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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
4th of July Update
So, back to the 4th of July. Not feeling like hanging out on the FDR (essentially a highway with no bathrooms or chairs) on a really hot day and having been to busy to get tickets to get into work, I decided that I would try going on the roof of my apartment building. While the view was not as spectacular as it is when you camp out for hours near the water thanks to a big building between ours and the East River, it still saved a lot of time and was pretty comfortable. Also, from that vantage point, the fireworks were actually at eye level which was interesting for a change. And, we could also see the fireworks set off near the Brooklyn Bridge and by Battery Park in the distance. The best park was not having smoke or firework debris falling on my head.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Again -- Salif Keita
In NYC, the show kicked off with a group of amazing drummers from Senegal. I didn't catch their name, but if I find out, I'll let you know. It was really loud and energetic, and I was hit with pieces of their bamboo drumsticks that flew off into the audience -- I was seated in the second row.
Once Salif came out, barefoot, it was fabulous as usual. I was a little disappointed that he didn't play my favorite songs, choosing to focus instead on more recent releases, which are amazing all the same. This time, he also featured the musicians playing with him, legends themselves.
When people started rushing the stage, I was really regretting being in the second row. I was seriously afraid of being crushed, but I should have expected that because this happens at all West African concerts and Salif, himself, was encouraging it. At one point, he embraced an albino boy on stage and it was really touching.
You can hear Salif for yourself in an interview, with music, on a recent version of WNYC's Soundcheck (fast forward 24 minutes unless you're interested in hearing an interview with Robert Plant. Listen >>
P.S. Happy Fourth of July!
First off, congratulations to Dad who finished a half marathon on 25 June. I have no idea how many times he has finished half marathons in his life, but to still be doing so at 61 is impressive.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Another new neighborhood
Saturday, June 17, 2006
An amazing find
Last night, I checked in and had so many choices -- This American Life, BBC, and more, but I chose the CBC's As it Happens and I wasn't disappointed. Did you know that Canada has its own gangs? I also heard about a woman who came home to a bear eating cereal out of a bowl in her kitchen. I love that show. Turns out they also have a "best of" podcast, too!
Now I'm going to listen to Zorba Paster On Your Health, a show I haven't heard since I lived in Minneapolis, but I seriously considered listening to Calling All Pets, a show I've never even heard about before. The choices are overwhelming!
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Happy Birthday, Robin
In keeping with my new tradition, I'm going to post an embarrasing photo of my family members on their birthdays. Here is one of Robin (and me), circa 1979 (I think). Robin is on the right and the photo was taken in Waterloo, Iowa.
Those scarves look hand-knit. I'm not sure where they came from and I'm sure I didn't appreciate the work put into them at the same time.
Monday, May 29, 2006
What is that?
If it really works, I'll let you know. And don't worry. I'm not going to eat it. She warned me that I could eat it in Africa, but not here. Good to know, though there was zero chance I'd put something in my mouth that she scooped out of a dirty-looking gourd. You can click here for someone else's photo of a similar stand in Harlem or here for a similar stand in Tucson. Have I mentioned that I love Flickr?
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Happy Birthday, Mom
Just to embarrass her, here is a photo of the two of us taken a few years back. Mom is the one on the left, not the middle. :)
Feel free to leave birthday wishes for her here in the comments.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I didn't take my camera, so I, sadly, don't have a photo of me with Sam, but Sam did snap a photo of me with David, whom I hadn't seen since I moved from the Twin Cities. Have we changed? Not TOO much...
It was the one nice day is string of rainy days, so the afternoon was well spent. I also met another Luther grad, Scott, his family, and a bunch of Sam's friends. It was probably the most Iowa connections I've made since I lived there.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Cute Baby Alert
Doesn't it seem like babies are always cuter wearing hats?
Monday, May 15, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
So, this was the view out my bedroom window (circa 8 February) just as the demolition was finishing (remember it started before Thanksgiving):
Here's the view as of today:
It doesn't look much different than it did back in January, but in reality, the previous post was demolishion and now they're building it back up. They just laid some concrete last week.
Although they start work at 7 a.m. and there are more than 20 workers there, the progress is going amazing slow.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Maybe my curiousity runs in the family. Someone named J. Mann posted this comment on Mixed Signals... Is you Uncle Jim? Aunt Judy? Jeff? I think Jessica is too young to write.
I've never gotten high from Flaming Hot Cheetos or any spicy food. Now I feel like I've been missing out.
Sent by J. Mann | 5-10-2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Today, just to get out and enjoy the weather, I went down to Union Square to the Asian Pacific American festival. It was really crowded, so it was not that enjoyable. Also, I seem to be missing my sunglasses, turning me into a squinter on these sunny days. Anyway, I got a kick out of this crazy band called Peelander Z which was performing and blaring music all over the festival. These characters were dressed up in bright colored costumes and teaching the crowd a few words of Japanese while playing rock (?) music. Pretty funny. >> See what they look like on their Web site. Very crazy. They seem to have quite a following. I'm not sure if they converted me or if I'd actually pay to see them, but they did make me laugh.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Off to a slow start
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Maybe I need a more exciting life. Today, as an excuse to get out and enjoy the weather, I walked 20 blocks down to the new Trader Joe's and actually STOOD IN LINE to get into a grocery store. I kid you not. I wasn't the only one. Anyway, once there, I made all sorts of impulse buys and ended up having to take a taxi home. It was worth it though. I can't wait to try out the cranberry lemonade.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
New Blog I'm Loving
Anyway, here are a few samples from this week:
Best tool ever -- I'm now seriously considering wrapping duct tape around the spot the boot has worn raw on my leg.
