On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.
In May 1890, Van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, where he continued to be plagued by despair and loneliness. On July 27, 1890, he shot himself and died two days later at age 37.
“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent Van Gogh
What you own and what you earn will be uppermost in your mind this weekend but don’t focus on them to the exclusion of everything else. There are more important things in life than dollars and cents. True love costs nothing.
this is good news as i own very little and have not been paid since november 7th. also good to know that true love costs nothing – but leave it to the post to forget to include where i can get some.
“I read my horoscope. The first line said, ‘Ignore bad advice.’ Fine. I stopped reading my horoscope.”
— Dan Spencer
here is today’s “live” nyc weather from the same site:
December 18, 2009 8 am 21° F
if the low for today is 25°, how is it that some employee at weather-bug, presumably gettting paid good money, posts that it is currently 21° (8:00 am) yet leaves the posting of low for the day at 25° ? things like this really annoy me. i am not using weatherbug any more.
the ny post on the other hand, shows that it is currently 16 degrees with todays low being 26 degrees. since nobody really takes the post too seriously it doesn’t bother me quite as much . . . but still. . . . is this acceptable employee behavior?
if you’re looking to hire, i suggest recruiting from the pool of peeps at wxNation – here is their report:
“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not” – anonymous
on my way from pranamandir yoga studio on w. 43rd street to mckenzie childs on 57th, i decided to stop by rockefeller center to see the tree. i headed up fifth avenue at around 4:30. at about 45th street, it became so crowded people were forced to use the street as additional sidewalk space, blocking off 1 entire lane to traffic on both sides of 5th avenue. at the intersections of 5th and 49th through 52nd as usual at christmas time, there were cops & barricades on every corner to hold the crowd back in front of rockefeller center. this meant that all of the people using the street space had to merge onto the sidewalk. it was so crowded that in a 2 block span, i was hardly able to move. when the light changed and it was time for the pedistrians to cross, there were too many people to allow any movement and i found myself at a virtual stand-still just like gridlock at the holland tunnel. it took 2 changes of the light and lots of cops yelling just to cross over 49th street. i was not the only person who began to panic and it got a little bit scary – especially for parents of small children. it took me about 20 minutes to cross 49th street and then cross over 5th avenue at 49th and duck into sak’s for air.
although i was on the very same block of the rock center tree, i never even got a glimpse!
just when i was wrapping up what i thought was a fairly productive day, i came upon this story.
tomorrow i will do better.
San Diego Experience
Spa Founder, Now 87, Works Out With A SEAL
By Wendy Lemlin
For her 87th birthday this year, Deborah Szekely gave herself…a personal trainer. A Navy SEAL comes to her home at 6 a.m. three mornings a week, to help her get the most out of her daily workouts.
Fittingly, Szekely (pronounced SAY-kay) is the founder of two of North America’s premier destination spas, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, and The Golden Door in Escondido. Through her vision, these fitness-oriented spas, which have played host to Hollywood elite, social philosophers, “health nuts” and hundreds of thousands of guests, have long been the gold standard of spas.
Szekely is regarded as the godmother of the modern-day health-and-fitness movement, and was an advocate of eating organic foods and following a sustainable lifestyle long before those phrases were coined. She has founded, funded, and serves on the boards of numerous charities and nonprofits. She meets with the Dalai Lama, authors cookbooks, serves on international commissions and is constantly in motion.
With the vitality of a woman half her age, Szekely is an unstoppable force of nature, and challenging the perception of aging. In her 60s, when other people would have begun slowing down, she ran for public office, started a new career with the U.S. Diplomatic Corps and served as president and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, D.C.
