Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Rainy and cool
Tired. Day work was okay. Show was fine, although the details of it have evolved in the six months since I last did the track, so it was like re-learning it. That gets frustrating. Little things change over the course of time, and the person doing it every day simply integrates it. But when a swing comes in who hasn’t done it in six months, it’s a jolt. Plus, with split tracks and people out and stage management late on the sheets . . .urgh. But we got through it and we even had fun, so it’s all good.
I had a nice dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on Ninth Avenue, called Vinyl. The menus are in actual record covers, and the food is good, leaning to the side of healthy without being annoying. I had some lovely mashed potatoes, a chicken quesidilla and a nice, light pinot grigio. A relaxing way to spend my break. The staff there’s very friendly and efficient without making one feel rushed.
If a restaurant tries to rush me through the meal, I don’t go back – and I make sure to mention it in the review. One should be able to relax and enjoy a nice meal, or just linger through an afternoon with a book, a drink and a snack. This emphasis on volume turn-over guarantees me not returning to a place or recommending it. So, while it’s understandable, given the obscene rents in New York, that places want and need a high turnover, there’s a way to do it without removing half-finished plates, refusing to refill water glasses and slapping the check on the table when the entrée arrives. Believe it or not, I’ve eaten in some of those restaurants. I’ve also walked out of a few of them.
I needed some light reading, and I found exactly what I needed with Robyn Sisman’s Summer in the City. It was good to read a chick lit novel that actually had a plot and a storyline beyond the usual formula – which tends to be the heroine being a neurotic mess that’s meant to be endearing, but is, in actuality, annoying. This novel, on the other hand, had a pair of protagonists given equal time, who were not perfect, but smart, resourceful, compassionate, and funny. It made me want to read one of her other novels, Weekend in Paris – I’ll see if I can pick it up over the next few days.
In the acknowledgements, she does thank one of my least favorite people on the planet, but hey, different people get along with different people, right?
The positive response for “Impressions” continues to grow, and I’m doing my research for the future stories. I seem to have communicated my love for the place well – both people who’ve never been there and people who are passionate about the area have written to me to tell me how much the piece meant to them and how I captured the sense of place.
Hopefully, the two conservation centers will continue to answer my questions – it can only help them if more people grow interested in their mission. I’ll pick up some flora and fauna guides over the next few weeks.
Today will be a long day, but I’m going to try and pace myself. I don’t want to blow out during the matinee and have nothing left for the evening show. And I can’t wear myself out so thoroughly this week that I’m exhausted for the trip.
The runaway bison on the Maryland tennis court made me laugh.
I’m going to try to work on Charlotte for a bit before dashing for the train.
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