We sat with Jonno at Heartland Brewery, had a couple beers and caught up.It was funny for all of us, I think, to know that Katie and I were going on a date later.Once those walls were put up, they were tough to break down.
It was a nice way to reassure myself that I was not in some shitty social circle that no one else on Earth would enjoy.
We had some additional time to kill before our dinner reservation and we used it mostly to get changed into our NYE attire.
Sure, I may have only been half-way there, but it encouraging to know that I was actually on pace to finish the thing.
Plus, it was New Year’s Eve, a day that’s just one big party. In addition to great timing, I also had the perfect date for that night: my friend from high school and beyond, Katie.
Additionally, my friend Jack was staying at our place for the evening, which was a friend from yet another walk of life.
I loved having different groups of friends hang out.
Most importantly, we had become better friends as time went on.
Katie went to school for theatre and I began dabbling in acting while in college, so we related to each other on that level.
Bidding farewell to Jonno, we made promises to keep in touch and visit each other, knowing that we’d probably both get lazy and not follow through. Once we were above ground in Queens, I tried to orient Katie to where we were in the grand scheme of New York City, but it probably didn’t mean much to an outsider.
Back at my place, she met my roommate Pat for the first time.
However, we had crossed just about every other path since becoming friends in middle school.