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Monday, June 27, 2005

Happy First Anniversary, Jenn and Victor!

I should have blogged over the weekend but never quite got around to it. We had a bunch of stuff going on, all good.

On Friday night Jenn and I greeted friends old and new at Spuyten Duyvil to celebrate the summer solstice. We had a solid turnout and everybody had a great time. It was a pleasure to see Nicole, Ted, Rob, Bonnie, Seth, Sam, Elaine, Jason, Jordan, Joy, Cindy, Marty, Carolyn, and so many other fine people.

It was a very pleasant summer night in Brooklyn and the lush garden was a beautiful place to sip our fine beers, sample artisinal cheeses and charcuterie, and catch up on what's been going on in our lives. Several of our friends are writing or have recently finished writing books. They are an inspiration to us all.

On Saturday Jenn and I slept late, owing to the festivities of Friday night. I was feeling a bit sluggish but the summer heat actually made me feel better. I sweated out whatever toxins (and bad humors) I had absorbed the previous evening. As is typical for Saturdays I went to kumite class at 4:00 p.m.

The class began with a brief meeting among those who regularly fight on Saturdays. Apparently the Saturday kumite class has a reputation of being an especially rough, full-contact class, and lower belts and people with less experience were feeling intimidated about showing up. We don't want anyone to feel unwelcome, but at the same time we don't want to ratchet down the competition when it's between two experienced fighters.

So basically we agreed to encourage lower belts to attend the class and to try especially hard to help them bring their fighting to a higher level (and also not hit them so hard).

On Saturday night Jenn and I went out to a sushi restaurant in the West Village called Sakura Hana. We were there to celebrate our dear friend Marty's birthday, along with about eight other well-wishers. We enjoyed excellent sushi, sashimi, and dry sake. We had pooled our money and bought Marty an iPod (the kind with the maximum amount of storage space). I think he liked it. After dinner we all went to Robin and Sonya's apartment across the street (on the corner of Hudson and Jane, to be specific) and hung out a bit.

Jenn and I left early, at around 11:00 p.m., because she had to be ready and refreshed to be interviewed on MSNBC the next morning (Sunday morning). She had helped write the cover story in Newsweek on the topic of identity theft, and she was going to offer a brief summary and suggestions on how not to become a victim yourself.

She did wonderfully in the interview. She was well-spoken and looked gorgeous. I was very proud of her. As she was coming back home (she had a Towncar, naturally), I was leaving (to take the subway) for karate. I took two classes and came home, with bagels and lox spread, at about 2:00 p.m.

It was hot all weekend. Really hot, and humid. Hot town, summer in the city hot. We felt like we had no energy, but I was able to convince Jenn to come out to McCarren Park with me on Sunday afternoon to toss the Frisbee around. We only got a few tosses in before we wilted in the heat, but there was also some kind of craft fair going on in the park, and several dozen vendors had tents set up to sell their baubles, jewelry, dresses, hats, framed prints, things of that nature. We browsed but didn't buy.

That evening (Sunday evening) Jenn and I decided to start celebrating our wedding anniversary, which is today. We went out to dinner at Plan Eat Thailand, since we have so many fond memories of the place. We split a Long Island Duck over mixed greens appetizer, and Jenn got the salmon teriyaki entree while I got chicken. We split a small bottle of sake, and everything was great.

Today is June 27, and it is our official one year anniversary. The year has gone by quickly, and it has been wonderful. We are both working today but we have a 6:30 p.m. dinner reservation at Molyvos, a Greek restaurant on Seventh Avenue near Carnegie Hall. Since we went to Greece for our honeymoon it seemed appropriate to celebrate our anniversary at a Greek restaurant. It's going to be spectacular. I can hardly wait.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary, honey. Here's to many, many more.
Love, Jenn

2:38 PM  
Blogger x said...

Happy Anniversary, guys! Man the time does fly. Hope you see many, many more. Wish I could have joined you for the celebration...

7:15 PM  

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