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The White House’s new security plan: Lock the front door

every time i see a headline like this i wish i worked at the new york post.  it has to be fun . . . .   seriously though, if the peeps in dc need some high level security tips, i suggest they just spend the week in nyc during the general assembly – which happens to be this week.

i’ve been out sniper seeking with my zoom lens since saturday and haven’t seen 1 sniper.  these guys are good.

i’m not sure what the mission of these people is, but they are scattered about the sidewalks near the united nations building.  they look like they have bombs strapped all over themselves and i have to believe this would  effectively keep people from trying to break in to the white house.

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they do not like having their pictures taken either.

another effective tactic used by the diplomats to keep people away, is extreme noise.  i’m sure they do it on purpose so it must have something to do with their country’s security operations.  wherever a foreign diplomat decides to go, he is preceded by and followed by, an entourage of black suburban’s with lights flashing and very loud sirens.  this goes on all day long.  entourages en route to the u.n. for morning meetings, entourages at lunchtime, entourages escorting their diplomat back to the hotel after daily sessions, and entourages chauffeuring diplomats all around town for dinner and nightly entertainment – all with excruciatingly loud sirens.  i believe the strategy here is simple sleep deprivation.  i know because i live just 3 blocks up first avenue from the united nations and i am just too tired to consider jumping the fence and breaking in the front door.

during the week of the general assembly there is no parking either.  every street in the neighborhood is lined with signs like this:

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if you live between 40th and 55th streets from the east river over to third avenue, you may not be able to go home if there happens to be a diplomat having a meeting, a meal or a cocktail on your street.  on each corner are stationed between 6 – 12 very young rookie cops, whose mission it is to question people to death and check i.d.’s before letting them step foot onto their own block to go home after a long day at work.  i’ve noticed that if you are 20 something, female and beautiful, the young rookie cops will hold you up for twice the amount of time than they detain others.  just an observation that probably has nothing to do with security.

 

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 I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’
 ~ Elayne Boosler

 

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joan & my camera


 

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3 stretch limos waited outside, 2 already occupied by joan’s two assistants and some family members who preceded melisa and cooper. shortly after 10:30 am, melissa & cooper left joan’s home at 1 east 62nd street.

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a beautiful display of flowers and tributes covered half of the entrance to the building.

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i arrived at temple emanu el before the limos and if it were not for the m-1 city buses interrupting the view from the press camp located all the way across the avenue, i would have been able to show you more pictures.  how did they not close 5th avenue??  this was joan rivers’ funeral!  of course, the peeps from nbc, cbs, cnn, people magazine, ect… had anticipated this and came armed with ladders.  i spent 2 hours looking for tiny spaces in between ladder rungs, tripods and body parts trying to secure spot large enough to  fit my lens through. lesson learned.

all of the news media peeps were in crews. there were reporters, camera peeps, videographers and the assistants uploading live feed onto their computers.  by now you’ve no doubt already seen the celebrity arrivals in pictures splashed all over the news so i won’t bore you with mine, but i will tell you about the parts of the ceremony that the big outlets didn’t dwell on.

the lane of roadway closest to the temple was reserved for cars and limos dropping off guests – most had drivers.  then there was the person who pulled up in a beautiful light green maybach. i couldn’t see who it was as the view was obstructed by a double decker tourist bus filled with people taking pictures of the crowds and people in the press pit. it was pretty comical as they focused on the press camp and never thought to look across the street where all the celebrities were wandering about.  back to the maybach. apparently the guest who arrived in the maybach drove himself.  he must be used to having a driver as he forgot to take his keys when he exited his car. for the following 30 minutes or so, the maybach blocked the entrance to the to the temple so the following guests had to get out of their cars up the block and walk to the entrance. It took about 8 cops and two tow trucks, further obstructing my view, to jimmy the locks on the maybach and drive it away.

 

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just one hour after the service began, the front doors to the temple opened and out poured well over a dozen bag-pipers.  for this, they closed fifth avenue and i was grateful for the unobstructed views – until the bagpipers lined up directly in front to me.

