Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Scratch and Sniff Photo
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
It was my night out for finishing off work. I was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, good wishes, good will and good times. I have to say I worked with some really smart, funny, fantastic folks and I cannot believe it has only been 6 months. My boss, Christian, put this together and it was something I would not have thought of wanting or doing, but it was so spot on thoughtful and perfect. I should always trust that boy's taste! Thank you, Christian.
And my colleague whom I adore (don't tell her as I will blush), Jennie, postponed going to home to the Baby That Changed My Life, Eli, to come and have a drink and a toast with me. She is the best. And when I look around the room in my mind I have this strong and personal connection with all these people. I am truly leaving a family. ( see I told you it would just be mawk, mawk sounding.) The CEO, Larry came with his son! This guy has more on his plate than I have at Thanksgiving and he was there and gave me a toast more than I deserve and Laura the GM who set me up with a fantastic meeting came. I have learned so much from her when I shut up and pay attention.
And Jerry who is the head legal counsel came after a board meeting and no sleep for weeks. He is my oldest pal from here! And sweet and lovely Sarah B whom I have no idea how she stays as nice as she is and the quick-witted Sarah WW who kept me laughing and on point(s) and M.E. my partner in crime on all the nasty bits in films that we had to screen and my excellent neighbors Jessie the glue of Tribeca who lights up our hood with her charisma and Jordan the Dry and Perfect and Mala who is my new PR agent of love and Cara who is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met not to mention my NYC foodie mama.
And Gail who gave me the most beautiful tulips and has helped me in so many ways both professionally and personally! And Sam who I adore and think the world of. The world! And Dru who is so sweet and shares a Bay Area love with me. A Berkeley Girl!
And Marica who has been so nice and supportive and hooked me UP! I hope we see each other on the UWS and in life! And amazing Corey the boy who is the absolute KING of water cooler trivia and is just a lovely guy. I hope he gets all he wants. And I missed Katie who went to Wisco and Ian who is in Jamaica and Steven who got lost.
Whew. See? It is just too much. I had a grand night out with these folks and they are my first full family of New York. Who knows how it all plays out from here? I am set on a path and I hope I am able to be as supportive and helpful to them down the road as they have been to me. I know I got to work somewhere special.
When you love the product and the people it is almost like working at Magnolia Bakery with Jesus! (huh? See? I told you this whole mess would just go off a cliff and I would sound like a buffoon who is so undeserving of praise. )
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Pat, John, Chris
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Metro Card Hats
Speaking of which, like one of those German cuckoo clocks at a certain time the massive doors of St. Patrick's opened on to 5th Avenue and a gaggle of alter boys poured out followed by Cardinal Egan with his mitre and staff. He spoke to the throngs, but he wasn't miked and I could not hear a word. All the chaos and colors made for quite a scene.
Cardinal Egan pops out to say hello.
Folks, regular readers of my blog, thanks to my videographer pal and visual genius, Sean, I present for your enjoyment?, my first real VLOG. I had one earlier by accident when Paula came to town, but this is a real produced one.
Cool, huh? I just need a few lessons on "on-camera" technique like not mumbling, but it is a start! Sean how much will you charge to be my vlogographer?
This evening after going home and "changing hats" Jon and I met Giovanna & Co. for dinner. Giovanna and I met in Rome 4 years ago through our friend David who lives there. Giovanna was in town for a reunion of friends who all used to live and work in fashion in Italy. People came from the UK, US, Italy and Australia. Jon and I managed to just jump on this chic bandwagon. A really fun night out with them. And it turns out Richard from NYC via the UK knows Jon's friend Isadora in LA. Fashion just makes the mondo more picolo.
