iffy weather?


took this
 a few months ago 
when
 it was warmer 
not
 that
 pedi cabs 
arent out there
 in
 cooler weather
 they are 
but 
unlike 
the USPS 
they dont do 
rain
 sleet 
or
 snow 
days

me?
I am not a fan of any 
inclement 
iffy
weather

iffy weather?

you know
those days
 you dont know
 if
 it will rain
 or
 if
 it wont

this weekend has been iffy

nevertheless today I beautify
my schedule has changed
because
the wonderful Sandy and I 
broke up
it was
 totally amicable
 the Brazilian Blow Out
 has come
 between us
my hair 
no longer needs her professional touch
we agreed
 if it doesnt work out she'll take me back

oh yeah

iffy weather
 no longer makes my hair frizzz

come on

 you
 knew
 there had to be 
some connection
 to that 
Joe Pesce look-alike pedicab driver 
and 
my hair




sharing
with
 Madge Bloom's
Weekly Top Shot

waiting


another 
walk
 in
 Riverside Park
 got me this photo op
 not sure 
if she 
was
picking out a new song
 or 
playlist 
to listen to 
as she 
walked/ran
or 
if she was texting

 her pup
 looks 
pleased
 to be waiting
 ... he got to people watch ...

gonna buy a lottery ticket

what a week 

busy at the office

strange weather

by this 
I mean
 its usually
 hot 
hot 
hot
 the week 
between 
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
instead
 its been comfortably cool with rain
so odd

add to that 

I won 
giveaways
 from 
two 
terrific 
blogs
 I read/visit daily

a fabulous Socketbook 
from 
Hilary at Crazy As A Loom

two tickets to The Heiress on Broadway
from 
one of the stars of the play is Dan Stevens
he plays Mathew in Downton Abbey!

the 'icing on the cake'
was
getting an iMac at the office
buh bye PC!

my luck's been so good
gonna buy a lottery ticket!


three

Took this shot, one of many, a few weeks ago
they are playing at the Riverside Park basketball court at 75th Street
that young man is giving those other guys a run for their money

do you want pancakes, he said

it was 
a lovely weekend 
weather-wise

 I beautified
 got a hair cut
 did some wandering
 visited the flea market
 all in all 
a quiet weekend

  I cant remember
 if
 it was Friday night
 or
 maybe Saturday morning

 there was a commercial
 for something
 maybe it was 
IHOP
 not sure

 I 
do 
remember
 it had
 pancakes 

I have had a serious pancake jones for months now

I said 
oooh pancakes

 Toonman replied 
you want pancakes?

 I said
 I love pancakes
 I was just commenting on the commercial

 Toonman said
 you want pancakes, we can make pancakes

 but
 we couldnt 
because 
we had 
neither 
pancake mix
 (or even flour should we have wanted insanely to make them from scratch) 
or 
milk 

Toonman
 put both on his shopping list
 so 
when I woke on Sunday morning
 right after
 he said 
good morning
 he said
 do you want pancakes for breakfast?

 I said no, but I wouldnt mind them for dinner 

Fast forward 
to 
Sunday night
around
6ish

 Toonman decided he was hungry
 PANCAKES!

 I said 
wait 

I need to take photos of this

 I heard him muttering
 about how he might do the whole box
 but
 I wasnt really listening
 I was getting the iPhone

 back in the kitchen

 he was getting down the mixing bowl,
 opening the pancake mix box 
 about to dump it into the mixing bowl 

WAIT 
move your hand 
so I can see its pancake mix


open the milk carton


 measure the 3/4 of a cup


 measure the tablespoon of cooking oil


break an egg


get the yolk falling
 he said


add the milk, oil and egg


 whisk to get the lumps out


uh oh forgot to get the griddle down
get the griddle and turn the burner on low


while I was doing that 
he was whisking
I looked over 
and 
went 
WHA?

