Last night I finally met our RuPoet, Ricky Marson at the opening party for Boxers in Chelsea. This afternoon we compared notes over Google Chat:
ROD: Oh, so, hi RICKY!
RICKY: well, hello
ROD: So we went to Boxers last night.
RICKY: I enjoyed the free drinks, though getting to the bar was more of a sport than anything on the TV screens.
ROD: True that. And it was nice to get to go to the corner of Pennsylvania and Avenue K. As in, like, I felt like I was in Washington DC.
ROD: Or Baltimore
RICKY: It always surprises me how many gay men there are in this city that I don't know.
ROD: And how many straight women they bring along for some free drinks and pizza.
RICKY: Yes, a lot of straight women.
RICKY: I don't think it exemplified what a typical night is going to be like there.
ROD: No, I think a typical night there will be, sadly ... quiet.
ROD: Let’s talk specifics
RICKY: you tried the pizza?
ROD: I did!
ROD: You didn't? It was easier to get than drinks.
RICKY: I don't mix eating with drinking.
ROD: Skinny homo. The mozzarella was very fresh, but the sauce was watery and the crust flavorless.
ROD: But it was free for the night too, so the mass-production element may have harmed it.
RICKY: The bartenders were cute, but I think the stress of having to serve so many people made them a little...
RICKY: Plus, having to suck it in to wear those Under Armor shirts...
ROD: Their 'uniforms'. Thoughts?
RICKY: I think the people that go to that super hero party at stonewall will love them
RICKY: I don't mind the super-tight shirts, but if you start to get a gut it is OVER
RICKY: and somehow, the way they tuck into the shorts reminded me of pajamas
RICKY: they should just take the shirts off completely
ROD: Did they make a decent drink at least?
RICKY: yes, the drinks were good. they didn't skimp on the spirits.
RICKY: I was going to get a Skinny Girl Margarita (TM) but I settled for a vodka soda
ROD: That's good for an opening night. I just had a scotch, which is hard to fuck up. Later that night I was at Dutch Kills, which was amazing.
RICKY: Except when you dropped it on the floor.
ROD: A straight woman knocked it out of my hand!
RICKY: It was hard to see any decor
RICKY: but the walls were kind of drab
RICKY: they need to paint some giant sports murals on them
ROD: I'm into that kind of thing, layouts ... traffic flows, ... all that.
RICKY: make it look like the abercrombie store
ROD: on fifth?
ROD: The ceilings are too high.
RICKY: that space is huge!
ROD: I know that's a weird complaint, but it's an acoustics killer.
ROD: It is huge. Like Chuck E. Cheese huge.
RICKY: i was reading on the site
RICKY: and they were saying the layout is supposed to facilitate watching sports with the sound turned up
RICKY: and they will have different games on different TVs
RICKY: i don't go to sports bars, gay or straight, but if that is their concept and they are able to pull it off
RICKY: then i think it could work
ROD: web research of bar venue ... how modern!
RICKY: there were a LOT of TVs
ROD: won't it be confusing if all the tv's are on different channels?and i think the tv's seemed smallish in the huge space ...
RICKY: like hotdogs in hallways
ROD: is that a sexual reference?
RICKY: your call, ref.
RICKY: i guess people like to watch several games at once?
RICKY: i don't, but my roommate and her bf are really, really into sports
ROD: there were enough straight gals there already, knocking my drinks outta my hands!
ROD: tough broads. one looked like Angela Merkel.
ROD: do you know anything about sports?
ROD: You should play basketball. You're tall. Taller than I thought.
ROD: Facebook should have height and weight stats.
RICKY: i was going to sign up for gay dodgeball one year, but when my friend and i got to the open play day, it had been cancelled
RICKY: so i took it as a sign from god
RICKY: i would play volleyball but i hear they are very serious about it. i went to a gay football game once and it scared the shit out of me
RICKY: everyone was getting injured
RICKY: there were straight guys on their teams being really aggro
ROD: okay. ... no sports for RICKY ... I'll keep my basketball and footballs at home.
RICKY: that bathroom was fancy
ROD: (I didn't use it.) Tell.
RICKY: like a nightclub
ROD: Attendants and towels?
RICKY: they didn't have an attendant, but it looked like the kind of bathroom where one would be
RICKY: they had these unusual urinals
ROD: try saying that three times fast ...
RICKY: when i went into the bathroom, there was a woman in there!
RICKY: i guess the guys were bringing their gal pals everywhere
ROD: did she try to look at your wang?
RICKY: i don't think she was interested
ROD: don't take it personally, i'm sure your wang is interesting.
ROD: important: did the stalls afford privacy?
RICKY: it was a spacious, clean, modern design
RICKY: almost too fancy for a sports bar
RICKY: there were plenty of urinals, they were spaced widely apart
RICKY: and four stalls
ROD: !!!!!!important: did the stalls afford privacy?
RICKY: that back stall is pretty secluded
ROD: let's just call ducks ducks: can a dude get a blowjob in the stalls?
ROD: alrighty then
RICKY: ... not that i advocate that type of behavior
RICKY: i am an angel
ROD: THE FIRE ESCAPES
RICKY: yes, the fire escapes in back were really cool
RICKY: i was hoping to get more of a glimpse of the back of limelight/avalon, but alas
ROD: the fire escapes were my favorite part of the evening.
RICKY: there were so many
RICKY: it was out of an escher drawing
ROD: The twisy-turny one was my fave, for sure. VERY ESCHER.
ROD: Would you go there again? I think if I had a big enough group to own the space, it would be pretty good, but it's a little out of the way.
RICKY: i would go again to play pool
RICKY: the location is a little hidden
RICKY: they do seem to have some good deals
RICKY: and "the longest happy hour in chelsea"
ROD: what does that even mean???
RICKY: 2-4-1 from 4:30 to 9:00
RICKY: this is all from the website
ROD: ha ... extra half hour!
RICKY: i think this place will be a hit with the sporty gays
ROD: BECAUSE GAYS LOVE SPORTS.
RICKY: apparently that is "the new gay"
RICKY: maybe i will join a sports team
RICKY: just to meet hotties
ROD: BOXERS HAS CHANGED YOU
ROD: last words?
RICKY: in the words of jerri blank: "pizza! pizza! pizza! all this cheese, i'm going to be trumpeting all night."