January 31, 2005
How about those Iraqi elections? I watched a little bit of the coverage yesterday and it was compelling. Long, snaking lines of people voted in the face of violence.
They looked pretty happy about it too.
Maybe President Bush wasn't completely off base?
January 30, 2005
Last Sunday Jon and I were frolicking in Central Park playing in the newly fallen snow, checking out the new Time Warner Center (see right) and taking pictures for our memory files. This Sunday is completely different. Now that the snow is completely yucky and gross the last place I want to be is outside. Besides, I pinched my lower back this morning using the leg press and I don't want to leave the house for fear of throwing out my back. Working out at 37 is much different from working out at 23. When I was younger, I could do anything without worrying about hurting myself. Now, I have to be a little bit more careful. It doesn't make me sad or anything. It's just one of those realities of getting older that is better to except than to fight. One must know and respect his/her limitations. Even with the tightness in my back, this morning's workout was the best one so far. I feel very relaxed at ease right now. I really like how I feel. Sometimes when I workout, I feel aggressive and angry. Does that happen to anyone else?
January 28, 2005
So far, I'm having a good time - two days may be too soon to tell. Two mornings in a row, Jon came with me in a show of support. You know that's love because we woke up at 6:30 both of those mornings. Both mornings, I used the treadmill for 20 minutes and then I used the machines. First morning, I focused on legs. Second morning, I focused on upper body. This morning, I felt the burn and took the morning off.
I'll be going in later to try one of those stationery gliding stairmastery type machines. Jon used it today and said it was AWESOME. Then I'll be going to dinner with some friends to put those calories back on.
As long as the habit is there and I do a little working out every day, I'm good.
January 27, 2005
Here is what all that snow looks like in New York City, two days after the fact. It looks like this 4 days after the fact as well and will continue to look like this until the next warm rainy day. It's been wickedly cold, typical of this time of year for this part of the world.
I looked to the Presidential Inauguration as inspiration for the General Knowlege round. I also looked to my kitchen wall where Curious George looks playfully down on our table. Every question had to do with George. There was a question about Phyllis George, where I asked in which state she was the first lady. There was a question about when King George II stood up during a performance of George Freidrich Handel's Messiah. There was question where you had to finish a lyric for the song Georgia by Ray Charles. You get the idea.
I introduced Jon with a poor impersonation of Ed McMahon introducing Johnny on the Tonight Show. Jon focused his Current Events round on one current event by making the round a tribute to the recently deceased Johnny Carson.
We asked for the TOP TEN Oscar nominated films as announced that morning.
All the acts/bands had 4 letters in their names. We asked for the name of the band/act and the title of the song sung. 1 point was awarded for the band name, 1/2 for song title.
Jon put together a beautiful round. He went up to the Bronx and shot busts of famous Americans at the original Hall of Fame, then he wrote clues under each picture. The task was to the name the famous American. People did pretty well on that round. We were pleased.
The winning team had 45 points or so, 10 points ahead of second. For those of you have been coming for a while, ENEMIES OF ELOISE finally finished in the money, coming third.
January 26, 2005
January 25, 2005
It will be a fun day, fun day, all day long.
Jon and I are hosting trivia tonight, together at the Baggot Inn.
Be there or be there.
Second (or is it the third?) week on the job and still loving it.
Reportedly, my nephew is still cute.
Joined a gym this morning. Now that I've conquered my craving for cigarattes, I've got to start thinking about building up my cardio vascular system. Now that I can breath again, I can really start to get back into shape. It's about time too. The weight gain from my smoking cessation is hurting me. My back, my feet, my shoulders, my neck. . . you know. You've heard it all before and quite possibly have felt it. IT HURTS TO GAIN WEIGHT!!
