Saturday, March 17, 2012

Since I Don't Have You.

Since I don't have you...listen to this song and read the following:

Did you know that a member of that band, The Skyliners, killed herself because of a combination of the pressure of the band and the fact that she was in an abusive relationship? Simply cracked under the pressure...decided the best way out was through carbon monoxide poisoning.   A friend of mine is friends with her son. Happened when he was only 8. Grew up in Pittsburgh. Guess that's where the band was based. Incredibly tragic. He is currently filming a movie about growing up in that environment. Called "Since I Don't Have You". Gavin Rapp is his name. 

I suspect it was more the abusive relationship than the band that pushed her over the edge... Makes me consider the ramifications of abuse. And the serious topic of the day ensues...We've all been in situations where we've felt trapped, like there's no way out. I think that's where my mild case of claustrophobia stems. But here's the reality of the situation. Going to finally set the record straight. There's always a way. Where there's a will...There's never any reason to put up with abuse. For any reason. At any time. Ever. Especially for an extended period. Hence the whole anti-bullying campaign that is sweeping the nation.

This is important, so pay attention. Pick up what I'm throwing down here: You may feel broken down, you may even feel like you deserve it in some twisted way. But folks, I'm here to tell you the truth. You don't. No one does and that includes you. Here's an analogy for you that I will borrow from a book I read recently. Birds fly south for the winter, but some choose to stay in the frigid north. In the freezing cold. And no one knows why. They stay, shivering in misery for months and months until springtime comes round again...if they manage to survive. The reason remains a mystery. They have wings just like everyone else. Why not fly?  They choose to remain in their own life of suffering in the cold, versus flying down to the sunny warm south. And so do people who stay in abusive, toxic relationships.

So, the lesson here is the following: Don't be the bird that stays. Choose to rescue yourself, and choose life. I don't care if it takes a CIA special operative to get you out. Youve probably thought of a million and one reasons why it's impossible, but, to borrow a quote from the infamous, Alesky Veynor, impossible is nothing. And from Nike, Just do it. Make it happen, captain. Today. No better time than the present. And live a little. It's time for YOUR day in the sun. Because YOU deserve it.
The only way to go from here is up. And south to warmer, Go.

And while you're at it, be sure to read the sage writing on the wall of this bathroom stall and remember the following: you are not alone. aloon. or aloan. Ever.

And That Just Happened...People Are Strange.

Night just took a turn for the weird. Viking?

Baby Doll's Behind Bars.
Ghostly Image.

Open all night. Weird.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Notes From the Underground.

Notes from the underground. The subway gods were angry today and stranded me underground for 30-40 minutes on what is usually a ten minute ride. Am here now, with no information from the conductor other than there are delays due to train traffic ahead of us. Seriously? You couldn't be any less helpful. And we are not at a stop. Trapped. Like rats...It's times like these that I start to panic and fear for the worst. What if we never move? What if we are stuck overnight? Days? Weeks?  What if we starve? What if cannibalism ensues like the modern day version of the Donner party?  What if that guy next to me never turns his headphones down, and I'm forced to listen to heavy metal music for the foreseeable future? The worst part is I'm supposed to meet someone and have no way of contacting them with an ETA. Not that I have one anyway. The only thing they are announcing is that there are delays. Thanks. Very Useful Information, MTA. Pretty sure I could've figured that out all on my own...They ask us to please be patient but you know what, I am generally not a patient person to begin with, let alone when I'm stuck on an "express" train that may or may not get me to where I'm going within a reasonable time frame. Or any time frame at all....if I never blog again, you will know why. Am praying to the subway gods to have mercy....and it worked!! Phwew.  Crisis averted.  Ask and you shall receive. If you will it, Donny, it is no dream. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

....Happy Hour.  Or....Happy Time?  At this point, who cares....

Happy hour vs. Happy Time.  Going with Both.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Various Perspectives.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, By Way of Saks
With St. Patty's Day now upon us, thought it appropriate to share some views of St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Taken from across the street in front of Saks (left).  And more below. 

