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Entries from February 2009

Day 242: Gimme an “Ommmmmm!”

February 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

My friend Jen is visiting from Amsterdam to debut her erotic film, and yesterday we made a visit to the Guggenheim. We lingered at “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia” exhibit. This piece in the lobby summed it up neatly. Listen up, everyone! Ice is melting.

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Tags: Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 240: Brazilian TV Meets the American Writer

February 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The announcement appeared on the refrigerator: “A Brazilian Television Show Is Here at 2 p.m. Today to Do a Segment on Paragraph. Anyone Interested in Being Interviewed, Tell Lila.” The Brazilians didn’t arrive until three, I observed as I pretended to read a book in the corner of the lunchroom. They bustled in fresh and […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Personalities · Schmoozing · Sights & Scenes

Day 236: A Nation on the Move

February 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I proudly present my first movie. After returning from India last month, I reviewed the footage and thought, “People have got to see how crazy traffic is in India.” This is a road trip where the biggest adventure is the road itself. I fed the movie into two services, Viddler and YouTube, as I search […]

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Day 234: Break Glass In Case of Emergency

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

My wallet lacked $20s, so I visited the WaMu down the street. This particular block has a coffee shop,  a frozen-yogurt place and a cigar store with a wooden Indian outside, yet I like the bank the best. That’s because it’s a WaMu. WaMu is Washington Mutual, the Seattle bank known for its open floor […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 232: Hard Times in Jersey

February 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

As I type this post, my body vividly remembers yesterday’s maiden snowboarding trip to New Jersey, in the form of a stiff shoulder and a chest that is so bruised it hurts to exhale. Other memories are less painful. For example, driving up Route 23 into the Kittatinny Mountains, Joo and her friend Bobbi snoozing […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Getaways · Sports

Day 227: The Retail Gap

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The outward sign of hardship here in Manhattan is the empty storefronts. One walks along a bright, continuous smile of retail establishments, and suddenly there’s a gap where a shop used to be.

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 223: The Smallest Appointment

February 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I am concerned that President Obama has passed two and half weeks in office already, distracting himself with Economic-Stimulus-This and Closing-Guantanamo-That, while one of the hairiest questions of his presidency hangs fire: who will be our First Dog? You’ll recall that, in the misty-eyed moments after he won the election, Obama walked onto the stage […]

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Tags: Personalities · Politics · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 221: The Snowman Cometh (and Taketh Away)

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

February is a tough month to be a New Yorker. Holiday cheer is far behind, spring is well ahead, temperatures clamp down in the 20s and the earmuffs aren’t fun anymore. But I am new enough to the East Coast thing to get blissed out when snow falls from the sky. It toyed with us […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 219: That’s Disc-gusting

February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

To mark Super Bowl Sunday, I joined some fellow writers for a game of ultimate Frisbee at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. We met in the big meadow under a weak sun. The grass was dead, with just a few patches of snow, and we dashed around for two hours like Labrador retrievers. We mixed the […]

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Tags: Sports · Why I Love This Town