36 hours: Distraction, New York

I’m back! “Hollaaaaaa,” as my new Hunter College friends would say. Two months in Utah, three months in France, and one broken heart later I’m back in New York City. My year-long love affair with Coralie has sadly come to an end and once again I’m lone, lonely, alone. “Unrequited Love” is how Scott so accurately described it yesterday, but I’ve chosen to cry out my pain to Outlandos d’Amour. So lonely. I hate Valentine’s Day.

Well, this time I have a plan to get over my *sniff sniff* broken heart.

36 Hours: Distraction, New York.

Studio B: This new Greenpoint venue is hot. It’s a little out of the way and the drinks could be cheaper, but damn the DJ knows how to make the dance floor move. The Rapture will be the guest DJs this Friday and Gang Gang Dance will be freaking everyone out on Saturday. I, for one, will be there shaking my bum to the music.

Café Grumpy/193c: I’ll make it a point to stop by my favorite and grumpiest cafe in Greenpoint before the show. This place is always a treat offering creative ideas (coffee liqueur?), art, music, you name it. This Friday, the cardboard box street-art collective Gimmeshelter will hold its opening reception at Gallery 193c (behind Café Grumpy) to benefit The National Coalition for the Homeless. Because there are worse problems than a broken heart.


BarackObama.com: After dancing the weekend away, I’ll most likely end up on the internet comparing the Presidential candidates’ respective websites. Senator Obama’s campaign team should win the award for site design as they did a smashing job to create a community based website. Something like this will no doubt help his campaign on the grassroots level by offering free blog hosting, personal video blogs, and super cool networking tools to connect you with other Obama supporters. Yes, super cool. However, they get a big fat “0” for the logo design. Eeek that’s bad.

This should be enough to keep me distracted from my broken heart. If it doesn’t, I’ll always have this wonderful picture of President Bush to keep me laughing. I’m counting the days. Holla!

20 responses to “36 hours: Distraction, New York”

  1. Demosthenes says:

    Excellent post today Nathan. I really enjoyed what you said about Barack Obama, and I too will likely spend some time comparing the websites of the candidates. I have to say though, that the more I listen to and hear about Barack, the more I am liking him. I have listened to his podcast via itunes, and he really has some great ideas. They are quite original too. Though he is inexperienced, one of the qualities that makes me like him is his honesty, which is a refreshing change in politics . Again great post.

  2. Scott Godfrey says:

    This Bed’s Too Big Without You is another great Police break up song (of course there’s the Break Up Song by Gregg Kinn if you really want to “cut foot loose”).

    I concur with you on the Obama logo, any color approaching teal just doesn’t seem to be even remotely approaching the presidential pallet.

  3. Stephanie Wells says:

    Outlandos d’Amor is a soothing breakup balm, but I must recommend Bob Mould’s Black Sheets of Rain which serves the purpose better than any other.

  4. ks says:

    Oh yeah, I have to second Stephanie on her choice of BSoR. Bob Mould’s combination of intense pain and anger should prove cathartic for you. There’s nothing like a good cry every now and then, as your friend Scott G. will surely attest. Hopefully you’ll soon recover enough to meet someone new and find yourself cheerfully contemplating my personal favorite Police love lyrics, “Walking back from your house, walking on the moon.”

    I love how this blog constantly makes me nostalgic for the music of my formative years, joyful and painful memories alike.

  5. Dave says:

    Yeah, that logo is terrible. I can see what it’s trying to do, but it fails.

  6. bryan says:

    it looks like a logo for a pro-gun retirement community

  7. barak says:

    It’s the sun rising over the great land of America, guys! It’s red, white and blue. Plus it’s an O. What do you want, a sickle and a hammer? Jeez. Bunch a commies on this site…

  8. Tim Wager says:


    Welcome back to the big city and to GW! We missed you. I’m looking forward to more avant-garde explorations from you. Outright noise can be cathartic you know. George Jones is great breakup music, too.

    And yes, that’s an awful logo. The stars and bars “O” looks like a big fat zero. Bad idea.

    (Did I say “Stars n Bars”? Neil Young is also good for a breakup, particularly “After the Gold Rush,” “On the Beach,” and “Tonight’s the Night.”)

  9. Marleyfan says:

    Welcome back Nathan. Did you bring back any new music? I thought about using the *holla*, but I’m so old, I’d probably get it wrong and be in-line for days of GWI ridicule.

  10. bacon says:

    Nathan, find a girl who hates Valentine’s Day more than you do. Love will ensue.

  11. Rachel says:

    That logo looks like the packaging on a box of tampons For The Active Woman. You can run a 10K! You can go horseback riding! To the polls!

  12. Nathan says:

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome back… i’m definately spinning neil young — my personal favorite is “mellow my mind” when his voice is so shot from whiskey and pot. i’ll check out the bob mould album too… never heard it. excited!

    somebody– anybody — please replace that awful logo.

  13. Scott Godfrey says:

    Rachel, you just got my vote for funniest comment of the year so far.

  14. Lisa Tremain says:

    Dear Nathan (and Barak),

    When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around. In your case, Nathan, it’s good music and New York. In B.O.’s case of creating a compelling, non-menstrual logo…wait, I just got stuck on his initials…

  15. Rachel says:

    Anything for you, S-God.

    And Nathan, once you’re done with the breakup music and are ready for the joyful life-is-beautiful-I-might-as-well-embrace-it-wholeheartedly music, put on some New Pornographers (e.g., “Mass Romantic,” “Electric Version,” “Sing Me Spanish Techno”) and DANCE!

  16. nathan says:

    dave, i’m home! just got home actually, and tonight was amazing. studio b, i love you.

  17. Stella says:

    So glad you’re back Nathan – sorry for the broken heart. The great thing about having a TGWer who is 23 (?) is that sense of real beginning and fresh energy…i feel like an old jaded vampire living vicariously through you. Watch out.

  18. farrell says:

    hey nathan,
    did you see this? reviewed in today’s times.
    you are quite cool. sounds like a lot of fun.

  19. bryan says:

    lane and i saw gang gang dance a couple years ago. they were opening for animal collective. all i remember is that they were having trouble tuning and lane kept yelling: “just start! tune as you go! it’s rock and roll for god’s sake!”

  20. farrell fawcett says:

    hey bryan,
    you’re quite cool too.