Wednesday, August 29, 2007

hot august nights

so here's the deal. i've been putting off writing this entry for freaking ever for one reason: i took too many pics. not "too many" as in, "i wish i took fewer," but "too many" as in, "who in the hell is going to want to see this many pics?" trust me when i say i seriously narrowed it down and that this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

i took the red-eye monday night, and after a several hour weather delay i landed at jfk about 8am. i hit the ground running and after a brief nap at my hotel i went to my nail appointment at bliss.

flying nailpolish!

vanessa and tanya met me there, and for the next few days we were inseparable -- they are truly the hostesses with the mostess(es?).

from bliss we grabbed some lunch then walked around killing time before heading to ucb theater's harold night.


passing out propaganda.
unintentionally hysterically funny old guy passing out anti-bush propaganda while we waited in line at ucb. each button was a mere .35!

from there we headed to a bar on the lower east side that was having a guitar hero head-to-head competition. it seemed so incredibly geeky, we couldn't pass it up! we didn't participate, it was too much fun laughing at the people that donned the provided wigs and rocked out.

guitar hero, 80s, at a bar. sweet!

wednesday morning i bummed around the area and did the top of the rock tour.



give me the strength

after meeting up with vanessa-n-tanya, we headed for the nbc studios tour, something we'd all been wanting to do. the tour was pretty cheesy, but we got to see the "saturday night live" studio and the "today show" studio. they're especially careful about the latter, as it's filmed in HD and any and everything shows up on screen. we basically shuffled in, got a glimpse of the studio with a major warning not to touch anything, and shuffled back out. i volunteered to have a fool made of myself on the tour and did the weather report from the teleprompter in front of the green screen in the mock-up studio.

we then headed to shea stadium for the mets vs. braves game.

yes, please
lots of sailors in attendance

seeing the famous "home run" apple was pretty exciting

the mets won, so all was right with the world.

thursday morning i took the bus to the lower east side to meet up with vanessa so we could head to coney island. of all the things i had planned on the trip, coney island was at the top, followed closely by seeing a mets game.

it's a super cheesy beach side destination, and i loved every minute of it! just thinking about how it won't be there for future generations makes me sad. there were a couple of photobooths, of which we partook in one. we checked out the amusement park rides -- i went on the wonder wheel, but vanessa was too scared to join me. the first go-round was scary being up so high, so much so that i didn't want to reach for my camera so as not to rock the cage. we ate italian ice before wading in the atlantic ocean, then going balls to the walls in the cold water. 'twas my first time in the atlantic! we swam for a couple of hours and generally had a blast. we headed to nathan's for hot dogs and then down the boardwalk for funnel cake and ice cream.

my favorite pic of the whole trip. (lomo)

more lomo-ness of the cyclone

view from the wonder wheel

view from the wonder wheel

me on the wonder wheel

lunch at nathan's

the subway ride back was a long one, and i headed back to my hotel to shower and rest up a bit before our evening's activity: karaoke. i cannot say enough about how much fun this experience was! there weren't a ton of people there, which made the experience even better. we had a list of songs to sing, from SWV's "weak" to tupac's "changes." the latter was a sore performance on our part, but it didn't stop the table next to us from joining in on our songs! at one point we literally had the whole place up and dancing and singing along to "regulators." it was really freaking awesome. (oh, and we did non-rap songs, too, but they weren't as fun to involve everyone in!)

bizarre couple that was freaking each other to something by james taylor

the guy i fell in love with. either this pic doesn't do him justice, or i had had one too many vodka tonics

people i don't know

more people i don't know -- things got crazy up in there!

everyone jamming along to bel biv devoe's "poison"

had to get one of "my" guy singing -- he was good, too!

we closed the place down at about 2:30 then headed to the only place we could find -- a taco bell. after a lively debate about Harry Potter, blogs and hipsters, it was time to call it a night. er, morning. whatever.

friday morning it poured buckets so i ran to the corner store and grabbed some fruit for breakfast and stayed in for a couple of hours until it cleared up. the plan was to spend a day photographing the city by hopping on the subway in any direction and getting off at any stop. this is something i'd been wanting to do for ages, but it'll have to wait until my next trip. instead, i headed down to soho and did some window shopping and managed to get away with only a gift for a friend at jack spade.

people watching in front of jack spade (doesn't it look like she's blowing him?!)

lower east side graffiti

yes, yes i am!

