On Tuesday night my friend, who is getting over the breakup of a long, long, long-term relationship, told me her plans for the month of April:
"Do something I've never done before once a week, call someone I don't normally call once a week" and I think there was one other thing, but those were the two things that stood out in my mind.
I was delighted by her plan, because it's the kind of thing I would do, too, although I think it's incredibly ambitious. Once a week, do something you've never done before? But I guess it could be as minor as trying a food you've never tried before, or going to a bar or restaurant you've never visited (although part of her goal in setting these rules is to do things other than go to bars).
But as I uploaded my photos the next day, I realize that I'd already done two things this week that I'd never done before:
1.) On Monday, I went to see Governor Bill Richardson speak at a bar in Hell's Kitchen, Zanzibar. That's certainly something I've never done before. A friend asked me last week if I'd be interested in checking it out, and as I knew nothing about him, except that he is the governor of New Mexico, I agreed. I figured it would be nice to hear from someone other than Hilary and Obama. Plus, it was near my work and only $7. (The talk was sponsored by an organization called Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century of New York, or dl21c.)
We got there early, but the bar quickly became packed. I was able to stand up on a bench and see the governor through the doorway (but as you can see, didn't get great pictures). I liked him--he seemed like a good guy, very knowledgeable, and I was impressed by his experience. He is the first Latino to run for president, and he commented that what was so wonderful about this election was that we could possibly elect the first woman president, the first black president, the first Latino president, and even our first Mormon president (although he wouldn't recommend it). At any rate, I'm looking forward to learning more about him, and all of the other candidates. It's still early, I don't know who I'm going to vote for yet.
2.) Tuesday night I went to a huge myopenbar.com party at Webster Hall. I'd never been to Webster Hall before (shocking, I know). I loved the space--lots of different rooms, weird art installations, deejays, great lights. And the party was fantastic--lots of free goodies from Kid Robot, free beer and vodka drinks, a giant dancing bunny and his smaller dancing bunny handler, and the rapper Juiceboxxx who was an incredible performer. Even though he kicked a bottle off of the stage that hit me on the elbow and hurt, I still loved him.
I may have to adopt my friend's plan. Have you done anything this week that you've never done before?