January 24, 2005
After 30 years, rumors surrounding certain Tonight Show guests have grown to near mythic proportions. One of the most famous involves Mrs. Arnold Palmer, the legendary golfer?s wife and a question about what she does to bring her husband luck on the links. To this day fans of the show not only repeat her answer, (?I kiss his balls.?) but also Johnny?s quick-witted comeback (?I bet that makes his putter stand up.?) However, the truth is that the exchange never took place as Mrs. Palmer was never a guest on the show.
It will be fun day, fun day
All day long.
It's already been a fun day and it's only a quarter to eight. Woke up around 7 or so - the house was dry. I went to the kitchen to fill up our humidifier and stepped on broken glass. During our extremely deep slumber, a glass fell off the dish rack and shattered onto our kitchen floor. I was lucky. I responded quickly enough to NOT spear my foot and escaped with a mere flesh wound. It could have been so much worse. I could be writing this from the emergency room.
I already have my coffee. I'm hardboiling a couple of eggs. I cooked four pieces of veal bologna. This is my breakfast.
Have a nice day!!
January 23, 2005
I loved Johnny Carson's show and was sorry when Jay Leno took over the show because I can't stand Leno. I had serious crush on Carson in the 80's. He could no wrong. I thought he was sexy and something about his monologues made me feel at ease. I dreamt of him often - more as a father figure than a lover.
I remember when his line of clothing came out, feeling sorry that I could never be a man who could dress like him. He was a good dresser. He was a class act. Good timing, good jokes, good natured.
Here are the obligatory "look how much snow fell" shots.
Around1:30 the sidewalks were pretty much cleaner than the streets. We worked our way through the mush and slush. We took the subway to Central Park South. Here are some shots from Central Park.
After my toes started to go numb we went to the Time Warner Center where we ran into Uncle Sam. He was working the lobby on behalf of some benefit antique show. He wanted us to spend $15 per person just to look at antiques, so we went down to the Whole Food Markets instead.
There we finally used a gift certificate given to us by our friends for the holidays. What did we buy? Ostrich meat, lime shrimp and mesclun salad with goat cheese. Last night I prepared this delicious sauce and served it over Barilla farfalle. We'll be eating the left overs with the shrimp and salad. I'm saving the ostrich meat for another night. If we don't eat the leftovers now, they'll never get eaten and I hate throwing away food.
We waited 35 minutes for an N train to bring us back to Queens. Then at Queensboro Plaza there was another delay. They announced the delay was because of a scheduling situation but they were really waiting for the 7 train for the transfer. But we finally made it home.
January 22, 2005
I don't know why I thought everything would be business as usual at the supermarket. It never seizes to amaze me how people in New York City go into an utter panic at the mere suggestion of bad weather. It's not as if all commerce in and of New York is going to come to a stop. It will continue. Even with 12 inches of snow on a Sunday morning, New Yorkers will still be able to pick up their coffee and bagel with a shmear.
But noooooo. I walked into Keyfood and went to get a wagon. Here is what I saw. Not a single wagon was to be had. Every single one was in use and the lines were completely out of control. You would think we had just been invaded and all highways and byways were being patrolled by hostile forces. Don't worry, New Yorkers. Zabar's will still be open tomorrow. You'll be able to pick up your lox and white fish chubs and blueberry bagels.
Here are a couple of snowy street scenes:
What is The Meaning of Life?
The answer to that question can be found on pay-per-view for $1.95. I've got to go now. The background, incidental movie to my blogging has just become very interesing. I'm going to go enjoy Mr. Creosote.
Here is a picture of me after getting in out of the cold this morning. It was very cold this morning. Extremely cold. The weather is going to be snowy this weekend. Extremely snowy. Or so the weather men would have us believe. According to the forecasts we are going to receive 3" of snow per hour for two or three hours tomorrow afternoon. I doubt bery, bery much that we will receive that much snow. Well, back to the Simpsons. We just received season 3 the other day. Right now, we're watching Lisa's Pony with commentary. Commentary. I'm big on commentary. Love commentary. Commentary rocks. It's the absolute best.
