i attended an alumni social event this evening. my expectations were low, so i wasn’t disappointed. i left early only to find out it was pouring rain, i did not have an umbrella. there’s no duane reade near the plaza hotel. i think the closest one is at 6th and 57th.
i huddled under the scaffolding waiting for the rain to stop until it seemed like it wouldn’t. i decided i would try to hitchhike my way to lex and 63rd. (it’s closer than lex and 53rd from the plaza hotel.) made eye contact with a guy wearing some pretty fly headphones and more importantly carrying an umbrella.
i asked where he was going. he said lexington. i asked if i could walk with him. he said sure.
i told him it’s okay if you want to listen to your headphones. he said, nah.
we walked. under his umbrella. it was still raining.
i asked what he was listening to on his headphones. he told me some house.
i asked him if he’d ever hitchhiked before. he said no. i said me neither. he said but it’s a crazy city ya know.
i had a big smile on my face because it was my first time hitchhiking. he seemed to be enjoying it, too.
he asked me where are you going. i said lex and 63rd. he said i’m going to zara.
he said that was a fun experience. i said thank you so much. we shook hands.
it was only a light drizzle at this point. he crossed the street. i walked to the end of the block and crossed.
i love new york.