For Szekely, it’s all about attitude. “You create your own joy,” she says. “You create good health. There’s always something new that fascinates me, some new project I want to start. I have as many goals and ambitions today at almost 88 as I had at 58. I have too much yet to do. I don’t have time to get old.”
i knew he liked cardomon seeds because he ate a hole through a ziplock bag of them i had on the kitchen counter – so i used them as bait in the d-con no view – no touch mouse trap. mouse-boy fell for it. mouse-boy had a very good life but it’s still a bit sad to know it’s over. ivan and i had a small prayer service.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” – Leonardo da Vinci
ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York state Senate decisively rejected a bill yesterday that would have allowed gay couples to wed, providing a major victory for those who oppose same-sex marriage and underscoring the deep and emotional divisions surrounding the issue. story
“The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness.” – Dorothy Thompson
“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
– Bertrand Russell
7:00 – over slept one hour. it’s raining. mouse-boy is back only now he is no longer a baby and not nearly as cute as he was in the beginning of the summer. he is currently in my closet. i saw evidence of him recently so fresh cab natural mouse repellent has been ordered and should arrive any day now.
9:00 – move car to meter put use 6 quarters to buy one hour of parking.
9:45 – go out to move car back to 73rd street meter is blinking “failed”. there was $65 ticket for ‘expired’ meter on my car. i got in the car decided to go back to 73rd street and sit in the car until 10:30 when it is legal to park. there was not a spot anywhere on 73rd street. after circling the block 4 times I ended up back at a meter on 1st avenue. I fed the new meter another 6 quarters and then realized I did not have my house keys and I had locked myself out. i rang every buzzer in the building and got in. i went back an hour later to try parking on 73rd street again – still no spots. After all of that i drove to harlem & parked the car in my garage. I walked home crying for all 30 blocks – thinking about all the reasons I have to be sad. i am one month behind in getting paid. the fact that i am 47 & living paycheck to paycheck is disturbing beyond explanation. that’s a long story that I will spare repeating right now – suffice it to say my bills are due now.
i got back home at 12:30, have yet to start work & it’s time to go to 61st street for my volunteer senior exercise class.
it’s now 4:00 & there has been a jackhammer working on the roof of the garage 40 feet away since about 8:00 am. i have a very upset stomach.
dec. 2, 2009 – decide i must close out a retirement account containing $4,500 at chase bank in order to pay my rent, amex, health insurance, phone, parking & cable bills & $65 parking ticket. the fine is $154.00 the tax penalty $430. it cost me $584.00 for NOT getting paid. i have broken out in fever blisters on my lip, gained 5lbs, and cannot concentrate on anything except my financial situation & the fact i have to move to a less expensive place. to add insult to injury, the 20 something year old banker at chase asked me “for tax penalty purposes”, if i was under 59 1/2 years old. i held back the tears until i got outside of the bank.
‘fresh cab’ natural mouse repellent arrived in the mail. it says to use one sachet for every 300 square feet. i will use 4 in my 350 square foot apartment just in case. i have placed one in the stove, one behind the kitchen microwave cart, one in the closet and one at the living room window which i believe he uses as the entrance into my apartment. jack hammer is still going strong. it’s raining again.
dec 3, 2009 – woke up to mouse poop all over the kitchen counter.
preparation for important conference call tomorrow started at 8:00. i’ve never done this before so I ask richard to do a ‘test call’ with me at 9:15. richard agreed and said we should invite gene who is a professor of clinical nuclear medicine at albert einstein college of medicine. i can only imagine gene has more important things to do but he agreed to be a part of my test. I got the conference call account set up with a company I have never heard of and scheduled the test call for 9:15. email invitations are automatically sent out by the conference call company and everyone invited to the call gets a call in number and an access code. at 9:15 i called and couldn’t get in. i hung up and dialed again. this time it worked. i could hear gene and richard talking. and then I heard ellice. i had no idea why ellice was on my conference call and i’m quite sure richard and gene were just as puzzled. as it turns out, ellice had no idea why she was on the call either. she had simply responded to an invitation she received. tomorrow i be will be more careful and double check the invite list. all day i’ve been having visions of my mother chatting it up with the chairman of the nutrition department at harvard university.
9:30 – made the decision to go to the gym. i told richard where i would be in case he was looking for me. he agreed it would be a good idea and told me to “be careful”.
i took a newly washed pair of workout pants to wear from the closet only to discover that they were completely ruined just like the 9 pair I have already thrown away in the last 6 months.
on a lighter note. . . while on my way to buy mouse traps i saw thong man running up 1st avenue. he was wearing black fishnet stockings, a solid black thong leotard and of course, sneakers.
“Our attitude will determine our stress.”
– Catherine Pulsifer