Monthly Archives: August 2010

just wondering


if this is effective advertising . . .

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“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.

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

bergdorf’s, bendels or duds for divas?


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“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!

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“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: Amazon.com, LLC

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“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.

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

smile & dance!


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“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


TODAY TONIGHT WEDNESDAY WED

NIGHT

Areas
Of
Fog
Chance
Of
Rain
Chance
Of
Rain
Chance
Of
Rain
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

vs.

#2: happy weather

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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


By KEVIN FASICK and TODD VENEZIA

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

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“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.

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

boomer


i really do like to scan the headlines of the ny post every morning – i just can’t help myself.  at least one ‘must read’ story captures my attention each day and today’s front page article may just be my all time favorite.  here are the highlights (along with my comments)

He’d be his own best friend.  (love!)

A Pittsburgh man who’s a self-described “furry” is on his hind legs awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he can legally change his name to Boomer the Dog. (furries? i had no idea.)

Gary Guy Mathews, 44, has been dressing up as Boomer for most of his adult life, and is expecting to find out in the next few days whether a judge will grant the name change that Mathews has pondered for years, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported yesterday.

Backing up his bid are friends — including one named Hobnose Bordercollie — who say they already call him Boomer the Dog. (“hi, this is my bff, hobnose bordercollie”)

Furries are people who are fans of animals with human characteristics — and who enjoy dressing up as them.  who knew?

Mathews, a single, unemployed (how shocking!) computer technician, said he was inspired by a short-lived NBC show called “Here’s Boomer

Mathews has since become a fixture on the furry convention scene(!), even posting on YouTube a video of himself in his shredded-paper terrier outfit during the 2007 Midwest Furfest. (i am wondering if  nyc has a furfest and if so, will put on calendar asap)

Dr. Samuel Conway, CEO of the Anthrocon furry convention in Pittsburgh, told the paper, “I wish Mr. the Dog luck in his pursuit, with the earnest hope that he has chosen a career path for which such a monicker would be of benefit.” (note; “Dr.”)
if you would like more information – or just confirmation that this is true, here is boomer at the 2007 furfest:

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for complete story, including picture of gary / boomer, click ny post

“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”
– M. Scott Peck

coffee for 2


it’s 6:00 am.  as i do most mornings i made my decadent morning coffee using frothed french vanilla coconut milk creamer topped off with a sprinkle of palm sugar and headed outside with my laptop where i am greeted my little bumble bee friend. she hangs out with me and circles my coffee cup while i check out the headlines from the post. i usually have to shoo her away from the rim of my cup several times just to take a sip. when i am finished or, the coffee gets cold – whichever comes first, she goes in the cup and feasts on the  froth lightly covered in palm sugar that remains on the inside surface of the cup.

this morning she must have been particularly hungry. as soon as i put the steaming cup on the table she landed on the rim. countless efforts to shoo her away failed – she wanted the coffee and today she was not going to wait her turn. rather than to get angry, i went inside to prepare some french vanilla coconut milk creamer topped off with a sprinkle of palm sugar in a small dish so that my bumble bee friend could enjoy her breakfast while i enjoyed my coffee.  i was imagining her delight when i arrived back on the deck with her breakfast and was surprised not to find her on the rim of my coffee cup.  i walked around the deck with the small dish i had prepared and looked for my little friend with no luck. i decided to place the dish next to my coffee cup, go back to the post online and wait for her return.  you can imagine the horror i felt when i reached for my coffee and found 4 legs sticking straight up from the froth!  my poor bumble drowned in hot coffee with french vanilla coconut milk creamer and palm sugar right in my cup.   poor bumble.  :(

i sure hope this is not a sign of how the rest of my day will unfold.

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“If a man doesn’t find something to die for he probably hasn’t anything to live for.”
- unknown

suburban shopping


no matter what you want, you can find it somewhere in the city.  in the suburbs, not so much.  i did expect this to be true but i also figured fresh veges would not be the item i would have a hard time finding, after all, this is the  “garden state.”  my first stop upon arrival was ‘bardy farms’, a local farm where my mom would shop a lot when i was growing up.  it somehow managed to survive the ‘sub-urbanization’.  at bardy farms you could get fresh jersey corn, giant really red juicy tomatoes, all things home grown, plus jams and home made desserts.  i was surprised to find it was still around after all these years.  i was even more surprised to find haas avocados, dole lettuce and all the regular prepackaged chemical foods found in the regular supermarket.  no more home grown fresh jersey produce – what a disappointment.

this weekend while aimlessly driving though a nearby town in search of photo opportunities,   i finally found a food store with fresh veges! here it is:

i purchased 1 tomato, 1 zuchini, 1 squash, 1 eggplant and 4 beautiful flowers. i happily put $6 in the container provided and headed home for lunch.  did you ever see such beautiful vegetables?

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
~Luciano Pavarotti

still so handsome!


ivan;  derived from Greek ioannes. ivan was the name of six russian rulers, including the 15th-century ivan III the great and 16th-century ivan IV the terrible, the first tsar of russia as well as the name of nine emperors of bulgaria, none of which compare to the greatness of today’s birthday boy!

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have you ever seen anything cuter?  thanks for the happiness you bring me every day – i love you, ivan! happy birthday to you !!

