Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In with the new... keep the old too!


Deuces 2011! We out!
First of all, Happy New Year.... I know its been a LONG time since my last post. Lets just say, life got a little...... 'complicated' for a while. I decided I really do need to get back to putting my thoughts down in writing and broadcasting my bullshit to the world for most of you to not read. So here goes:

I know its a bit off my usual style, but I wanted to make sure that my first post actually started on a positive note. Normally in most of my blog posts I'm ranting and raving about something I hate, some dumb-ass that pissed me off, one item on an ever-growing list of shit in world surrounding me that I'm truly bored with, pissed at and feel like bitching about.

Soon to come will surely be posts regarding posts very possibly titled: (linked when they happen)
1) I hate that you still matter....
2) Hate the player AND the game!
and of course:
3) Are you stupid, or just stupid?!

Back to the good part now; In with the new... keep the old too! As most of you who know me personally can already tell, I'm a bit of a "friend collector". One of my favorite things of all time to do is meet new people, any and every way I can. Go to party, throw a party, go on a random road trip, be someone's +1 to a wedding or company event and I have to say: Lately, its been some of the best weekends of my life with some of the greatest new people in my life. The crazy part to me is that most of them probably don't even know it.

Its become an annual bash for me, my "Incidental New Years Eve" parties, and this years party with over 230 guests, one of the best DJs in town and at one of my all time favorite restaurants in town was PERFECT. I had people I see everyday there, 2 guys I met the first day I ever moved to DC over 7 years ago, and of course a bunch of new friends I hadn't met until that night! This has been followed up by subsequent weekends filled with birthdays of some of my friends, one of my newest friends, random gatherings of friends from out of town and while I've been dead tired from running around non-stop, it really has managed to pull me from the funk I've been in for weeks.


This past weekend was just the cherry on top I need to finish up getting my ass in gear for 2012. Friday night, after what was a pretty stress typical week in corporate hell, I had the perfect happy hour. With one of my friends who's managed to make that interesting transition from "drinking buddy" to one of my dearest friends. Met her and some of her co-workers out at a place right near my condo tipped back a few too many, met some great new people, relaxed, talked about work, love, families, priorities, money and of course, how the hell we were all gonna get home in the snow!

Saturday night.... now THAT was a night! I had like 8 places to stop by and somehow managed to squeeze in most of them, but will admit I definitely got sucked into one particular group of people! I had a birthday dinner to stop at, an engagement dinner to run through, follow by a PhD graduation celebration and yet ANOTHER birthday gathering at a club in DC. (yeah, I'm a sucker for birthdays) So, I found myself in one dinner, on to the next, in the car.... shot down to K. St. and that's where the proverbial shit hit the fan. Its rare to find a find a group of educated, intelligent, people who can cut loose have a great time. That are captivating, inviting and just totally comfortable to be around. I had been invited to stop in by an old friend (who's def one of the coolest people I know) and intended to make it a quick fly-by, take a few pictures, head out to the other party and be done with it..... but that much fun is hard to walk away from!


The story ends with a camera full of hilarious pictures from full of funny as hell moments, awesome conversation and all around great night with an awesome group of total strangers! Its exactly that type of interaction I needed to remind me that the effort I put in to meeting new people, creating these new relationships and always pursuing the chance to expand my social circle doesn't ever have to slow down. Even when I think I'm getting too old for it, or thinking there's something better I should be doing with my time, get a little lost in my own head...... a night like that is exactly what I needed to slap me back into reality, back into MY reality.

Onwards and upwards this year..... I've got a fake wedding to plan, another damn birthday of my own to get through, and hopefully a ton more awesome people to meet.... see you/meet you all soon!

I love you all, old, new, and even the ones I haven't met yet!

*SMC


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