Brooklyn Bestie Brunch, a Genial Genie and Some Noodles: A Sunday Spent in New York City

I landed in the Big Apple late last night and in the middle of this morning loaded into a Lyft for Williamsburg to bask in boozy brunch at The Bedford with Alex, Danielle, Jay and Michael…

…before borrowing a bicycle to cross the Queensboro Bridge so I could attend Aladdin at the New Amsterdam with Laura…

…followed by an end to the day with Peroni and pasta at Rezdora.

A Friendship Force of Nature

Late last night, after all the rides had been ridden and much of the delivery Chinese food eaten, the eight of us took up residence in the living room of our stay in Kissimmee, Florida to talk about the bachelorette we were there celebrating. Over wine we shared our best Laura memories, laughing a bunch but crying a fair bit, too. It was during that time that I spoke the following toast aloud.

Laura,

Over the years you’ve been “the person” for several people in this room. As one of those oh-so-fortunate several, I can say from firsthand experience that you don’t carry that mantle lightly. A willing and impeccable listener who’s brutally honest, fiercely loyal and so often selfless, for your people you, Laura Lynch, are a friendship force of nature; a blonde, bossy, brilliant hurricane of sass.

Which is why, as we wrap up this last hurrah before you walk down the aisle (Or ride down it on an elephant? I’m sorry, I should have fact-checked that detail...), I believe, in my heart of hearts, that Maninder lucked into the highest kind of riches when he got you as his forever person.

Let’s all raise our glasses to Laura, for finding her forever person.

Cheers!

Bought the Tickets, Took the Rides

The past two days bore witness to me and my best gals occupying Disney World, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. As one who isn’t a thrill ride enthusiast but who, upon turning 35, made the decision to say ‘yes’ to the things that terrify him most, I’m proud of myself for riding 20, that’s right 20, rollercoaster-y-ish rides. Said 20 rides are listed below.


Disneyworld

  • Splash Mountain (3)

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (3)

  • Space Mountain

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Haunted Mansion

  • Pirates of the Caribbean


Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster

  • Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  • Jurassic Park: The Ride

  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

  • Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

  • Hogwarts Express

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts


I also ate two turkey legs.

It's Quite Late and I Should Probably Go To Bed

It’s quite late and I should probably go to bed but before I do I just wanna say that today was a day during which one might’ve found himself wondering in his mind and also possibly on his personal web log how he got so damn lucky to be alive at the same time as certain people that he’s alive at the same time as.

This was a great day.