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“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”
Roger Caras

hidden jewel


i grew up in bridgewater. the small neighborhoods were surrounded by farms and woods which we would ‘cut through’ to get to friend’s houses after school.  some neighborhoods were a little nicer than others, but for the most part that was the only noticeable difference one would find in the town –  a quiet,  predominately white, christian, safe, place to raise a family – which is precisely why my biggest goal in life for as far back as i can remember, was to live in the city.  bridgewater was a wonderful place to raise a family and i am truly thankful to my parents for their insightful choice to raise us there.  it was a great place to foster real connections with friends as well as a love for nature, but i was always an excitement junkie and the excitement was in the city.

with every trip back to bridgewater in the years i was away at college and after, bridgewater grew.  new neighborhoods emerged on the land where the farms once stood, traffic lights appeared at intersections where kids once played wiffle ball, a mall was built and office buildings replaced the fields where we hung out.  i used to say i grew up in the country but now it’s just a place like many others in america – filled with condos, chain stores & traffic.  with all the urbanization, there is still nothing to do. the only difference is, as kids we would do nothing sitting alongside a beautiful brook in the middle of the woods and now, most of those woods are gone.  the wildlife that once inhabited the woods are wandering around town in search of food and it’s not unusual to see many deer, raccoons, gofers, squirrels, an occasional fox or even coyote lying dead on the side of the road.

with all of the building of new homes and businesses, the lack of cultural diversity is still pretty astounding.   yesterday, on the way home from my parents house, i noticed a temple which i must have driven by many times but never really noticed.  i had my camera with me so decided to pull in and check out the photo opportunity.  the temple was closed & the parking lot was empty.  the building is so beautifully unique – amazing – right here in bridgewater – i could hardly believe my eyes.

as i got out of the car, a car came around from the back of the building and slowed down when the driver saw me.  i figured he was in some way connected to the temple and i should ask him about taking pictures. he stopped & lowered the window when i approached the car.  i asked if he worked at the temple & he told me he did. i explained that i was intrigued by the beautiful building and asked if it would be ok to take some photographs.  he said i could.  i had so many questions about this temple and how a place like this could emerge in a place like bridgewater and this guy was happy to fill me in.  he got out of his car and introduced himself as jimmy.  jimmy is in the construction business and has been with the temple since the initial ground breaking. 12 years later, they are still building!  this is jimmy:

the temple was designed by indian temple architects (sthapati)
according to ancient indian temple building codes and was inaugurated (kumbabhishekam) in 1998.  jimmy told me that the temple was closed but would re-open at 4:00 and said that i should come back to check it out because the inside is even more spectacular than the outside.  unfortunately, photographs are forbidden inside hindu temples but he walked with me around the grounds as i captured shots of the beautiful building.  jimmy proceeded to tell me about the long construction process of the temple, where the materials were from and about the work crews hired from foreign lands to complete the sculptures. here are some of the pix: i could hardly believe i was in bridgewater.  jimmy and i hit it off pretty quickly and he continued to tell me all sorts of things not only about the temple, but about the hindu religion and the ceremonies practiced there. it was all pretty fascinating.  he then asked if i would like to see the inside and proceeded to give me a guided tour! we didn’t go upstairs into the main rooms of worship, but they could all be seen through the windows. there were large rooms filled with colorful and ornate statues and magically decorated gold structures that house the hindu gods, a giant sized cobra and a calf, alters everywhere – it was like nothing i had ever seen.  downstairs jimmy showed me the room where wedding ceremonies are performed and gave me insight into the nature of hindu weddings.  there was also a gift shop! the door was locked but through the window i could see all sorts of stuff i definitely need! authentic himalayan incense, statues and all sorts of interesting things. today i am going back to buy a ganesh!

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“So our daily worship of God is not really the process of gradual acquisition of him, but the daily process of surrendering ourselves, removing all obstacles to union and extending our consciousness of him in devotion and service, in goodness and in l”

Rabindranath Tagore

warren & bill


click here to see good.

you gotta love warren & bill!

(if you’re a billionaire with questions on the pledge, please call me at once)

;)

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“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more”
Anthony Robbins

birthday angel


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happy birthday, beautiful girl!  i wish you abundant health & happiness every day. love you soooooooooo much!!

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“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other”
Luciano de Crescenzo

fear is a driving force


As New York City removed the final hurdle for a controversial mosque near ground zero, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg forcefully defended the project on Tuesday as a symbol of America’s religious tolerance and sought to reframe a fiery national debate over the project.

. . . “we would betray our values if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else.”

“To cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists — and we should not stand for that,” the mayor said.

Grappling with one of the more delicate aspects of the debate, Mr. Bloomberg said that the families of Sept. 11 victims — some of whom have vocally opposed the project — should welcome it.

“The attack was an act of war — and our first responders defended not only our city but also our country and our Constitution,” he said, becoming slightly choked up at one point in his speech, which he delivered on Governors Island. “We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights — and the freedoms the terrorists attacked.”  full article

fear can be an incredibly strong emotion. i am wondering if there is a group trying to ban delis selling knock-wurst in the general vicinity of the wtc site – after all, knock-wurst is german, and hitler was a psychopath, right?  and there maybe shouldn’t be any new york owned businesses allowed near the site either because you know timothy mcveigh was raised here and he was a terrorist too – or, does one have to kill more than 168 people in order to warrant a stereotype for people with similar characteristics (ie: being a newyorker)?

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and in the

today . . . .

A Chinatown man was convicted yesterday of a macabre murder — strangling a young woman who’d spurned his advances, then sleeping for two days with her corps.  article

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i suppose we should watch for chinese in the area as well.  keep your eyes peeled for any buddhist or taoist temples going up anywhere in the vicinity.

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“Stereotypes are devices for saving a biased person the trouble of learning”
- anonymous

may all beings be well, may all beings be happy,
may all beings be free from suffering.