6/14/05 - Prospect Park...
 
Took off today with Cass for Park Slope and a walk/hike at Prospect Park, where we came across this most awesome butterfly. It was quite timmid at first, but as I was persistant in trying to get close to it, I suppose it finally gave up and let me get a close shot. Along our hike, we went up a few flights of stairs that felt as though we would soon reach the great temple of Brooklyn.. rather we came across a monk named Jeremy, who was enjoying the day playing some improv sax on the summit. We listened for quite a while, then I attemped to jam with my harmonica... and quickly learned I need to first practice playing along with music, as I have no duet harp skills whatsoever. Later in the evening we headed to ZINC Bar to catch a friend of Cass's, Ansel Matthews, who was the doorman/bouncer a few nights before during the Jeff Tain-Watts show we went to. Both were most excellent jazz, being played in such a small bar that it felt like sitting in on a living room jam session. On both sets of pictures, I managed to capture a surrounding shot from afar, then a close up. Was it planned... sure. Oh and out of order, cause I wrote so damn much, theres now a picture of ZINC Bar's sexy jazz cat.

6/11-12/05 - More Exploring...
 
My pictures of exploring are quite possibly mixed up.. from downloading pictures at random times, and editing them down.. soo some pictures probably took place on previous day.. but blah- it doesn't really matter, because without web access to put this online, you are going to see it all at THE SAME TIME. I was beginning to think that this breaking up of picture dates is a little silly, as I should just put up a page of pictures, with little story/blurbs about each one...hm, I shall consider this. I also need to setup a page of just writing.. a place to copy over a few entries from my daily journal...- But as for these pictures, they go as follows: A great moment captured on the subway in the middle of the day.. and has sparked me to try and create as big a collection of these as possible. Notice someone sleeping... run over and try to sit across from them.. snap it.. and put camera away.. buwahaha. The next two are my clitche moments.. a street vendor with really nice lighting behind him and the rushing taxi through the swanky designer clothing store strip. Lastly a 'the artistic' shot... walked past a wedding reception in Central Park, and saw this nicely lit sand box, as it was getting rather cloudy overhead. The last two pictures are actually from the 10th.. Friday.. so sorry.. but they are snaps from the off Broadway show 'Drumstruck' I went to see.. got these pictures before I was asked to put away my camera.. so hopefully they will not see this page- or else.. well off the pictures will go. Most excellent African Drumming, that had the entire audience participate, with their own Djembe drums on each seat.

6/9/05 -Union Square...
 
Hung out at Union Square the last two days, saw the Saturday morning market... in the afternoon... then stopped by there for a bite to eat the next day. The Whole Foods market has a second floor dining area, with a great view of the square.. people watchers haven. Click on the picture below for the long pano photo... Or CLICK HERE for a QuickTimeVR spin around of the square. I recommend you rightclick on PC, or Control key+ Click on the link above, and save the file to your computer for best viewing.


6/10-11/05 - Exploring...
 
Hit up a bunch of museums over the past two days: The Guggenheim, The National Academy Museum, and The Whitney. Oddly enough I didn't take a picture from the outside of The Guggenheim... more the reason to go back. Also most of it was closed, until July 1st, when two new exhibitions open up. Pict on left is inside, looking up of Guggenheim... on the bottom row, first we have the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever seen. Next is the French onion soup and a Carife of Cote de Rhone, from Balthazar resturant on Spring St... Such a perfect way to end a day of exploring. Followed by the lovely Ms. Cassandra, my roommate for the month of June... and last but not least we have an intriguing etching by Jack Pierson, located in The Whiteney. I got a few pictures while there, before being told to put the camera away. I had read in a NY book that photographs were allowed there.. later found out the book I've been using, was published in '94 - guess their policy on taking pictures has changed since then. Wrote a lot, so heres another photo- a jaw dropping lithograph by Vija Celmins.

6/9/05 - Records...
 
Stopped by East Village (? west 4th ave) today after work... First visited The Scratch Academy - of which I forgot to take pictures, as it was sooo hot in there. Awesome place, tons of turntable setups, can pay $50/month for unlimited practice time. I was thinking about it.. stop by there on way home from work each night.. but I'm living with a dj, who's setup isn't ideal for scratching.. but it's good enough.. just gotta buy skipproof records. Also must like a gym membership.. I probably wouldnt spend as much time there as I should, and then would feel guilty. Blah who wants guilt. After I scratched for 20minute or so, I headed down the block to FatBeat Records.. pictures below. I'll try to take some picts of the Scratch Academy.

6/8/05 - The Neighbors...
 
Some new pictures for you all, first we have the leftover fun of some kids during the day. It was tempting to try and put it together, but I think the chances of a piece missing are pretty good. Below there is the view of the subway passing from my apartment window... neighbors C and Moe... followed by the man known as Shoddy, Shaddy, Ugly, and whatever else Moe comes up with. Last but not least, we have our 'lil homie' buddies starting their own revolution on the turntable.

6/7/05 - Setting up the site..
 
Put the site together... Just gotta have a few people check it out, and let me know if it is loading correctly... and then the magic will begin! For now, heres a quick shot taken from the window of my apartment looking upon the street and subway off to the left... Sure most people would be anoyed by the proximity of the train, but having lived the same distance from it in Chico, I now look forward to that sound as it helps put me to sleep.

6/4/05 - Flying out to NY!..
 
And awwwway we go! Not only did Mr Rayman help me move outta my place in Chico, he and the lovely Ms Jesse gave me a ride out to the airport for my nighttime flight. Again thankyousoverymuch mom and dad for treating us to dinner in Oakland, as a nice bribe/thankyou for their airtravelsupporting generiosity. In the rush and excitement of travel, I managed to leave my newly purchased Rolling Stone and Mens Journal research mags in the car... In the fluster of realizing I did that, when checking in for my boarding pass, I was swayed into giving up the exit row seat I had personally selected (though it was a middle of three seats..)- for a window seat near the back of the plane. Shortly after doing so, I realized, 'you idiot... this is a night time flight... nothing to see WHATSOEVER!' - D'oh! As luck would turn out, the seat happened to be right next to a young couple, with a 1.5 year old sitting on their lap! AHH. The couple was really nice, the baby.. so so. They said they slipped it some Tylonal to help it sleep.. which it decided to wait a good 4 hours to do so, in the mean time it decided to cry off and on.. waaahooo. So in what I now find funny in the hindsight, I can truely say 'No sleep till Brooklyn'... After a 3hour late/funnyhaha airport pickup from new roommate Cass, we headed off to the beach in Long Island- which was sooo nice, beautiful way to readjust from air travel.

Late May - Pre-Req's for heading to NY
 
Had to move almost all of my beloved crap (many many treasures) into storage, as it would be oh so silly to pay rent in Chico as well as the ever so expensive NY. With the help of a Mr. Rayman, I was able to get everything into this place in quite a timely fashion- now we just have to hope it's all there when I return...