New York state of mind

So, I haven’t bought shampoo in about four months. The one new year’s resolution I made (because I can stick to it) is to start using the basket filled with mini shampoos, conditioners and lotions that I’ve taken as souvenirs of various hotel stays.

Today, I used my Marriott Marquis products. It’s funny how you get a whiff of a familiar scent, and suddenly you’re transported to the heart of New York City. That’s my favorite place to go, mostly because it’s the most expensive price and the least amount of space, but you have the whole city waiting for you with just a short walk and/or a taxi ride.

I remember going to Serendipity for frozen hot cocoa (packets, anyway — the wait for a frozen hot chocolate was 2 1/2 hours!). I also remember standing on the street with my friends outside Thalia’s restaurant.

And I *should* remember the night we went to Mesa Grill and I got railroaded by sidecars in the 8th floor lounge at the Marquis, but I don’t recall much past wandering the streets with my friends and my camera and insisting that I simply MUST get a picture of Bear Stearns and Lehman Bros. (You know, those brokerages in the news these days. Go figure.)

Anyway, I had honestly forgotten where my latest shampoo/conditioner set had come from, as I didn’t recognize the Nirvae product line. But from the moment I stepped in the shower, I knew where I was the last time I’d inhaled these scents. I remember the people, the foods, the drinks, the stories … especially the ones NOT fit for print.

I’m in a New York state of mind today. If there were anywhere I would want to be right this very moment (other than a beach), it’d be there. So hey, anyone who messes with my state of mind? Fuck you! 😉

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