Someone really loves the '80s -- Now I won't miss VHI playing 99 Luftballons continously for one hour tomorrow.
Contingency planning, maybe taken too far -- I'm not longer going to lose sleep wondering what will happen "During any period when both the Archivist of the United States (Archivist) and the Deputy Archivist of the United States (Deputy Archivist) have died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform". Phew.
These are just a few of the useful tidbits I've picked up since subsribing to this blog in my Bloglines account. They also have "Don't Miss" posts for actual NPR stories when I actually find time to listen on my own time.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The previous two years, I just watched from my window, but this year I wanted to get my own photos. Too bad the flash on my camera doesn't work well at night, so I have to rely on the wonder of Flickr to post photos that people taken right by me posted today. Yay! Even though I've seen this three times, it is still a surreal experience to see elephants run past your apartment.
Other nice photos from Flickr:
I Heart NY
Going into the tunnel on the Queens side: nice "suspicious activity" warning.
Gothamist has an apt description of the event as well, with links to more photos and even video so you can see the speed at which elephants can run in the cold. Poor babies. I do feel bad for them. This can't be what they want out of life.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
I did get a chance to listen to Freeform Faust, the radio show of a fellow Luther grad on the Luther radio station, as he featured Sam. For other Luther pals, there is an interesting picture of Sam. There is also a funny picture of David from a few weeks back, to which I didn't get to listen. Writing about Sam and David reminded me of a roadtrip Sam, David, Rachel and I took from Minneapolis to Chicago one weekend in the late 1990s (I think) and while in Chicago we saw Faust and a bunch of other people. Fun times. Creative people.
On a more somber note, I also had a chance to watch The Constant Gardener, another DVD borrowed from the library. This movie made me feel the same way as I did when I watched Syriana, in that if it is remotely possible that these kinds of things happen in real life (and I think they might), it's just too much to bear.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The Latest Fashion
What? You didn't know boots like this beauty were in style? The catch is that you have to break a bone in your foot to get one.
Yes, I have an inexplicably fractured sesamoid bone. So, this means very little walking for me. It also appears to mean very little sleeping as well, since it's not easy to sleep with a big, immobilizing boot on your foot.
At least now it's clear that something is wrong with me and not just my fashion sense. I've spent the last three to four weeks wearing tennis shoes at work since it hurt too much to wear anything else.
For the other walkers out there, foot pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night is not normal, nor is it a figment of your imagination. When it hurts to walk, as a general rule, it's better to go to the podiatrist sooner rather than later.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Nice Day and a Movie
Then, I came home and watched a movie I borrowed from the library on the recommendation of many French teachers and students: The Barbarain Invasions or Les Invasion barbares. I surprised myself and understood quite a bit of the usually hard-to-understand Québécois. Not sure how I missed this 2003 film that won the Oscar for best foreign language entry. I think I was probably busy working long hours during the start of the Iraq war during my time in DC. Anyway, this is a thought-provoking film, though not really believable and incredibly sad. So, if you choose to rent it, you've been warned.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Rest in Peace
If you have never given him a listen, please consider it. Here's more about him, thanks to the BBC. Read it >>
I like this description of him as an African cowboy:
Unlike many African music stars, he rejected the call of the bright lights of Paris, London or New York and always lived in Mali.
When he won his first Grammy award, he even refused to travel to the United States to collect his prize, saying:
"I don't know what a Grammy means but if someone has something for me, they can come and give it to me here in Niafunke, where I was singing when nobody knew me."
He then threw himself into farming, fishing and raising cattle in his home town.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Stuff on Zazie?
I still do not approve of cats and clothing, but this hat is ingenious!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
If only it were that easy, Zazie!
Try to ignore the rest of the mess...
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Finally, a respite
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Only in NYC
Isn't that police badge cute? Read the story >>
Saturday, February 04, 2006
A Rare Find
Here's a sample of what's inside (ignore my sad-looking digits).
Although I have sort of sworn off scarves and blankets for the time being, I may have revisit that decision to try out some of these stitches.
The only disappointment was the shipping time. The seller used "media mail," aka "book rate" and it took almost a month to arrive in NYC from California. The USPS Web site says that "media mail" takes 2 to 9 days, so I'm not sure what the hold-up was. See?
ENROUTE, February 03, 2006, 9:25 am, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07097
ENROUTE, January 31, 2006, 7:10 pm, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07097
ENROUTE, January 08, 2006, 1:37 am, BELL, CA 90201
ELECTRONIC SHIPPING INFO RECEIVED, January 06, 2006
I can't complain since I essentially got this book for free since I will only buy things on eBay if I sell something of mine first.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Another baby blanket...
I didn't knit this, and I only know the baby in the "virtual" sense, but it's the same pattern I used! Remember?
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Last night, I went to see the movie Caché. While I really liked the movie, feel it is really well done and am glad I saw it, I can't recommend it to anyone because it's really disturbing. If you are OK with being shocked and can tolerate a slow-moving film with subtitles (with a few horribly disturbing moments), then go see it. If you're interested in seeing it to practice your French, I understood every word, so it appears they were speaking very standard French -- not crazy street French. If you want to wait to see it on DVD, I suggest inviting someone over rather than watching it alone. If anyone has already seen it, leave me a comment to tell me what you thought. Am I right?