Monthly Archives: March 2010

today’s news


today’s  front page  “news”

1. It’s all Michael Jordan’s fault.
Tiger Woods became a self-indulgent, sex-crazed narcissist because he hung out with the wrong crowd — namely, hard-partying, high-stakes hoopsters Jordan and Charles Barkley

2. Heil, idiot.
Jesse James, posing as Nazi fiend Adolf Hitler with a German army cap on his head, raising his arm in the notorious “sieg heil” salute and mimicking the evil dictator’s mustache with two fingers.

3.  The 2010 Baseball Guide

any if that doesn’t capture your attention and leave you begging for more mental stimulation, you can read about:

‘Steven Spielberg is so paranoid about security at his office, he keeps a never-used motorcycle permanently parked outside in case he needs to make a getaway, a new book about DreamWorks claims.’
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‘Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, Heather Mills, broke down in tears and insisted yesterday that her former nanny doesn’t have a leg to stand on in a lawsuit accusing her of being a psychotic, imperious boss.’ 

just catching you up. . . !

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“The American people deserve to know that they’re not just watching the administration’s spin on their local newscasts — they’re paying for it, too.”
  Senator John Kerry

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happy passover


before college i had never even tasted a bagel.  i’m not even sure if i knew what a bagel was. in the town where i grew up there weren’t too many jewish people or at least i didn’t know it if there were – religion was never a big topic of discussion for me. in fact, i didn’t even realize my friend from high school, debbie feldman, was jewish until i was in college and discovered that feldman was a jewish name.  it was at university of hartford where i got my real education in religion. i was one of two gentiles in my freshman dorm complex. me and dagmar stadlebauer – almost everyone else’s name ended in a man, berg, stein (steen) or a stein (stine).

it was also at u-ha i met my roommate debbie weinstein.  at first i never would have guessed that we would become friends.  not because she was jewish – but because she wore pink sweaters with alligators on them and penny loafers.  there wasn’t a whole lot of that  in the sleepy town i was raised in either.  we didn’t have a lot in common back then but when you live in a 10 x 10 room with 3 people you either become really good friends or really good enemies.  ellen regenbogen was our enemy roommate.

debbie’s family was from boston and we often went there on weekends and jewish holidays. it was at debbie’s house that i tasted my first matzoh, discovered real chicken soup for the first time and ate my first seder meal.  debbie’s dad, mort weinstein and i hit it off immediately and he took real pleasure in having a genuine ‘goyum’ at the table.  he would pretty much make fun of me the whole time and crack himself up in the process.  while holding back her own laughter, diane, debbie’s mom, would roll her eyes at mort & tell him to stop.  mort was loud and funny – and always the center of attention and called me out for everything i didn’t know about being jewish – although diane would have wished it otherwise, constantly repeating, “mort, stop!”   i loved the jewish holidays with the weinsteins.

in the 20+ years since i graduated college, i’ve been to many other seders but none have been quite as colorful as the weinsteins’ because mort wasn’t there.  this year the weinsteins will celebrate passover without mort. 
mr. weinstein passed away in january but i will remember him at tonight’s seder and i will send love, light and good wishes to the whole weinstein family.

mort weinstein

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“Gentiles are people who eat mayonnaise for no reason.”
 – Robin Williams

beast-case scenario


 

Stone also said that now is the season for coyote pups to be born. When they mature in the fall, they could be heading to Manhattan like so many interns looking for the bright lights of the big city.

“I think you’re going to see more in the city because there are a lot of coyotes around the city who can make their way in and get lost,” he said. “It’s got to be pretty bewildering for a coyote to get lost in the city.”

Urban coyote survival tips from wily expert Joshua Piven, co-author of “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook”:

* Since climbing a tree can help you in the wild, try to scramble up a fire escape.

* Use a garbage-can lid as a shield.

* If the coyote comes at you, open up your coat wide to look bigger.

* Don’t try to run; the coyote is faster.

* If you’re sure it’s going to attack, wave a stick at it or throw a rock to scare it away.

* If you’re with a child, put him or her on your shoulders out of the coyote’s reach.

* If all else fails, point to a rat and run.

full story.

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even if i never do see a coyote wandering down 73rd street, i can always turn to the post for entertainment.

i love this town.

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“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”
 – Groucho Marx

un-do


it is currently 28 degrees out.

i may have been a bit eager by doing my winter/ summer clothes switch last week but you have to admit, this is just completely unfair.

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“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be”
 Samuel Johnson

nyc wild life


The coyote had first been spotted Wednesday coming out of the Holland Tunnel at 3:52 p.m. He hardly had time to get reservations at Nobu before officers tried to hunt him down. It’s unclear if this latest coyote was a bridge-and-tunnel type who came from New Jersey, or if he’s the same coyote spotted in Central Park and Chelsea over the past few weeks, who entered the tunnel headed toward the Garden State but thought better of it and turned back.

