Hey! I haven’t updated in so so long. So much to catch up on. It is a particularly slow rainy night at grape and grain and I remembered that I have a blog!
New York is still treating me pretty well, still working at Grape and Grain, still taking classes and advancing with Upright Citizens Brigade, still living in Bushwick. But a lot has changed too. Maggie and Brian Muldoon went to Africa for most the summer and they are definitely the two people I hung out with the most in New York and the closest thing I have to family out here. So to have them gone was a little bit like New York without training wheels for me. I was nervous and excited.
In late June I went to Hawaii with the family. It was a freaking blast, we rented a house in Hawaii Kai in Oahu, hung out on the beach every day, surfed, built sand castles, and drank mai tais for 8 days.
My sunburned ass returned to New York City to start my Muldoonless summer adventures. The next day was our room mate Mitch’s birthday party at our house, we came late cause I got off work pretty late and figured the party would be over, but alas it wasn’t, and I knew everyone there except the cutest guy. Score. (about two days before this me and Jenny got drunk in downtown Waikiki and had the whole “oh my god why don’t we have boyfriends, we’re awesome.” talk. And then made our mom drive us to jack in the box) I made my moves on this boy who was just oblivious until I finally kissed him at about 6:30 in the morning, and well, we’re still together. We have basically hung out everyday since then and it’s been like 3 months. I know, right?! Me! His name is Kristopher (Kristopher Robin, no joke) and he is a nice 25 yr old from north Carolina who is pretty new to this city as well and works in fashion. So if you have been following along, I don’t usually do this. And this is now the longest real relationship I have ever had. S I am in new territory people
And then there was a freaking pilgrimage of my friends to New York. Zoe Garcia, Joshua James, Colleen Lacy, John Michals, AND John Farnsworth. I have so many people here now. And the latter three all crashed on my couch for awhile. Zoe is killing it (got an agent) and living in Astoria, josh is studying at circle in the square and living west village, Colleen is in grad school for stage managing at Columbia and living in Washington heights, michals got a job a restaurant and found a place a little deeper in Bushwick, and Farns got a job at Brooklyn Bowl and is practically my neighbor now! I’m so proud of everyone for doing this and it feels so right to have so many of us all here.
I can’t help but remember my first day in Manhattan almost a year and half ago and the anxiety and the excitement of the fact that I didn’t know ANYONE here. I knew Maggie in Brooklyn and that was about it. Now I walk down the normal streets I walk everyday and wave at the people I always wave at, say hi to friends, go to my normal bars, avoid the places with exes or bad memories, and I finally feel really apart of this. It is an odd sensation to have this many friends here but it is so good.
Improv has been going pretty great. I got accepted into the advanced study program at UCB last spring and have taken 4 advanced classes now, which keeps me regularly performing and hopefully getting better. My team super future won an indie cage match back in May, we have since taken a break. I do twoprov with Alex Buckley under the name 2 dollar tecate. And I have a gay dude team that rehearses every week and is about ready to get into performing regularly. Honestly, I have made so so so much progress in just under a year and a half and to expect anything more of right now would be unjustified and greedy. My time will come when it comes and I am ready for it.
I also had a really expensive summer with Hawaii, new glasses, iPad, California, new boyfriend, expensive dates, rent, and for some reason needing to be the guy who buys rounds of drinks for people. So I am not as financially ballin as I was. But I’m getting back there.
I really feel like we are entering my serious phase 2 of Devin Ritchie in New York, got a boyfran, got a ton for friends here now, got a job I like and I am established at, and I have some real new York improv training under my belt. Oh and I’m 25!! Like a real adult. Shit, ya know?
My mom and brother came out to new York wi my aunt and our friend Alan and then a bunch of us went to Atlantic City for my birthday. Which was amazing. New favorite weekend getaway.
I just want to let everyone know everything is great. Sorry I never update, but I am super busy.