Monday, January 14, 2013

The Watering Hole

         For the past few years, one of my favorite places to go in New York City has been a bar called the Watering Hole on 19th street between Park and Irving. It is basically a hole in the wall (fitting ha ha), and on Friday and Saturday nights, it turns into a karaoke bar and it is so much fun. It is a small bar, and the karaoke takes place in the back but it is definitely loud enough for the entire bar to hear. It is not a bar that has private karaoke rooms, but it is also not a bar where you have to be remotely embarrassed if you can't sing well either. A friend of mine has even seen the lead singer of Rascal Flatts casually laying low and singing karaoke with his friends there. He did modestly admit who he was when asked in case you were wondering. I was first introduced to the bar at a friend's birthday a few years ago. Since then, I have brought my friends from med school, my friend's friends from med school, my brother's and their friends there and everyone loves it.
        I was finally able to see a few of my close friends from med school for karaoke Saturday night. It was so nice to spend time with them because I have not seen most of them since my wedding in September. Even though we are in the same class, we hardly ever see each other because we are all on different rotations at different hospitals, and we have also all been traveling constantly for residency interviews.
      If anyone in the world should have been blessed with a good singing voice, it should have been me. I love to sing and sing and sing. I don't even mind long car rides because I can easily amuse myself for hours singing in the car. Unfortunately, I was not blessed in the way I should have been. I can carry a tune, but that's as far as my talent goes. My med school BFF, Jill, however, was given a great gift in the singing department and truly has a fabulous voice. I have begged her every year to try out for American Idol, to no avail. She wants to be a doctor. She will certainly be the most talented surgeon on the planet. I always sign her up for my favorite songs at karaoke, and we also have a few duets together. Saturday night we sang "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." I was Elton John, and she was Kiki Dee because she is able to hit the high notes. It was a blast. Anyway, the moral of the story is, if you love to sing and want to go to an awesome bar.......visit the Watering Hole.

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