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November, 2012

  1. Tough Week

    November 17, 2012 by admin

    It’s been a big week. Ken and I were in LA for two days to celebrate my dear mother’s birthday and to have an early Thanksgiving with his parents, needless to say, we ate well. At 5:30am, while on our way to catch our flight home, I consoled myself with the early time and 6 hour flight with the fact that I would be watching hours and hours of bad TV with a free bag of Pop Chips. But when we got up in the air and my TV was broken, my whole row’s actually, I broke down in tears. The $15 voucher the flight attendant gave me didn’t really help the flow of tears. The actress (i forget her name) across the aisle was watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I strained my neck to watch but without the sound of their whiney and narcissist voices it was a bust.

    Then I find out that my favorite sweet as a kid, the Ding Dong, is no more. I wasn’t a Twinkie person and while I was fascinated by the Sno Ball’s color and texture, the flavor freaked me out. But I loved the Ding Dong. I loved unwrapping that silver foil. My mother wouldn’t buy them but I stole from my friend’s pantry down the street, they always had a big box. Look, when you’re the youngest of six kids and you have to fight for the good food, you WILL steal snacks from your friends house. Anyway, I’m sad they are gone forever because of memories but I’ve moved on to stealing much better food from my friends now.

    My favorite drive up Angeles Crest Highway


    Man contemplates


  2. Hell Froze Over

    November 8, 2012 by admin

    Hell’s Kitchen that is, and the rest of Manhattan and New Jersey. I experienced my first “Nor’easter” and it’s not pretty out there when you’re trying to walk two crazy dogs. Niu Niu went into full Chinese Country Hound mode, lurking low and on high alert. Bernie, sporting his ski jacket circa 1973, looked like he was going to get caught in a gust of wind and pirouette away. All this just after Sandy stormed through, can we get a break??? Is it wrong that I wanted to order a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts, including one topped with multi-colored sprinkles, and eat them all myself? Aren’t I supposed to put on my so-called “winter coat”?

    The good news is that it’s past now and there is a light blanket of snow and the city looks beautiful.


  3. Running Sandy out of town

    November 4, 2012 by admin

    I woke up this morning wondering whatever happened to Sally Jessie Raphael…

    We took the dogs to Central Park this morning, including Cody who stayed with us over the weekend because his mother lost power in her apartment. As you know, the NYC marathon was cancelled after much ado, but that didn’t stop what looked like 50,000 people from putting on their numbers anyway and running all over the city. And they looked pretty angry. Maybe long distance runners always look angry, I would be if I had to run like that. Or maybe that’s just what happens when your body fat dips below 15%, I wouldn’t know about that.

    The city is getting back to itself. The bars and restaurants are bustling. Subway riders are emerging from underground and many people got their power back this weekend. The lines for the gas stations are finally under 100 cars long…but it was devastating. So many didn’t have food, power or heat and no other place to go. Many couldn’t get to their jobs. Fine art was damaged beyond repair and apartments were flooded beyond belief and saddest of all, too many lost their lives.

    If this is what climate change is going to bring on a regular basis then NYC is going to have to figure something out. And fast.