Monthly Archives: March 2011


cell phone rings.

me: hi, can i call you right back on my land line?

df: sure

me:  run to kitchen to get glasses in order to see number to dial back. though df was returning my call of 5 minutes prior i did not retain the number i had just called.

cannot find glasses albeit i know there are at least 8 pair in apartment.

check every room.

run back to kitchen and resort to large magnifying glass i keep for emergency purposes.  look at number on cell phone.

run to office to get land line.

run back to kitchen to look at number on cell phone again.

a good 5 minutes later i call back and say, – – well, i can’t remember what i said,  but it was something along the lines of hating not being able to see without glasses and apparently having lost all brain cells in charge of the memory department.

(she knew what i really meant was i am so sorry for taking so dam long to get my shit together just to dial the phone.)

df: i know.  i can’t stand having to use glasses.  can’t read a thing anymore without them.

me: i have 8 pair and i can’t find one.

df: i know – i can’t find them unless i keep them on top of my head.

me: and then they get all caught up in your hair.

df: sometimes i hang them on the front of my shirt.  then when i bend over they fall off.

me: yeah – then you really have a hard time finding them when you need them  –  running all over the place looking for your glasses and who thinks to look on the floor?

df: i know.

who would think we were this old?


thank god for good friends.


“a good friend is a connection to life- a tie to the past,a road to the future,the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”
– Lois Wyse

i have a question


and it’s a bit time sensitive so if you have an answer, please share asap . . . .

how do you fit stuff from an 1100 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath apartment with an out door shed that is quite full, into a nyc studio?


“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
– Albert Einstein

got it ! (maybe)

finally . . . after weeks of torture, i found a great place.  i didn’t want to tell anyone until the lease was signed so up until now, mighty man was the only one i told.  i’m pretty sure he was devastated.  i gave him extra organic carrots and promised to visit as often as possible but he still seemed pretty agitated & stomped around in the mud and then slobbered mud all over my jacket i had just washed due to yesterday’s slobber.


might's muddy feet

but the management company called yesterday and said i was approved.  🙂  Here it is:


the other exciting news is that mighty man’s mom commented on my blog post and now i know he’s 4 years old and his real name is zegen.  zegen means ‘blessing’ in dutch – the perfect name for him, although i can’t help but continue to call him mighty man which was shortened to mighty several months ago and now i’m pretty much down to ‘mite’.  i think he likes having a nick name anyway.

it turns out mighty has his own web page!  not only is he the most gorgeous horse in the universe, he’s kind of like royalty.  he has an amazing lineage which you can see here.  such a humble horse, he never even mentioned it to me.  anyway, he has a wonderful family who loves him and his birth mom lives right across the street.  one of these horses is mite’s mom:

i will find out when i have tea with mite’s human mom.  yup, we’re having tea and hanging with the horses!  leave it to the kind of luck i’ve had in my 9 months in nj to almost meet someone just as i’m packing to leave . . .


“Horses make a landscape look beautiful”
– Alice Walker

Super Glue Inventor Harry Coover Dies :(

Thanks Mr. Coover, for the memories:  Harry Coover, the inventor of Super Glue, died on Saturday at the age of 94.  Coover invented the formula during World War II while trying to come up with an adhesive for use in clear plastic gun sights—but canned it after it proved too sticky.  Then, working with a partner in 1951, he brought it back while researching a temperature resistant coating for jet cockpits. Once again, it was too sticky, ruining expensive laboratory equipment.  This time, however, Coover and his partner realized its potential value. Seven years later, the first type of Super Glue hit the market. Coover never made much money of the substance: It did not become a commercial hit until after his patents had expired.

CS - Harry Coover*

rip  harry!

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
– French Proverb

so true!

”People are born  so that they can learn how to live a good life  — like loving everybody all the time and being  nice, right?”
The Six-year-old  continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do  that, so they don’t have to stay as  long.”

– Shane
6 years old


the life you live shouldn’t differ from the words you speak

silence is sometimes the best answer.

“You can bend it and twist it… You can misuse and abuse it… But even God cannot change the Truth.”
– Michael Levy


sometimes i think maybe my expectations are too high.  and then i think not.

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TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece

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TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece

TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece

TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece

TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece

TriBeCa Penthouse Masterpiece



“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

spring time

spring sprung 2 days ago.   apparently no one noticed.

Right Now Next 36 Hours
Cloudy Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Rain / Snow Showers Late Rain / Snow Rain / Snow
Cloudy Rain / Snow Showers Late Rain / Snow Rain / Snow
42°F 33° 39° 32°
Feels Like: 37° Low High Low


the good news is, i finally found a broker who thinks it may be possible to find an apartment for under $1900 a month and it’s only going to cost me 15%  ($3,450)  of the annual rent for her to do so.   i was so excited i asked my boss for the day off tomorrow  so that she could show me some places and then maybe i could finally get a good nights sleep (albeit upping my rent budget to something unfordable if i want to keep my car in the city).

the broker called this eve and suggested that due to the forcasted “wintery mix” we should postphone schlepping around the city until thursday.   sure,  she already has a place to live . . .  and a car.


“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
– Tom Krause


while surfing the web for available apartments, i’ve come across some interesting ads.  here are a few i would like to share:

citi-habitats:  “a living room large enough to fit most of your furniture”

craigslist:  “this apartment is located between the 3rd and 4th floors”

craigslist:  “tub in bathroom and more …. ”

and i can only imagine what this place must be like if these are the 2 best selling points they could offer:

“Right by the Bus to Jersey, 1 Stop from Columbia Pres Hosptial!”

oh, happy, happy, joy, joy.


