Monthly Archives: September 2012

extra extraordinary

to most people, these may look like ordinary playing cards.

but they’re not  . . . 


and these things, they may not appear to be extraordinary either.  but they are.

all of these things are my treasures.  the cards belonged to my grandmother and she used them weekly for her bridge games.  she loved bridge.  she also loved to knit and sew.  the scissors were in her sewing kit.  you may be wondering about the white plastic item . . .  


it was gram’s rain bonnet!  

she always kept an emergency rain bonnet in her bag along with her wallet and a handkerchief.  although i don’t ever recall gram wearing perfume, her purse always  had a very distinct fragrance from the perfume she would dab onto the handkerchief inside her bag.  i loved that smell.  when gram died, i saved all of her purses and her wallet as well.  

i stored all of her purses inside of a suitcase that i would open on occasion just to smell the fragrance that reminded me of gram.  one day the fragrance was gone and  i was heartbroken.   but, as luck would have it, on the same day the fragrance disappeared, i was going through some of the things i had saved from her house and i found a fancy glass bottle.  it was wrapped up in newspaper, inside a box labeled “gram”.  i opened the bottle and smelled the inside. it was the fragrance she used on the hankies!  i only open it sparingly – maybe once a year or so.

in my treasure chest is this card which gram received from my grandfather exactly 78 years ago today on her 29th birthday.   september 29th, 1934.

on september 29th in 1905, the world became a better place.  i think of you & miss you every single day, gram – happy birthday.  i love you!

i love ryan thompson!

Talk about a marriage proposal that could have crashed and burned.

NY Post
Last February, a pilot took his girlfriend on a scenic tour in the skies above Chicago and faked an air emergency to get her to say “I do.”

The groom-to-be, Ryan Thompson, secretly filmed the faked death defying adventure in their small plane and posted the video online earlier this week.

The video contains no dialogue and instead uses a mixture of dramatic music and captions to describe the events.  At the beginning, the happy couple are seen smiling while Carlie Kennedy reads a yellow preflight checklist.

“I thought he was surprising me for Valentine’s Day,” Kennedy told ABC News. “It was a gorgeous day, as you can see in the video.”

But then the plane starts to shake and Kennedy’s face turns grave as she looks to Thompson for support.

“All of a sudden, I felt my stomach kind of go up in my throat and I realized we were heading straight for the water,” Kennedy said. “And then he [Thompson] said, ‘Honey, I need you to stay calm. The flight controls aren’t working.’”

He hands her a pink emergency checklist which she reads, still deathly serious.

“Unresponsive flight controls… ,” she begins before finally getting to the last instruction, “The checklist is complete and it says that the rings may be unengaged…and to initiate the ring engagement procedure.”

“Pilot in command. Determine if he is a good mate. Note: he will always love and honor you,” she continues, still somber as Thompson reaches into his pocket for the ring.

Finally she reads the question, “Will you marry me?” whereupon she stops, stunned, before coverings her face and bursting into laughter.

“Will you marry me?” he asks.

She said yes and the rest of the flight was smooth sailing.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
 ~ William Shakespeare

shopping in the city

would you like a mouse with that, sir?

“The best laid plans of mice and men are usually about equal”






iyanla vanzant’s definition of the word pain. pretty powerful!


“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
 ~ Mother Theresa

G’mar Tov

an easy fast to all who observe.

A day set aside for fasting, depriving oneself of pleasures, and repenting from the sins of the previous year.

dizzy in the city

being sick in the city is never fun,  (this previous post explains it clearly) but for the last 3 days,  i’ve been dizzy.  being dizzy in the city is never fun either, but it is definitely worse to be dizzy when the general assembly is in session at the united nations.   although 1st avenue is closed to traffic most of the time, the cars, trucks, suv’s, fire engines, motorcycles, ambulances and hazmat vehicles are all equipped with ear piercing sirens.

