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.”

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

september 11th in the city

cloudy with possible showers forcasted for today – and even a bit chilly.  almost the opposite of 9/11 ten years ago.

i’m sitting on a park bench in cps near the intersection of 59th street & 7th ave.
after meditation  and a great dharma talk by rev. lee,  i  stopped back home and made some fresh pineapple-mango-kale  juice, packed  my nap sack with everything i may need if i don’t come home until late this evening and went out for today’s adventure.  my plan is to visit as many memorial events as possible today beginning with the fireman’s memorial service at  st. pats.   according to some calendar of 9/11 events i found on the net  there was a service scheduled for the first responders.  i arrived on time but there was no special service.  st. pats security said they changed it at the last minute to yesterday.  seems weird. how would they possibly get in touch with the people who made plans to be there?  i didn’t bother to go in because i didn’t want to unload my napsack for the standard search.   i wonder how many churches across america search your belongings prior to granting entry?

flashing lights from a stream of police cars  caught my eye so i crossed fifth ave to investigate.  as i got closer i noticed a bride standing in the street next to the police cars and a bunch of people crawling around on the ground apparently looking for something very small.   a crowd of on-lookers obstructed my view and by the time i got there, the bride had vanished from my sight.  this was the second missed photo op of the day.  a rather strange scene indeed.

one of the on-lookers gave me the scoop on  the bride and the 5 police cars although she did not know what all of the people crawling in the middle of 50th street were looking for.  two people got married and had  5 cars decorated in honor of the people who lost their lives ten years ago in the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  the names of each of the victims were listed on the cars.  it was challenging to get pictures at all, due to the number of onlookers and street crawlers,  but i did manage to get a few clear shots.

in the shot below you can see one of the crawlers.  the rest were on the other side out in the middle of the street.

i interrupt this story to tell you i just saw a horse trip while pulling a carraige of tourists through the park.  he recovered his footing quickly and appears to be fine, but i’ve just never seen that before.

other than the weird wedding and the street  crawlers, there wasn’t much going on at rock center so i headed towards the west side.  i had no particular plans since i was supposed to be at the memorial service at st. patricks cathedral until 4:15.

i asked a couple of street cops where to go and they told me fox news was hosting a concert by the us marines over on 7th ave.  i continued west & when i saw the bus i knew i was in the right place, but i couldn’t find the marines which was a grim reminder of the hordes of sailors who evaded me during fleet week.

the marines were being filmed by fox and used as filler segments during their coverage down at ground zero.   i didn’t have to wait long before they emerged from the bus.  they had taken a short break to go inside the bus and say the pledge of allegiance.  really.  these marines were based out of north carolina and were in the city for a few days playing at various events remembering 9/11 this weekend.   the marine in charge wasn’t actually in the band so once he got the guys set up to play, he hung out with me and answered a million questions i had about being in the service during war time.

you gotta love a marching band – but the truth is, there’s only so long you can listen,  or is that just me?  columbus circle was next on my list although there was nothing going on when i got there.  from there i wandered into the park & that’s how i ended up on this bench.     lincoln center at 7:30.


“I’m gonna share with you a vision that I had, cause I love you. And you feel it. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense each year, trillions of dollars, correct? Instead — just play with this — if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world — and it would pay for it many times over, not one human being excluded — we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever in peace.”
 – Bill Hicks

september 11, 2011

“Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, let us remember all the innocent lives lost and ponder the continuing impact of that tragic day. September 11th reminds us of the horror we human beings can unleash on ourselves when we allow our human intelligence and powerful technology to be overtaken by hatred.

We need to learn from our painful memories of September 11th and become more aware of the destructive consequences that arise when we give in to feelings of hatred. This tragedy in particular has reinforced my belief that fostering a spirit of peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding among the world’s peoples and faith traditions is an urgent matter of importance to us all. We must therefore make every effort to ensure that our various faith traditions contribute to build a more caring, peaceful world.”

The Dalai Lama

dear god,


what are you thinking?


“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
 Albert Einstein

being 9

earlier this month my 9 year old niece came in from the burbs for a sleepover in the city.   she brought 2 outfits just in case i wanted  her to stay an extra night.  on our way home from the zoo in cp she asked how long the walk was going to be back to my ‘hotel’.

at the time the mega millions lottery was 160 million dollars.  i asked her what she would do if she won 160 million dollars.  she told me she would get her ears pierced and buy a chocolate lab.

i slept on the couch and gave her the bed.  on sunday morning i felt a presence hovering over my face.  i opened my eyes to find her eyeballs aproximatley two inches from mine.   “what time is it?”  i said.

it’s 6:48 can we go out to breakfast?


“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.”
 Richard Moss 

incredible talent


i wonder sometimes, how come this isn’t me?


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
 Marie Curie