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they played as melissa and cooper got into the their limo.

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all the other guests followed melissa out of the temple and waited for their drivers to arrive with their car.

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then – the second most amazing thing happened.  a cop moved the barrier and allowed the press to cross the street.  aproximately 3 seconds later, i was standing in the middle of a crowd of people that included whoopie goldberg, matthew broderick, charlie rose, barbara walters, kathy lee, and all the rest.  i wasn’t exactly sure what to do so i stood back and thought i would observe the pros from abc, nbc, cbs, ect., and then just do what they did.   each ‘team’ sent a reporter to a celeb and asked some questions while the camera person filmed and a third person uploaded the story for ‘live coverage.’  i did not have a crew. should i just walk up to geraldo or kelly osbourne and start asking questions? before i had time to answer my own question, matthew broderick walked by and i concentrated solely on the photo op.

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i knew sara jessica parker couldn’t be far behind so i stood still and scanned the crowd until i saw her heading my way.  she was just several feet away from me when the first most amazing thing happened – – my camera died!  it just stopped.  i tried to remain cool while i frantically turned my camera on and off several dozen times; dug through my bag for the spare and changed the battery;  dug through my bag again for the second spare and loaded that battery; changed the settings . . . . and everything else i could think of. . . . .

i finally came to understand it was simply my electronic disorder rearing it’s ugly head at the worst possible time, and tried not to cry. then i went home.

here are some of the shots i managed to get prior to the death of my most favorite possession . . . .

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joan rivers funeral (diane sawyer)

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joan rivers funeral (robin quivers)

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rest easy, joan – i hope the celebration was everything you wished for.

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“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”
 ~ Joan Rivers

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missed opportunity


(Re-post from 2009)

One of the coolest things about living in the city is that you never know what or who you will see each time you leave home. I just returned from taking Ivan for a spin around the block, last pee for the evening. I was in a funky mood and found myself ruminating on my single-ness. I hate when I allow myself to get this way, but this is the way I was tonight.  As I walked south on First Avenue from 74th  towards 73rd Street, I noticed a cute young couple gaily walking toward me with a very adorable puggle. People with dogs always notice people with dogs. It’s not unusual for dog owners to stop and chat with each other. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason most single people in NY have dogs to begin with. It’s an excuse to be able to talk to people you don’t know.  I was not in the mood to talk to a happy couple.

Campagnolas Italian Restaurant is in the middle of the block between 73rd and 74th Streets. Outside the restaurant sits a bench for people dining in Campagnola’s to use while they smoke or wait for their table. There were several people sitting on the bench. As we walked toward each other, the “love birds with puggle,” neared the bench.  The folks on the bench called the dog over and began to play the pooch. The puppy owners began to laugh hysterically. The folks on the bench were puggle-petting and laughing. Everyone was just so happy. Except me. As I passed by, naturally I looked at the people, all reveling in laughter, playing with the cute pup. Sitting on the bench was Robin Williams petting the puggle! Dam it,  if I had walked just 15 seconds faster it could have been Ivan.

I consoled myself with a frozen yogurt from tasti-delite and reminded Ivan that he had in the past been pet by both Paul McCartney and Brook Shields.

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you made everyone laugh so hard – what a good job you did here. you will be so missed.  rest easy, robin williams.

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You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.
~ Robin Williams

 

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in nyc you’ll find people of all colors, shapes & sizes – animals too.  since most residents  ‘weekend out east‘,  on sunday,  i hung out with this guy in central park.

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“Life was never meant to be a struggle, just a gentle progression from one point to another, much like walking through a valley on a sunny day.”
 ~ Stewart Wilde

 

have you seen penelope?


 

in the event you were planning a vacation to the city, you may want to re-think your travel plans – or at least stay on top of this story from the post . . . . .

 

Pregnant tarantula on the loose in Park Slope

Help, my giant poisonous spider is missing — and she’s pregnant!

A hairy Mexican red rump tarantula named Penelope is on the loose in Park Slope. . . . “She’s mostly active at night and she tends to hide in dark corners,” . . . On the sign, the pet owner asks whoever finds her to put her in a “tupperware bowl” with holes, so she can breathe.

 

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When you seek it, you cannot find it.
 ~ Zen Proverb

 

 

miami heat vs. nets $967.80!!


last night i was on the phone with a friend when a call from an 800 number beeped in.  assuming it was a telemarketer i ignored the call.  earlier today, i realized that i had a message from the 800# call last night.  it was katelin from ticketmaster.  she wanted to verify that i had authorized a $967.80 debit card charge for tickets to the miami heat / nets game last evening.

the first thing question that came to mind was, is that baseball or basketball?  the next thought i had was, why would i authorize a charge for $967.80 when i had less than $500 in my bank account?

i now have negative $457.  

Mom

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
 ~ Buddha

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Secret Package, Shrapnel Marks and a Trashed Apartment


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Secret Package, Shrapnel Marks and a Trashed Apartment.

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nyc from the 12th floor


out the window of my apartment, it looked like this most of the day:

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it’s been snowing since early in the morning.

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it is currently thundering.  thundering really loud.  and a lot.

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i want my normal back.

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“I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means.”
 ~ Duke Kahanamoku 

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thank you for this information


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Weekend storm could drop 3… or 30 inches of snow.

 

The Weather Underground forecasting service sees scattered snow starting in the city Saturday night, real snow coming Sunday morning (one to three inches), followed by more later in the day (three to five inches) — and flurries on Monday.

( That’s not quite 30 inches.  . . . )

That could produce a blizzard that drops several inches of snow per hour on whoever is unlucky enough to suffer the brunt of it, making it the worst storm of what’s becoming known as “the terrible winter of ’14.”

But five days out, it’s all far from certain. “I think we’re throwing darts,” Kines said.

just keeping you ‘posted.’

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i used to think 7 was my lucky number


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i’m changing my lucky number to 75.

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“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
 ~ Carl Jung 

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12 in the city


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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
 ~ Confucius 

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bye bye


from the times square newsletter:

Destroy your worries and bad memories of 2013 and start fresh in 2014!

Submit your bad memories, crazy ex-bosses, loathed music, over-exposed celebrities, corrupt politicians, fashion disasters and ill-fated romances – anything from 2013 to which you’d like to say “Good Riddance!”

At the event Cintas awarded an iPad and tickets to the Broadway show Mamma Mia! for the Most Creative entry.

Pearl Chan won for saying Good Riddance to 2012 – the worst year of her life. Chan took care of her chronically ill boyfriend for 2 years only to be dumped and cheated on after he recovered.

i’m entering the contest. . . .  just giving you a heads up so you don’t waste any of your own time as i’m pretty sure i am going to win this one.

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“A belief is not true because it is useful.”
 ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

missing leaves


they won’t be back until spring and i’m missing the leaves already.

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“What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.”
 ~ Timothy Virkkala

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curtis


i park my car all the way uptown in east harlem on 117th street.  the last time i parked the car, i ran into curtis on my walk over to the subway en-route to midtown.  curtis is a sweet kid who worked as a temporary porter / doorman in my building at the time of the doormen’s strike.  he lives uptown and was on his way home when we met several weeks back.  i wondered if i would see him again as i walked from 117th to the 116th street train station.  

as i stood on the platform and waited for the train, i thought about curtis and hoped he was doing well.  when i last spoke with him, he had still not found a job. he decided to go back to school and planned on applying to an audio engineering program at a college in the bronx.  i wondered if he followed through.

as i exited the train at the 51st street platform, who do you think was sitting on the bench waiting for a train?  yup, it was curtis!   he was running some errands for his mom, which brought him to midtown.  he will find out next week if he is accepted into the engineering program.

i love when the universe answers immediately!

