Took off Friday morning for the Poconos, part of the Walsh Natal Day Week celebrations. Most New Yorkers forget that our fair city is only 63 miles from the Delaware Water Gap which is one of the most outrageously beautiful things on the continent. Shoot the gap and you're in the Poconos.
The wife and I are fans of the Pocono's Caesar's Palace. Very crazy, funny place. Heart-shaped jacuzzi in the room, a round bed for some reason, mirror's everywhere. Got to say, there are few things more confusing than a round bed.
Since they can't have gambling for some civic or state reason, they go wildly overboard on games, sports, etc. 24 hour regulation-sized basketball court, squash, huge indoor pool, tennis, indoor mini-golf, nice wooden backgammon boards everywhere, all very well-maintainied and hilarious. They don't allow children, so its this massive playground for adults.
Nan crashed early so I'm standing alone on this basketball court wearing only my bathing suit at midnight missing free throws. Then I jump in the pool, splash around, and then back to the bar for a nightcap. Doing the full-on HST gonzo routine, sitting at the bar wearing a wet bathing suit, slippers, a big windbreaker thing and my black wool watchcap. Everyone slowing moving away, trying not to catch my eye.
Need to spread the gospel of Sxip Shirey, who made me stay up all night on Thursday and drink with a bunch of circus folk, but no time. It's the day of the big APAP thing and I've got to learn my lines.