A very special Halloween
I was in my favorite dive bar in the Village that night back in '98, with my regular drinks on the bar (Stoli on the rocks with a splash of club soda, no fruit, no umbrella--and a pint of Bass) when BG walked in. He had planned to see the Village Halloween parade, but it was still too early, so fate dictated that my soulmate would spot my bar, come down the stairs, and get a drink or three. The bar was especially crowded for Halloween; the bartender was dressed as a mod seventies chick, complete with pink afro.
BG sidled up to the bar, and we started to chat. After awhile, he asked: "Can I buy you a drink?"
"Twist my arm," I replied.
The rest is history.
I always try to plan some special outings for BG's birthday. Sometimes they work; sometimes they are a flop. This Halloween, BG has alternated between having a big blowout and just moping at home.
We finally discussed tentative plans in earnest yesterday. Whether they will all come to fruition remains to be seen. I never know with BG's changeable moods.
Today we plan to make it a Bronx day and cab it up to Van Cortlandt Park for the Haunted Happenings event at the Van Cortlandt House Museum. I've heard tell they have some great Irish bars in the area, so we may stop by one or two afterwards.
Tomorrow we'll go to the New York Botanical Garden, our favorite oasis in the Bronx, for the Halloween on Haunted Walk extravaganza.
Then for BG's birthday on Monday, the plan is to hit the "city" (aka Manhattan). After I go to the bank and get lots of drinking dough, our first stop will be Sam Ash on West 48th Street--THE place to buy musical instruments of all kinds--to get BG a chromatic harmonica. We might take in a movie--Capote is supposed to be great--and maybe head to Tower Records on West 4th Street or St. Mark's sounds to pick up a few Johnny Winter CD's BG has been hankering for.
And finally, to top off the evening, we'll likely do some barhopping down in my 'hood on the Lower East Side.
I plan to bring my camera and post some wild and crazy pix here.
So what are you all doing for Halloween?