January 20, 2005
The show is off to a good start. Product placement reared it's ugly head, as the teams battled to promote one of Burger King's 6 new burgers. This season, the teams are divided between those with and those without college diplomas. The kids without college won the first task which involved operating cash registers, flipping burgers and working together as a team.
I thought for sure that the eccentric, guitar-playing, ersatz hippy would be the first contestant fired based on his guitar-playing, antennae wearing antics but no. The project manager that couldn't control him was the lucky one. I have to admit that it was funny watching the spoiled rotten, hyper sensitive lawyer struggle to use a cash register. And there was something oddly validating about watching NET WORTH (book smart team) unite as one against the MBA's.
What was most impressive was watching how the producers of the show keep trying to finagle the format of the show to keep it or make it interesting.
I'm looking forward to watching more of it.
January 19, 2005
"A half-devil woman's search for her mortal mother turns a quiet beach town in New Jersey into a battleground of good vs. evil."
I give it four episodes before it's off the air.
Hopefully those candidates that were turned away by Simon's scowling criticism will realize what a gift it is he gave them. If you plan to pursue something as difficult as a POP SINGING career it's important to find out early on where your talents lie. If you can't sing, you can always do something else, but it takes years of training. The earlier you start learning those skills the better. And who knows, maybe you'll be able to make not only your dreams come true one day, but somebody else's.
January 18, 2005
Here are some more pictures from a New Yorker's daily landscape.
At the end of every day, I walk by this statue. . . .
I look up at this building
and then walk through Pershing Square to get to my train.
January 17, 2005
Sunday was baby's day in - 1 year old and loving life. Here is a picture of the baby playing. He was pretty much unaware that it was his first birthday or that everyone there was there for him. At one year old, I think he probably would have been happy alone with his parents. A little while after we got there, my nephew's 17 month old cousin from his mother's side showed up. They played nicely with each other for a few minutes and then went back to playing by themselves.
You'll have to believe me when I tell you that he is the cutest thing since the word cute was invented. He has a happy round apple dumpling face with the biggest blue eyes. We are not ready to reveal his image to the public yet . . . maybe when he's a little older.
Jon and I walked to the Steinway Street station to get to my brother's for the party. We passed one of those boxes that sit on street corners but you never know what they're for. When I was a kid, I would stand near them and listen because it sounded like there was an animal trapped inside, trying to claw it's way out, in need of being rescued. Of course, as an adult, I knew better but remained insanely curious about what was making that noise. Yesterday we passed one of those boxes and it was open. We stopped and looked inside. I finally know the answer. Inside those boxes are timer controls for traffic lights. That's why they are always on street corners and why they are always attached to the pole that suspends the traffic light in the intersection. Have a look for yourself. You can see the timing mechanism in the top left corner and the wiring on the bottom right.
Isn't that like so flippin' cool?!?!?!
It was nice to visit with the family. There were some people there I haven't seen in a while, like my cousin Sandra who is also one of my dearest friends. She was sweet enough to offer Jon and I a ride home, which we gladly accepted. Sandra came in for a while and had some tea, rounding out our day with a nice visit. I couldn't resist taking our picture at arm's length.
Actually, I took three but I like these two the best. She looks sweet and she is sweet. She is one of the nicest people I know and I am happy to have her in my life.
January 16, 2005
Toys R Us is the happiest place in the world. Candy Land is my favorite section. It is the most colorful, funnest place with the bestest decorations. Here Jon and I take turns posing with this enormous weird purple thing.
It took a lot of willpower not to purchase any candy at all. Look at this wonderful and happy lollipop display. It's almost irresistable.
I went shopping down in Chelsea for my nephew's gift and ultimately found some cute outfits at Children's Place and Old Navy. I wasn't ready to go home yet so I walked around taking pictures. I walked by a store that sells framed miniature jars and one that used a dogaquin in it's display.
I was home by 4pm. I took a lot of fun shots down at Union Square but my favorite is the one I shot right outside our apartment building. I took a chance and shot right into the sign. Amazingly, I did not go blind, although I did have trouble seeing past a big bright spot for 2 minutes or so.
