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The Strangest Birthday Ever? My 25th Birthday Party at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, November 9, 1989

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Images of pre-Disney Times Square make me very nostalgic

Oh boy.  It seems like a million years ago and yesterday at the same time.  It was (my dreaded) 25th birthday and I decided to have a party at the old Howard Johnson Motor Lodge on 8th Avenue.  For the invitation, Elisa and I decided to do a photo session in the middle of Times Square in front of the flagship Howard Johnsons (now, sadly, gone—like every other authentic thing in Times Square).  I decided to do a seventies thing in the photos, which included my Angela Davis fro, braided white platform shoes with stacked heels (I still have  them).

I was depressed about turning 25, which makes me laugh from this vantage point

During the photo session, I met these two ladies and we had a very nice, long conversation.  This is, in my opinion, one of the top five pictures Elisa ever took of me.

The party itself was a big hit!  I hired a manicurist (which is a value added element to any party) as well as the luminous Ada Love, who billed herself as “The Fairy Godmother of New York.”  I had seen her at a vaudeville review. Her act was simple: she would sing a little and bless people with her wand.  People seemed more appreciative of the blessing than the song.

Steve and Elisa, who was in one of her "grown out bangs" periods that come along every 15 to 20 years.
Brother Robbie was there!
Ada Love's "Glass of Absinthe" moment....

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