Lest you think I haven’t been up to much the past few days, here is a small sampling of memories:
– On Thursday night after dinner Roland and I went for a drink at another famous gay bar in the Village known as “The Monster”. There were a bunch of portly theater queens belting out show tunes around a piano played by someone who looked amazingly like this muppet.
– Two nights ago, while coming home late on the train, a nervous woman approached two officers and started off angrily telling them that she was threatened by a group of young women on the train. The woman (who was white) then mentioned that they were black and that they had called her a “white bitch” and threatened her. She then started to cry, and told the officers she had voted for Barack Obama and had previously had an African-American boyfriend. She was afraid that they were waiting for her at the next stop and one of the cops (himself African-American) offered to walk her home. She thanked him, took his hand and started to cry again as they got in the subway car.
– Yesterday, I met Gabe, Chris and Jason (and a few others) in the Lower East Side for a fascinating gallery walk. Our group was led by a lovely young Israeli woman who is a graduate art student here in New York. As we were walking back from the tour towards the food and drinks at the main gallery, I made the stupid mistake of talking about Israel with an Israeli. I have noticed that even while they may be very left leaning on a huge number of other issues, in general (in my experience) they are quite nationalistic and right wing on the subject of Palestinians and the peace process.
– Also yesterday during the gallery walk, met a wonderful friend of Gabe’s named Regina. Among the many conversational gems she shared with me was a fascinating story about a lecherous guy (in attendance) who is infamous for showing up at every gallery opening for the free food and drink. He then proceeds to hit on every young woman in the place. Regina told me there is a blog dedicated to him (I could be wrong, but this may be it) where people post sitings and generally complain about him.