well, 
it seems
 Toonman
 did not read
 all
 the instructions
 on the back of the box 
he 
skipped
 the first step:
 1 cup dry measure pancake mix


later
 after
 that 
was thrown out
( if I a muffin tray/pan we could have made muffins or even biscuits but instead it ended up in the trash)
 I pointed out
 the icon of a
 CUP
 on the back of the box


he said
 he thought
 that
 was for the milk

he still owes me a pancake dinner

oh 
I wish I had video taped it


none of these photos are signed

waiting


this is Lola
  I met her
 last weekend 
on 
Madison Avenue
 on my way
 to exhale spa
 for my massage

 her person
a lovely South African woman 
was getting a latte
 while
 Lola 
waited
 outside
 the
 coffee shop
 never
 once
 taking her eyes 
off her
 not even 
when 
I knelt
 in front
 of her 
and
 asked
 if 
she 
would
 mind
 if 
I took 
her 
photo  

apparently she didnt

I hope
 your weekend
 is filled
 with 
sunshine
and
 lovely
 fall 
temperatures

on your mark, get ready ...

tomorrow 
is
 the 
first day 
of
 fall

 I'll be celebrating
 with
 a hair cut

 exciting, no? 
please
try to contain yourselves.

once the temperatures cool down
 (seriously? it really wasnt all that bad a summer) 
New York City 
comes alive 
with all sorts
 of 
outdoor
 events
 Feast of San Gennaro
 Fall Street Fairs
 the NYC Marathon
 and
 some less well known events
 like
 the one 
one of my blog readers, 
Kelsey, 
hey Kelsey!!! 
asked me
 to tell you about

 wait

 I am going to let her tell you herself
 (sort of)

I am running
 the NYC Marathon 
this 
November 
for
 St. Jude's Children's Hospital

  I will be hosting
 a
Happy Hour Fundraiser
 on
Friday
September 28th
 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
 at 
Overlook NYC Bar
225 East 44th Street

  Admission 
will 
be 
$26.20
(26.2 miles .. get it?)
which
 includes
 2 drink tickets

 There will be
 drinks
 raffles
 tons of new people to meet 
and
 a gorgeous view of Manhattan
 from
 the rooftop bar!


I hope 
everyone
 who can
 will attend
 its for a good cause
 and 
you get to mix mingle drink
 and 
Instagram
 that view

three


under the overpass 
under the Westside Highway
under the Henry Hudson Parkway
under Route 9A
under the Joe DiMaggio Highway

not far from Trumpistan

looking up from Riverside Park South

the highway
 this
 is under
 has many names 
do
 thoroughfares
 roadways
freeways
 toll ways
ways
 in
 your part 
of
 the 
country/world
 have more than one name?

water towers


it was a dark and stormy night
 no
 it wasnt 
but
 it sure looks
 like it 
was
 going to rain
 or
 something
 doesnt it

 .. of course
 I have no memory
 of
 where or when
 I took this 
but
 it needed
 monochroming
 because
 honestly
 it wasnt
 all that and a bag of chips 

here it is the middle of the week already
I hope you are having fun

uncle!


Okay
Autumn
you 
win

Goodbye 
Summer
you will be 
missed

I could only fight so long

I went to Barney's

oh 
the shoes
the boots
the bags
the shoes
the jeans
oh 
oh
oh

citizens of humanity black waxed leggings
mine!

what's on your must have for fall?


waiting



these two chocolate labs
 were
enjoying 
a brief pause
 in a 
long walk 
to
 admire the Community Gardens

 I too had stopped to do the same 
during
 one of the last weekend walks 
Toonman and I took 
on
 the
 long
 loop 
from 80th to 96th down to 72nd and back to 80th

plans for the weekend?

I'm off getting massaged
 then brunch with a friend
 and 
then 
hopefully
 beautification

 if not 
its okay
 cause 
my hair is now wash and go thanks to the Brazilian Blowout 

and you?

what's up?

box lunch


when it was Disneynified
 several years ago 
what was once a bastion of bad
 called 
Times Square
 turned into 
a tourist mall
 with
 little tables and chairs
 as well as 
people 
dressed as Disney characters 
to pose with
of course
 they all carry a little purse
 to put tips in

 hey

 nothing

 nothing
 is 
free

 one sort of good thing
thats happened
is
 there are more restaurants in the area
in addition to
 the old time pre-theatre restaurants
 that line the side streets

 where 
for a premium price
 you can dine 
on 
mostly ordinary food 
served fast 
so
 you can eat drink and get to the theatre
 in time for curtain up

  Wednesdays
 are still matinee day
 with
 tons of out of towners
 bussed in
 to
 flood the area
 with 
slow 
walking
 gawkers

 one evening 
I felt
 like a salmon
 swimming upstream
 against the current
 so thick and oblivious 
were the crowds

