Mother Nature has declared war on New york, and her chosen weapon of mass destruction: rain. Massive amounts of rain. She can be so cruel sometimes, and after a few days with winks of spring weather, she pulled out all the stops in the forms of fat, cold, dense raindrops coupled with gusts of wind that rival the winds of Chicago. Those winds I was more than happy to leave behind yet they seem to have journeyed East. You see the terror on everyones face as they walk through the doors from the outside: the pink cheeks, hair plastered to the sides of their faces, droplets falling from their earlobes. Everyone wearing the same expression of disbelief mixed with frustration. Being wet and cold is no fun. No fun at all.
Then there are the carnage lined streets. I wasn't prepared for such a sight but everywhere you turn you see the remnants of a life cut short. A life that was meant to travel miles, to serve and protect.
It was on my walk home when I chose to capture the final moments of this young ones life. I have no idea where it had been or to whom it belonged but I swear it whispered to me "please tell the plastic polka dotted angel, with her faux-wooden handle, who I met in the coat check of The Oak Room...I never forgot about her..."
How the mighty have fallen.
My poor umbrella also saw it's demise all too soon. It was on the way to work this morning and she just didn't have the strength against the wind, not even even her darling multi-colored poly-fiber fabric could save her.
It was a rough day. I had plans to meet up with two dear Chicago friends, their names are Jess and Cassie, but was secretly hoping we would all decide to flake out on one another in an attempt to stay off the violent streets. However none of us wanted to be "the one who flaked", so despite the danger we convened in midtown for some inexpensive thai food. I had to seek shelter at one point while on 45th street for fear of becoming MIA.
(I wish I had a fancy camera that could capture rain falling....)
Thankfully we all made it, despite Cassie's train being shut down halfway through her commute, and we managed to ignore the events outside and focus our attention on being three ladies living it up in New York City. It's hard to believe that I met them almost five years ago, when were all performing in a production of The Wild Party. We had all recently graduated and danced and sang our tails off in a tiny Chicago storefront, with no air conditioning, in the middle of August. Oh the days of being young, sweaty and performing in your underwear (I didn't let my parents see that one). I am so glad we are still friends. We gabbed about Chicago, New York, theatre, the brilliance of Sex and the City, being in our late twenties, high school reunions*, and many other topics. It was incredibly lovely and worth fighting for. Plus we were able to pay only $15 for a prix-fix dinner menu of chicken coconut soup, thai salad, veggie spring roles, chicken pad-thai and coconut ice cream! I didn't even touch my pad-thai, I boxed it up and plan on savoring it tomorrow during my lunch break. Victory is mine!
Go to Yum-Yum Bangkok on 9th avenue. Go now. But be kind and leave your umbrella at home.
Also, while waiting for the train I caught site of this colorful fellow:
His sign read: Let us not forget that in this great big beautiful world that there are only two things that are really worth living for and they are love and happiness. Spread Joy.
You hear that Mother Nature? Make Love. Not War.
*I had a mild panic attack while at work the other day when I thought my 10 year high school reunion was approaching this fall. However I was comforted to know I was a year off, which means I have until the fall of 2011 to become wildly famous and successful. I will get right on that.