I don’t even want to think about how long it’s been since I’ve written an actual post here. School and life in general have certainly trumped my much-beloved tumblr-time of late, but I’m glad I finally have a moment to breathe and process and update. There’s so much to recap about this year (and I’ll get to it later) but I think it’ll be easier to start with some recent history, first.
In theory this should be about five separate posts but here we are. Alone at last. One year of grad school down and already 3 weeks into what will most likely be my last summer “vacation” ever.
Actually, I take that back. I plan on having many summer vacations. Especially once I take over that shit.
All of it.
Started off the break with a trip down to Tampa, Florida for my cousin’s wedding. Second cousin, actually, by way of my father’s cousin, Morris. My father’s name is also Moris. My second cousin’s name is not Moris. It’s Femoris.
It’s Daphna, and she’s wonderful. I hadn’t seen her in more than a dozen years (she lives in Florida but so much of our family lives abroad) so it was great to reconnect with that part of the family. And of course her new husband, Ryan, too. Beautiful wedding, fun med-school friends, and an amalgam of about 5 or 6 languages at any given point in the conversation. Florida is still not my favorite place but the trip was great! Check out a few of the pictures I stole from the wedding photographer, Warehouse Studios.
After the Sunshine State (and a serious amount of early-morning Dunkin’ Donuts), it was down to Delaware for UD’s Alumni Weekend and some much-needed QT with the one and only, Drew Evan The BOD Yasmani Grandal Rifkin. We went hiking, we went shopping, we had an all-expenses-paid romantic evening at the Courtyard Mariott on campus…
I mean… what?
And then of course the festivities of the weekend including several receptions, brunches, the infamous Mug Night (pictured below), and a gig playing for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1962 with Nate and Adam. So much friendship! Alumni wekend is consistently one of the highlights of my year, and I’ll look forward to being a part of the planning committee for 2013.
It’s already going to be my 5-year next spring. Good thing I’ve matured so much since finishing my undergrad…
Mug Night on The Green with 3000+ alums back for the party
Last weekend my best friend/lover, Dave, came to visit and we pretty much did everything there is to do in NYC. He’s one of the most important people in my life and we don’t get to see a whole lot of each other so we filled our time with adventures, conversation, and plenty of alchohol. Being with old friends is great, even if it’s just for the weekend!
(Cue montage as WHAM! plays in the background)
High school reunited - Sam, Dave, and I on the Highline
Year Two of my grad program brings on a new and exciting challenge - writing a full-length show (with my trusty collaborator) to be presented next Spring. I am apparently the luckiest guy on the planet because I was paired with the talented Ms. Julia Gytri (she’s on twitter now!) and we’ve been working hard to get our thesis proposal ready. First due date is Friday, or as some people like to say, “tomorrow.”
Just kidding, we are the most ready of anyone on the planet, ever. We’ve got a couple of great ideas in the works - including a new web series that we plan to start filming soon. I would post a picture of us together but she hates taking photos and I LOVE ruining the ones we do take, so instead, I’ll leave you with a stunning view of Lower Manhattan. Snapped this with my iPhone as we sped away on the staten island ferry for our latest thesis brainstorm.
The ride was wonderful! I can’t believe it’s free and you should all do it whenever you can. Totally reminds me of island-hopping in Istanbul. I realize that makes me sound like a total jerk, but it’s really wonderful… Great views of the city, Lady Liberty, and Cote D’Jersey. And when you get to Staten Island (after you spend your obligatory 15 minutes there) you can buy a pretzel and a soda for less than $1 COMBINED.