St. Pat's

St. Patrick's Cathedral @ Sunset
St. Patrick's Cathedral @ Sunset 2

Because, we are all Irish on St. Patty's Day (right?) I am getting into the spirit of things and look forward to attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade tomorrow. First time.  If you are too, following is some useful information from the parade website for your parade viewing planning process after the break.  Whatever you're doing on St. Patty's Day tomorrow, may the luck of the Irish be with you...

A Linear Relationship. Let Y=Fear and X=Loathing. Solve for Las Vegas.

Linear Equation.  Thanks to Chad for sharing.

Good to remind ourselves of junior high algebra class sometimes.  Were you paying attention?  If not, here's a refresher.

A common form of a linear equation in the two variables x and y is

y = mx + b
where m and b designate constants. The origin of the name "linear" comes from the fact that the set of solutions of such an equation forms a straight line in the plane. In this particular equation, the constant m determines the slope or gradient of that line, and the constant term "b" determines the point at which the line crosses the y-axis, otherwise known as the y-intercept. Wikipedia. 

For Example:

Let y=Degree of Fear, and x=Degree of Loathing, assuming the slope is constant, also assuming the y intercept is 0, you are brought to the relationship that solves for:  Las Vegas (as displayed in graphical form on the left). 

This linear relationship holds true in all testing scenerios and has been proven time and time again by leading scientists. And J.Depp. Enjoy the following clip and start your weekend off right.

Are You Rob Base? I Am. You Might Be Too.

Props to Richie for sharing on FB today. Turns out I am Rob Base too! Are you? It takes two.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maybe I Should Move to Chelsea?

Seems like my kinda town...
...though Elvis Costello really doesn't want to go.   Albeit, I'm pretty sure he's referring to the one in London.  Nevertheless, here it is...

In Kuski We Trust. Your Daily Dose of Culture.

Kris Kuski is an amazing artist of our time. Talented guy from Kansas.  See his work at the Liner Gallery in Chelsea.  There until early April.  Opening was tonight.  On 28th between 10th and 11th ave.  Apparently, Robin Williams and the CEO of Nike have made purchases.  Will you be next?  Check out the powerful pieces below.  Really need a week with each piece to notice everything going on there.  So incredibly detailed.

  More after the break...

Keeping Calm, Carrying On.

Roof with a view.
Keeping calm, carrying on.
With a little help from this view (above).  As well as this relaxing song.  Add the following to your afternoon soundtrack.  And just calm down. 

A Welcome Sight. Hello, New York City.

Oh, how I've missed you.   Let me count the ways... an Empire State of is Jay Z.

Captains Log: Day 3: Keeping the Lights On.

"You complete me."

Captains Log: Day 3: 
The lights are back on, and everyone is home. And our iphones are fully charged.  Unfortunate that there's only two hours left of the conference. Personally, I'm sort of missing the candles and glowsticks...added a certain je ne sai quoi. Really tied the room together. Oh well, at least we can now see each other and our way around the restrooms. I've never seen a group of people more excited to have hot showers and the ability to charge their smartphones. We are back on the grid, baby, and feelin fine.

May the good lord shine a light on you too, because we are basking in it. Enjoy the following highly appropriate song for this joyous occasion:

Favorite quotes from conference include:
"I blacked out at PREA, 2012"

"It's hard to imagine life before the technological revolution.  Although you all have been doing that for the last two days."

"I've never felt more complete than this morning with a fully charged iphone."

Captains Log: Late. Lights off. Still unclear as to whether anyone's home. Fareed Zakaria wonders as well...

Fareed Zakaria spoke tonight:  And your daily dose of enlightenment ensues, compliments of our speaker for this evening in the dark, "The west has the tendency to treat someone with another point of view as evil, bad, they're French." "What they fail to recognize is that there are other positions that are completely legitimate based upon their own experience." So true! We all need a reminder that sometimes other cultures and people can have completely legitimate point of views that differ from our own, because they are coming at it from a completely different angle.  (He was referring to China but it also applies elsewhere). 

