Doesn't that just oooze hipness and cool-ocity? (I'm totally making that a word.)
But it's not just any restaurant.
Ooooh nooooo. It's got something else. YOO HOO! Steena! Are you out there? Are you listening? I think you need to put this on your bucket list because Max Brenner not only has incredible food, it also has it's own CHOCOLATE STORE!
(These aren't my pics because it was raining so I didn't stand in the rain to take a picture and because you should have assumed any uber cool hipster kinda lunching spot would have tons of people milling about, thus making a shot like this impossible)
Okay, so we took our seats. This would be the approximate view from our table (again, not mine...I didn't wanna whip the camera out after the first 30 seconds--I was trying to be dignified, remember?)
So there we were...in the company of the Legendary Janet Reid & Suzie Townsend...AND a surprise bonus: Janet's Godsend, Meredith Barnes, joined us, too. (I TOLD you I was lucky!)
I know some of you are probably hoping I'll type up the complete transcript of our conversation. But I can't....partly because my memory isn't that great and partly because I'm not sure it's completely legal to post entire conversations without the "express written consent" of all parties involved....and I really don't wanna do anything to aggravate Those-I-May-Someday-Query.
I will say I was awed. By their brilliance, by their generosity, and their obvious camaraderie. Fine Print must be THE place to be. They work their tails off, sure. But they obviously love what they do, and have a good deal of fun doing it. I wanted to follow them back to the office and be put to work--so I could be part of the Cool Kids Club, too.
(Psssst, Suzie, if you're reading this I can do the dishes and Starbucks runs! I can also find
bait queriers uh LUNCH for the shark. Years of experience, and I work realllllllllly cheap!)
We talked about books (of course), and New York, and how much cold weather sucks. I had a fantastic time! Best lunch ever! (That's still dignified and within professional boundaries isn't it? Not too fan girly?)
Plus I uncovered a secret! I'll share it with you, but you gotta promise not to tell anyone else. Janet Reid is a shape shifter.
Seriously. I thought maybe she had mob connections or something and that's how she's managed to keep her picture off the internet for so long. I'm telling you I had her cornered, but when I looked at the picture, she had transformed herself into a package of mints with a picture of a shark on the front. The only thing she left behind was her glasses. (well, and the tin of mints).
I was tempted to eat one, but what if she shifted back and was like missing an ear or toe or something? I couldn't live with the guilt. Could you?
(Suzie on the left, me in the center, and Meredith on the right.)
Let me go one the record and say that I know I'm holding the mints there, but that does NOT mean I was groping The Shark before she shifted. She's got POWERS, I tell you. No way I'm gonna mess with her. I like my appendages where they are, thank you very much.
So, bottom line, it was a great lunch but we're not BFFs (though we totally could be! Need an ARC Guard?? Let me know...), and there were no blanket offers of representation based on my sparkling personality. I have to write the damn book just like the rest of ya!
Tomorrow, I'll share a few other fun NYC tidbits. And Friday I have the MOTHER of all Crackpot Confessions! Taking that bathroom humor you love so much to an entirely new level based on part of an overheard conversation.