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strange in the city

i think it’s funny how some people discard their christmas trees the moment christmas is over.  i imagine there are several reasons;
1. they are just not that into the ho, ho, ho of the season and relish the day it’s behind them
2. they have had enough of the cat climbing the tree and smashing many ornaments in the process
3.  the dog thinks the tree is an indoor port-a-potty
4. they’ve fled to paris or some exotic island to ring in the new year, leaving the staff in charge of tree disposal prior to their return to the city.

there may be other reasons, but those are the first that come to mind.  of course there are the peeps whom prolong the merriment of the season throughout the entire month of january and some into february.  whatever the case, dying trees line the city streets from the end of december through mid february.

this year i’ve noticed something quite odd about the discarded trees. maybe you can explain.  take a look at these east midtown pix and see if you notice anything odd.

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have you noticed anything unusual about these discarded trees?  every day since christmas, i see the same thing and i have yet to figure it out.  what is confusing me is why not one tree has a shred of tinsel left on it.  i haven’t had a tree in many years, but i can clearly remember that it is virtually impossible to remove every single strand of tinsel from a decorated tree.  did i miss the news about the tinsel ban?  did something terrible happen with tinsel and it’s no longer available?  how can people properly decorate a christmas tree without tinsel?  have tinsel-less trees become all the rage and no one bothered to tell me?

I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for evidence of tinsel everywhere in the east fifties and have yet to see even one stray strand anywhere.
there has not even been one small piece of remaining garland hiding in the branches.

can someone please tell me what is going on?


“To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ”
 ~ E. B. White 

the #1 cutest, sweetest christmas story ever!

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
~ W.T. Ellis


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a better idea?

if you were not convinced by my  recent post  that restoring an antique or damaged photo was an amazing gift idea for the holidays this year,  i have alternate suggestions.  what about a pair of tush tightening undies for your special guy?

so the tush tightening undies may not be your thing  – i get it. it doesn’t turn me on either.  but do you know a guy who wouldn’t benefit from a pair of foul odor absorbing underwear?

according to trendhunter,  “There are a number of scenarios in which the Flat-D Flatulence Deodorizer would come in handy.  Imagine a first date and a bad meal.  The stomach rumbles could lead to a relationship apocalypse before it even began.  Now imagine a peaceful sleep interrupted by a toxic odor that threatens to harm everything that resides under the sheets.  The Flat-D Flatulence Deodorizer helps people avoid these tragic scenarios in a discreet manner.”

the photo restoration idea is looking a little more interesting to you right now, isn’t it?   visit  zen city design  for more info on a gift sure to be appreciated, considering the alternatives . . .



“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
― Amy Wilson-Carmichael


what will you remember most about 2011?

1. mighty man.  spending time with this love bug was one highlight of my 2011

here he is, laughing his head off as usual.  i love this guy & miss him madly!

2.  moving back to midtown east  (yay!)

the east 52nd street reality show (click here!)

3. i got fired from a job for the very first time.

4. immersed myself in the work of byron katie, who is my new hero.

5. laughed a hundred times watching this video:

6. got a press pass!

7. completed a week long juice fast in the woods

8. survived a near fatal attack by this guy:

9. christmas

one of the best ever!

10. my dad’s daily phone calls asking me how he could help me get a job.



“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.”
 –  J. Donald Walters

the day after christmas

i saw it in the post so i knew it was true . . .  a blizzard.  the city is supposed to get 16 inches and i’ll be stuck out in jersey! missing one of my very favorite things – snow in the city on a sunday.  sunday is the best for snow because it stays whiter longer and it soooo quiet when it snows in the city.

i think jersey has about 5 or 6 inches already & it’s supposed to snow through the night and into tomorrow -but it’s not as bad as it could be . . . i have ivan with me and a brand new exceptionally cool  armadillo that my brother  & sister-in-law  gave me for christmas.  here he is:


thomas’ kids scored high in the most excellent gift department too.  here is my new favorite necklace of all time:


yes, christmas was insanely good in the present department and my new ipad was an awesome gift from my parents.  and, the sound of music which is the #1 best movie of all time is on television, making the whole trapped in nj thing as good as it could be.



“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh