Rock stars, pop stars, actors, comedians, suits, open bars, and just about anything else you could ask for…and that was just your run-of-the-mill Tuesday night in this city I love so much.
There are perks that come with working in the media / advertising industry that I sometimes forget about or don’t realize the magnitude behind until after they’ve happened. Another party that started in the early evening and went on until the early morning was my poison earlier this week. A small little mom and pop shop by the name of MTV decided that it was time to throw a bash and make sure their bash was better than the rest.
Well I’m no rock star but God damn I sure felt like I was, as the number of celebrities seemed to almost outnumber us commoners. There was Jon Stewart who started the show only to be followed by Kanye West who only warmed up the stage for his fellow collaborator Jamie Foxx. As the presentation continued with Jessica Alba, and some guy by the name of Jerry Seinfeld I decided I really like my job today…yes I do.
After the presentation was put to bed by a small garage band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers it was off to the after party. It was a quick walk from the Theater at Madison Square Gardens to the site of what would soon be a room of fully loaded media mavens. As a whole it’s a pretty good looking industry and that was certainly put on display in all directions. Women dressed in their sexy white blazers and their pointy shoes, hiding their pain by way of a Cosmo talked and gossiped until all hours of the morning.
I was lucky enough to meet up with a group of people I just started working with and hand a blast. There are some people who are able to do that transition from work to play and I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of seasoned veterans who did just that…Another pleasant surprise came by they way of a lovely young lady that I know who works on the sales side of the business. I deal with her on a weekly basis, sometimes on AIM, sometimes over the phone, and occasionally (although certainly not often enough) in person.
I have only actually seen her a few times, this time taking the cake or mini brownie as they were served as the night went on by an army of servers. She’s witty and seems to be very comfortable, confident, and did I mention makes me laugh? So there was an exchange of numbers and I hope that’s not the last thing we exchange! Oh you’re sick, I was thinking about exchanging witty banter so get your mind out of the gutter!
Hell, and that was just Tuesday night…
Once Wednesday afternoon rolled around I started getting rid of the “wow, was last night a long night or what,” feelings that had been beating me up all day. Ordering in, maybe an episode of Dead Wood, followed by an early bedtime was all that I wanted…But as we know you don’t always get what you want!
I was unable to make it home after work because I had prior arrangements and engagements that needed to be my undivided attention. Ok, fine, you win…I had a party at my favorite bar Third and Long I needed (and I used that term loosely) to go to.
I have a group of friends that are now very close to me that started from that little watering hole. They are a group of individuals who are truly that, individuals…No two people are alike in age, career, or even hometown. But there is just something about the mix that just makes it all come together. It sounds funny to say “oh, that’s my group of friends from the bar” but that’s what they are…and more with every passing Sunday spent together.
The night was just as I thought it would be, a perfect blend of drinks, drinking games, laughs, hugs, cheers, and thanks…I am truly thankful that I have this band of misfits in my life because they make “my kind of town” feel like home…
Thanks for listening