(obama’s brigade)



why they feel the need to use the sirens when there is no other traffic and i am trying to be zen in the city,  is a mystery.   when there isn’t a dignitary and his / her entourage passing by with  sirens blaring,  you can clearly hear the sound from the helicopters that are swarming the city.  and even above the helicopters, i hear people protesting.

i totally respect their right to peacefully protest and i’m sure they don’t know how dizzy i am feeling and, i bet they are all very nice people who would tone it down a bit if they only knew –  but i cannot walk the 5 blocks down there right now & explain the whole thing to them.  i should have said something yesterday when i took the picture but i was pretty sure i would be feeling all better by today. . .

i like these people’s method of protest much better:

the falun gong people are very quiet protesters.  i have to admire their tenacity and patience to sit all day in silence with the all the screaming going on down there at the UN.

ivan doesn’t seem to be bothered by any of it. of course he’s presumably not dizzy – but  i think i’ll join him for a nap anyway.

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.”
 ~ Buddha

“All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free” – Voltaire

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”
 ~ Andy Warhol


when you do so much for so many,  you will never be forgotten.



happy birthday, sis.  we miss you.

“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”
 ~ Albert Einstein

the streets of ny


“My one thought is to get out of New York, to experience something genuinely American.”
 ~ Henry Miller

occupying space

today marks the one year of the occupy movement.  because they’re such amazing photo opportunities, i’ve gone to several demonstrations during the past year.  first, the original occupy sit-in down near wall street just to see what everyone was talking about, and then i’ve run into several more in my travels around town.  the “protests” seem to be a gathering place for people with many differing agendas and not enough money to spend on a marketing campaign.  they’re like little trade shows where people set up small booths with flyers on various things like education, banking, corporate greed, accessibility for the disabled, art, and a lot of other stuff.  i hate to sound ignorant, but i still have no idea what the real point is  – in other words, the ultimate goal.

if the movement completed it’s mission successfully, how would i know?   i’m not  a marketing guru but,  if i spent a year sitting outside in the elements, eating donated food and wondering where my next shower would come from,  i’m damn sure i would find a marketing guru.

i wonder if they know that people don’t know?  i don’t know.  what i do know is that the protests make for great photo ops.






“I love the protests. And if you think about it, what better way to send a message to Wall Street than by sitting in a pup tent banging on a drum.”
– David Letterman

l’shana tovah

rosh hashana is the jewish new year. it’s  a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and set the intentions for the new year. this sounds like a good idea to me so i’ve already begun to celebrate and plan.

friday night my good neighbors dan & jayne invited me for shabbat dinner.  this is the second time they’ve included me for shabbat & i’m starting to get the hang of it.  good food, good prayers & fun.   monday i will celebrate rosh hashana with the enzers for more of the same. 😉

no work is permitted on rosh hashanah so i send my wishes a day early for those of my friends who follow the true tradition:  i wish you all the best health, lots of love, prosperity, wisdom and joy every single day!

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
l’had’lik neir shel [shabbat v’shel] yom tov (Amein)
to light the candles of the holiday – Amen.

good yom tov to all!


“Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. ”
 ~ Alice Walker 

missing rubies

against my better judgement i went to the whole foods on 57th street off 2nd ave.   whole foods is not a place one should go without plenty of money to spend . . . but i went.   i just needed some milk and a ruby-red grapefruit, and good ruby-red grapefruits are hard to come by.   most of the time when i get home with a ruby-red grapefruit i’m stoked if it’s even dark pink.  i figured if anyone had good ruby-red grapefruits, it would be whole paycheck foods and i was willing walk 5 blocks &  pay $2.19 because i really wanted a perfect, juicy, dark- ruby-red grapefruit. 

here it is:

welcome to my world. . .  

may tomorrow be a better day.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
 Martin Luther King, Jr.

benefits too?

i received an e-mail from a recruiter today.  can someone please tell me why he has a job and i do not?  here’s the e-mail:

We are a recruiting firm specializing in candiate – employer introductions in the finaicial services industry.  You background looks like it aligns with a position that we are looking to fill and would like to find out more about yourself and what your are looking to do to see if you are a good fit.  Please give us a call of email us to start the matching process.