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“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
- Carl Jung

getting ready


you know when it rains it pours.  it’s pouring on east 52nd street today even though it’s 79 degrees and sunny outside.

i’m getting   trying to get my apartment ready for a visitor who is arriving tomorrow for one week.   the rain began last night when i attempted to connect a digital converter to the tv so that my guest can watch at least the basic channels. no can do.

ivan has developed a leak.  a big leak.  he is 98 in people years and i guess these things happen – but still . . .  i have ordered doggie diapers with money i don’t have, and should receive the diapers on saturday.  in the mean time, i have throw rugs on top of blankets covering every square inch of floor space to protect the rugs and flooring. all of these rugs and blankets need to be washed everyday at $7.00 per load.

then the dishwasher overflowed and flooded the entire kitchen.  there was so much water, i had to use my bath towels to stop it from running out into the living room.  since i now have massive amounts of laundry to do, i took the shower curtain & liner down and threw it in the laundry bag along with all of the pee soaked floor rugs.

upon returning home from my early walk with ivan, there was an irate tenant in the lobby who looked me right in the eyes and yelled, “i hate this building!”  when i asked what was going on, she replied, “i have a huge meeting at work today and the water is coming out black. i can’t shower and i have to go out and look for a place to brush my teeth!”

it is now 12:49 in the afternoon and i have not yet brushed my teeth, showered or begun the 5 loads of laundry i have contained in a hefty bag, growing mildew, in my living room.  i cannot clean the bathroom or the kitchen until i have clean water. 

“hi, welcome to my dirty apartment.  i hope you won’t need to shower this week because the shower curtain and bath towels are in that bag over there.  cooking and television will not be available options during your stay either.  please come in . . . .”

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Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.
 ~ Lily Tomlin 

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strolling through central park, i found myself wondering, what has happened to the turtles?

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“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”
~ Wayne Dyer 

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you never know who’s watching


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for two and a half years now, i have lived directly across the street from the thai mission.   the doorman at the thai general consulate has worked there for 41 years, although i didn’t know that until today.   i really don’t know very much about him at all, actually.   he speaks very little english and i’m sure we have never had a conversation lasting longer than one minute – until just now.   on my way back home from walking ivan, he crossed the street and waved me over to let me know that today would be his last day, and in his very broken english said the following:

you haven’t been around much lately and i was hoping i would see you before i left.  you are one of the good ones, a big heart, kind – i know it and god knows it.  i wanted to make sure to say goodbye to you – god bless you.

i am putting that on my top 10 nicest things ever to happen list.

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“If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those around you. If you can maintain this habit,this energy will turn into a steady flow of love.”
 ~ Annamalai Swami

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like it was yesterday


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2 of my brothers volunteering at ground zero 12 years ago.
god bless every one of us.

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“As for those that carried out these attacks there are no adequate words of condemnation. Their barbarism will stand as their shame for all eternity.”
–British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Celine Dion’s Florida House is For Sale $72 Million


Originally posted on Critic Housewife:

I really like Celine Dion.  I respect her beautiful singing voice.  When you have a great voice, look at how rich you can get.

Many months ago when I first saw her Jupiter Island Florida house, I thought, “This is ridiculously over-the-top and EXCESSIVE.”

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Is this the main house? Dunno.

Now it’s up for sale and it’s probably too excessive for even Celine.

  • One 10,000 square foot main house
  • 5 pavillions
  • Tennis court
  • 3 separate pools

The interiors are elegant and subtle.

I would like to swim in this pool; hang out here for days:

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See all the photos here.

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how to pick a mayor in the city


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They’ll drink to that! Dem mayoral candidates vow to let New Yorkers swill beer on their stoops

They’ll drink to that!

Booze lovers are toasting the Democratic mayoral candidates, who say almost unanimously that if elected they’ll let New Yorkers swill a beer on their stoops.

When asked the question in the “lightning round” at Wednesday’s Democratic mayoral debate, all the candidates — except Erick Salgado, a minister — said city residents should be able to drink a beer on their stoops.

“I should be able to drink ’em in a park and at the beach, too,” Anthony Weiner added.

Mom

“oy vey”
 ~ cags 

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