Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Guest Blogger: Dust Bunny Howard


I had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with long-time Dust Bunny Howard - who lived in NYC during the 80's and early 90's, and now resides in Delaware. He is the second Delaware Dust Bunny I've met (Mark was the first) - in fact, the ONLY Dust Bunnies I've met in person have been from Delaware. When are you other Bunnies coming to see me???

Anywhoo, since I am a total bossy bitch, I made Howard document the details of his trip...

My Weekend in NYC - By Dust Bunny Howard


After months of trying to plan a trip to NYC to attend a Broadway show and stalk handsome men. So it all started with me driving through a snow storm to my sister’s in New Jersey, and taking the train into the city to catch the Friday night show of ‘Grease,’ now staring Ace Young as Kenickie. Let me just say that seeing him in tight jeans and a wifebeater posing on top of the spinning car is worth the price of admission. So much so I made it to the matinee show on Saturday, too.



After the shows, I also got to speak with Ace outside the stage door. I have stalked him enough he even recognizes me [I have yet to receive a court order, so all must be good] He is an incredibly kind and generous guy, and utterly gorgeous. Despite the cold and at times snowy weather, he made sure to see all the fans who were waiting, and make a special effort for those I was with.


While that might be enough for one weekend, I had more plans. I had emailed David Dust and said I would be in town, can we meet up? So indeed we did. Something David and I discovered before was that we both worked in the same building, albeit in different decades. I worked at an off-Broadway theater in the early 80s, struggling to get by on meager wages. In passing, David told me that very same building is where he manages a restaurant, as the theater had closed in the 90s.

So I made my way downtown, fresh from stalking Ace, and when I got out of the subway, I looked over and there it was. Many memories flew into my head, many of them good. I glanced around, not having been back to this area in a long time. I crossed the street and walked in. So very different inside, but hints of what used to be. What used to be dressing rooms are now offices for the owners. The stage manager’s booth is now the home of a DJ. The stage area is now a bar – although I will admit to having had several adult beverages in that particular area, but that might be better left to other stories.

But it was also my first chance to meet David, our illustrious blogger. He greeted me with a hug and a kiss, and we sat down and started chatting. Funny, it was as if we were longtime friends, giggling and telling stories. He had me laughing from start to finish of the evening. We talked about the space, our lives, and the bars/clubs we had known. I asked about Marie’s Crisis, an old piano bar in the Village I had been known to frequent. Back in the mid 80s, all the Broadway chorus girls and boys would come down to Marie’s after their shows, and the piano would start with the show tunes, and it was the best sounding piano bar ever! There was Rochelle, a waitress, who would break out her schtick, riding solo on Peter Pan’s ‘I’m Flying’, hanging off the bar. And the bartender, known as Fluffy, who would be generous with the drinks for those he liked.

Well, David and I finished a great meal, and made our way to Marie’s. There was no Rochelle, nor was Fluffy there, but David was there to make me laugh more, and we had far too much to drink as the place filled up and the crowd sang along. However, soon it was time to return to New Jersey – talk about feeling like Cinderella at the stroke of midnight, so we headed uptown, dropping me off at Penn Station. I managed my way to the train, and eventually to a cab to get me to my sister’s house. Eventually, I woke up and made my way back to Delaware, with plenty of new memories of NYC. Careful, Mr Dust, I will return. Ask Ace, I’ve been stalking him for 3 years now!

I certainly hope to see Howard again soon. We had a GREAT TIME - and I'm so glad Howard got me off my ass, out of my apartment, and into a bar - where I belong. Next time he needs to get Ace to come drinking with us...

Thanks Howard for being a fabulous drinking partner, and for being a fantastic guest-blogger! Check out Howard's MySpace page HERE - where he does a little blogging of his own.

XOXOXO


10 comments:

Beth said...

how much fun was THAT???!!!!! Day-um!!! I wanna come too!!! seriously.

and Ace IS a cutie!!!

Berry Blog said...

This was a treat David.I have a friend who wants to guest blog about his ice fishing ( surprisingly interesting because he has invented so many gadgets, it's really not fishing at all).He sits in his collapsible shack he invented, and lights go off, sounds go off, trip cameras go off- all rather hilarious not to mention his Newfoundland Lab riding on his snowmodible with his paws on Rick's shoulders.
xoxxocharlie

Jennie said...

I am SO jealous! That sounds like such a fun time. If I can ever escape my GD kitchen, I am coming to NYC! I neeeeed adult beverages!

Howard said...

It was incredibly fun, and I can't wait to go for it once more. I had a wonderful time, and am already thinking if I come back to town before Grease closes, I am dragging David's ass to see it. And I am sure we can find a bar in midtown for a couple of after-show drinks.

Anonymous said...

I loved the "Guest Blogger" and hearing the story for the second time - it was just as amusing. I can tell you that it was a great weekend for the "GB" because he was smiling all the time while telling the fam of his adventures - plus I was jealous he got to meet the Dust Master himself! I think I need to hitch a ride the next time he does a NY run!

Joy said...

Great post, Howard! Loved hearing about your trip and visit with the David. It sounds as if you had a wonderful time.

Yes, Dustmeister, we'll get to NYC and see you! It will happen. xoxoxox

mistress maddie said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful time you two.And you stayed out of trouble.

Howard- Thank-you for on turning me on to Ace. Like I don't already have enough crushes! Now you have to come to Philly!

Howard said...

Maddie, that sounds like a plan to me. But I have been a bad boy and been to Philly a couple of times to see various singers - at the Tin Angel and the World Cafe. Next time I will need to plan better and meet up with you and the boy wonder.

And Ace is rather irresistible. Good looking, so very nice, and talented, too!

Renee said...

Bleh forget that Ace character. I think Howard is the cutie. ;-)

Mark in DE said...

I'm so glad you met Howard! Isn't he a sweetheart? I'm sure you two had a ball.

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