January 15, 2005
I shouldn't have done that. Now I am pea green with envy. Why don't all those people visit my weblog? What about me? Doesn't anyone love me? What about my life? Does that mean everything I write about my life is invalid, that no one cares? Do I really have to take a position on something and then write about and defend it? I guess so.
The above is certainly an exaggeration but those thoughts do occur to me when I see how successful some people are with their blogs. But I also noticed that those people who risk writing about things they feel strongly seem to get the higher response.
This could be the beginning of something new here at Gen X Misanthrope. I might actually start talking about issues again.
I plan to get an age appropriate Leap Frog toy, hopefully one that he doesn't yet have. He'll be celebrating his 1st year of existence on the Big Blue Marble and we're helping him to bring it on in style tomorrow afternoon.
I also intend to take some touristy photos of those crap neon signs everyone seems to love so much.
What are you doing today?
January 14, 2005
January 13, 2005
January 12, 2005
I spent a fifth successful day at the place that will remain nameless and without description.
Today's outfit of triumph was a short pink Old Nave Skirt, a matching pink shirt, black stockings and my cool brown boots. I wore full facial makeup including base, blush, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, blush, lipstick and powder to set my face for the day.
I am so cool. Are you?
January 11, 2005
I can't believe how many people showed up. Caren estimated 60 but I think there were at least 500.
Funniest team name - Tuesdays with Morons
Meanest team name - Sumatra Surfing Party (or something like that)
Winningest team with 42.5 points - something about Jennifer finding out that life is the Pitts (get it?)
Second Place team with 45 points - Dibs on Jennifer Aniston
Honestly, there were 18 teams and every other one had a name relating to the break up of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. People are just fascinated by this couple.
My best joke was when Caren announced Hanson's Mmmmm Bop as one of the audio round answers, I said that Michael Jackson did a cover called Mmmmm Boys. It's fun when you tell a joke and people actually laugh at it. I tell a successful joke about as often as I win at Scrabble - about 1 in 10.
The coolest thing about trivia tonight was when we ended trivia and the bar completely cleared out. Of course, that wasn't cool for the musical act that followed but it was good for us.
January 10, 2005
Part of yesterday's plan involved eating brunch at NOHO Star - a very nice neighborhood eastside eating estasblishment north of Houston Street. We both ordered the Mexican style breakfast which we devoured as if we had just emerged from a 2 day fast in the desert but when it came to our dessert we savored every bite. Can you blame us? We ordered the butterscotch sundae. One scoop of maple ice cream, one scoop of vanilla plus hot butterscotch equal a dessert worthy of kings and queens. Perhaps, I am going on just a little bit too much but Saturday night's reading has mbe all inspired to be a writer and shit.
After lunch, I spontaneously decided to join Sarah at the movies. We saw White Noise. It was very bad but should be remembered for future episodes of Mystery Science Theater if MST's producer's every try to revive the show. I was pretty tuckered out after all that, mostly because I wokeup abnormally early. So when I got home, I took a nap. Jon snapped this shot while I was trying to transition from asleep to awake in the living room. I did want to rest up because later that night we intended to visit with our friend for his birthday which we did and we took him to my new favorite restaurant GOWASABI in Astoria which I believe I have written about at length. During dinner, we were treated to live jazz guitar, a regularly scheduled Sunday dinner happening at the restaurant. It was fun to eat a Korean dish in a Japanese restaurant while listening to American jazz. Isn't New York great?
And of course, what evening would be complete in our household without a game of Scrabble? Jon won this one. 436 points to my 228. Ouch.
January 08, 2005
Later in the day, I installed Tomb Raider:Angel of Darkness. I enjoyed the previous versions of the game and have been looking forward to playing Lara Croft's latest greatest for well over a year. Wouldn't you know I'm already having trouble getting out of the first scenario. I can't make the leap from the balcony to the wall across the gap. Computer games would be so much more fun if they were just a little easier.
