Monthly Archives: August 2010

just wondering

if this is effective advertising . . .


“The most important word in the vocabulary of advertising is test. If you pretest your product with consumers, and pretest your advertising, you will do well in the marketplace.”
– David Ogilvy

hmmm. . . . i guess that would be a hard one to test.

this is better.  i saw this ad right on the corner of  houston & spring streets.  went back an hour later and the bike was gone.  he had better ad copy.


“Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”
– Ted Turner

bergdorf’s, bendels or duds for divas?


“To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art”
– Chinese Proverb

road reading

i love when people have good bumper stickers. although i don’t like them on my own car, i’m glad other people have them.  it’s good entertainment while driving.  but i never did understand why people put those silly white oval stickers with 2 letters on their car.  this cracked me up!



“The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs?”
– unknown

just wondering

why did i pay $79 to be a amazon prime customer?
oh yeah – for the free 2 day shipping on all orders!

here is the e-mail i just got from amazon:

Order Placed:  August 20, 2010

  • Order Number: 102-x
  • Shipping: Two-Day Shipping
  • Order Total: $55.14
Shipment 1 of 1

Shipping Soon

Delivery Estimate: August 30, 2010

Sold by:, LLC


“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

a ganesh of my own

ever since i found out that ganesh was the lord of beginnings and remover of obstacles, i’ve been on the lookout for a ganesh of my own.  luckily, while walking down macdougal street i stopped in to nepa bhon. the owner of nepa bhon is a beautiful woman from nepal – a very old soul whose wisdom and radiance are palpable.  she told me that most of the items in her store were manufactured in her family home in nepal and if i had any questions about any of the items in the store she would be happy to tell me about them.

i told her i had come for ganesh and found just the one i was looking for.  i asked the woman if she would rub his belly or do whatever needed to be done to activate my ganesh to remove the abundant obstacles that i’ve been attracting in my world. . . she just smiled and told me he will really work – not to worry.
he was perfect – just sitting there on the shelf waiting for me to take him home – so i did. actually i’ve been taking him everywhere. i took him to johns on bleeker for some pizza, we went to pinkberry together and just last night we went for a long drive in the country. i could tell right away he was working already – when we got to pinkberry and i discovered they’ve added ‘chocolate’ to their list of yogurt flavors!

of course i share  ganesh with ivan, due to the health obstacles he’s been experiencing the last couple of months, and i believe they’ve become good friends.  here they are on ivan’s yoga mat sharing some quality silence together.   this morning ganesh is sitting on my computer, removing obstacles while i enjoy my coffee.

later, i think we’ll go to the pool.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
–  Maria Robinson

smile & dance!


“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined”
– Lord Byron

fighting with monsters

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

i pick #2

#1: doom & gloom



Hi: 91°F Lo: 65°F Hi: 81°F Lo: 65°F
Pop: 20% Pop: 40% Pop: 50%
Updated 6:53 am edt tue aug 17 2010


#2: happy weather


same day, same time, two different channels.  which channel do you subscribe to?

“It’s a beautiful day outside but we know the weather is going to change. Our meteorologists are closely monitoring the weather conditions. We recognize that just a few degrees difference in either direction will make a difference in what kind of precipitation falls.”

Dayle Stewart

a good man


Membership has its privileges.

The homeless man who borrowed a Manhattan ad exec’s American Express Platinum credit card and returned it to her a short time later has been flooded with people wanting to reward his act of honesty.
Jay Valentine yesterday received numerous offers of cash, and even got a job offer from an airline.
A rep for Air Wisconsin, a regional airline operating out of La Guardia, said it “would love for him to apply” — to be a flight attendant.

A Texas man, meanwhile, offered to give Valentine $5,000 cash.  “He’s truly honest, which is a rare commodity,” said the benefactor, who chose to remain anonymous.

“He used the credit card for necessities, not drugs or alcohol. He needs assistance, and we all have an obligation to help those in need.”
Valentine could have stolen the card and gone on a shopping spree. But the homeless man’s honesty moved many. The Post yesterday got some 100 e-mails with offers of rewards

(if you have no idea what this is about, see  original story :) )

more good people


“The world is good-natured to people who are good natured.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

mouse poop in the toaster

luckily i thought to check before toasting.

enough said about toaster.  fortunately a toaster is not necessary for toasting.


Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.”