12.29.2008

Gimlets and Ghosts

That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: "Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment."
~ Dorothy Parker

So. Here I am – in Manhattan. The Big Apple. New York, New York. Center of the universe – ok, not really. But it should be.

And I’m writing this as I sit in a personal Mecca of sorts.

The Algonquin lobby. Perched perhaps where the Vicious Circle gathered once upon a time, tongues pointed, wit wielded, whisky consumed.

It’s a haven of sorts for me from the elements – wind, cold, Ugg-wearing tourists, throngs of wide-eyed children gazing up at enormity.

I’m sipping a vodka gimlet (surely D. Parker must have consumed something similar, wouldn’t you think?) and even thought it’s made with Skyy and not my beloved Grey Goose, it’s pretty damn good. The subhead on the Classic Cocktails page says it all… “Our cocktails are made with depth, complexity and a dexterous hand. “

Eclectic group here in the hotel lobby of the Algonquin… heirloom-fur wearing dowagers toting ginormous pieces of designer luggage and greeting the staff like old friends; a Couple of a Certain Age having a late lunch a deux of salad, red wine and each other on a love seat in the lobby… illicit? Practiced? Who can know. Leather clad groups with indertminate accents looking furtively at maps and guidebooks and translation dictionaries. Pairs of all sorts and shapes and sizes.

I’m soaking it all in – moisturizer for my dry soul. Giving me new creative life and lustre.

I’m about to jump back into my novel. It’s lain dormant for a while – holidays and responsibilities and life have pushed ahead on the priority list. But I cannot think of anything I’d rather do in these first moments of my brief time here in the City that Never Sleeps (perfect for an insomniac like me – no wonder this city and I get along so damn well…) Sure, there are sales galore and museums to explore (there’s a funky exhibit at the Guggenheim that I may take in tomorrow) and faux bargains to ignore.

But I owe this to myself – my creative self who’s been searching for purpose and attempting follow-through and trying to get out of the starting gate – to be here. At this very moment.

There’s a family sitting in the cocktail grouping next to me discussing Dorothy Parker and her quotable self… trying to remember how the “girls who wear glasses” saying goes. The mystique is not lost on any of us here.

And as I gamely try to wipe off the errant lime juice sprayed from the squeeze into Gimlet #2, I get about the business of putting word to paper. Ideas to life. Me to fruition.

More tomorrow, y’all…

7 comments:

TopSurf said...

Heaven....you are in heaven and I couldn't be happier for you. Just what you needed and I can feel you soaking it all up through your words. Enjoy your well deserved time away. Oh and remember no shopping in the alleys! ;)

fgirl said...

sounds heavenly!
Hope the Guggenheim is open tomorrow!

Jim Benson said...

I wanna see your fruition!

This is an awesome post, J.

Take the inspiration and run with it. I know some of my best work has been on uncomfortable chairs in Hong Kong coffee shops or noise London pubs.

Change of scenery makes the brain come alive.

Andrea Daigle said...

Ooh that sounds divine! I just love that you're getting a chance to soak up all that fabulousness. Have a wonderful time, my sweet!!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Enjoy! Enjoy! Dorothy was one of my first heroes... makes me wonder if I were a depressed teen.

I spent quite a few hours haunting the Algonquin during that stage. I was too young for the gimlets, though.

askatknits said...

Very nice, and Skyy in a pinch is not damned bad at all, I agree.

Happy New Year!!

On a limb with Claudi said...

Yea!! I'm so delighted that you gave yourself the gift of this trip. I cannot wait to see what comes from your creative inspirations! :)

Happy New Year Jane