally rad if you were still up there. I'll be in FL soon enough.

Mavlock The Midnightman said...

Don't goto florida, its a black hole!

Nick Kelly said...

How dare you blame me for the powers I possess. Besides, I collectively condensed everyone’s hangover into one so they could see more of the city. Not to mention I reeled that NYC honey in, not sure how I did it, none the less I did. Maybe she sensed I had bird fru, and knew I wouldn’t be around much longer.

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