The Unbearable Banishment: Is That All There Is?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Is That All There Is?

Do you realize summer is pretty much over? We had such a great season here in NY/NJ. I’m sorry to see it come to an end. Mrs. Wife and The Daughters got a lot of pool and beach time in. I spent many an evening in the city. When the weather is cooperating, there’s no place I’d rather be on a summer night than in Manhattan.

Friday after work I popped down to Chelsea for dinner and a few glasses of Dewar’s. The West Village use to be the epicenter of the gay community in New York but years ago it migrated about 15 blocks north to Chelsea. There’s no doubt about it: gay men keep themselves in tip-top physical condition. I almost wish I had passed through a period of bisexual experimentation when I was younger. I’ve had a rather staid sexual past and it would have made it more robust and given it some depth. Living in the city as long as I did, I had plenty of opportunities but it never appealed to me. If there’s one issue you can’t force, it’s sexual preference. It is what it is. I like girls. Always have. Men? Not so much.

I had a big plate of pad Thai noodles at Regional Thai on 7th Av and 22nd. Delicious. You can’t screw up pad Thai noodles. You just can’t! Later in the evening, R Esq. told me, “That’s what white people order in Thai restaurants.” It was a bit hard to take coming from a pale NYC lawyer who was born in Oregon. I secured a table on the sidewalk so the dinner entertainment was the unending parade of humanity down 7th Avenue. It never gets old.

Met aforementioned R Esq. at Peter McManus, which is a glorious shithole of a bar. He and his lovely bride C Esq. work lawyer hours, which is to say, a hell of a lot. He went over their annual billing cycle and it’s pretty intense. I couldn’t do it. I lack the intellectual wherewithal and, much worse, the drive.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ambition is over-rated. Left mine in washington, dc when i went to work for a year at the 'mothership'. i'd rather fuck off, hang with kids and not be walking the aisles of the grocery store at 3:00 am because i just finished a late night project, and there's no cereal for the kids (did that once...)

August 24, 2008 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

I've had bad Pad Thai.

August 24, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

DF: I’ve always had a sneeking suspicion that ambition had its dark side. That’s why I refuse to have anything to do with it.

Nurse H: Where was your bad Pad Thai? In NYC? Was I with you?

August 24, 2008 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger sid said...

I have to admit that I loved the whole "living in the city I had plenty of oopotunities for bisexuality" sentiment. It's funny.

August 25, 2008 at 7:18 AM  

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