Summer in the city isn't always happening in the city. In fact, for me, summer means hopping around on the weekends, making sure I am living the good life and getting my work done. To balance my 9-5:30 job and my weekend adventures can be tough, but when else am I going to do crazy things? That's why New York City is the place to be, especially in summer.
The city is also the base of where a bunch of great summer activities happen. Already this s
ummer, I have been to more concerts than I can count on one hand, including seeing The Strange Boys, Surfer Blood, Grooms, The Black Lips, Robyn, and Deervana (Deer Tick's tribute to Nirvana). Just tonight, I went to go see a screening of the movie Friday
in the park. (Next week, they're screening Wayne's World
One weekend in June, I flew to Los Angeles to meet up with my friend Nia and to meet her baby girl, Elle. I went to school with Nia and she is one of my best friends. She had this baby in April, and I just had to meet the lovely little lady. It was also convenient that The Black Lips were playing in Pomona, which is just east of Los Angeles, the night I was in town. My friend Matt is their tour manager and he got me into the show, with a +1 so I could bring Miss Nia along. They are so good live! We ended up going to the concert and staying out until the wee hours of the morning. Then I only slept for about 45 minutes before heading back to the airport to return to New York. Then I went to work on Monday. And I was surprisingly less tired than you'd expect after such a wild w
Backstage after The Black Lips
Last weekend, I took it much easier, but still had a mini-getaway. I went sailing! A friend of mine, Jeff, owns a boat that is moored in a harbor on City Island, and he offered to take my friend and me for a sail. It was so glorious: napping, sun-bathing, sailing and snacking. And it was all pretty much free entertainment. (Free being a magic word for me because I am extraordinarily broke this summer, spending every dime I have on the beauties and pleasures this world can offer to me.)
Tomorrow, I am leaving for Cape Cod for the weekend – another incredibly cheap vaca
Out for a sail, New York
tion that should not be so cheap. My friend Kristen's family owns a summer house out there, and there you have it: free housing. Renting a car and splitting the costs with a few friends doesn't amount to much, either. So I get three days in an east coast paradise town for the cost of 1/4 a rental car, gas, and minimal foods.
Next week, there are more concerts. And the week after that. I am hoping to go to Europe at least once or twice before September. My friend Alex is getting married on the border of Switzerland and France, so I am going to try to make that. I am bringing my American friend Julie to Finland in August so she can visit my mother's home land and also attend Flow Festival with me.
Summer is always so exciting, no matter how sweaty and humid this city gets. That's why I could never leave New York.
Well...I can leave New York, and I often do, but never for good. I always come back!