My new favorite overpriced summer hotspot: Coney Island
Okay, so it’s starting to get a bit chilly in the big apple - I wore a sweater today! And I'm actually looking forward to the autumn weather; it is the best season for New York. It isn't too hot or too cold, the trees begin to change and the colors are GORGEOUS, especially in Central Park. There, you can actually get lost in the color and the crisp, smoky smell, and forget that you live in a "concrete paradise." Not to mention there are autumn festivals all over the city. The pumpkin festival is one of my favorites - okay its second to Halloween, which, between the crazy parade downtown and the sheer fun of dressing up and acting a fool, must take first place.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
I haven't given up on the warm weather yet. There are plenty of gorgeous sunny days left before the crispy fall sets in (I think that's my word of the day: crispy). In fact, last Sunday I spent a fantastic day at Coney Island with a few of my girlfriends. I've been there before, but when I went it was off-season so I didn't really get the full effect.
This time, however, was awesome. I got the full effect of the place. We sat on the beach - now free of hypodermic needles (for those of you who know the beach by reputation, it has been all cleaned up for at least a decade) - and looked out on the water. We watched sailboats from the pier and ate very overpriced fried food... Lots of overpriced fried food: fried clams, fried mozzarella, french fries, fried dough (aka funnel cake), etc. In fact, I think the only kind of food you can even get on the Coney Island boardwalk is fried food. Ooh, and we also drank lots of overpriced beer. And couldn't help ourselves to overpay for tickets for the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone.
So I came home at the end of the day very tired, very full, slightly buzzed, and much closer to bankruptcy than I was when I left the house just hours before. I was also overwhelmingly satisfied. I hope I get a chance to go back before the chilly weather really kicks in.
Where is your favorite overpriced summer spot? Come on people, I wanna hear from you, wherever you are!
Hi, I’m Erin. I am the Middle Sister. THE Middle Sister. Not to sound overly important, but I am the inspiration for Middle Sister wines. I am the sister sandwiched between my older sister, Natalie and my younger brother, Ryan. The one in the middle. Not the boss and not the baby. Somehow I needed to forge my own way.
I admit, sometimes I did it in a way that other people considered rather “memorable.” You know the kind of memorable where everybody’s sitting down for Thanksgiving, grateful for all your blessings, and you’re all having a beautiful moment and then somebody goes, remember the time that Erin DOT DOT DOT. And you have to kind of laugh and go along with it but it’s actually pretty embarrassing. I’m that sister.
Anyway, my mom’s best friend and my older sister started the wine company that makes Middle Sister wines, and they thought that it would be hysterical to make a wine dedicated to Middle Sisters. Yes, I am an official muse.
For some reason, I have always been the fascinating character in the family. I’m not sure when it started. Maybe it was in day care, when I masterminded the toddler break out. Me, my older sister, and my future ex-finance (that’s a whole other blog) decided we wanted to go out for Chinese food. So I said, follow me. It was like an episode of Rug Rats. Eventually, we were recaptured and day care security procedures were COMPLETELY revised.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors? Well, I was Erin and Her Hair of Many Colors. I am creative and like to try new things. One condition of employment for my first job as an intern in the public relations department of a winery was that I had to reduce the number of colors in my hair to three. What a dumb rule.
I could go on and on, but then I would be out of things to say for my next blog. For example, I have perfected the perfect application of lipstick. It only takes forty steps and forty minutes.
I hope you will tune in from time to time and see what’s up with me, the Middle Sister of Middle Sister wines.