Monthly Archives: September 2011

loving albert


“glory be”

that was one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings.   if you told her something outrageous or surprising her response would be “glory be”  or,  “oh my land”.  “for heaven’s sake” was another common phrase she used.  i loved when she said those things and i miss hearing her voice.


happy birthday, gram –  i love you!
today gram would have been 105.    glory be . . .


“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul”
 -  William Hazlitt

accounting practices

 i’ll admit that math was never really my strong suit, but being jobless at the moment,  i’m considering applying for the position of  world accountant.  i  think i could easily find enough extra cash to solve many of the poverty problems that exist.   once i heard  a story about someone who asked jimmy carter why he thought he was qualified to be president. jimmy carter said something like,  ‘ i never thought i was  -  until i met the other people who were running’.  i totally get that.  

this week many heads of state were in town for the 66th general assembly.  there wasn’t a corner in midtown without at least 8 – 10 cops in plain view.  most of them were texting, talking on the phone or chatting with each other.  on wednesday  i was walking down first and when i got to 50th st., there were 20 or more cops at the intersection.  the intersection, being so close to the united nations,  was the designated route for most of the motorcades leaving the un, hence the enormous presence of police.  i approached an officer and asked if he thought the president would be driving by anytime soon.  he said i just missed him by 5 minutes.  “oh man . . . this is the 4th time this week i missed him by less than 10 minutes,”  i whined.  
“don’t feel bad,” the cop told me, “we missed him too and we were standing right here.”

i estimate that we could probably feed an impoverished village somewhere in the world for a year or more  with the money wasted on police overtime on just 1 intersection in nyc  this week alone.  here are some other examples where i could be useful in my new position as world accountant :

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is living in luxury during the United Nations General Assembly, staying in the $16,000-per-night presidential suite at the Mandarin Oriental.

Kagame’s rooms have “panoramic views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline,” says the hotel’s Web site. Rwanda’s average annual income last year was $1,150, according to the World Bank.   ny post

abc news:  Want to sleep like the leader of the free world? Then be prepared to shell out $7,000 a night for the presidential suite at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel.

reuters: Before world leaders head home on Friday from the United Nations General Assembly, New York City might consider hitting up the heads of state for the nearly $17 million their diplomats owe in outstanding parking tickets.

The New York City Department of Finance said the outstanding balance for the unpaid tickets totaled $16.7 million through the end of July. Egypt topped the list with $1.9 million in outstanding tickets, followed by Nigeria with about $1 million and Indonesia with about $725,000.

(btw,  the cia tells us:  in rwanda, 60% of the population live below poverty level.  in the us = 12% of people live below the poverty level – and the ny times reported:  From 2009 to 2010, 75,000 city residents were pushed into poverty, increasing the poor population to more than 1.6 million and raising the percentage of New Yorkers living below the official federal poverty line to 20.1 percent)

 . . . just sayin’


“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
- Albert Einstein

“everybody has a hero in ‘em”


“Never go through life saying you should have.” 

- Vincent Ardolino
Captain, Amberjack V


take the elevator!


who knew?   :)


“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”
 - Buddha

september 20


grateful for your work on earth, the lives you touched and the many people you helped along the way.  happy birthday sis.


“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. “
 - Christopher Robin to Pooh

buy stuff here

because it’s one of my very favorite businesses and i never want them to go away.   storypeople


“Is willing to accept that she creates her own reality except for some of the parts where she can’t help but wonder what the hell she was thinking.”
- Storypeople

change of plans

i was all set to tell you about last nights adventure with my friend dale at madonna’s house but then ellice  e-mailed this video to me and it’s so funny, i had to post this instead.


coming soon:  dale makes golf plans with madonna’s housekeeper

“When we get to the future, I’ll determine the future.”
- George Allen

houston street gardens

nyc garden apartment


“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”
 Dale E. Turner

what to do

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems”
 Mahatma Gandhi