Robert (Milan) Jon (San Francisco) Pat (New York) Giovanna (London) Stefan (Ft. Lauderdale) Richard (New York)
Giovanna art directed this shot, yet could not look away. I take instruction well.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Some days were made for smoked fish, ya know? It was a bright, clear, sunny sturgeony kind of morning when we awoke. So off it was to Barney Greengrass around the corner up Amsterdam. Great place, untouched since your dad used to take you hunting when you were a kid kind of atmosphere with wallpaper that wasn't considered vintage when it went up and coffee in those cups with rims thicker than you now like, but make you long for the past. And here you got it. It may not be your past, but it feels good.
Jon loitering outside of Barney Greengrass. Hmm? Fishy.
Spring is more than threatening so I have given up my wish for more snow and I am embracing the Frisbee, tennis, potting soil vibe. Central Park, my backyard, was in full starting to bloom glory when we walked through. I do not think I will ever tire of its charms. Or its people-watching.
Folks, does it get better than this?
Jon with Tiny Girl Leaning on His Shoulder.
To paraphrase Sally Field, "Do I live here? Do I really live here?"
We managed down to the Bowery to go to the New Museum. Way cool. If you click on the link in the previous sentence you can really get the perspective of the building itself. A series of boxes stacked in the Bowery. Skid Row Chic. The place was indeed cool and the view of the lower East Side from the 7th floor outdoor was amazing. We looked at old clothes tied up with string and thought "Wow. Powerful."
Atop the New Museum building. Do I live here as well? Do I really live here? Amazing.
That evening we met my friend Robin and the three of us went to see "Passing Strange" at the Belasco Theatre. It is a musical about one man's journey as a musician from South Central LA through Amsterdam and Berlin and back. We thought "Wow. Powerful."
Jon, Robin, Pat on subway passing strangers on the way home from the theataaaaahhhh. Gosh we all look so healthy. This could be our Christmas card photo if it all weren't so complicated.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Jon arrived from San Francisco today just as I was getting off of work. So great to see him waiting outside my brownstone with his smiling face in all his stylish glory. [Great coat, perfect luggage, all noticeable to a the right exact point where it blends in just right with the urban landscape. That perfect balance that he always has.] We went to high school together and I feel so grateful that we have been in each others' lives all these years. I often feel a Goofus to his Gallant, but maybe that is what has made our friendship work all these years! (Can't we switch places once in a while, Jon?!) We always have a great laugh and that is key. [watch this space for later on in his visit!!!]
It was down to the East Village tonight to what my colleague said was the best pizza anywhere in the city. She was SO right. Una Pizza Napoletana on East 12th is the like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. There are no substitutions, only four choices, nothing else on the menu, no salads, etc. But what you get is this sublime pizza experience that you know was created by a craftsman. An artisan, I tell you. And he is open from 5pm until he runs out of dough. That sort of thing. But so worth the trip, the wait, the weight, and the expense.
Jon with his people
Afterwards we took Cara's further instructions and had a dolci at DeRobertis Pasticceria and Caffe on 1st Avenue at 10th. It has been there since 1904 and is a great trip back in time. You can tell that the great-grandchildren are weighing out your biscotti and the grandson is making you your perfect espresso.
A quick whip round to see Ron at OG Restaurant on E. 6th as he was in the neighborhood. I just wanted Jon and Ron to meet and we ended up sitting down and having a great blether over exotic desserts, ginger tea and port. Ron gave us great local tips and even drove our tired carcasses home. As my dear friend Lisa always says, "I (she says I for her, but I say it for me here) have just the most wonderful friends, I am so blessed."
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Hilary and I went to see this musical last night called "In the Heights" at the Richard Rogers. First off I want to say I love seeing theatre in New York because the theatres are smaller and I feel more connected to the stage. This is a traditional Broadway theatre house AND it didn't hurt that we had excellent seats.
A Whole Lotta Great.
The star Lin-Manuel Miranda also wrote the music and lyrics. This is a 28 year old guy with a lotta talent I have to say. When I first heard the rap coming out of his mouth about life in the hood/barrio my candywrapper-crinkling fogey self thought "Homey ain't gonna like dis." It was great. Great energy, great use of musical styles, dance, etc. The set is great and I basically had a great time. Yes, some is predictable in that musical theatre "Okay she's got to die so he can live and he can't go anywhere because he has to be with her so we can exit feeling good" kind of way. But no matter. It was great.
