Fly Away

I was able to spend a really chill Friday night by myself at an advanced vinyasa class followed immediately by a restorative class. After being at my stupid for over two hours, I took myself home, made dinner, and watched American Sniper (which was really good, but I wonder how much was Hollywoodified, and it just proves my point that you should not be allowed to own a gun, especially when you come back from war and are likely traumatized – and rightly so).

On Saturday, I took the Metro North up to Bridgeport to meet my parents and drive to Keene, NH to see my brother (who’s in college there). It’s a pretty town and it’s where the movie Jumanji was filmed. The college is pretty, but 4 hours there was enough for me and we headed back to the ferry and me to the city. While I was there I had a pumpkin latte, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin beer. It’s fall, y’all!

During the last 10 miles or so to the train station, there was a a load of traffic, so when we saw the sign for the station before it, we pulled over and headed up to it and I made the train. Phew. Justin met me at Grand Central at 10pm and we had drinks at the Campbell Apartment (love that place, but it’s so expensive) before we cabbed it back to my place.

Sunday was brunch at L’Express with my best childhood friend and her husband, which was awesome, and then we headed to 23rd and the FDR for an Oktoberfest celebration, hosted by Zum Schneider’s (the photo above is us with Sylvester Schneider, the owner). It was super fun and over the course of 2.5 hours I nursed one stein, which was more than enough for me. We grabbed some pizza after and cabbed it home.

It was literally the quickest weekend ever. This weekend I am doing my best not to do anything at all. 

Cops Arrest Dozens of Bros After Pumpkin Festival Devolves into Mayhem

I would like to hashtag this non-riot as #whitepeoplerioting. My brother goes to Keene and wasn’t involved in this at all (as who gives a fuck about protesting a pumpkin festival?), but if I’d been there, I would totally have been taking photos from the sidelines. But that’s me

But can we all just admit that this wasn’t really a riot? This is a party that got out of hand. In a tiny town, as the article states, where partying is a large activity on campus. When you add 10,000 other people and college students into the mix? I’m not sure what they expected to happen. 

Also: There were maybe 40 cops there, with paint balls as ammunition, not bullets. If Keene wasn’t blindingly white, somebody would’ve been shot (probably many somebodies) and things would’ve been a lot worse. They would’ve had actual bullets in their guns for starters. 

But they weren’t. I watched many videos of the “action” online today and it was just drunk bros in the street, knocking over the occasional street sign, and yelling. Oh, and some really douchey douches flipped over a car or two (and that sucks, yes, but sports fans have done the same thing in the past). And they lit some trash on fire. They didn’t light a house or a person on fire. 

I believe that this is just an example of what happens when you don’t teach your 18-year-old off-to-college offspring how to drink socially and not to excess. This is what happens when you demonize alcohol and then send your kid to a school that’s pretty into partying (that’s probably all schools, though) where there’s not a whole lot to do.

You end up with a White People “Riot” over pumpkins. 

Cops Arrest Dozens of Bros After Pumpkin Festival Devolves into Mayhem