Friday, May 27, 2005

AW GORGEOUS!

Such great weather!!! Holey Moley Folks - this is terrific!

Also, 2.5 weeks without a smoke. I feel like a million bucks! Speaking of which, I've saved 45 dollars so far - not too shabby.

In other news, we have a great new set of visitors. These folks (yedi and skylark, for those of you who know me, which I imagine is everyone who reads this blog) have been touring the world, Bali, Thailand, India and now the West Village. Hote.

Long weekend coming up. I'm not really going anywhere out of town. You?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Star Wars, Restaurants, and Friendster

Star Wars - totally dug it! Naysayers, beware. Hayden Christiansen is totally hot and Natalie Portman is not in the flick enough to muck it up. The special effects are dope, and not over the top in the LOUD department as they often are in blockbuster movies such as this one. There is no JarJar character thankfully and no child-actors and the fight scenes are real, real good. Thumbs way up! You must remember, though, I didn't see 456 until college, so I don't have StarWars memories as long as Celine Dion's mug, as others may.

Restaurants - because of the long list of visitors Mike and I have been lucky enough to have in the area for the past six weeks, I've been to every restaurant I've ever recommended (sappore, wogie's, etc.) and at least 20 that I've never been to before (Moustache, some Indian place on 1st Ave, etc.).

Friendster - have you been on Friendster lately? It's kinda hot. I like it more than myspace - its a little less full of pics of skanky men and women. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Honestly

I was going to write to you today about the monstrosity of television that was the Britney&Kevin show last night, when I found someone else to do it for me.

I can't be who I am not. Though I am a celebrity gossip whore - I just don't know enough all the time to be your one stop shop for celebirty gossip! I can't do it, people. But - I've found a blog that can. I don't know this person, but she is VERY funny and really has some excellent photos on her site, as well as really funny witticisms about celebs. Awesome.

So - from your lips to gods ears - here's someone who can give you what I cannot - Conversation's about famous people

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Awesome

So good - I've gone one whole week without a ciggie - that's hot shit! Not totally obsessing as much, either.

Hung and his girl Liz are in town, so that's totally fun. Great weather, good eats, and very little sleep. Welcome to NY!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Hote


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This is me, Mike, and Randi at the Brass Monkey - the bar I invariably end up at when guests are in town.

Lovely


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This is me, Jessicurl and Randi at the Dove bar - very cute! We ordered some bubbly for celebration & because it is delicious, but the waitress brought over a massive silver ice bucket and made a pretty hilarious presentation out of the whole champagne thing. Awesome.

Me and Beeb


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Sign above - Dylan. He drank himself...oh, you've heard it haven't you?

Friday, May 13, 2005

PS

I've totally been striking out on mewvies lately, kids! Me! I'm such a huge fan of all things ridiculous, you know? But darn it if 50 First Dates wasn't the stupidest movie ever to be made. It made Ocean's Twelve look like an academy award winner! And I, too, love Adam Sandler, and of course Drew! But holy shit! Nary a more idiotic movie there ever was.

Misc. Items.

Ayer, I fue a un gala! It was VERY fancy, and located in a lovely loft on the far west side, home of the future JETS stadium. I didn't learn too many lessons at said gala, but had some very interesting conversations with a number of people, saw the best-looking wait staff I have ever seen at a function such as this, and ate a ben'n'jerry's caramel sundae. YUM!

Also, I remained steadfast and true to my desire not to smoke, even though I did drink wine at the event, and so once again, "won that round" as the saying goes.

I'm trying hard not to make this entire blog not focused on my drive to quit smoking, but you see, I'm very distracted by this newest initiative.

Day 3!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Lessons Learned II

When she's right, she's right.

Randi and I have a long standing history of disagreeing on most pop-culture items. Not seriously disagreeing, and we're likely to meet in the middle after some debate, but most of the time she thinks I hate every song on the radio and I think she hates every movie to hit the silver screen.

But when the girl is right, she's right. I rented Ocean's Twelve because I loved the first one and I love Netflix, and I love block buster movies with gorgeous people in them. She warned me, of course, that is was "godawful." But how could I believe her? Every movie she watches is "godawful." But it truly was. Well, there was one good part, but mostly, it was really, really bad. I mean, really really bad. The plot was pretty hard to reach, the dialogue was nowhere near as sharp and witty as the first one, and there was just too many good looking people in each shot to pay attention to the feeble heist scenario they were setting. Regardless, however, George Clooney is dreamy and Brad Pitt ain't bad to look at.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Lessons Learned

Throughout the coming week, I'll be bringing you "lessons learned" through my last week to ten days off. I'll commence with recommending a late night West Village bar crawl.

There's something to be said for dissing West Village bars. They are laden with either locals or B&Ts - so much so that the crowd is exceedingly familiar at many of the mainstay haunts, or exceedingly young, cheesy and loud - such as the Blind Tiger Ale House on Hudson near Christopher. So, if you are looking for a great way to organize a night of drinking in the Village that will be welcoming, fun, and not too bougie, why not try an animal-bar theme?

Around midnite on a Saturday is clearly the best time to go out in my neighborhood. You miss some of the more obnoxious prepartying that one associates with B&T masses and you get to catch some of the bars a little less crowded - a plus for the tiny assortment of bars you find below 14th street and west of 7th avenue. Start with Blind Tiger Ale House for a couple of delicious pints of interesting beers - some you've never heard of, some you order just because they have monikers like "Old Stoner."

Next hit up the Cowgirl bar. The clientele is slightly more upscale and a little more relaxed. Though there was only one bartender service was top-notch. After Cowgirl, you have a few options - but keeping the aminal theme alive you may want to venture to White Horse Tavern, where, as everyone knows, Dylan drank himself to death.

A quick aside, how does one actually drink themselves to death? Is it that they fall face-first into their pint and drown? Is it that they, like so many 27 year old rock stars, choke on their vomit?

After White Horse, with its hot waitresses and faint smell of vomit in the air, one has only one more option - and that is the head to the Monkey. The Brass Monkey comes through time and time again as a top notch selection for late night drinking. The tables are huge, and there are plenty of them, but there is enough crowd there to know that you are in the right place at the right time.

Whatever you do, though, do not try to end you night at the rodent palace that is late-night-Corner Bistro. For the waiter, who you've seen more times than you can count will say to you "Don't waste your breath. The kitchen is closed." But that, my friends, is another lesson learned for a later time.