I was a little melancholy on the train ride further north. I miss my friends. The trip so far had reminded me just how much.
We were on our way to stay with my freshman year roommate, R, her husband and kids. She joined me in Philly the last time, when we visited our other roommate. The realization that our days of carefree girls' trips like those might be only in our past made me sad.
Once back in the City, we picked up keys at M's office in the financial district, since our attempt to store our bags for a quick wander was unsuccessful, and hopped in a cab to Brooklyn.
We waited and re-caffeinated until M got off work and could meet us. Over beer, we waited for her husband to join us and talked about when they might come to Colorado for a visit. M said they'd try soon. I knew she meant it.*
P walked up and joined right into our conversation. We finished up our beers and walked to dinner at one of their favorite places. Sitting at the table in their new neighborhood, I couldn't help thinking that it felt right visiting them there. They're in their element in Brooklyn. As happy as they seemed at their wedding festivities, they seem even happier somehow there.
That night after wine and cheese in Brooklyn with M & P, we met various friends for dinner. R came down on the train and her friend C, whom I'd known for years met us after work. J's friend from home, who's consulting in the City, joined us, too.
I couldn't help smiling. Dinner with so many friends in a city far from home could make me fall in love with a place. Well, if only they had a mountain nearby.
After dinner, and far too many drinks, we headed to a bar, or was it a club. However it should be classified, drinking with my college friends and dancing with R brought back many entertaining college memories.
I love that I have so many amazing places to visit with my friends scattered across the country. But I hate that my best friends are so far away.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
planes, trains, and automobiles (Part 6)
East Coast Trip (Part 6) - Brooklyn and New York