NY Post: Read more:

 

springing


today is the 4th official day of spring. so far 2 days have been outstanding and 2 have been rainy.  the trees are sprouting baby buds and the crocuses are popping up all around the base of the trees on 73rd street.  drove all the way out to my closet in the country (aka: mom & dad’s house) to do a partial summer / winter clothes switch just so that i could have open toe shoes in anticipation of more warm and sunny days.  

on this day in 1839,the word, OK entered the national vernacular – incase you were looking for something to celebrate…
(On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. www.history.com)

and that’s really all the news fo far for march 23rd 2010.  i hope to have something radically exciting to report by the end of the day.

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“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
 Al Bernstein

sending peace


On this day in 2003, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq. Just after explosions began to rock Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, U.S. President George W. Bush announced in a televised address, “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” President Bush and his advisors built much of their case for war on the idea that Iraq, under dictator Saddam Hussein, possessed or was in the process of building weapons of mass destruction.

No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

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“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
 - Benjamin Franklin

st. pat . . . kidnapped? who knew??



On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled “The Voice of the Irish.” As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

March 17 is a day of international celebration, as millions of people around the globe put on their best green clothing to drink beer, watch parades and toast the luck of the Irish. www.history.com

here i am on my post birthday / pre-st. patricks day celebration having a blast with mel.

happy st. patricks day to all!

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“We all dream a lot – some are lucky, some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real. You are what you feel.”
Tim Rice

water tiger


i was born on a wednesday under the astrological sign pisces.
my life path number is 8.  i was born in the chinese year of the tiger. (water-tiger)

i’m 576 months old.
2,504 weeks old.
17,530 days old.
420,726 hours old.
25,243,594 minutes old.
1,514,615,672 seconds old.

albert einstein was also born on march 14th.

my birth flower is daffodil, birthstone is aquamarine & my birthday is in 2 more days!

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“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
(Sign hanging in Albert Einstein’s office at Princeton)

what we think


We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world.  Speak or act with an impure mind, and trouble will follow you, as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.  We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world.  Speak or act with a pure mind, and Happiness will follow you, as your shadow, unshakable.  How can a troubled mind understand the way?  Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.

won bun 2a

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INSPIRATION (New Soundtrack) from Carlos Lascano

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
 Melody Beattie

thong man sighting 68th & 1st


spring is on it’s way and thong man is back!  the temperature reached 60 degrees today but i still think thong man had to be a little chilly.  his outfit consisted of a very short leopard print, spaghetti strap slip with a low cut v neck and nude panty hose.  i spotted him posing for people in a doorway to an unmanned building on 1st avenue at 68th street.

i love nyc.

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“Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.”
 Aristotle

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barbie is a pisces too!


1959 : Barbie makes her debut. On this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
www.history.com

here she is being her own birthday cake:


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“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.”
 George Harrison

celebrating my birthday


at the cadillac bar (w. 21st st., nyc) in 1988.

 

 

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“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.”
 Cesare Pavese

it’s all about the hat!


no birthday celebration is complete without the perfect party hat.

6 days left to shop .

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“Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.”
 – Margo Nickel

official start


today is the official start of the birthday week countdown.  7 days left to go.  i used to start the official countdown on febuary 14th .  i must have been very busy this month.

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patti rarely missed a birthday in the last 44 years.  i’ll miss her phone call next sunday. 

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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
 Pericles

pisces


today’s horoscope from the post:

Believe it or not you are on the right track and making considerable progress, so there is no need to change your tactics or lower your sights. What you started a few weeks ago will bear fruit very soon.

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if you have any idea what this means for me, please contact me at once.

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“Faithful horoscope-watching, practiced daily, provides just the sort of small but warm and infinitely reassuring fillip that gets matters off to a spirited start.”
 Shana Alexander

what’s with this chick?


Maniacal mannequin Naomi Campbell has allegedly pummeled the help again — this time, a chauffeur who says she thwacked him repeatedly in the head with her fist from the back seat as her Cadillac Escalade careened through Midtown yesterday afternoon.

The volatile diva allegedly struck Miodrag Mejdina, 27, of Ridgewood, Queens, hard enough to send his head into the steering wheel — leaving him with a bruise under his left eye, according to police sources.

She was apparently furious over the fact that Mejdina, who also has chauffeured her boyfriend, refused to snitch on her beau and tell her whether he was cheating on her, sources said.
Read more

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“Nonviolence doesn’t always work — but violence never does.”
 – anonymous

best e-mail this week


Hi Laurie,
 
I wanted to let you know that Met Council is recognizing you as our volunteer of the year!  Thank you so much for all that you have done for Met Council and our clients.
To show our appreciation we would like to invite you to the UJA’s Volunteer Recognition Event on Wednesday, April 21st from 4-6:00PM.  At this event several organizations will be honoring their top volunteer and dinner will be served!
 
Thank you once again and I hope to see you on the 21st!
 
P.S.  I hope to be stopping by yoga one Tuesday this month… I’ll keep  you posted!
 
Julia Sherman
AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
80 Maiden Lane, 21st Floor, New York
(212) 453-9526
www.metcouncil.org
 
Helping 100,000 New Yorkers each year find immediate relief and lasting solutions to poverty.

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yes, i was a bit surprised .  .  .  but then i remembered  my first day  with this organization and realized this may be the only way to make it up to me.

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“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.”
 – Alex Noble

who’s the best ballerina?