The good ones know how to do it right. We ate late and headed to Avenue in a car. The lines outside were huge and we opted to get dropped up the block so some of the folks could have a smoke before the door drama. Wass greeted us with enthusiasm. My old friend and I have spent a lifetime in clubs, but nowadays we catch up only when I pass by. Wass was positively dapper, wearing a tie to die for. In fact, I touched it to make sure no little animals had actually died for it. Showing no lingering damage from his motorcycle accident, Wass and I spoke of new tattoos and a visit to his new shop: Rivington Tattoo N.Y.C. I promised to get my next ink there, but realize I'm getting my kraken at East Side Ink next. I'll get my Winona Forever with Wass. If my other careers don't work out, I may find a job in Coney Island. Is that still there?
Andrew Goldberg was dressed like all the extras in a Tarzan movie, in keeping with the jungle-themed event.
I forgot about the dress wish and looked like a SWAT team member all in black, including a black Mets hat which I have been wearing in irony until I became an actual fan. Andrew was truly happy as a thousand hands and smiles were directed at him as he worked the room.
We small-talked as he took me to Noah's
table. Noah, Danny A.
, and I talked the talk. Noah was very proud of the new sound system, which was taking the crowds ever higher. New lights created even more energy. We talked of gin and beer and what we hear, and I kissed the girls and made them cry and went into the night.
Today is way too busy for last night and I needed to rest up. I have been told I'm not as young as I used to be.
We watched Law and Order,
which always delivers. We were lucky as it was an old one with Jerry Orbach in charge. The first scene had Wass playing a cop. We giggled at the coincidence and noted how much more handsome he looks these days. Carlos Leon
was in the next scene, then an old bartender of mine, then someone else. Maybe there were even more familiar faces on that episode, but my dreams took me elsewhere, comforted by the realization that for whatever it is, nightlife has connected me to people that I truly love and respect and want to be around. Maybe that's why I'm still in it.