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The First Meal of 2008


I haven’t been very good at meeting up with New York bloggers while I’m in town.  I’ve been trying to spend more time with Sophia and my mother.  I’m also intimidated meeting New York bloggers in person, knowing how sophisticated and worldly they can be here.  New Yorkers all hang out at the same hip bars and know Sarah Jessica Parker personally.  And when I tried to pick up this sassy brunette in a Williamsburg coffee shop/art gallery/S&M bookstore by suggesting we grab a meal at the Olive Garden, she just laughed and cursed me in Greek.  Snob!

There is one beautiful blogger I had to see again before I left town — Tamar.  She was an important part of my 2007.  She actually spend REAL, not Monopoly, money to buy me  like a high class hooker in a V-day charity blogger auction.  105 dollars!  I wouldn’t pay that much for a date with me.  A few months later, Tamar showed some love for the other woman in my life, Sophia, when she sent her a very special healing bracelet to help Sophia through her surgery.

What better way to start January 1st than seeing Tamar?

One problem — Sophia and I are staying in Queens.  Tamar lives in Philadelphia.  We spoke on the phone, and came up with an eccentric, but amusing concept:  we would meet for lunch EXACTLY at the mid point between our two locations.  So, call the New York Times!, the three of us have found a new use for Google Maps — plotting the midpoint between two locations, which is — tadah! — some place I knew absolutely nothing about — beautiful New Brunswick, New Jersey!   So, guess where we met for lunch?



A Year Ago on Citizen of the Month:  Happy New Year from the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena


  1. tamarika

    I can’t believe you beat me to it! Was I writing my post just as yours went up?
    I love you both – even the morning after!

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    How awesome!

  3. V-Grrrl

    Love the photos.

    So Neil, Mr. High Class Hooker, I see Tamar got to use a two-for-one coupon and got a menage a trois for her $105. What a deal! I know you’re proud of her coupon savvy. ;P

  4. Finn

    What a lovely way to start the new year — as the filling in a cutie sandwich! Except I see Sophia seems to be the filling…

    So when are you coming to Boca?

  5. Not Fainthearted

    What a wonderful way to start the new year! A little adventure, a little meeting of friends, a little fulfilling contracts, a little eating. What could be better?

    Glad you all had a great time.

  6. Rhea

    Oh, my God, Neil, I grew up in a town right outside of New Brunswick and I was born in a hospital in N.B. Also, my aunt and cousins lived there, my dad went to Rutgers, and we used to go to High Holidays at a synagogue there. So, I have a LOT of associations with New Brunswick. Cool. Where did you end up eating?

  7. shortie

    Nice. If I’m ever in Cali, I’ll look you up! Good times :). Your woman is so cute!

  8. Neil

    Rhea — Since it was New Year’s Day, the only place that looked open was “Old Man Rafferty’s.”

    It was pretty good. We appreciated our waitress telling us NOT to get the French Onion soup since her mother makes it better.

  9. Nina

    Glad you had such a nice time in my home state of New Jersey. I am glad the mid point wasn’t Irvington or Patterson. That would have been kind of rough.

  10. kristen

    the new brunswick area is where my roller derby league is located, i know the area well!

  11. Rattling The Kettle

    Rafferty’s seemed too expensive for me when I was at Rutgers. Still, took the wife there for dessert on our first date. You sure didn’t stray far from the train station…

  12. sizzle

    how fun!

    happy new year. 🙂

  13. churlita

    I love meeting bloggers out in the real world…For the most part.

    You guys look so beautiful in that last photo.

  14. Ash

    That’s so cute Neil 🙂 I think I need to move to New York so that I can know SJP personally 🙂

  15. 180/360

    New Brunswick looks pretty- at least from the train station!

  16. mrsmogul

    Sorry we didn’t meet up!! I was sooo busy with family stuff and generally running like a freak in the city. I did think of you when I was in Queens, we were staying near Austin Street. I also was not near the INTERNET the whole vacation and it was kind of nice!

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