September 22, 2004

In Which I Heartily Repent

I AM BACK from the Warner thing in NYC. I have many many many many things to yap about! A quick overview before I go lie down and spend some MORE time SERIOUSLY repenting my ILL FATED and STEWWWWWWWWPID decision to open my throat and put in a bunch of alcohol. I would say I was RELAXED at the cocktail party, warmly toasted at dinner, and had I gone to bed then I doubt I would be at all sorry.

BUT I was SO wired I simply could not FATHOM going up to my room. So, (mother, avert your eyes) I went to the hotel bar. And sat there yawping on my cell phone with my agent like a drunken starlet for a good 40 minutes whilst I had a VERY VERY VERY BIG COCKTAIL, and then another, and that last one tipped me over the edge from toasty into what can only be called, to borrow the immortal word of Sarah Jessica Parker: Drunketty-drunk-drunk. AND LO, I WAS VERY SORRY LATER.

EVERYONE! EVERYONE! If you live ANYWHERE near Wilkes-Barre, PA, you are MORALLY OBLIGATED on my behalf to go to the Barnes and Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza and purchase SCADS of books (recommendations below). Because at the hotel bar I met the manager of that fine establishment and he was SCRUTIATING kind and sat around with me obligingly yacking about this lunatic business we are in ‘til way into the wee small hours and didn’t let me get killed or harmed in my dreadfully impaired state and was a perfect gentleman and an all around lovely human being. As I believe I told him. Several hundred times. Drunketty. Drunk. Drunk. Drunk.

I am heartily ashamed.

In my more SOBER moments I hit SEVERAL shoe stores. Hard. Bootsbootsboots. And if you are thinking something about didn’t she just BUY boots, um…shut up. Because these ones were completely different and NECESSARY.

I read two NEW books while squatting the required 2 hours in the airport and then as I sat for 2 more on the planes:
The Dogs of Babel Quirky, elegant and haunting – you WILL weep. Audibly. GOOD PLANE CHOICE, HUH?
Time Off for Good Behavior – charming and saucy – you WILL cackle. Like a hyena. So, once again, a fabulous choice for the plane.
And I reread two old favorites that I can always reread with intense spasms of pleasure, Drowning Ruthand Bel Canto.

I must remember to tell you about the DROWNING RUTH coincidence.

What else….I played SPEED CHESS in Bryant Park. Shockingly, I LOST. In I think about 8 moves. Fancy!

On MONDAY I walked 28 city blocks to see some art at the Met. PS, Did you know the Met is CLOSED on Monday. Yeah? ME NEITHER.

I went and saw EVERYTHING YOU CAN GO SEE in Central Park. Including turtles. AND I have to say: WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, oh famously rude and callous New Yorkers? All I had to do was stand still with my little map unfurled and look faintly puzzled and within 30 seconds some gracious native or ‘nother would bound up and point me in the right direction.

I did two research interviews with folks who have been helping me get stuff right for the book I am currently working on.

Matt took me to eat the food of half his people. He’s Jewish-slash-Puerto Rican, and he took me to a Kosher place. Mostly Kosher. More like Kosher-esque, Matt said. There he introduced me to MY NEW BEST FRIEND, the half-sour pickle. I SO heart the half sour pickle. Then we ate a LOT of brisket. It’s sad that I can never really return the favor. There aren’t many places that specialize in IRISH cuisine, mostly because the Irish don’t HAVE cuisine. We just have food.


I must go lie down and suffer now. I’ll tell you about the actual events at Warner tomorrow.

Posted by joshilyn at September 22, 2004 5:49 PM


and long walk and no art. OUCH!

Thank you for the book recommendations. :)

I heard they have some sort of historic arboretum at Central Park? But the documentary I had heard it from it was going through some sort of major renovation. I know Central Park is like REALLY big (judging from peeks from movies) but by any chance did you see anything like that.. and was it beautiful?

thanks in advance. :)

Posted by: Klint at September 22, 2004 7:56 PM

Beautiful tulip! How I have missed you!! I am so glad you're trip went well - it sounds like a great good time was had, at any rate - and that you achieved new boots, to boot! Always a plus, in my book.
HOWEVER, from one Irish gal to another, how can you disparage our people? I admit we are somewhat dependant on potatoes (i'm actually embarrassed that my ancestors could not think of anything else to EAT, thereby initiating a potato FAMINE) but there are many, many other calorie-laden and fabulous examples of Irish cuisine. If you come to visit me (HINT HINT HINT) I will take you to an Irish pub and make you rethink South beach as a way of life. Thus endeth my longest comment so far. :)

Posted by: Amy at September 22, 2004 9:39 PM

Very cool - my husband is the same Jewish Puerto Rican mix :) And I'm the Irish one - don't forget our other delicacy - cabbage!

Posted by: shannon at September 22, 2004 11:19 PM

I did not see any sort of FORMAL Arboretum, but there were a lot of TREES and PLANTS there that COULD have been secretly being an arboretum. Arboretum is fun to say -- it's one of those words that if you keep repeating it becomes nonsensical.

If you drew a line from the Met, across the park to the Museum of Natural History, I saw most every sight SOUTH of that line. So, the turtle pond, the literary walk, the observatory, the zoo, the great lawn, carousel, the dairy, the Wollman Ice Skating Rink, ETC ETC ETC and I made a special hike to see THE STATUE OF BALTO.

Posted by: joshilyn at September 23, 2004 7:04 AM

Dear Irish Chicks,
Cabbage makes you gassy. ACTUALLY I did go with Lily to NC once and we found an Irish pub that served Irish "Cuisine" -- the James Joyce Pub. The menu consisted of MANY MANY beers and treaditional Irish fare like MORE beer and Beer and Potato Cabbage Gas-making Pie.
Love, Katie O'Brian

Posted by: joshilyn at September 23, 2004 9:35 AM

Oooh Balto! :) And I had no clue there was a zoo there. I figured you lucked out with the turtle thing. Wow Balto. So he's real. er was. wow. :)

Thanks Joshilyn.

Posted by: Klint at September 23, 2004 10:30 AM

Hehehe. That's one way to play speed chess. Six moves is very speedy. :)

Posted by: DLFP at September 24, 2004 5:59 PM