No, seriously. I have a standing invite to go up to New York with a few friends and acquaintances. I have just over an hour to decide, and I find I couldn’t be more ambivalent about the whole thing.
One the one hand, hey, weekend in New York. Road trip, friends, big city, all that jazz.
On the other hand, I don’t know some of these people too well (eight people total, three unknowns), and the ones I do know will make for a weird group dynamic – not hostile, just diverse enough that I don’t know what the hell we’d do. I don’t go in for the standard tourist stuff, they don’t go in for beers at night, others have varying interests, you get the picture.
On the third hand, I can go off on my own if I feel like it, which I’ll almost certainly do at night anyway), and I haven’t been in New York since, well, adulthood, so I’m sure I can find some new and interesting things and people.
On the fourth hand, my alternative weekend plan, sitting around on my ass watching reruns of Boston Legal, is certainly cheaper. It also doesn’t involve driving through New Jersey.
So, as I’d advise anyone to do when facing a difficult decision, I decided to consult random strangers on the internet. If you were me, would you go to New York, or sit this one out?
(Also, if any New York-area Dopers voting “yea” were inclined to show me their favorite spot for late-night drinks on Friday or Saturday, that’d certainly influence my decision as well. :D)