Thursday, August 31, 2006
So, shenanigans you ask? Not really. Babe and I had a few drinks at the Dove bar last night which is rybymywork. It's a little chock full of NYU kids, which is absolutely not a bad thing, but it sure makes it crowded now that school is starting up again. If you haven't been there, you should go. It's very fancy and looks like the parlour in our old house in Oakland. Next time, however, I think we'll head to the Bourgeois Pig where, during happy hour, the bottles of wine are half price. You heard me correctly!
edit: I'm such a techy you guys! I looked in the "Blogger Known Issues" and found out that you can't use the new Blogger Beta Templates with Flickr, yet. So, BFF and others, don't switch yet because you'll be unable to put your flickr badge on your new site.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I wanted to give you pics from the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden last Wednesday, but they're a little dark. Oh what the heck, here they are:
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
New 'Survivor' to group players by ethnicity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The new season of "Survivor" will be a race among races.
At the start of the reality show's 13th edition, "Survivor: Cook Islands," 20 contestants will be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines -- black, white, Hispanic and Asian, CBS announced Wednesday.
The tribes, as usual, will merge later in the season, which debuts September 14, the network said.
Jeff Probst, host of the show, said the network was worried the racial divide might offend viewers.
"It's very risky because you're bringing up a topic that is a hot button," Probst told asap, The Associated Press service for younger readers. "There's a history of segregation you can't ignore. It is part of our history."
"For that, it's much safer to say, 'No, let's just stick with things the way they are. Let's don't be the network to rock the boat. Let's not have "Survivor" try something new,"' he said. "But the biases from home can't affect you. This is an equal opportunity game."
Probst said he and the "Survivor" producers wanted to bring more ethnic diversity to the competition.
"The truth is 80 percent of the people that apply are white," he said. "And television, in general, is white. So all these criticisms were valid."
On each episode of "Survivor: Cook Islands," at least one cast member will be sent to a separate island miles away from camp, where an immunity idol will be hidden. If found, this immunity idol could save a contestant from being voted off the show.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
In any case, today's Daily Candy is not exactly the sweetest thing I've ever read. "Shake what your mama gave you" is the title and the email details the Fanny Facial, a three-step, bootylicious butt-buffing treatment.
I'm sorry. What?
"Take the junk in your trunk to Smooth Synergy’s nondescript, Upper East Side space, where the sleek-skinned staff flashes their pearly whites before hooking up a whole bunch of wires to your naked, fleshy rear.
After a little exfoliation (before you’re wired, of course), microcurrents are pulsed right to your keister, which supposedly tones the tush by relieving the build up around cells and cellulite.
What we’re really over the moon for is the organic spray tan — the finishing touch for your newly pumped up derriere. Made from mineral salt bronzers and vegetable derivatives, it’s completely natural and lasts for a week."
Daily Candy is too coy to list the prices, etc., for this service but a little extra looking (as in clicking one link) reveals that the Fanny Facial will only run you $160 - a summer special.
There you have it folks. It's on sale. Go get your butt exfoliated.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Guess what? It's my anniversary!
do you know what today is
it's our anniversary made for you and me
- Tony Toni Tone
Hey Guys! Today is my three year anniversary. Babe's my hero because yesterday I had a mouse in my kitchen and Babe ran in there with no fear to kill it as I waited, scared, in the bedroom.
The mouse is officially "The one that got away" but I know that if it does come back, Babe will be there with a broom to save me.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Yesterday was my friend Omar's birthday. All evening, Babe and I said to each other, we have to call Omar to wish him a Happy Birthday. Yes, we've got time, we'll call him in a minute.
Well, this morning I looked at my calendar and realized I didn't call Omar last night. Happy Birthday Omar. I hate myself.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
The really remarkable thing, though, was that the people who work there asked me how was I doing. And said Thank you and Hello. I was floored. I actually was under the impression that to be a grocery store clerk in NYC you had to be more than just a little rude. When I go to Gristede's, I actually try my hardest to not say Hello or Thank You so that I am not dissed by the check out lady. At Food Emporium? Same thing. Anyways, Traders, I salute you. Maybe you pay your clerks better?
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Your Quit Date is:Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10:15:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free:456 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes and 18 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked:6846
Lifetime Saved:1 month, 22 days, 7 hours
Yah ya did. Translation: Fifteen months! No joke. And I'm just starting to finally lose that dreaded 10 pounds I gained when I kicked the habit. But exercising is way easier now that my lungs aren't full of nasty s.h.i.t.
