First week of July...
 
So 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!

4th of July... Finally!
 

Sooo 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.

Sunday 7/3/05- Sammy's Rooftop...
 


To 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 opportunity.
Friday the 1st and Wednesday the 6th- Doggonit...
 
I 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.

Tues. the 28th and Wed. the 29th- MED and Madlib at FATBeats & Meeting the Family...
 
Alrighty 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.