“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”
– Flora Whittemore


spent the entire weekend schlepping around the city looking at slums.  in fear of being homeless – very depressing.

someone HELP!!

street feet A


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
– Dalai Lama

a shout out to the universe!

today i will effortlessly score the perfect apartment!

i’m looking to move in before 4/15 & this is what i’m looking for:

low or no fee

1st or 2nd floor or elevator

dogs allowed

queen or king sized  bedroom

(plus an office would be nice too!)

good light

cable ready

heat / hot water  included in rent

2 closet  minimum but 3 is better

laundry in building

below 100th St

600 + sq. feet

$1750 max rent

this is today’s manifestation!  if you have this apartment waiting for me, please let me know.



“Only one thing registers on the subconscious mind: repetitive application – practice. What you practice is what you manifest.”
– Fay Weldon

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“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”
Nathaniel Branden

the cost of nuclear power

Dead men walking.

They’re known as the “Fukushima 50,” and they’re Japan’s only hope of avoiding a Chernobyl-like catastrophe.

The men, unidentified technicians and emergency workers, are desperately battling to save potentially millions of their countrymen — knowing that even if they succeed, they’ll likely die from lethal doses of radiation.

Chernobyl workers who stayed at their stations when the Ukrainian reactor exploded in 1986 died within three months of exposure.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan virtually ordered the crews on the suicide mission.

“You are the only ones who can resolve a crisis,” he said. “Retreat is unthinkable.”

The modern-day Samurai — who have attained mythic status among their countrymen — are “not afraid to die,” a source close to them told CBS.

The selfless workers total about 180. But no human can stay inside the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for more than 15 minutes at a time, so they cycle in and out in teams of 50.

They’re using manual pumps to force seawater onto the overheated reactors, because the plant’s electrically powered cooling system collapsed after last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Dressed in hazmat suits and working with flashlights, they’re also desperately unclogging vents and repairing pipes.

Unless the nuclear fuel is immersed in water, it overheats, leading to a calamitous meltdown that releases lethal radiation into the air.

The workers, including cops, firefighters and soldiers, face their greatest test at Reactor No. 4, where the cooling pools are believed to have run completely dry.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, speaking in Washington, said it appears “there has been a hydrogen explosion in this unit due to an uncovering of fuel in the spent-fuel pool.”

More ominously, he added, “We believe the secondary containment has been destroyed” — which strongly suggests that radiation is spewing into the air.

Inside the plant, it may already be too late. “We believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures,” Jaczko said.

Although the workers are dressed head-to-foot in protective body suits, the gear provides little protection against the radiation, which is at four times the level that causes cancer.

“I don’t know any other way to say it, but this is like suicide fighters in a war,” said Keiichi Nakagawa, a professor at the Tokyo University Department of Radiology.   full article

is it worth it?  i think not.


“There is no country in the world that has figured out what to do with radioactive nuclear waste.”
Susan Glickman

Snakes dies of silicone poisoning after biting woman’s breast

A snake died of silicone poisoning after biting the breast of a model.

Israeli model Orit Fox was on Spanish TV’s Telecino handling the snake when it latched onto her left breast.

The snake died.

Fox was taken to the hospital and given a tetanus shot but was OK

happy birthday, mr. einstein!


“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
Albert Einstein

rmr apartments

after stringing me along for a week and collecting all of my personal information (bank account statements, taxes, credit report) and $75.00, this is the e-mail i received this morning from udi levine of rmr apartments:

“Landlord has decided to accept another application. sorry for that. Good luck. Udi.”
this comes on the heels of my one millionth itunes crash this year and finding out that my car needs a new front axle and front brakes.
i am officially restarting the day right now.
Dr. Zoidberg


“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian”
Dennis Wholey



“My favorite thing is saying something true, she said, but I’m a lot older than you & don’t have to worry so much about my reputation.”
– Storypeople



“I used to be pretty clear on what was real & what I made up, but with everything going on in the world, none of that seems to matter, so I just decided to talk less & smile to myself more, so as not to add to the general confusion.”
– storypeople


100 today

pop-pop joe was my mom’s father.  i didn’t know him very well because he died when i was only in third or fourth grade.  my memories of him include donuts. he always brought us donuts when we saw him and he was always happy.  pop-pop joe was a big man and a huge golfer.  apparently he was quite the athlete in his younger years and attended prep school on both a baseball  and football scholarship.  he was a scratch golfer – runner up for ct state champ.  he died way too young but i think he had a whole lot of fun along the way.

today he would have been 100 years old.  happy birthday pop – pop joe!


pop pop joe

“If there’s a golf course in heaven, it’s like this. I’m in no hurry to tee off but I hope I’m the head pro some day.”
– Gary Player

using a broker to find a nyc apartment

given my success so far, i may have to resort to using a broker to find a new apartment.  i met a nice broker in the nail salon last week but she deals in the higher end apartments – which is probably why she seemed like a good broker.  the ‘low end’ of the spectrum is quite a different story.  what exactly do you get by paying a one month + fee?  well, here’s an example.  you get someone who has no trouble insulting your intelligence by describing the kitchen pictured below as a ‘chef’s kitchen’,  cannot spell the word ‘ad’  and calls the closet space ‘cute’.

Upper East Side

$1,595 / month

Beautifully Renovated 1 bedroom apartment with Exposed Brick and a Decorative Fireplace in the living room , New Chef`s Kitchen and Hardwood floors. Cute Walk in Closet Space!!! The apartment is located on a quiet residential street in the 70s in a Video Intercom Building. Pets welcome!!! For this or any other adds on Citi Habitats Website please … (more)

“My Zen teacher also said: the only way to true happiness is to live in the moment and not worry about the future. Of course, he died penniless and single.”
Carrie, Sex in the City