week of July...
for a few days our "freezer" (little plastic box at
top of fridge) had been not shutting.. which after some time,
led to the entire fridge door not shutting all the way.. uh
oh.. We used a chair to wedge it shut for a few days, but that
did not solve the job completely, thus causing the fridge to
run on extra cool mode more than it should have.. this... led
to... the freezing over of the 'freezer'- creating a solid block
of ice, holding the ice trays hostage. I came home from a bit
of grocery shopping to find my roommate Chris hacking away at
the freezer with a solid butter knife and piles of ice shavings
at his feet. He had been picking for about an hour so I took
a shift, then it became a joint effort. In the climax of flying
ice, he dug out a good sized chunk of ice, stabbed the blade
into the freezer once more, and a the blue ooze of a not so
frozen Otter Pop began to leak... ha this freezer was HUMAN!
Great fun was had, and it gave me a cold little story to add
to my belt. On Wednesday Chris and I planned to meet around
Union Sq. after work to grab a some dinner. His second day back
in the business world from a nice month of vacation, he so generously
offered to take me out to dinner. We went to the very fancy
resturant Union Square Cafe.. with impeccable timing- got to
sit at the bar almost right after getting there. After being
seated, patrons began waiting along the wall the entire time
we were there, for a table or spot at the bar. We split an amazing
gorganzola risotto with a hint of balsamic onion reduction sauce.
For an entre I had the lamb shanks, which came with a potato/gorganzola
gratin. Wow was it delicious! Unless you are a vegi, be careful
of saliva reaching your keyboard. Last, on that Friday my boss
Megan brought her cute little dog to work again, as they were
headed out to Long Island. More picts on the way- soon I will
be all caught up! Enjoy!
of July... Finally!
there is finally proof that July 4th took place! My how I've
been slacking on this website... been really busy here at work,
so no time to play with photos.. and I am spending fractions
of moments at my apartment.. so when am I supposed to work on
it?? I suppose I could request an intern on Craigslist and see
if anyone out there wants to put 'PervertedVinyl' on their resume..
aha.. ha ha.. ANYWAYS- The first two shots (including teds quadrouple
chin) are from around 14th st and um Avenue C? We (met three
very fun Italians at a dinner hosted by Harriet and Paul) ran
up the streets around 9pm after discovering the fireworks were
not visible from the rooftop. Sprinted a few blocks, stopped
a bit when we were inbetween buildings to watch, then ran again..
walked to catch breath.. Finally we made it to the wide street
were there were plenty of people. As I watched a number of explosions
through my lens, I looked around and was surprised by how many
people were also watching and documenting the show through their
camera.. How silly we all are, they only look half as good through
a 2inch screen- yet we feel the need to capture them. I did
get some very cool video footage (of which I am debating putting
a few video's online.. and see how fast I eat up my allocated
bandwidth). After the show we went and hung out on Ali's rooftop
- which had a great view of the street below and big buildings
all around. I'm not sure who's roof is better- as with Sams,
you are not directly in the city, so you can see EVERYTHING,
nothing blocks your view.. but you are rather far from it...
blah blah pros and cons- they are both better than my damn non
existant rooftop.. argh. Next we have a rather silly shot. Riccardo
was curious how my pictures looked so light in the sky, when
it was so dark out- I explained the ability to take long timed
exposures, and demonstrated with a dark area of the roof and
my little blue light. I took two 10 second pictures that came
out completely black... very confused I adjusted this and that,
when it finally dawned on my that the lens cap was still on...
wow... - The next three pictures are fun little light drawings
I did on the roof.
