For those of you that don’t know, every year, IHOP does their all-you-can-eat pancake special in January. That’s right, I know the time of the year in which it occurs, because I’m a fatty that loves his food, and I’m there every year. I also know that Olive Garden launches their never-ending pasta bowl in late August/early September. Red Lobster starts their all-you-can-eat shrimp promotion around mid-September. Popeyes (at least used to) has their 8-piece chicken deal the Thursday before April 15th. And in New York specifically, you can get all-you-can-eat wings at Croxley Ales, Brother Jimmy’s, Lions Head and Pourhouse…just to name a few.
In my quest to better myself before I turn 30, I have devised the genius plan of getting to know New York City, New York people and New York drinks better. I want to do all of this in 30 days, and thus this particular challenge began last week on January 14th.
In this challenge, I will go to 30 different venues in New York City, with 30 different people and have 30 different drinks. Neither the venues nor the people have to be entirely new to me, as that would be too difficult a task to accomplish, as exemplified by my faithful pursuit of the “100 Days, 100 Things to do in the Summer” series. However, all of the drinks on this list will be new. And one last caveat is that unlike the other 30-day challenges I will pursue before my 30th birthday, this one does not require me to do one everyday. Instead, I have allowed myself to double and triple up on venues in single day given that this challenge relies on my personal schedule, my work schedule and the schedules of other people.
For those of you who don’t know what the “Murtaugh List” is, it was defined in “How I Met Your Mother” as the list of stuff you shouldn’t do after you turn the age of 30. It was pop culture taking from pop culture, as the character Detective Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon was often caught saying “I’m too old for this shit” throughout the entire LW franchise.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, allow me to bring you my own Murtaugh List. Because on March 12, 2014, I officially become too old for this shit. I will turn 30 that day, but before that day comes, I have a lot of stuff to do. When I was a sophomore in high school, I made a huge list of career accomplishments I wanted to complete by the age of 30. Very little, if any of those have come true…who knows? I lost the list. And quite frankly, who worries about their careers once you turn 30 anyway? By then I’ll just be complaining about my back and heart burn all the time, won’t I?
For those of you who don’t know it, Gina Bellafante writes the Big City column for the New York Times, where she often waxes philosophically about living in New York City. From time to time, she tends to anger her readers when she questions just how special New York City is in the grand scheme of things. She’s basically Susan Dominus without the preordained love for New York.
I happened across one of Gina’s articles from May of 2012 in which she tries to dissect the allure of New York and how the city may or may not be all that alluring. She starts with a tale about how her husband used to live in New York while working in Nashville. She then digresses into all the things New Yorkers claim they love about the city (restaurants, Broadway, museums, jobs) while trying to prove they either are things New Yorkers don’t actually do or can get from some place else n the U.S.
Well, here we are again. I’m making yet another resolutions post that is sure to bite me in the ass when I look at it at the end of the year. Then again, given that I somehow forgot to write a resolutions post for 2013, maybe it won’t be until 2016 when I write my next resolutions piece.
But before I go into how I want to better myself (and therefore, those around me) in 2014, I first want to recap some old resolutions. And since I had no resolutions for 2013, I will instead go back to what I told myself I would do in 2012.