Here's another lesson: never bet against a central bank...
Also, never get involved in a land war in Asia. Only slightly less well known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line...and watch this clip.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Let There Be Light! Hallelujah! New Hotel. With Power.

Captain's Log: 6:00 Day 2 of no power in Boston.  Word on the street is that we will be lucky for the power to come back tonight.   Sorry, Boston, that's another point on the scoreboard for Mexico.  Mexico: 2, Boston: 0. 
I, for one, am not taking any chances. Goodbye Marriott... 

Marriott Copely, Overcrowded, One Working Elevator.  No power.
...and Hello Park Plaza!
Let there be light!! Hallelujah!!! Whoohoo!

Park Plaza, lights, power, action.
Victory is Mine!!!!!
And hello lighted bathroom! And working internet!  And a hairdryer, that turns on!  Currently celebrating by turning every light in the room on and off 3 times. Followed by two showers. Both with the light on.

It's the little things in life...

Captains log. 5:00 PM Day 2. Lights are still off and am debating which location is more third world: Boston or Mexico.

Captains log. 5:00 PM. Almost 24 hours since the fateful fire at the Hilton plunged a portion of the city into total darkness....well, not total I suppose the candles and glowsticks count for something...and am now debating which is more third world, Boston or Mexico.  Currently leaning towards Boston. Current score is Mexico:1, Boston: 0.  However, will keep you posted on further scoring updates as the night progresses...

Boston, MA.  Very Dark. No lights. Glowsticks instead.

When the lights go down in the city...

We didn't start the fire is today's theme song. Because we didn't. I don't know who did, but their timing was ridiculous. Thanks for costing me a suit, as I've completely sweat through this one. Need another shower. However, at least I have hot water. The same cannot be said for the Westin. Bright side...over and out for now. More reports to follow. 

Captains log: 2:30 and lights are still off. Questionable whether anyone's home.

Live blogging, from the conference that's going down in history. Want to be the first to give a shout out to the Boston public works for their speedy recovery of the power here...not. Well, overall everyone is in pretty good spirits. Cheers to getting a dinner invite to a restaurant with power...

Captains log update. Lights still off but everyone is home

Captains log. 11:30. The lights are still off but everyones home. The conference goes on as scheduled albeit with limited power and no air-conditioning. Larry summers illuminated us for two hours. While we sweat buckets. Bathrooms lit with glowsticks and candles...interesting

The lights are off and nobody's home....when disaster strikes a major real estate conference in Boston. Captains log. Day 2 without power in backbay and the natives are restless (aka: 900 real estate investors here for a conference) If you thought that places like the Marriott and Westin had back up generators for emergency situations such as a fire, you'd have thought wrong. In fact, we are lucky to even get to our rooms without working elevators. Apparently, there is, in fact a god, because I was able to take a hot shower this morning. In the dark, but who cares at this point. Boston, seriously let's get it together here. You act like you've never had a fire before. Well, time to go to this conference...will it be held by candlelight? Like a vigil? hope people didn't need to iron their suits. Or a hairdryer...Today should be interesting. Will report back later. Over and out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reflections on a Lovely Day in Boston

Trinity Church, Copely Square, reflections....

Signs of Our Times. Read The Writing on the Wall.

Your daily dose of enlightenment.  Compliments of Manhattan street art/signage.  Read it.
THELOVEINUS, The Writing on the Wall.
10th btwn Ave. B & C

The writing on subway cars.

The writing in the trees.

The writing on tractor trailors.
  The writing on the sidewalks.
And finally...
The writing on the fences of community gardens.
Personally, I'm going to take their advice and not buy the lie, Beware of Grandpa (random?), and plan to start my own destroy your ex-cell phone day, shortly.  You want in?  Let me know and we will pick a date. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ben Franklin Stole my Hour, and I Want it Back.

Apparently, he spawned the daylight savings time idea, which took a precious hour away from my weekend. I want it back. Sure coulda used it this morning when I experienced an alarm malfunction. Note to self: blackberry clocks do not automatically update. Neither do I. My system is out of whack, out of sorts. It's always surprising to me how much of a difference that extra hour makes. So, thanks Ben. Appreciate it.

