I knocked something off my list, and made progress toward a couple of other list items last night. I successfully planned a group night out to the theatre, I saw another off-Broadway play, and I successfully executed a "special surprise" for David.
When I first moved to New York, I'd often coordinate a night out with friends that would involve going to see a play or musical. For some reason, this seems to have become less than easy to plan in recent years. Or maybe I'm just imagining that that. Who knows?
In any event, I knew that Buyer and Cellar was slated to close in a few weeks, and even though I'd already seen it earlier in the run, I know that most of my friends hadn't yet been. And David hadn't been. So, when I saw that there was a discount ticket code for it, I sent out an e-mail to a group of friends, asking if they'd be interested to use the code, buy a ticket, and meet us at the theatre.
Then, just a few days before the event, I got an e-mail from my friend Stefanie, from High School. She was going to be in New York, and did I have plans? I did! But did she want to join us? She did!
The whole evening was planned as a surprise for David. Years ago, David remarked to me that he was notoriously difficult to surprise. He said that he usually figured it out when someone was trying to surprise him, that he either stumbled upon a clue, or someone gave it away, and just generally, surprises didn't work on him.
So, I took that as a challenge. Since he said that, I've surprised him a number of times--including an epic Amazing-Race-style birthday party for his 40th. This time, he suspected that we might be going to a play, but he didn't realize that a lot of our friends were coming along, he certainly had no idea that Stefanie would be there, and his best guess as to what we'd be seeing was exactly wrong.
So, this definitely counts toward a "special surprise" item, as well.
The evening was really, really lovely. The play is hilarious. Everyone seemed to have a good time. And afterward, we went to a nearby restaurant for drinks and Mexican food. All-in-all, I'd call it a smashing success.