7/3/05- Sammy's Rooftop...
those curious about the gap in days written up and photographed,
since I did not take a picture of their events... they did not
exist... ...well except in my journal, which I am in efforts
to catch up on from my lack of writing this last weekend. Anywho
- Sunday, after a very unproductive day on the town with Cass,
followed by a long midday nap, we headed to her friend Sammy's
house in Park Slope. There were goals of cooking dinner with
wine.. the wine was consumed... dinner was had at a fancy Italian
resturant down the street, in which we caught some justbeforeclosing
slices of gourmet pizza. We grabbed a bit of beer on the way
back to his apartment and migrated to the roof, which had an
amazing view of most of Brooklyn, and a horizon blocked by the
grand structures of Manhattan. Stayed up for amazing sunset,
at which time I finally pulled out the camera and began to document
my surroundings. First a view down the street from the corner
rooftop. Next an interesting siloutte of Sammy singing along
to our ghetto blaster on the rooftop. Funny note- at one point
a cop car drove by, and on their megaphone mentioned somethingruther
'roof' - which we took kindly as a note that some neighbor was
not kind to our early July 4th celebrations. Below that, amazing
red tones that appeared before the sun made it into view. Followed
by Cass in her 4 part series return to the rooftop. A snazzily
timed shot that impressed me too. So modest.. I know. Finally
a shot that not only is blurry, but looks like it shouldn't
be any other way... it helps to justify 'mistakes'- but seriously,
it looks like it should be the level of blur its at, with a
little perfume or colonge logo gracing the corner. Send me an
offer, all you big fragrance companies viewing this site. On
the way home in the morning, got yet another subway sleeping
the 1st and Wednesday the 6th- Doggonit...
miss dogs! Especially Bix... I've been living with a cat.. and
most dogs that you see walking along the street are small fuzzy
poofy dogs that might as well be a cat. I did however get to
have some great dog experiences over the past week. First my
boss Megan brought in her French Bulldog (Dixie) to work on
Friday, as they were both headed to Idaho for the weekend. Next
a dog that I have seen once when I first moved here, the great
observing dog of the second floor around the corner from my
apartment made a guest appearence on my way to work. First we
have the context shot, of what it looks like from afar with
its 2nd floor window, then I just couldn't decide which of the
closeup shots better displayed its personality, so you get to
view both! Arn't you lucky! An interesting note, it is almost
eye level with the subway tracks that were right over my head,
quite possibly that is how it go into it... though to my knowledge
it does not bark at the train.
the 28th and Wed. the 29th- MED and Madlib at FATBeats &
Meeting the Family...
folks, I've got a whole buncha photos for your visual pleasure...
I am beginning to think it's a little silly to start from the
bottom up, as I am creating these things almost all at the same
time, rather than short entries on top of each other, but I
created a system... and by golly i gotta stick to it. Ok so
this starts on a Tuesday, in which I went to the Contemporary
Art Museum in Chelsea, which had some awesome video installations
as well as an enormous collection of Goya prints. I didn't do
the collection justice, as I walked through it rather fast,
for I had needs and desires to run across town to FATBeat records
where M.E.D. and Madlib were said to be playing a short free
set, the day after their big show at Irving Palace. So I got
there about 15min to 5pm when it was to start.. by 5pm the place
was PACKED. This being the tiny non A/C or fan sporting record
shop that it is, the masses were bitching. I too... mentally...
we all waited and sweated for an hour- and at 6pm they arrived.
J-Rocc got on the decks, while MED grabbed the mic (first two
pictures.. top one being ultracool from my taking off my lens
cap, sticking it in my pocket.. it aquiring moisture, me putting
it back over the lens, wondering if that was a bad idea, taking
off lenscap to discover it was infact a horrible idea, momentarily
freaking out from having a fogged over lens, then rejoicing
in the awesome glowy effect it produced.) So they came on, played
a whole TWO songs, and called it quits.. as Madlib was not prepared
with vinyl, but needed CD's to play his instrumentals, of which
there was one.. but it was skipping.. so it just morphed into
the next picture of autograph time. Got my journal signed by
them and PB Wolf.. hm suppose I could scan it for visual proof.
The following day I went and 'met da family'- My 2nd cousin,
(mom's 1st cousin) Harriet and her husband Paul. They were fantastic,
such great senses of humor, excellent cooks, and are doing such
wonderful things for the community. Lastly we have a photo I
took the previous week, but decided to wait to show it for um,
no real reason, I guess it just didnt fit into what I was showing
off then, to which the same is true now. This was an awesome
fountain I came across while walking along 6th Ave.