And half way through as I was listening to the old woman belt out her show-stopping number alone on stage I thought, "Oh, my God! She's not old. I know her! That's Olga. We had lunch. I have been to her house!" I never tend to know Broadway stars. She is a friend of my friend Paul's and we met when we both went to see him in a show he was doing in New York.
As Hilary and I left we passed by the stage door and there she was signing autographs. We hugged and it was so cool.
To complete the total theatre thing, Hilary and I went for a drink at Joe Allen's where we saw Harry Belafonte come in the door after us.
A great night on the Great White Way and it was good to see Hispanics and new style enter the world of the musical theatre. Now to get the Scottish out of our Brigadoon phase.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Representative Sally Kern, Republican of Oklahoma City, drew national attention last week when a January speech she gave before a Republican club in Oklahoma City was posted on the Internet. In the speech, she said homosexuality was “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” Mrs. Kern, the wife of a Baptist minister, has refused to apologize for her remarks. New York Times, March 19, 2008
A "gay PROBLEM"? Sounds like someone needs an exterminator quick. "We've got a gay problem at 4th and Sycamore. This building is going to have to be tented." STUDIES SHOW that societies that totally embrace homosexuality don't last more than TWO DECADES. No wonder 4 out 5 dentists prefer straight people. AND gays are going after two year olds. TWO YEAR OLDS? I was told by the Big Gay Agenda to go after 3 year olds and that is exactly what I am doing. Two year olds? Please!
Gays have more suicides, are more discouraged? IS IT NO WONDER, REP. KERN? IS IT NO BLOODY WONDER?
Some assholes are more equal than others indeed.
Yes, REPUBLICAN Representative OF THE PEOPLE, Sally Kern, has stated that she thinks homosexuality is worse for the United States than terrorism. I remember well when gays lit cans of Final Net and threw them into the stairwells of the Twin Towers and all those people died. It was awful.
This is not some dumbass speaking this crap. This is an elected official. (Did I just write that?) Sure she has a right to speak her mind, but if she is representing me I would do whatever I could to make sure she was sent packing in the next election. Or even immediately. But it seems more and more if you send people to their deaths or encourage others to kill them you are okay in this country. Just don't have sex outside of marriage or we will crucify your hatin' ass.
Fear and hate are so often confused for Patriotism. See: Bush/Cheney/Powell and their Power Point Presentation of Falsehoods that continues to get loads of our citizens killed for a lie. See Adolf Hitler and his killing of Jews under the guise of what is good for the German People. And Rep. Kern says that I want to target two year olds. For what I shudder to think.
So to steal the fervor of Howard Beale in "Network": Get out of your chairs, go to your windows, your schools, your workplaces, your kids, your friends and STAND UP. SPEAK UP. VOTE. Peoples' lives do truly depend on it.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My workmates took me out to a farewell lunch today at Meskerem, an Ethiopian on W. 47th. It was my idea, the place, not the lunch. I wanted something "interactive." And the untensiless cuisine is truly that. I think this is foreshadowing for my next career which will be very interactive OR really messy. The food was good and the craic was great. I work with a lot of really intelligent people and I don't just say that in case they are reading, [hi there, you look so great in that blue thing. It really suits you!] it is true. And with that you get some really quick-witted banter. Love that. Intellect combined with paws covered in lentil gunk is just up my alley. We had a great meal and a great time.
Once again I am truly blessed.
Left at 5 today and walked home. The walk and the hour early departure made a world of difference in my life. I was able to get home and work, shop, clean and eat and watch and go to bed. It was heaven. And this is after 6 months of long hours and a lot of work which was very gratifying I must say. It has been a great consultant gig and I hope I get to work with them again.
Wait, I am not out yet. No farewell speeches. Save your hankies for next week.