You're still aces in my book but, unfortunately, George Washington has risen a few notches above your level of cool today. Because he never made me late to work.

Also, no one made the following bad ass cartoon and song about you, Ben. Maybe one day. Until then, enjoy this gem of clip.   And make Ben jealous for me. :-)  "He saves children, but not the British children...."  LOL

Am Feeling Thankful for the Small Things Today...

Am feeling thankful for the small things today...
Such as girl scouts. It's their birthday today. The organization was founded on May 12th, 1912, which makes them 100 years old. (Lot's of 100 year birthdays happening recently)  I'm not sure where we'd all be without girl scouts but am pretty sure we'd be a few pounds lighter without our annual gorge on Samoas and Thin Mints. Guilty pleasure. Totally worth the extra calories.

Join me in celebrating with the following video of "happy birthday to me" by Cracker at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh.  Some lyrics:  "I remember you, you drive like a PTA mother"  "I remember you, I crashed your wedding, and my favorite: "Sometimes, I wish I was Catholic, I don't know why..."

Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My...

Welcome to your daily dose of bizarre installation art, compliments of the Rodgersmith Hotel. 

If these bears could talk, I bet they'd say something like "We are from France" in that alien style voice from that old SNL clip.

They Invade.

They Meet.

It's All Very Stop and Go Out Here.



No Camping. No Loitering. Go Away.

Occupy movement propaganda?
10th & Ave B
Guess someone found it neccessary to remind people that there is absolutely no camping (among other things) outside of this building. Got it.  Must have been a real problem at one point...

Interesting set of instructions.  No camping.

What's Mime is Yours.

Fallen Tree
Woodstock, NY
Daily musing.  I have an ongoing internal debate: Does anyone care about mimes anymore?  I mean, do they have a legitimate purpose in this day and age?  Or is it simply a dying art?  Personally, I'm leaning toward the latter but am interested hearing in your opinion on this very serious matter. Please post your comments below.
By on June 2nd, 2009
Coincidentally, Gary Larson hilariously posed a similar question at one point.  "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, and hits a mime, does anyone care?"  Far Side Cartoon.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"It's Late in the Evening Now..."

"...And all the music's seeping through."

One Fateful Night in November, 2011. Captains Log.

"You can take our coffee, you can take our wine, but you can't take our freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Another picture of a picture. Like a dream within a dream...Hanging on friend's wall.  Takes me back to that "one fateful night", back in November of 2011.  While, generally, what happens on a Royal Carribean cruise over Thanksgiving, stays on a Royal Carribean cruise, some tidbits are now shared.  For the very first time...

Day 2: Captain's Log.

While sailing the high seas, two friends, all dressed up, and nowhere to go.  Unaware of what lay ahead....a night of mystery, intrigue and...insults?  After a rough day relaxing on deck, soaking up some sun, we prepared ourselves for the first formal night of the trip.  The following ridiculousness ensued, not necessarily in order of appearance:

- The fourth wall was officially broken.
- One out of the two cried.  (Not telling which one.)
- "Nobody Puts Crazy in a Corner" quote was spawned.  And utilized throughout the week.
- The seed of innovation was sown to, later in the week, create the following rally cry reminiscent of the movie Braveheart "...You can take our coffee, you can take our wine, but you can't take our freeeeeeedoooooommmmmm"  The only thing missing was the war paint, which was, in fact, considered via lipstick and eyeshadow.  Didn't happen, but there's always next the meantime, there's this.

In the Market for a Meat Slicer? Or Perhaps a Meat Grinder? Then Look no Further! It's YOUR lucky day!

Corner of Stanton and Bowery. 
Your search is over. Your ship has come in!  Check out this place (left) for all your meat slicer and grinder needs! Have all the latest and greatest models with all the newest bells and whistles. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! 

Don't be the last one of your friends to join the latest trend that's sweeping the nation: slicing and grinding your own meat! It's the hottest fad, the thing to do. So don't miss out before they sell out, the things are simply flying off the shelves!!!  Selling like hotcakes!  Bring one home today.