I took a business trip to NYC last Wednesday, and decided to stay on Long Island to hang out with some family and friends for the weekend. I had our traveling department change my flight back from Wed night to Sunday night, and "worked from home" on Thursday and Friday after that.
When we arrived in the meeting, the locals weren't there yet. It turned out that there was a tornado in Brooklyn and a flood everywhere else, all the subway systems were flooded and people took 3-4 hours to get to work that morning. Personally, if I was a local and it was "just another work day", I'd just take a half day off from work instead of being in 90 degrees heat and 80% humidity, and walk 30 blocks to go to work.
Our meeting was at 10AM, and due to a slight delay in the flight, I got there around 10:05 or 10:10 or so (in Manhattan). The locals got there around 11:30 due to the flood. They couldn't find a cab anywhere, but there're always cabs at airports (which I took).
The meeting was fun, but somewhat long. I'm not used to sitting at a table with a few other people for more than 4 hours long. But oh well, if others have to sit with me, it's the least I could do for them.
After the meeting, I met some friends in NYC for dinner, and picked up a rental car for Long Island. Long Island was fun as always, great to see family and friends. I'm really proud of them; three of my best friends growing up became a finance person, a programmer, and a NYPD.
I went out drinking with my NYPD friend Saturday night, and decided to hit on these two girls. They were an average looking Asian girl (can't remember her name) and a cute white girl named Denise, both looked like they were in their late 20's/early 30's. They seemed like great, easy to talk to and funny people. Denise seemed to be more receptive, something about the Asian girl didn't add up; maybe Denise just took an extra class in life on how to be PC, that's all. About 30 minutes into it, I found out that they both are over 40, the Asian girl's divorced with an 11 year old son, and Denise is in the process of getting a divorce with two kids, can't remember their ages. I was too drunk to realize I shouldn't care about them, I guess two drunken people chatting automatically share this "bond". At the time, I genuinely felt like Denise mattered, and I sincerely told her that she should give it another try, go back to her husband, and tell him that you love him and things will work out. She seemed appreciative, she told me "I tried that, I just made a fool of myself every time I do". I gave her a hug, a kiss on the forehead, and wished her best of luck with everything, and told her thing will work out, however they work out, they always do. She told me that's the most affection she got in years. In the mean while, I introduced the Asian girl to my friend because she said she liked men in uniform, and I enjoy talking to Denise a lot more anyway.
At the end of the night, my friend gave the Asian girl his number, don't know how well it'll work out because women usually don't call first (in my experiences), but I'd definitely do an update on this post if I hear more things about it. Denise and I exchanged information, I truly felt I made a friend that night, I think I'll shoot her an Email tonight to keep in touch.
I only visit my family and friend in NY a few times a year, every time is special, and this trip was amazing.