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Friday Fun On The LES: Part One

March 22nd, 2009 — 9:45pm
Friday night, I headed down to the Lower East Side for a big night out in honor of my colleague Katie and her imminent move to Connecticut.

The evening began over a delicious dinner at Japanese eatery Jeollado with work galpals Caroline and Morgan. We shared edamame and two tall orders of hot sake — and some of the tastiest, cheapest sushi I’ve enjoyed in awhile. With rolls as inexpensive as $3, Jeollado is a low key, budget-friendly treat. My personal favorites were the golden dragon eel roll and the Lisa roll (salmon, tuna, yellowtail).

From Jeollado, we walked over to the three-bedroom pad Katie shares with roommates Beth and Jon.

Three’s Company: (from left to right) Katie, Beth and Jon strike a pose during Friday’s LES festivities

The party was already in high gear when we arrived, thanks to friends and significant others (including Katie’s longtime love and absolute sweetheart, Connor), amped up music and a great spread (wine and cheese, Beth’s homemade brownies, chips and dip, etc.).

In the blast from the past department, I was floored when the door opened and in walked Cole, a classmate from my journalism school days at Columbia University who I hadn’t seen in ten years. We fell into easy conversation, as she filled me in on her long distance beau in California and her producing gig at “Good Morning America.”

I was happy to hear the on-air talent at my favorite newsmagazine show is just as much fun behind the scenes. And yes, for a moment, I felt a bit wistful about my previous life in the crazy but exhilarating world of TV news.

Turning my attention back to the present, I chatted with Jon, who’s every bit as smart, adorable and fun as Katie had said he was. We talked about travel — like me, he’s lived in London — food, and mechanical bulls. I admitted my anxiety about riding the bull at Mason Dixon’s later that night. Having already Twittered my plans, though, I knew there was no turning back.

Up next…part two of my wild night downtown and a surprisingly great Saturday date.

3 comments » | Columbia University, Good Morning America, Jeollado, journalism school, London, Lower East Side, mechanical bull rides, Twitter

Friday Fun On The LES: Part One

March 22nd, 2009 — 4:45pm
Friday night, I headed down to the Lower East Side for a big night out in honor of my colleague Katie and her imminent move to Connecticut.

The evening began over a delicious dinner at Japanese eatery Jeollado with work galpals Caroline and Morgan. We shared edamame and two tall orders of hot sake — and some of the tastiest, cheapest sushi I’ve enjoyed in awhile. With rolls as inexpensive as $3, Jeollado is a low key, budget-friendly treat. My personal favorites were the golden dragon eel roll and the Lisa roll (salmon, tuna, yellowtail).

From Jeollado, we walked over to the three-bedroom pad Katie shares with roommates Beth and Jon.

Three’s Company: (from left to right) Katie, Beth and Jon strike a pose during Friday’s LES festivities

The party was already in high gear when we arrived, thanks to friends and significant others (including Katie’s longtime love and absolute sweetheart, Connor), amped up music and a great spread (wine and cheese, Beth’s homemade brownies, chips and dip, etc.).

In the blast from the past department, I was floored when the door opened and in walked Cole, a classmate from my journalism school days at Columbia University who I hadn’t seen in ten years. We fell into easy conversation, as she filled me in on her long distance beau in California and her producing gig at “Good Morning America.”

I was happy to hear the on-air talent at my favorite newsmagazine show is just as much fun behind the scenes. And yes, for a moment, I felt a bit wistful about my previous life in the crazy but exhilarating world of TV news.

Turning my attention back to the present, I chatted with Jon, who’s every bit as smart, adorable and fun as Katie had said he was. We talked about travel — like me, he’s lived in London — food, and mechanical bulls. I admitted my anxiety about riding the bull at Mason Dixon’s later that night. Having already Twittered my plans, though, I knew there was no turning back.

Up next…part two of my wild night downtown and a surprisingly great Saturday date.

2 comments » | Columbia University, Good Morning America, Jeollado, journalism school, London, Lower East Side, mechanical bull rides, Twitter

By The Numbers: Online Dating Edition

March 21st, 2009 — 5:38pm

Last night, a subway ride with some of my work galpals found us talking about the vagaries of online dating.

A fellow single gal chimed in about her experience with a guy who couldn’t tear himself away from his Blackberry during their date. I could empathize, having just spoken with a JDater who interrupted our conversation three minutes into it to take another call. Given that his online handle is Crackberry69, I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised.

This latest go round of Internet dating has had its share of surprises (good and bad). Here are a few of them — By The Numbers:

Number of guys from Match.com and JDate.com who have emailed me: 34
Number of first dates: 2
Number of JDate men whose emails began with what I have in common with his ex wife: 1
Number of Match.com women who’ve sent me flirtatious emails: 1
Number of communications (phone and email) it took to schedule a date with
Chris: 10

A 39-year-old New Jersey-based Match.com guy who works in finance, Chris shares my penchant for travel and modern rock bands. We’re meeting for afternoon drinks in Midtown today.

Up next…surviving my first ride on a mechanical bull and running into a friend from my journalism school days.

3 comments » | Blackberry, Crackberry, first dates, JDate.com, Match.com, mechanical bull rides, online dating

By The Numbers: Online Dating Edition

March 21st, 2009 — 12:38pm

Last night, a subway ride with some of my work galpals found us talking about the vagaries of online dating.

A fellow single gal chimed in about her experience with a guy who couldn’t tear himself away from his Blackberry during their date. I could empathize, having just spoken with a JDater who interrupted our conversation three minutes into it to take another call. Given that his online handle is Crackberry69, I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised.

This latest go round of Internet dating has had its share of surprises (good and bad). Here are a few of them — By The Numbers:

Number of guys from Match.com and JDate.com who have emailed me: 34
Number of first dates: 2
Number of JDate men whose emails began with what I have in common with his ex wife: 1
Number of Match.com women who’ve sent me flirtatious emails: 1
Number of communications (phone and email) it took to schedule a date with
Chris: 10

A 39-year-old New Jersey-based Match.com guy who works in finance, Chris shares my penchant for travel and modern rock bands. We’re meeting for afternoon drinks in Midtown today.

Up next…surviving my first ride on a mechanical bull and running into a friend from my journalism school days.

3 comments » | Blackberry, Crackberry, first dates, JDate.com, Match.com, mechanical bull rides, online dating

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