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January 27th, 2006

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11:46 pm
Had a busy day today.

Had lunch with an old friend, recently back from the Southwest. We had lunch at a local kosher restaurant and caught up with one another, since I hadn't seen her in about a year. We did a little clothes shopping after -- mostly browsing, although I was strongly tempted to buy a pair of shoes that had caught my eye. I managed to resist the temptation though -- this time.

After dropping her off at her apartment, I went into Manhattan for a date with the fellow I'd met at gmdraves and auntiemisha's New Year's Eve party.

We had dinner first at a favorite Korean restaurant of mine. He was used to Korean restaurants that do table top barbeque, which this one doesn't. We started off with the 50 million appetizers that come with the meal. (Actually more like 10, but it just SEEMS like 50 million.) Then we shared an order of pah jun, a.k.a. green-onion-and-seafood pancake, while we waited for our orders to come. He had ordered a beef soup that reminded me of a Vietnamese pho when I saw it while I had my usual, bi bim bap with a raw egg on top in a hot stone bowl. I chatted while I mixed everything up and the hot bowl cooked the egg, making things stick together so I could more easily eat my meal with chopsticks. I love having an excuse to play with my food!

After we ate we headed to the Village to his favorite jazz club, where he's a regular. The live band was the Jay Collins Band, and I really enjoyed them. The music was a funky mix of blues and jazz that reminded me at times of very early Jethro Tull, particularly when Jay played the flute in a piece. Despite the aural resemblance to the music of Ian Anderson, he did NOT play on one foot. Instead, he would play two saxophones at once! A tenor and an alto -- a really unique visual, that. In addition to a drummer with a drumkit, there was also a fellow called Moses playing several hand drums -- a set of bongos plus 2 conga-style drums, tuned slightly differently, with occasional use of a bell and other non-drum percussion. He really made the band's sound groove and it was fun to watch him play, since he really got into the performance.

The club itself was small but cozy, a former speakeasy back in Prohibition times that has been a jazz club for decades. The crowd was a nice mix of regulars, like my date, and new folks. We chatted with a table full of Australians from Brisbane who were VERY friendly. There were also Danes, Dutchmen, Russians and French folk there along with a table full of Asians -- a nice eclectic international crowd. I also had a chance to meet some of my date's friends as I sipped Brandy Alexanders and chatted. I can certainly understand why this is one of his favorite places to go!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: "Poem for You Today" by Jay Collins Band

(Eat a pomegranate)

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