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Entries from October 2008

Day 123: Down Home on the Upper East

October 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

When your fiancée is a Hindu who doesn’t eat red meat, a dinner of Texas barbecue is not the easiest sell. I wheedled Joo in the door tonight with the promise of a turkey burger. We didn’t regret it. Dallas BBQ, on Third Avenue between 72nd and 73rd, has a neon sign and paper placemats […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 121: The First Rainstorm

October 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today I experienced My First New York Rainstorm (the first cold, autumn one, anyway). I looked outside and thought: Can’t wait to get to the office! Rain is such an equalizer. You’re immersed in the elements like a hike in the forest, even here in Skyscraperland. Every surface glittered and puddles built up at the […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Why I Love This Town

Day 120: A Bright Spot in the Cold

October 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’m happy to announce that a story I wrote about ice climbing made the cover of the latest issue of Sierra magazine. The story is part of a package of tantalizing winter trips, and my contribution tells of a lesson I took last March on the frozen waterfalls of the White Mountains, 371 miles’ drive […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature

Day 116: Grime Wave

October 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Last night I waited for a train at the Bleecker Street stop. It was late, with nobody around, so I stared at the tiles on this pillar. You see they are none too clean. They were just as dirty as they were the other three or four times I have waited there for the 6 […]

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Tags: Why I Hate This Town

Day 115: Whew! A Nephew

October 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

You’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to in the three weeks I’ve been gone. The hands-down most important event was the birth of my new nephew, Quinn William Sears. He was born Oct. 3 to my sister Susan, a few weeks early. Both he and his mom are healthy. Susan is my only sibling […]

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Tags: Personalities · Uncategorized

Day 114: Fall is Falling

October 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

I have returned from the West Coast to find New York wrapped in a knee-length wool coat. The thermometer is supposed to drop to 41 degrees tonight, 38 degrees tomorrow night. What happened to that mild, sunny October weather I enjoyed in San Francisco just yesterday? Fall seems to be underway, temperature-wise, but Central Park […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes