Monthly Archives: May 2011

working the plan


i had a plan for the memorial day weekend. the plan was to make a new name for myself as a famous photographer known for my ability to capture life in the raw. ( laurie liebowitz ?)  being fleet week in the city, naturally i would begin with sailors.  although first i would have to drop ivan off at camp for the weekend so that i could stay out the entire weekend and not miss a photo op.  while in nj, the plan included stopping by to say farewell to mighty man.  about a week ago, mite’s real mom informed me that mighty man is going to school in north carolina for a year.  i can barely even think about it with out welling up.  if i could focus the lens through the tears, i planned to get some wonderful shots of my beautiful boy.  then back to the city in search of sailors.

well i worked the plan but the plan didn’t work.  when i arrived at the mighty zegen’s yard, this is what i saw:

completely empty.  mighty was no where to be found. i was devastated – standing there with a pound of carrots and no horse.  i left 2 carrots and many tears.  this was not part of the plan.  i hope he knows the carrots are from me.

i drove back to the city in search of sailors.  the fleet week event calendar listed several events over at the piers on the west side so that is where i headed.  a parking spot was waiting for me on 56th between 9th & 10th aves.  from there i walked over to the water and all the way down to 44th street – wandering around the piers for several hours.  my vision of the large group of military men gazing out onto the hudson river – the photo that was potentially the cover shot for next weeks time magazine, was crushed.  with he exception of a handful uniformed men interspersed in the crowd of at least 500 people waiting in line to board the intrepid museum, there wasn’t a sailor in sight.

but i did get this nice picture of some small children playing in the fountain:

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i was grateful to still have sunday and monday to locate sailor activity. sunday morning i headed down to union square.  at the same time my friend susan was on her way down to the seaport and promised to call if the sailors were there. i covered every square foot of union square and beyond. not one sailor.  susan reported no sitings at the seaport either.  but i get to see a taiwanese rock star giving a free concert performance in mandarin.  there was also a  ‘meditation flash mob’ which included about 20 people meditating in the midst of the the mandarin rock concert.

here are some of the meditators:

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i also found these two very cute guys:

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and then i found a whole group of adorable people dancing their hearts out in washington sq. park:

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i ran across several other interesting peeps, but not one sailor.

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i think that fleet week is a some kind of a scam. maybe a test of the gullibility of new yorkers.  someone somewhere wants us to believe the city is crawling with sailors, marines and navy seals but it’s just not true.  unless of course they’ve been so well trained to hide from the enemy that hiding has become a way of life for them – in which case i feel really safe.

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
- Albert Einstein

sailors missing in nyc


it’s fleet week in the city – which is always fun for picture taking.  i remember when i lived on east 55th street, sailors spilling out of the many bars along 2nd avenue from the 30′s into the 50′s.  not so much in the 4 years i lived on 73rd street – - but in the 50′s you could find sailors everywhere you looked during fleet week.  being a friday on memorial day weekend i thought i should get out there early so that no photo ops would be missed.  i packed up my camera gear around 4:45 and headed out full of hope.  i walked up to 57th st., then over to 5th ave., down to 42nd st. and then back up 2nd ave all without spotting one single salior.  not one.  i did however stumble upon a protest in front of the syrian embassy.  here it is:

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when they saw me taking photos, several of the people assumed that i was a reporter and approached me to tell me their stories.  the guy pictured above was shot in the leg on april 15th when he showed up at a similar protest in syria.  he’s been in the states for 2 weeks now and will continue to fight for democracy in syria.

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plans for today include a quick trip to nj to drop ivan off at ‘camp grandmas’, and visit with mighty man, then directly to the piers on the west side where there are sure to be plenty of photo taking opportunities.  the times reported “thousands of members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard who arrived this week for the city’s 24th annual Fleet Week” – can’t wait!

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“We are all sailors on the spaceship Earth.”
 Frank Braynard

fresh start


i went to see the nyc ballet last night.  as soon as i finish the pinkberry that is waiting for me on my kitchen counter, i am not eating again until september.   just juicing – fresh raw organic vegetables and nothing else.

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i should be pirouetting by july – no problem.

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“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”
 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

the spectrum


with the exception of just a few minor discrepancies, (which i will point out in pink) i could have written this very blog post – but i did not.  laura d. did.  i just wish i had.

“Now, I’ve been a form of some kind of vegetarian for almost five (thirty) years now. My family is very accepting of this practice but my mother likens it to me becoming a Buddhist in that it was a very radical departure from the way I was raised. Being a vegetarian was a very foreign concept to my family, particularly my father whose particular “born and raised in Brooklyn/ nj” taste in food is MEAT + VEGETABLES FROM A CAN.

It was especially confusing for my dad because I went straight from being an omnivore to a vegan. Vegetarianism is one thing, veganism is another and my dad was often confused.

WANT SOME PIZZA?

I don’t eat dairy.

WHAT? WHO DOESN’T EAT DAIRY?

Vegans don’t.

OH.

Pause.

WANT ME TO MAKE YOU A GRILLED CHEESE?

Etc. Etc. Etc.

My dad is still confused and I suppose it’s understandable as my sister doesn’t eat red meat, I don’t eat any meat and my sister-in-law is a picky eater in general. He can’t really keep any of it straight.

A few weeks ago, he was going on and on about some new recipe he made and he said STAY RIGHT HERE! I’LL GET YOU SOME TO TRY FROM THE FRIDGE!

Great! I said.

He kept talking. (sans the ny accent)

IT HAS LENTILS IN IT, ALL HEALTHY STUFF. SOME CARROTS, SOME OTHER BEAN TYPE-A THING AND SOME CHICKEN SAWSAGE. SUPA HEALTHY.

Wait, dad? I don’t eat sausage.

BUT IT’S CHICKEN???

Um. I don’t eat meat.

I THAWT CHICKEN WAS OKAY.

No…

Etc. Etc. Etc.

So, I told him over the phone that I was super psyched for him to cook me lunch tomorrow and that vegetarian options would be great if that was okay.

SURE SURE! he said.

But after we hung up, he wasn’t so sure and so, I received three voicemails over the course of an hour.

#1.

LAWRA. IT’S YOUR DAD. I JUST REALIZED THAT ONE OF MY RECIPES CAWLS FOR SHRIMP. DO YOU EAT SHRIMP? I CAN’T REMEMBA. CAWL ME BACK.

#2.

LAWRA. DA SHRIMP YOU CAN LET ME KNOW ABOUT BUT ALSO DERE’S CHICKEN BRAWTH IN DA SPANISH RICE. I CAN MAKE IT WITH VEGETABLE BRAWTH INSTEAD, RIGHT? UNLESS YOU EAT CHICKEN. BUT I DON’T KNOW IF YOU DO. YOUR SISTA DOES. SHE LIKES THAT DISH I MAKE WITH DA PEPPAS. YOU EAT THAT? I FORGET. I DON’T THINK YOU EAT THAT. I’LL GET SOME VEGETABLES FROM DA STORE. WELL, NOT VEGETABLES. JUST THE BRAWTH. OKAY. THIS IS YOUR DAD. CAWL ME BACK SOMETIME.

#3.

LAWRA. YOUR MOTHA SAYS YOU MIGHT EAT DA SHRIMP. BUT DEN I REALIZED THE RECIPE HAS SCALLOPS TOO. ARE THOSE OKAY OR DO YOU NOT WANNA KILL THOSE? CAWL ME BACK.

Oh my goodness.

I cannot WAIT for lunch.”

you can read he entire post from laura’s blog here.

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“people are funny”
- lc 

wednesday, thursday, friday & saturday


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“I’m at that point in the day where I’m tired of myself, she said, so if you don’t mind, I’m going to be someone else until bedtime & we had a lovely time together, my new friend & I.”
 - Storypeople 

pornography found


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Pornography found in bin Laden compound:

Maybe he was just looking for ideas on how to please his 72 virgins.

Investigators reviewing the computer drives seized from Osama bin Laden’s secret lair in Pakistan found a significant stash of pornography, sources said. story*

i’m shocked.
who would have thought osama bin laden would have been capable of such a thing?

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“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
 - Albert Einstein

a new year!


may it be the best one so far, diane!  happy birthday to you!!!!

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click here to find out more about todays birthday girl.

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“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.”
 -  Richard Bach

in the news


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In an epic New York transit meltdown, a passenger came unglued on the No. 6 train in The Bronx, stripped off his clothes and chased people naked through the station — while a transit cop calmly watched the scene unfold.  story

A Queens man inexplicably turned up on Jones Beach yesterday, wearing a wetsuit, packing a gun — and mumbling that he’d just spent three days adrift on a raft.  story

Will Smith has found a trailer to match his massive ego. . . Neighbors say it seems like the only expense Smith spared was their comfort — with many saying they hope an alien invasion will zap it to smithereens . . . (many? really?  i wonder really, how many people said they hope an alien invasion will zap will smith’s trailer to smithereens . . . )“This thing is like a duplex,” said Reisman. “How would Will Smith feel if I parked that thing out in front of his house?  Pix

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just keeping you up to speed.

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“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
 - George Carlin

have to laugh!


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“The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.”
 - Sebastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort


masked man


i haven’t posted a mighty man update lately because i miss him so much it makes me too sad.  but i have been out to visit him several times in the last month and my mom has been filling in for me and calling with updates.  she’s now stocking organic carrots in her fridge just for my boy.  several weeks ago she let me know mite had apparently been to the salon and was now sporting braids.  i had to take a drive out the following weekend just to see.  here he is looking dapper in his new hairstyle.

rasta mite

no one could think he isn’t the most beautiful horse on the planet – am i right?

this weekend i saw him again.  his braids had come apart and the mighty zegen was wearing a face mask!  for a brief moment i had the thought – it could be possible that mighty had been missing me too and his eyes became irritated from crying  - but then i thought not  - and proceeded to worry about what happened to my baby boy.  he didn’t seem nearly as upset with his mask as i was and we had a good time catching up.

the masked mighty man

(he reminded me a little bit of a woman i once saw on first avenue wearing a 3 layer niqab – you click here to see the resemblance.)

as usual he didn’t want me to leave and tried to kick down the fence.  i kept trying to get in my car but had to go back 3 times and assure him i would visit again soon & have mom bring him some snacks during the week.

*zegen’s website

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.
 - unknown