people watching on the lower east side

found! in soho

i headed over near vanessa's place and we went to see "broken english" at the sunshine . we wanted to stay for "rocket science" (both films were at sundance this year but i didn't get a chance to see them there) as there was a q&a with the director post-screening, but we needed to head to the upper west side for a comedy show at stand up new york. we saw four comedians, three of which i loved. the show on the whole was great, and it reminded me of just how much i love going to them. after some hemming and hawing, we decided to hop on the subway and head near her place and see what was going on there. we walked around and decided on a bar where the live music was good, but i haven't felt that old in, well, never. all those damned college kids! we stayed for a drink or two and wandered around the neighborhood for a while afterwards, stopping for the most delicious slice of pizza. but perhaps it was only so good because it was 3am.


saturday morning i bummed around the u.n. before meeting vanessa for lunch and taking the airtrain to the airport.

remnants of a homeless guy's dinner on the subway

best sign ever, in my hotel room: bottom right hand corner says: "start up the fun" with a caricature of a couple under the sheets

at the united nations

all in all, it was certainly the best trip to new york i've ever had, and i can't wait to do it again.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

looks like liberace threw up in it

given where i live and the housing market here, something like this property looks like a steal at a mere $150,000. and it's more than good sized! (5 Bed, 1.5 Bath, 2,988 Sq. Ft)

it's got good curb appeal

the drawbacks? the most obvious, perhaps is that it's in west virginia. the other drawbacks require you to click on the link. i think you'll get the point.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

six word sunday: only the tough wear orange.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

what a wonderful world

if this doesn't make you smile...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Q: How many Coca-Cola service people does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Two, at present count. (And it's literally a lightbulb, albeit a specially-sized one.) One to come all the way here from the East Bay to say he can't find the location, and one to COME HELP HIM FIND THE LOCATION. Still no word on whether they will actually be able to change said lightbulb, although apparently service guy #1 was given a ticket and jokingly (?) asked the store manager to pay for it.

The restaurant business --who says it doesn't make you laugh daily?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

keep calm

i'm getting to the new york update.

in the meantime...

my traditional "august by the numbers" entry:

august 1: 3 years of homeownership

august 14: my 28th birthday

august 16: 5 (!) years with my company

i'm watching this right now. that's reality tv. horrifically real. i feel like throwing up, now, watching it. literally watching someone die.

more reality? my mother just called me to say my sister's apartment complex is on fire. on. fire. what. the. fuck. good news is sister is okay, and juan is at work, so neither of them are harmed. i called my sister, and she's hysterical, of course. she's currently waiting for the fire people to finish up and maybe let them back in. i wasn't able to get much out of her, so i don't know all the details. ugh. more stuff for them to deal with, you know?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

six word sunday: they never spoke of it again.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

lucky number 28

happy birthday to me!
lots of nyc pix to come, as soon as i finish this...

breakfast of champions, birthday style

Sunday, August 05, 2007

rippling effect

i'm leaving for new york tomorrow night on the red-eye. not really as sudden as it sounds, i booked the trip a couple of weeks ago. i'm looking forward to hanging with friends, seeing a mets game and the myriad of other activities! i know coney island is seedy, but for all the trips i've made to new york, it's been the one thing that consistently got overlooked. not this time! we're going on thursday. fingers crossed there are no thunderstorms that day!

i babysat last night for my usual three munchkins. the free wi-fi the city has is cool and while the kids are sleeping i was browsing itunes. a "shared" tab popped up on the left hand side. i'd never seen this before, so i started looking at the offerings. only three users showed up, but dangit if i don't want to make those three my best friends, based solely on their taste in music.

aaliyah's "one in a million" was on one of the shared playlists. i hadn't heard that song in literally over 10 years. it was my favorite song during spring break of my senior year of high school, and when i came back to california to scout out colleges i played it at volume 10 from my father's new car. i had the cd, but no doubt i sold it on one of my binges to get rid of clutter. i looked for it in the itunes store, but alas, it's not available. hunting for it on ebay solved that problem, and it's on its way to me. but because i'm a glutton for punishment, i realized i could obtain the song through a bittorrent site i use. d'oh!

instead of our usual sunday dinner out, my dad wanted to do lunch . while it was a nice outing, i am feeling a little out of it. it's sunday night and i'm home, there's something wrong with this!

spotted at lunch today:

i like the contrast of the bentley and the minivan in the background.

six word sunday: you spin me right round, baby

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