If you are one of the thousands that look to the July 4th holiday weekend as a time to head out on vacation, BBQ, spend time with family, or to just kick back and enjoy the lazy days of summer then by all means have at it. We here in NYC are already experiencing the annual “bug out” of city that happens every year during this holiday. Almost everyone makes a mad dash to pack, grab a car, plane or train, and head out to the Jersey shore, Hamptons, or some beach somewhere. Watching the news this morning they showed reports of crowded airports and bumper to bumper roadways. I used to be one of those robots that thought it was a must to jump into that holiday travel nightmare. I used to sit in my car traveling at a snail’s pace, or in an airport with screaming kids and flight delays, paying for overpriced hotel rooms and gasoline price gauging. I used to try and justify it all in my mind saying that this is what everyone does, so it’s cool to be doing it too. The pain of travel is part of the adventure. Then I remembered that we would also have to suffer through this Hell a few days later heading home. Nothing is worse than the torture of knowing you have to go back to work drained and exhausted from that long trip home.
Personally, I looked at those news reports and thought – “Suckers!” “Idiots!” “Oh Hellz No – Not Me!” Yup, I am one of those who stay put right here in the city. Let us New Yorkers that aren’t leaving the city enjoy half-empty bars and restaurants with no wait times to get in. Let us enjoy the Upper East Side bar scene where I reside devoid of all the bro’s and their sorostitutes that accompany them. Oh joy! The gyms I train at will be empty! As I view the crawling traffic heading out of the city I just want to slam the door and scream “And Stay Out!” I am so glad to be staying put for the long Independence Day weekend. There are so many things to do and see right here that we never really have time for. Plus, it’s easy for us to jump on an LIRR train for a quick trip to the family on Long Island. Beer, BBQ, and an in-ground pool. Who says you have to go away and spend oodles of cash to go somewhere obnoxiously crowded to have a good time because everyone else is going there too?
Traffic? Driving? No thanks, I’ll avoid the inevitable road rage and urge to smash my own head into the steering wheel! Or commit mass murder.
Fireworks? Been there, done that. NYC puts on a huge fireworks show show each year. I’ll enjoy watching them on TV in an air conditioned environment with a cold beer in my hand and my own personal crapper close by! Also, no annoying crowds to deal with!
Airports? You will not catch me within miles of these portals to Hell on a holiday. Oh gee, look, you are sitting next to the “nauseating family” with their sons Satan and Beezelbub screaming and kicking your seat. Enjoy the ride!
The beach? I do enjoy the Jersey Shore at beachside areas such as Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights. Much more than the overpriced and overhyped Hamptons that will ass rape you during summer weekends and holidays. Plus, all the bro’s, tools, and meatheads are out in those locations this weekend. Need I say more?
Nope, I am just going to stay put here in good ol’ New York City again for this July 4th. Take in a movie or two, enjoy dining out in a great uncrowded restaurant, and have some drinks with my friends in a terrific bar. Life is good if you know how to truly play the game and avoid the rookie mistakes such as leaving the city on a holiday weekend! Suckers!
Now if we could just find a way to get rid of all the annoying tourists……
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!