I work in Times Square
 well 
on 42nd Street
 to be precise

 I get here early
 never go out for lunch
 leave by 4:45
 so
 I can beat the crowds

but

people want to eat

there have been 
carts
from which
 to buy 
coffee 
danish
 sandwiches

then
 last week I spotted
 that
'parked'
between 42nd and 41st Streets
what 
a
 menu:

NYC's finest
it proclaims
hot dogs
lobster rolls

lobster rolls?

in Times Square

for sure
 you is shi,
er
kidding
me 

right?

nope

ice cream
coffee
donuts
pretzels

what a nutritious menu

Hey 
Mayor Mike
maybe
 you need 
to find a way
 to enforce
 a better selection of foods
along with his drink size limit

 in a few months
 restaurants 
pizza chains
 delis
 will
 no longer
 be able to sell
 carbonated soft drinks 16 oz or over 

dont be too upset
 you can still 
go into any
 bodega or supermarket
 to get as big a gulp as you want

stepping off the soap box

I wonder
where and what 
do
you
eat for lunch?

Nosy bloggers want to know

Spill!



three


these
 three benches
 are
 part
 of 
the
 Sherwood Island (Connecticut)'s Living Memorial 
honoring
 those
 who lost their lives
 on 
September 11th

I took this
 a few winters ago 
while 
visiting my friends Lauren and Annie
 it was 
cold 
crisp 
winter day
 with
 a 
strong
 cold wind
 coming off Long Island Sound 
you can see the water through those trees

so how's your week going?

Mine's 
been busy
 but 
I managed to read
 Stephen King's 11/22/63
 great read
 hard to put down

 The Stand
 is one of
 my
 all time favorite books
 evah
 this
 might be 
a
 close second

 have you read 11/22/63?

 what did you think?  

water tower


taken last fall 
or
 maybe
 last spring
 along
 West End Avenue 

I recognize
 those 
obelisk-y 
looking things
 they're
 on the 
Collegiate Church
 on the corner
 of 
WEA at 78th Street 
or
 maybe its 77th St 
you know me
 always
 lost 
directionally challenged
 eh Lauren?

 I am pretty sure 
I took this 
with
 the old Olympus Stylus 9000

 I like all the shades 
of 
brown
sepia 
rust

hope your week
 is moving right along

we're still experiencing 
some amazingly cool
 humidity free
 temps
 makes me
 less 
displeased
 summer
 is
 ending
 but 
I am still not totally ready to embrace fall

are you?

brrrrr


well
 its chilly
 out there this morning
 might 
be
 the first time
 I've had
 any
 good 
thoughts
 about
 fall

 by 
good 
I mean 
hey its cool 
no AC needed
 nice 

I still want summer to stick around 
because
 I like the longer days 
I like the weather 
clement vs inclement

and yet
there is that itch to shed the summer sandals for boots
the cut offs for jeans corduroys wool

have you done any fall clothes shopping?
spill!
nosey bloggers want to know!

shadows



one morning 
last week
 the light 
- it was a little before the ungodly hour of 7 a.m. - 
was so gorgeous
 I stopped to take this photo
 with my iPhone
 using Pro Camera App

 there were
 lots of pigeons
 circling
 the towers
 of 
the 
church

 that one
 was
 nice enough
 to enter
 the frame
 at
 the 
precise
 moment
 I clicked 

its almost always
 for me
 anyway 
about being
 in the right place
 at the right time

 I hope 
you are having
 a 
wonderful 
in 
the 
right
 place 
weekend 



sharing with

waiting


dogs
 are
welcome
 almost everywhere
 in
 NYC 
the exceptions
 are 
stores/shops
 that
 sell food
 and
 of course
 restaurants

 take a walk
 anywhere
 in 
NYC 
its
 likely 
you will 
see 
people walking with their dogs

  these two pit bulls
 were 
at the Tugboat Races
 last weekend
 they were hanging out
 on
 Pier One
 just 
down 
from
 Trumpistan

Its a lovely weekend
get out and enjoy it
with or without a dog!

walking dead



No Fridaycation
 here
 its
 apres Labor Day
 back to full weeks

last night
 my dinner
was
 a slice of birthday cake
it was good
I baked it
yup
from a mix
but still 
I baked it
and
iced it

do 
you
 like
 your cake
 room temp 
or
kept in the fridge?

me?
I like it kept in the fridge
there's something about
cold cake
especially
 the edges 
where its cut?

