With the consequence of our 6 hour romp at Playwright’s manifesting itself in the form of a piercing headache the next morning, I placed the palms of my hands on my temples and squeezed my head, in hopes that it would alleviate my agonizing pain.
Despite only getting a fleeting moment of relief, it’s still the most blissful split-second ever.
I sit at the foot of my bed for a few moments, rubbing my eyes as I try to gain my equilibrium. My eyes are overly sensitive to the light and I can barely open them as a result.
"This is what it must be like to be a vampire in the daylight" I thought.
The sight of Miss Wonderful prompts a disapproving sneer on my face as I place a towel over my head to block the sunlight.
As I sit there trying to compose myself, I notice that my head feels like it weighs a thousand pounds, and wonder how it is that my neck is able to keep my gargantuan noggin upright.
My mouth is dry and pasty, and I’m as dehydrated and cranky as Wallace Stevens after a drunken night of boozing and getting his ass kicked by Hemmingway the night before.
Except it wasn’t Hemmingway that kicked my derrière last night; this can of whoopass was courtesy of Captain Morgan, a few Red Bulls on the loose, and this German guy who goes by the name Jägermeister.
Ugh...I shudder at the memory.
I finally gather enough strength to get off the bed, dragging my feet as I walk to the bathroom door. To my delight, there was no one occupying it, unlike the night before.
Finally, my luck was turning for the better.
Despite all of the hotel patrons in the three other rooms who shared the bathroom with us, it was The Diva who spent more time in it than all of us put together, which is quite a feat if you think about it.
Luckily, Little Miss Sunshine was still in our room, so my chances of the bathroom being available were pretty good.
I turned the nob to find it vacant. "Thank God" I mumbled incoherently, and walked in.
It was relatively clean, but there’s something about walking barefoot in public/shared bathrooms that gives me the Hebe-Jeebies, so I kept my flip-flops on after I took my clothes off to shower.
Wielding nothing but my birthday suit and a pair of beach sandals, I do my business in the shower, being overly careful not to touch anything that I don’t have to. Lord only knows who was here before me and/or what transpired prior to my visit.
Eventually, we all finished getting ready and finally left the Latham Hotel around 10ish in the morning, brandishing wide-eyed expectations of grandeur and adventure.
But we were running on empty stomachs, which was making us all a bit testy.
As for me, I was downright uppity, truth be told.
We’d been having breakfast at a little deli on the same block as the hotel called 80 Deli, which is close to the North-East corner of 28th, just east of the hotel as you walk toward Madison Ave.
On this day, however, we decided to change it up a bit and walk south toward Madison Square Park. We ended up going back over to Broadway, and found a decent place across from the park.
I can’t recall what the place was called, but it’s on the corner of the South-East side of 23rd and Broadway, across the street from the East side of the Flatiron Building, in front of the Subway entrance.
'Twas a nice enough little place. The food was pretty good.
Then again, it's kind of tough to screw up breakfast food. If you ask me, you might as well close down shop while you're still ahead if you can't make a decent breakfast.
This is not really a big problem in NYC though. There’s actually a lot of good food there, I think. Lots of variety and very diverse.
Anyway, we order our meals and start people watching. TD and I were commenting on the large amount of yuppies there are in The City, when Little Miss Sunshine chimes in:
"What’s a yuppie?"
"You’ve never heard of the term yuppie?"
"No, I’m from Puerto Rico, I have no idea what that is."
"Really? How long have you been in the States?"
"About thirty years," she said.
Three decades, ladies and gents.
Call me crazy, but I’m thinking thirty years is enough time to have had some exposure to this oh-so-complicated thing called American pop-culture slang. I mean, seriously.
So, I respond, in full sarcasm mode, "Yea, you're right, how silly of me. I'm sure that being from Puerto Rico automatically excludes you from knowing what that means after living here for thirty years..."
At this point I can feel the heat of TD’s glare on the side of my face. In my peripheral vision, I see him close his eyes, drop his chin 45 degress, and place his thumb and index finger at the base of his nose.
He knew what would normally come next.
As he anticipates the next zinger and laments the proverbial beating he will receive from her later, I feel pity for the guy, so I pulled my verbal punch a continued with more of a tame finish than I normally would.
"...but, in any case, that's alright...I’m pretty sure it stands for Young Urban Professional."
Cue the uncomfortable silence.
You’d think I had just told an inappropriate racial joke and spit in her food by her facial expression. But of course, not everyone appreciates sarcasm, and she's no exception.
Apparently, they don't know about sacrcasm in Puerto Rico either.
Luckily for me, I tuned her out before she started cussing me out in Spanish, so all I heard was "blah, blah, blah...mwah, mwah, mwah" like Charlie Brown's teacher.
Now, I happen to be fluent in Spanish as well (I have some hispanic heritage), but it was too early for me to lay into her and retort with an H.L. Mencken inspired, verbal legerdemain smackdown; so instead I ignored her, looked at TD, and continued my with the last thought I had before she flipped her little two cents into the conversation.
"So yeah, I imagine places like this and Chicago are natural habitats for your average, garden variety Yuppie."
TD nods his head in agreement as the Rican Princess gets up and storms toward the bathroom for her usual 20 minute visit.
"Dude, why..." he asks, rhetorically.
"Why do you get her wound up like that? You know I'm the one who has to deal with the grief she's going to deal out later!"
"Sorry bro, she's such a bitch all the time that at this point, it's hard to get past the fact that I can't stand her."
"I know" says TD, "but could you try not to be so sarcastic, and can you just bite your tongue when she says stupid stuff."
I begin smirking at him before he continues, "and yes, she says a lot of stupid crap, but c'mon man...help me out. You're killing me here."
I exhale sharply, "Fine...whatever."
"But don't forget what I told you before," I said.
"You're just with her because you don't want to be lonely. I mean, you haven't been with her for that long and she's already driving you nuts."
"Listen, if you ask me, I think you don't really know someone until you've lived with them or traveled with them" I said.
I grin mischievously, as if I know the secrets of the universe, and in my best Yoda impersonation I tell him, "An interesting trip, this will be, my young Padawan."
I bask in my smug smugness and crouch in humpback position for better effect, then the air becomes light again, and we erupt in dickish laughter.
Ah, the secret world of men. It's a centuries old tradition this secret little world is. One in which we can all share such pathetic moments of rudimentary buffoonery and immature drivel behind the backs of the women we love.
Until they return that is...
(continued from Morons in Manhattan)