Wanted to talk about such mundane things this morning as eyebrow threading and the weather, but then there was the whole thwarted terrorist plot to blow up planes headed from the UK to the US of A. You know what? I'm still going to talk about eyebrows and the weather.
The weather is as it should have been the whole month of June. It's perfect out, 70s or 80s and low humidity. Man, it's nice.
Eyebrow threading - I finally went. Being that I am Indian, I should have gotten this done a long time ago by some lady out in Queens, but I didn't and I hadn't. So I went over to a little place here in the Village and darnit if she didn't just do the best job ever. For only $7 she made me look super duper fantastic. Sold, and I'll never do a wax again.
And I 'spose you heard about the thwarted plan. It's one of those instances where you will now hear the word thwarted 47 times today compared with 0 yesterday. Good thing Scotland Yard is looking out. I can't believe people take that name seriously - Scotland Yard. It just sounds like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to me.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Lincoln Center is up the street from my place, 20 blocks up, to be exact. I've not yet been to an opera there, but one day will. Right now, in front of Lincoln Center, there is a pretty wild piece of public art by a woman named Nancy Rubins. When I heard about it on NY1 I just knew I would have to go there and photograph it for you. Such a giver.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Read the Story
See the map.
"I've seen Brad Pitt.
I’ve seen Steve Martin. I’ve seen Gwyneth Paltrow carrying Apple in her arms. I’ve seen Drew Barrymore with her boyfriend, that drummer from the Strokes. I’ve seen Martin Amis, Jonathan Lethem, Eugene Levy, and Michael Imperioli. I’ve seen Liv Tyler and Willem Dafoe on the same day in the Village, Phoebe Cates on the Upper West Side, Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center, Josh Hartnett in Tribeca, and Patricia Clarkson near Washington Square. I once turned around at a book launch and nearly bumped into Julianne Moore, red-haired and delicate and smaller in person than you’d expect. I saw Jennifer Connelly shopping in a store in Brooklyn, along with her husband, Paul Bettany; she too was smaller in person, and he, jackknifed over a stroller, seemed much taller and slightly pissed off. Maybe because I was staring at his wife. Well, not staring, exactly, just trying to place her, in that I know I know you from somewhere way, and it took me a second too long, which meant she got that Please don’t say anything look of fright on her face, so I got that Oh, no, don’t worry, I’m not crazy look, which only made me look like I was definitely crazy.
But did I say anything to these celebrities? Did I ask for an autograph? Did I stop and gawk and snap a camera-phone picture and squeal that this was the greatest day of my life, at least since last weekend, when I saw Mike D of the Beastie Boys at that place just off Avenue A?
Of course not. I live in New York.
I don’t care about celebrities."
For the record, and for my part, I've seen:
Liv Tyler, Julianne Moore, Willam Defoe, Jodi Foster, Gwenyth & Husband, Brooke Shields, Beyonce, Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Will Smith, Kevin James, Benjamin Bratt, and Johnny Knoxville!!, Mr. Big and Cynthia Nixon from Sex in the City, and, to round it out, Mario Batali.
How bout you? Who've you seen?
I saw ShopGirl with Claire Daines and Steve Martin which was a little like Lost in Translation, but without ScarJo's boobies or Tokyo. It was good and sad about a young woman who sells gloves in Los Angeles's Sax Fifth Avenue and falls for an older man - Steve Martin. A little bit creepy to watch the Father of the Bride do it with someone that could be his daughter. There's your warning.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party was also pretty good, especially if you like good hip-hop, and what I mean by good hiphop is not the stuff you hear on the radio but actually good music. The parts with Chappelle are hilarious, of course. Just not enough of them.
That's it. Babe and I also took some neat photographs of some far off parts of Central Park which I'll post tomorrow.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
I doubt it is still called Pacbell park. I wonder how Yankee stadium and Shea have so far been immune to the stupid corporate naming of ball parks? Do you know?
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Since Sonoma Diet doesn't allow me to drink for one more week, someone have a margarita for us!
I am currently not having a baby, but there is an interesting phenomenon whereby every time I tell someone I have news or a surprise there is a moment where they think I'm pregnant. Oh to be 28, heterosexual and married.
In case you're keeping track, it's still hot here. Sorry that has nothing to do with babies. I guess I can tie it in with I am damn glad I am not pregnant in this heat?
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
In other news, it's hot.