Over three years ago, I introduced the blogging world to the hysterical Jay D'Ercola on my blog as a guest author. Jay, is a dear friend and fellow member of Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club. Well, I have good news for all of you (especially those sick of reading my blather). Jay, fresh of from a world tour as an internationally known stand up comedian (OK, maybe a tour of Manhattan), will be making guest appearances. Since appearing on my blog, Jay has been featured at Don't Tell Mama, The Broadway Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, The Duplex and at other comedy clubs around town. In fact I remember his worldwide premiere at The Duplex years ago. I knew he was gonna be huge - he could not stay away from the free snacks, after all. Thank you, we will be here all week. LOL. Actually, I am glad to say that RuggerJohnnyD had Jay here on his blog before fame... well, went to his head. So I am throwing this teaser out there. Allegedly, Jay is working on some "hilarity" to share with you here in the near future. So stay tuned.
Imagine if you will, walking down a somewhat busy Greenwich Village street. You pass a nail salon and as you are walking by you glance in the window and are shocked to see four men (two bearish and two cubish) with facial hair and baseball caps lined up in the pedicure chairs. Well, that is exactly what people walking past the New Village Nail Salon on Bleecker Street in the Village were treated to last night.
It started out with Nicky and me heading out to have dinner with Jorge and his BF Jamie at Acme Bar. Then we decided to walk over to the West Village for a few beverages at Ty's. For one reason or another, pedi's have been a topic of conversation between me and Nick, Jorge and me, Jamie and his friend. I guess summer and the desire to wear sandals and flip-flops has something to do with it. We jokingly mentioned the idea of getting pedicures as we passed various salons along the way. After passing this salon, we decided to actually go ahead with the pedicures. The look on the sweet Asian women's faces when we walked into the salon and asked for four spa pedicures was priceless. But in the end, they really seemed to get a kick out of it.
I wish I had a pictures to share with you, but alas none of us had a camera. That is not to say however that pictures were not taken. No fewer than five people passing by stopped to take a picture. Everyone that passed the shop did a double take. Several stopped and laughed with a few waving or giving thumbs up. Who knows were those pictures will end up.
In any event, there are now four cubs/bears wearing their sandals or flip-flops more confidently today.
As I think back on the three years that I spent in NYC (wow... that went by quickly) I think about how lucky I am to have met some of the people that I have along the way. Not only have I been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful people from all over the US... from Red States, Blue States, North, South, East Coast, West Coast, the backwoods, small towns and big cities... but I also met some great people from all over the world. I am blessed to count among my friends and acquaintances people from Canada, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Israel, China, Thailand, Japan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Columbia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Belize, Brazil, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Uruguay and Argentina. Yes, it is surprising that there is such a heavy influence of Latin Americans (TIC). It seems like I am drawn to Latinos like moths to a flame... LOL. But in any event, this country bumpkin has grown a lot due to the influences of these people. Each of them has enriched my life in one way or another and for that I am extremely grateful. Living in NYC has really helped me broaden my horizons and grow as a person. I look forward to continuing to experience all that the world has to offer... right here in NYC.