Sunday, October 21, 2007

Albany Bar Crawl

What came first, the Duck or the Egg?

I have a guy doing work in my backyard right now, as I type this.

A friend of mine said, "Aren't you going to help him?"

I said, "No. I'm going to sit in my living room and type some meaningless shit into my blog while he works. I'm paying him, which means, he works and I don't."

"Oh," he said, "You see I'm a bleeding-heart liberal. I would be out there helping him, and I'd still pay him."

"Well, I'm not a bleeding-heart liberal," in case you haven't figured that out.

You work, you get paid.

And isn't that part of the friction between downstate and upstate? Downstaters - Poughkeepsie down, NYC, and Long Island - feel that they subsidize the upstate economy? Downstaters feel that they're doing the work, paying the tax dollars, which go directly into the subsidized upstate incomes and economy.

And downstaters feel it's not appreciated by upstaters.

Meanwhile, upstaters don't like "newbie" downstaters, or that downstaters are taking natural resources. Or the yuppie pretentiousness. Or whatever. Frankly, I really don't know....

But, there's friction.

Hudson is the town between these two worlds.

Poughkeepsie, the last stop on Metro North, is commutable to Manhattan. Residents from Poughkeepsie (and south) can work in Manhattan, and find tons of good-paying jobs.

Hudson, is not commutable to Manhattan on a daily basis. Amtrak is too unreliable and expensive. Hudson is fine for a weekend getaway.

The socio-economic differences between upstate and downstate were going through my mind as I'm on the dance floor surrounded by young college boys at Waterworks, in Albany last night.

Which is probably why I didn't meet anyone.

Even I thought I was 'Debbie Downer'.

And looking at the cute, collegiate crowd, I definitely thought about "subsidizing" some upstate incomes.

Waterworks was fun. Actually, it was a lot of fun. It was a young, cute, diverse crowd. A one point, there was a conga line of a dozen young lesbians, bumping and grinding, to the beat of "Lick my neck, lick my back, lick my PUSSY and my CRACK." Perfect.

"The Bar Formally Known as Stray" was not open yet in Hudson, so we went to Albany.

('AWL-bany', as us, LAWng Islanders pronounce it.)

This is only my second time to the gay bars in Albany, and already I bump into people I know.

My new Albany friends are VERY nice. They are sweet, attractive, generous, funny, smart.....and I say that because I know they read this blog.


(No, they're really good guys. And, the 'El Camino in Rope Alley' comments - their idea - love them....and it's based on reality.)

The economic differences between upstate and downstate, well, they just ARE. I mean, I'm not about to change them; me and my little blog. As if I can change the New York State economy with sarcastic witticisms and photos of dead actresses! If only it were that easy!

On the drive back home at 3 am, I thought about getting a hotel room in Albany next time I go out.

And, as for those young college boys......well, maybe next time, I'll bring some more cash....


aaron said...

Ms. Trixie welcome to Smalbany. you should come to events dressed at Ms. Trixie. it would be mucho fun.

aaron said...

i think miss trixe needs a myspace page. or gayhudson. i think it could totally work.

Anonymous said...

i'm thinking we need to do frat boy hazing porn tryouts in Albany...who's got a camera and/or cargo van?

Anonymous said...

"Hudson is the town between these two worlds."

You're right -- that IS the friction, the two colliding mentalities.

Upstate: "We've always been here, it's ours, we deserve it, we don't have to work hard for anything, who are these people driving home prices up and driving us out?"

Downstate: "No one works upstate. And upstate takes our tax dollars."

Politicians: forced into bed with each other (yeach!!!): upstate gets to approve everything downstate does, downstate has to send the taxes upstate.

Apparently New York is, like, the second worst-managed state in the union, after Arkansas or West Virginia or someplace else no one has ever been.

Anonymous said...

Spitzer seems to have the drive to try to reform New York State's massive problems (there are good reasons industry left the state, and businesses doesn't return except to the favorable climate of NYC); but the historical entrenchment of the upstate political scene and its reassuring polticial climate to long-time residents makes any sort of progressive change and entry into the 20th centruty (let alone the 21st!) pretty scary.