Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer 2014: Well in Progress

Only one week left til July ends, August begins, and the September return-to-work looms... Day at a time...

Already been to the beach twice... For five days each... Weather was gorgeous for the first trip... Not so gorgeous for the second, but salvageable...

Off to Helldersburg next week... Crabs, hon. Folks, hon. I thank God everyday for their continuing good health and independence... The folks, not the crabs.

In the meanwhile... Went to Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden  to see Sue. And we strolled through Prospect Heights and sampled the Salted Crack Caramel at Ample Hills Creamery. Amazing... Very sweet top, with a bitter crunchy bottom bite... You gotta try this...

Weiwei was Mehmeh, IMHO.

As is customary, in the summer I get involved browsing Etsy and Ebay and collecting collectibles.

I desperately need to reorganize my lone curio tower and install risers to get as much in there as possible...

I'd love to get ALL things Pinocchio in there... Getting weary of the scattered approach to the collection...

Not enough room in this apartment... Or something...

Leather couch is wearing... The pity of it, is the whole thing is tip top... Just the tops of the seat cushions are cracking and tearing... But an easy fix is not easy...  Decorator Dan is helping gather information from various vendors and suppliers, and latest plot is to redo the top panel of each seat cushion...

IF this can be done, and if the estimate works out... Lisa chides: "Just get a new couch"... We'll see.

So, I'm reading an article on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and I'm obsessing at the moment...

Meantime... my Swatch lost 20 minutes... A sign of a dying battery?? Or time to get a new watch... More and more, people choose to forgo the watch using their smartphone as a timepiece... I'm thinking...

I got a zillion tasks yet to accomplish inside the apartment and I want to knock off at least a billion of them today...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Set the Tone: Formula for Failure

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure—try to please everybody.” - Herbert Bayard Swope

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Assailant Sought from Assault on 55th and Ninth Avenue

The assault occurred at 6:30 p.m. last night, at the corner of West 55th Street and 9th Avenue. Police say, "The suspect punched the victim in the face with a closed fist causing the victim to fall to the ground. The victim struck his head on the pavement and sustained a serious head injury."


See this Gothamist clip or this New York Post article

Police describe the suspect as being in his 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing 170 lbs., with curly blonde hair. He last seen wearing gray sneakers and a turquoise t-shirt and blue shorts.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers website is WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or Texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

That's a Lot of Play Dough: Jeff Koons at the Whitney



Love him or hate him, the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit at the Whitney is worth a visit! Fun for the whole family, although ask ahead of time where the XXX rated "Made in Heaven" section is located so you can steer your kiddos to something more appropriate like a balloon animal....This longtime location of the Whitney, at 945 Madison Avenue, will close in October and re-locate. This current Museum space will be used by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a satellite of their main location a few blocks away. And for the visually impaired and blind, they have a monthly verbal description and touch tour of the Koons show available. The Jeff Koons show allows photography! LOve that. *** Highly Recommend. (Photo by Me on my Flickr page)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Set the Tone: Match Your Vision

"When your sense of worth exceeds your conditions, conditions will
shift to match your vision". — Alan Cohen

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Summer Vacay: Day At A Time

The way the calendar worked out this year, I was able to high tail it outta here after the closing bell at work for a long weekend at the beach...

Now, am back, just in time for Hurricane Arthur, well, the remnants or the after effects of Arthur...

When I hear the name Arthur I always think of Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched... Maybe this hurricane is a practical joker?

The last time I remember the first hurricane of the season affecting the East Coast was Hurricane Agnes. Agnes was, in her day, the costliest hurricane ever to hit the US in recorded history. She did quite a number on Maryland.

Actually, we were driving home from a Florida family vacation and had her effects the whole drive up from Saint Augustine. That was 1972.

Yes, I'm old... Actually, older... But, we'll leave it at that, please...

Hurricanes are good for staying in and de-cluttering, and cleaning, and going paperless... Or trying to go paperless... It's a process...

Just starting my list of summer vacay stuff to do: Museums, art galleries, movies, theater, cabaret, restaurants, more beach trips, a trip to see family in the land of pleasant living....

And what else??...

Day at a time.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Set the Tone: Curriculum for Your Soul

"Every relationship, every situation is part of a divinely created and highly specific curriculum for your soul growth." - Marianne Williamson

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Set the Tone: Be Mindful

"If you notice yourself having negative thoughts, don't resist them.
Just be present with the fact that at this moment this is the thought
you're having, and recognize it as a thought. In this way you won't
have to act on it, it will just pass through like clouds in the sky".
- David Friedman

Monday, June 02, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

El Quixote is a Gem

I'd been hearing about this place for years.  FINALLY tried it today for lunch...

Amazing ambience from a Bygone era... Like the 1930s.

In the Chelsea Hotel,  which is undergoing major renovations.

Hoping this gem remains untouched.

Reasonable too. Service excellent!

Go!

Set the Tone: Multiply the Good

"You can multiply the good in your life by seeing the good in yourself and others". — Philip Arnold

Monday, May 12, 2014

Set the Tone: Wish 'Em Well

"Think of one person who you are tempted for any reason to withhold love from, and pray for their happiness. In that moment your pain will stop". - Marianne Williamson

Monday, May 05, 2014

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Grumpy Sunday in Hell's Kitchen and Vicinity

Well...

Took an early Sunday stroll around Hell's Kitchen and found myself completely annoyed at every turn... Been a while since the weather was conducive for a stroll...

Some angry dude kicking over trashcans as he strolled Northward along Ninth Avenue while cursing the world. Where are the cops? Really, just a single patrol car parked somewhere?

Garbage strewn in front of businesses that coulda cleaned up before closing last night... (Photo from Photo Bucket)

Bakeries leaving bread outside restaurants before dawn... Dogs pee there... Ew.

A restaurant in Worldwide Plaza Park left a bottle of ketchup out on a table all night... Yeah, I'm sure nobody tampered with that...

The guards at Worldwide Plaza freak me out...

At Balsley Park, the lady that feeds the flying rats every morning is now in the habit of leaving the seed right under the seats... So while you sit, pigeons terrorize you trying to get at the seed...

A homeless guy plugs his radio into a lamp post and blasts John Denver (John Fracking Denver!) while I'm trying to read the Sunday Styles NYT section at 8am...

I'm telling ya... it was a challenge out there this morning...

I used to enjoy the early Sunday stroll...

I'll need to find a more serene place for a morning walk... Central Park, perhaps? ...Perhaps.

Now... Pandora's New Age channel is on to soothe my assaulted nerves...

And don't EVEN get me started on the UFT teacher contract... Michael Mulgrew was all grins after settling his first ever contract last week (the last one was Randi Weingarten, FYI)... But the devilish details are that ALL the great raises he was trumpetting don't kick in for many years...

So, if a veteran teacher is struggling to survive in NYC with a long stagnant salary in the face of massive cost-of-living increases... Suffer longer... Much longer...

But they'll give teachers 2% and a $1,000 signing bonus (before taxes) in September if they are good girls and boys and vote yes... Not grinning here. Not grinning here at all. So, yeah, I'm in a major grumpy mood...

Could go over to MoMA to cheer myself up... But they want to tear down the Folk Art Museum... That pisses me off too...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014