This evening, we were invited to a reading at KGB bar. We went to see Stephanie Klein, specifically. I didn't know that there would be other readers. Boy was it packed. Standing room only. When I arrived the first reader had already started so I had to wait outside with the others who arrived late. Inside the bar, people were crammed together. I took a picture of the crowd as reflected in the enormous mirror hanging near where I hunkered down before fighting my way into the room but it came out pretty dark and unless I post it as an 8 X 10, you'll never be able to decipher what's going on.
After the first reader finished, the moderator announced a five minute break and I was able to find my friends and miraculously there was a seat for me
at their table. I'm glad I made my way into the room.
The next reader was wonderful. Her name was Maura Mulligan and she read from her memoirs about her childhood in Ireland.
I wrote down some examples of her wonderful writing.
". . .winding, curling, grey, clouds . . ." used to describe the scene at her grandmother's funeral of grownups smoking their pipes "sending grandma up to heaven in a cloud of smoke".
"when the moon was high over Kilpatrick" . . . used to describe the scene where her Aunt tried to get her uncles to move her grandmother's body from one cemetary to another.
She was really charming. I was pleasantly surprised because normally, I find readings pretty boring.
Afterwards, some of the group went over to the Jaffa Cafe on First and St. Mark's Place. Excellent food. Three of us ate the Shrimp Scampi Linguine. It was most excellent.
Caren writes that if a famous, goodlooking, rich Hollywood couple has problems making it work, then we should be a little easier on ourselves when things don't work out in a relationship.
I agree with this statement. It takes effort to make a relationship work. The most successful relationships emerge from respect, friendship and compatability. Maybe the friendship just wasn't there. Maybe Brad Pitt doesn't want to have children with Jennifer Aniston. If she's 35 years old then that is something, JA is most likely thinking about. If he doesn't want to have children, then they are right to split up while she has still has time to find someone who wants to raise children with her.
Of course, I could be completely wrong. It could be the other way around. Jennifer might be the one that is not ready to have children and Brad at 41, maybe the one who wants to settle down and start raising a family.
What I find completely amazing about all of this is how big a news story this is becoming. It certainly is easier to comprehend than the tsunami disaster but not worthy of front page news.
January 07, 2005
In his January 5th post, the Anonymous Blogger says that New York women have an unusual interest in independent films and have no interest in mainstream films. He sites the movie Sideways as an example of a movie NY women would want to see as opposed to a film like Elektra which he considers more mainstream and then acknowledges that this is an extreme example of what he means. You don't even have to link to it. Here is what he wrote!!
Why on earth would a man take a woman on a date to a movie like Dodgeball or Elektra? Why would a man expect a smart woman to not want to see a smart film? What kind of man would want to take a woman on a date to a movie that is meant for the male 18 - 35 demographic and then gets upset if she laughs at the idea of it?
Just tell me this: what is it with New York women and independent movies? It seems to be some sort of requirement that if you're a single New York woman, you just LOOOVE independent film. Can't get enough of the stuff. Mainstream movies are the Kryptonite of these women (with rare exception). The prospect of going to the movie Dodgeball, for example, is utterly repugnant to them.I don't like this sort of arrogant, intellectual elitism. It's a typical dating double-standard, too. It's okay for her to say "Let's go see Sideways". But, I can't say "Let's go see Elektra" without being laughed at.There are those who would argue that I'm generalizing, you are correct. I have no doubt that there are single women out there in NYC who would love to see "Elektra". If you can point them out to me, please do.
I would assume that a smart, almost intellectual man like The Anonymous Blogger would want to date smart, almost intellectual women with some taste and some appreciation for the finer movie choices out there. I'm not saying that a movie like Sideways is the ideal choice for a date but certainly a more datelike movie is expected in a situation such as a date. (having seen Sideways, by the way, I can suggest it as the perfect date movie for smarter couples)
It's not a good idea to bring a woman to see a movie starring a woman considered to be ideal by men. Clearly the ELEKTRA film was created for the sole purpose of exploiting Jennifer Garner's beauty. I could almost guarantee just from watching the commercials that the story is weak at best but has amazing special effects and camera work featuring her dressed in tight, shiny leather. There probably isn't too much to the film beyond a weak revenge/protect the innocent plot that a smart 12 year old could see through or get bored with or predict the ending of. That's just stupid and in bad taste.