You have nothing to loose besides potential interviews   (no period necessary)


Staffing Specialist

1979 Marcus Ave Suite 210
Lake Success NY 11042


here’s the response i wanted to send, but decided to blog instead:

Dear Dan,

I want to work for you company!  I would love to write run on sentences filled with missspelled words and get paid for doing so and  I have no experience or interest in the financial services industry but I have no doubt you will help me on my way to a new career.   I’m am so glad you got a hold of my e-mail address!  And your are right, I have nothing to lose


Unemployed and Confused
New York, NY


“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
~ Jim Rohn

september 11th, 2012

a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9-11.
union square subway station.

two of my brothers helping with the rescue.  another brother was working right across the street from the trade centers.  when i saw the plane crash i called him to see what happened.  he told me he looked out his window & saw a ticker tape parade & wondered why.  he quickly realized otherwise.  he managed to escape the horror by jumping on a boat that took him over to nj.

“i thank you God.”
 ~ laurie cags

health & horror

as diseases like diabetes, cancer & obesity run rampant, we do more scientific studies to invent  newer, better drugs to solve the problems.   then we have the opportunity to invent more drugs to combat the side effects of the initial drugs.   there may be an easier and far less expensive solution.   back in the days before fake food was available,  the incidence of  diabetes, cancer & obesity was astoundingly less prevalent.   it’s just something to think about today .  . .
according to the ny post
The “limited edition” cookies, featuring vanilla wafers and yellow and orange-colored cream, will be available exclusively at Target stores.“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
~  Buddha


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party in the park

union square was probably the worst place i could have picked to get off the subway today.   i was heading to the east village for today’s photo adventure. it was amazingly sunny and beautiful so i got off the train at 14th street so i could walk the rest of the way. when i emerged from the underground, i stepped right into a giant dog party!  every shelter from the city was there with representatives wandering all over the park wearing little “adopt me” vests.

it may be the first time i’ve been actually grateful to be unemployed.  if i had a job, i may have also had an entire pack of dogs.

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
    – Rita Rudner

tornado in brooklyn . . . seriously!

Now that’s a Brooklyn Cyclone!

At least one massive tornado was photographed off the beach at Coney Island and the Rockaways this morning, as beachgoers deserted the area.  story


today’s bonus!  for your entertainment, here’s another awesome documentary to watch next time you don’t want to settle for the crap on tv: the sound of mumbai – it’s really worth watching – enjoy!

“So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
 ~ Mark Twain

6 1/2 avenue

just over  2 weeks ago while walking down 57th street i noticed a new avenue.  yes, a new avenue smack in the heart of midtown.  i took a few photos and continued on my journey cross town wondering what that was all about.  

 a bit slow on the uptake & hardly ‘news’ at this point, today the ny post reported the story: 

As if stop-and-go driving in Midtown weren’t bad enough . . .

Stop signs were permanently installed in the middle of some of the city’s most traffic-clogged crosstown streets yesterday in order to accommodate new pedestrian walkways — and drivers are fuming.

The new quarter-mile walkway comes complete with new street signs that say “6 1/2 Ave.”

According to the DOT, more than 1,200 people crossed in the middle of the street each hour, darting between parked cars and moving vehicles to reach businesses and restaurants — a tragedy waiting to happen.   full story

just keeping you “posted”. . . . (get it??)  sometimes i crack myself up.  😉

“Better never than late.”
 ~ George Bernard Shaw


culture unplugged

 my recommendation for the #2 feel good video of 2012 – Mr. Positive.
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“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an
obligation to be one.”

 ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

just a thought

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking”
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe