Luke Melia


July 1, 2002

7/1/02, 11:08 am

I’d reckon that a Sunday that starts at 6 AM and ends at 4 AM is either a very good day or a very bad day. Fortunately, this one was a good day.

Celinda picked me up and we hit the beach for the coed tournament. We played well for our first time out, winning 5 and losing 3. That left us tied for second place in our pool, so we had to play a rally game tto determine who would advance to the playoffs. We lost the rally and got to go home early. It was a beautiful day on the beach, a bit cooler than Saturday, and I had a lot of fun.

Showered at the gym and chilled out on the sun deck for a bit (the jacuzzi wasn’t working — bummer), and then went out to meet my friend Steve for dinner. We went to a place on the Lower East Side called Cafe Habana (delicious!). We hadn’t seen each other in almost two years, and it was good to catch up, and especially to learn about his new paragliding hobby.

After dinner we went with his sister, a waitress at the restaurant, and her friend, a cook there, to Brownies to see Rainer Maria play. Their set got better and better, and even managed to bust out a great encore despite the guitarist breaking his high E string. I love the way their male and female vocals flow over each other.

Brownie’s is closing in August, which makes the band and lots of other people sad.

A brief walk and pit stop later, we ended up at a restaurant in the East Village that was celebrating it’s fourth birthday anniversary with free food and alcohol. The crowd was mostly restaurant workers… waitresses, cooks, etc… and was really fun. I pulled myself away from the salsa dancing that broke out in time to wander home across town by 3:30 or so.

Long day. Good day.

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