Men. You can't have it both ways. You either have smart woman with smart taste or a dumb woman with bad taste. You can't have both a smart woman with bad taste or vise versa. They don't exist.
Wish me luck because it could lead to something grand and unexpected. I'm going back on Monday for more. I don't want to say what it is yet for all the superstitious reasons people don't reveal their hands.
Wish me well, that I don't come down with the flu. It's going on all around me and so far nothing but who knows how long my luck will hold. I'm in the throes of a headache right now that I'm attributing to eye strain but that could be denial talking.
Right now, I'm taking a rest. I'm watching the Simpsons, the episode where they get a pool, Bart breaks his leg and Lisa becomes the most popular girl in the world. There are many classic moments in this episode. . . like the tribute to those Esther Williams swimming sequences from films of old; a look at a b/w episode of Klassic Krusty where he interviews the head of the AFL-CIO; where Bart grows mad from his isolation in a tribute to Hitchcock's Rear Window, one of many Hitchcock tributes done by the creators of the Simpsons.
Tomorrow night, I'm hoping to go to a reading downtown. It'll be nice to get out. Haven't been out since Tuesday night.
January 05, 2005
At the break, where we see who's doing what, we discovered that there weren't any tremendously funny answers nor were there any very funny team names. This was proven when we announced the ROUND 1 standings and nobody else laughed at anyone else's team name. It was up to me to break it to the group that there were no funny answers because that's when it's done. . . before the standings are read. I said that because everyone was so earnest and serious about answering correctly, no one really wrote anything jokey so there were no funny answers. I think I offended one team but I wasn't lying. People were pretty serious last night.
The audio and visual rounds went pretty well. Barry provided a challenging audio round of covers done of songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. While I asked people to name the landmark shown on the clue sheet and then name the city it was in. I didn't make it too difficult because I wanted people to have some success after what I knew would be 4 somewhat challenging rounds.
It went pretty well. There was no heckling. People weren't screaming and carrying on and we didn't have to raise our voices while reading out our questions. The winning team scored 43 out 50 points. That was excellent. Of course, this team had 10 members on it which always gives an advantage.
If you're interested in attending trivia with me as a co-host, I'll be working with Caren, one of the founders of Tuesday Night trivia. This will be a special night, because Caren hasn't hosted in a while. It should be very exciting.
January 02, 2005
Then today, Sunday, our activity du jour was attending a weekly meeting of the Scrabble club There were a couple of Scrabble celebrities there including GI Joel, who by the way, is very, very nice. I won 2 out of 4 games played. My first two games were pretty strong. I beat two regular players, mostly by luck. . .I drew really good letters. Not bad for my first meeting but after four hours of competitive Scrabble with strangers, my head really started ache.
I lost one game 555 points to 235. My opponent played such a beautiful game that I couldn't even get upset. Even if I had pulled great letter combinations, this guy still would have beat me. He was just that good.
But then Jon played him and won, defending my honor. He opened with Q-U-E-S-T-E-D and then moments later, made his second bingo O-U-T-*-L-I-N-E-S off of Q-U-E-S-T-E-D.
January 01, 2005
Here is a picture I took of my freshly scrubbed self before the party,
after the food was ready, after manically cleaning the house.
Here we are at the beginning of the party, toasting to each other's health.
It was long after, that I started seeing double, no really.
Here is how I looked during the party.
Jon and Tony brought in the New Year with a kiss.
Here is evidence of our festivities.
At some point I started seeing ghosts and other people started fading fast.
This is evidence that we were indeed laughing and having fun.