About five years ago this weekend, my best friend Kelsie came into town. She had just recently moved with her fiance to Southern Jersey. Kelsie and I were inseperable when she lived in NYC. Going out was the norm, hanging out was our pastime. For Gay Pride weekends, we barely slept. So, on her first Pride weekend living in Jersey, she decided to come back to NYC for some good ol'-fashion' dancin'.
We were going to the Roxy at 11:00pm to beat the madness of getting in. Her words to me were, "I am only staying until 2. Give me the keys and just buzz when you get home. Cause I know you. You'll stay forever." So, I hand her the keys. I can't remember who was doing the warm up spinning but he was amazing. We were having so much fun until he kicked in the words "Weeeee Belong....." Our jaws dropped. We stopped for about 5 seconds. Stared into each others eyes. Then let out this enormous scream. I think I may have dropped to the floor because I needed a moment. I remember not wanting it to end. I remember singing all the words with Kelsie. I remember dancing on air. I remember a bunch of boys surrounding us and singing along. I remember the hugs we got from so many perfect strangers when it was done. I remember feeling that the song was just perfectly long enough for me to enjoy but not get sick of. I remember the pride, joy, and happiness that I felt sharing an amazing moment with my best friend.
I also remember pulling her off the dance floor at 5:00am. Later.