Oven isnt level
Toonman says the floor isnt level
so 
the cake?
not level

I filled in the lopsidedness with extra icing
oh yeah

okay

gotta get to work

enjoy your day
see you later!


what day is this?

how confused am I?  

If you read/visit my other blog
 you know
 its always 
just
 a photo
 with
 a hopefully clever title

 This is a short week
Monday was a holiday
Tuesday
 I thought it was Monday
 Sigh 
so
 it would follow 
in a weird way
that 
Wednesday 
I thought it was Thursday

  are you as confused as I am?

  You might not know
 that
 I almost always
 set up my posts
 for both blogs
 ahead of time

  Except
 Toonsday's posts
those
require me
 to wait
 til
 Toonman 
gets a brilliant idea

  Well,
 I was so confused
I posted
 a 
'Three' 
photo
on the 
Eyes blog 
along 
with
 a
 lot
 of
 words 

.. oy and vey .. 

how did I realize I had erred?
 I got a comment
 from someone 
and 
wondered 
how the heck
 they could be commenting
 on a post 
that was set
 to post 
on
 Thursday

 Yeah 
well
 duh 

I clicked over to the Eyes blog 
and
 there it is 
'Three' 
with 
all
 those
 words

 should I pull it?
should I  re-post it on Thursday
on the other blog?  

Wait

 cant do that
 because 
Thursday
 - today -
 is
 Toonman's 
birthday 

I planned
 on writing 
a special post 
which 
must 
be
 what 
confused
 me

 yeah 
its his fault
 now
 I feel better

So
here's
to 
a guy 
who
is 
special beyond words
many or few
who puts up with me
every day
who I love
SO
much
he's my everything

Happy Birthday my love




water towers


yes,
 I know
 I said
 I would 
never
 ever ever ever ever ever 
again
 attempt
 to get a moon shot 

I know

 but 

I lied

 I hear that if you speak 
use facts 
that 
arent
 entirely
 factual
 its okay
 seriously
 Rudy 9-11 Giuliani said so
 I heard him

 so its okay
 that
 I said one thing
 and 
did another
 I am in good company
 well 
maybe
 that's
not entirely a factual fact

I put the BIG lens on the camera
took the elevator to the roof
took several photos
used every setting
including
manual
to get a shot of the blue moon

this is the best of the shots
and this one got smacked with
Topaz Labs Adjust 
Venice Painting pre-set

those water towers?
they are atop a buildings on
West 80th Street 
near Amsterdam Avenue
maybe

tugboat races on the hudson

Read 
about
 the tugboat race 
 on the Hudson

 said it would start 
at 
79th Street at 10:30 a.m. 

they're 
nothing
like
 the
 old submarine races
these
 take place
 in reality
 in the daytime


I headed over to the Boat Basin Cafe
 at about 10:15
 it was clear
 the starting point
 was
 not
 at 
79th St
 or 
even
 at the
Marina
 at 
72nd St

 no 
it was down
 in front
 of
 Trumpistan
 Pier One 

I walked as fast as I could
 to get there
 it was apparent 
a crowd
 was already in place 

I started shooting
 as
 I walked
 thinking
 worst case scenario
 I could
 always
 get some shots 
after
 they began 

luck was on my side 
I got there
 just 
as the
 fog horn
 sounded
 the start 

here's what I got to see 


and 
they're off


Quantico Creek from Maryland
 and
 Maurania III from NY
 take the lead


Freddie K Miller 
also a NY tug
 gains water 
close on 
Quantico Creek's aft 
 bumper to bumper with the 
Maurania III
 (that red/white stripe there on the right)


on 
Pier One
the crowd 
watches 
as the tugs 
race
 down river
 to 
Pier 84 
to 
festivities on dry ground

no amount 
of 
Google'ing
 has led me to learn who won!  

I'll keep checking 
more photos will be shared as the week progresses
over at
Through My Eyes



UPDATE: According to the Tugster blog, if I am reading properly, Quantico Creek won the race click here to read and see Tugster's fotos


(none of these photos are signed, i was too lazy)

i love neon



I love neon
 Been 
collecting snaps 
of 
neon signs
 in 
windows
 for a few months 

these 
seem to relate 
to
 one another
 in
 a way
 that
 makes
 me
 smile 

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend
me?
I am going to get some photos
I hope
of a
tug boat race
down
the Hudson

I'll show you tomorrow
if they're any good
 meanwhile
go have a good time
get out and enjoy