Yesterday I experienced St. Patrick's Day festivities in NYC for the first time. And despite it diminishing my faith in today's youth it was a fun experience. I missed the parade unfortunately - which runs up 5th avenue for most of the day. I didn't make it to the city as early because I met some folks from work down the street for an early Irish breakfast buffet at the only local Irish themed Bar/Restaurant. They had a great set up - outdoor tents in their parking lot and a giant stage for bands to play on throughout the day. It was an amazingly beautiful day and probably would have been a great spot to spend the day. But I was determined to get a run in and make it to NYC.
The scene in NY is a sloppy site. People start early - the parade starts at 10 or 11 and you can probably guarantee that most of the people got started at breakfast with celebrations. Upon exiting Grand Central at 3pm I was a little shocked. The streets are filled with groups of "kids" dressed in various green costumes, yellling, laughing, fighting, screaming, scarfing down pizza and very narrowly escaping death at every second. I actually saw a group of them come within seconds of being run over by a cab as they obliviously crossed the street in front of an oncoming NYC taxi cab (very unwise). Luckily the cab driver slammed on his breaks just in time. And the group of drunkin kids screamed and then proceeded to laugh hysterically at their narrow escape of death. It immediately made me wonder what I had gotten myself into.
The good news(kind of) is that most of these groups of sloppy drunks are either too young to come into the bars or tend to stick to the more popular Irish pubs. So, there is a safe haven from it all if you find the right location. Crowded though it was, my friends found a post at the bar and we were able to celebrate comfortably.
|First stop Gingerman! The crowd was just beginning to grow.|
|Some of the people I was with.|
We had a very internationally diverse group. My two friends met a guy from Germany that morning and he spent the day with them(far right). In close proximity it's hard not to strike up a conversation with those around you and we quickly met a very nice couple who were in town for the festivities as well. The woman was from Staten Island and her boyfriend was visiting from London. Both were fully supplied with accents from their respective regions of the world. The guys brother came to meet up with them after a little while and it was really interesting talking to them about St. Patty's day in London and their experience in America - the different beers, pub traditions and friendliness of the people.
After a couple of rounds they led us to another bar on the west side. It's amazing how much people get into this holiday up here. This place was normally a sports bar but today it was filled with bagpipers and people covered in green. And despite so much crowdedness and so much drinking I have to say that at both places we went to the bartenders were very friendly and jovial.
|Filling the bar with loud, musical spirit|
|Supporting the Brand - not sure where I go the hat|
So after kicking myself this morning I have decided that it's time to focus on developing some healthy habits. I've read and heard many times the importance of forming habits in life. With moving I have really gotten out of the habit(ha) of being habitual in my life. I have kind of spent the last year experimenting, being open to many things and changing my habits frequently depending on what I feel like doing. It's kind of been a quest to nowhere in the sense that I have spiraled around having many great and not so great experiences but never really landing anywhere in particular. This article breaks it down pretty well based on ways to combat stress in life. Not that I am completely stressed out all the time but I am definitely disorganized and lost and troubled more frequently than I should be. 5-8 are where I need to focus and I am going to start by listing out the habits I want to have. I think once life becomes more habitual it becomes easier to plan and stay organized in all areas of your life rather than spending most of your time trying to figure out your next step every second of the day. So, while I was going to include these in this post in order to hold myself accountable, I wasted too much time on St. Patrick's day and I'm already off schedule. (oops). Now..to not be tempted by the sun and get some real work done...or..maybe I'll just go for a nice walk and then think about real work :)