water tower


took
 that iPhone photo
 through
 the dirty windshield
 of the rental car
 on
 i90 aka kennedy expressway
 (expressway being a joke surely since every time i drove it i sat in traffic for frictin' ever)
 just before
 the exit for my friend's place in chicago

 it was
 the
 only
 water tower
 i saw
 while in chicago
(even tho they have a place called water tower place just saying)

 i did get another one 
when
 we were in galena
 i will share
it
 another time

 i have
 the world's 
worst cold

 i was
 so sick

how sick was i?

so sick
 i took
 tuesday off 
slept til 10 
after
 being awake 
most of the night
 coughing
sneezing
 blowing
 my 
very 
sore nose

 i wonder
 if the flu shot
 i got last week
 made this cold worse
 i wasn't 
sick
 or
experiencing
 any cold symptoms 
when
 i got the shot
 but 
it was
just
 a few days
 after
my return from chicago
 and 
we all know 
how 
germs
love 
airplanes 

these guys still need a home ...

Best Friends Animal Society
Hurricane Sandy survivors seek forever homes
One year later, people in communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy are continuing to rebuild their lives. And so are animals impacted by the storm. Four dogs and one cat—three of them rescued by Best Friends during the hurricane—have been waiting for new homes for too long. So their friends at Best Friends—New York are reaching out to Best Friends members.
Can you help?
Tank’s whole body wags with joy when a friendly person comes near. This sweet, adorable American Staffordshire-mix adores attention, walks and car rides. He’s not good with many small dogs, but can be fine with larger canine companions. Tank was pulled from a NYC shelter in the nick of time just a few months after the hurricane. Tan with white markings, his soulful eyes are set off by a stripe down the middle of his face. He’s three years old, healthy, neutered, and up-to-date on shots.
Theory loves cuddling on the couch and taking walks. This beautiful, velvet soft, brindle pit bull terrier is three years old, healthy, neutered, up-to-date on shots, and housetrained. It takes him some time to trust new people, but then he’ll be your friend for life! He’d be happiest with a person or couple who believe in positive reinforcement. And he’d be fine living with another calm dog and/or a dog-savvy cat.
Tootsie is a cute, playful shepherd-mix who loves to run and play fetch. She’ll make a great companion for an active person or family who want to take her along on walks, runs or outings. Tootsie is two or three years old, about 30 lbs., healthy, spayed and up-to-date on shots. She isn’t good with other animals, so would prefer to be your only pampered princess.
Zeus is an exquisite grey pit bull who turns heads wherever he goes. This sweet, big boy enjoys going on hikes and jogs with you. He’s also a smart, eager-to-learn student, who loves one-on-one interaction. After being abandoned, he needs a patient, confident person who can teach him to trust again. Zeus is about four years old, healthy, neutered and up-to-date on his shots.  He’d be happiest as an only pet.  
Tina is an affectionate cat who is looking for an empty lap to warm. She gets along well with other kitties and adores people. Tina was pulled from a shelter during the hurricane, and has suffered severe eye infections that left her visually-impaired. But that doesn’t prevent her from getting around or using the litter box, just like any other cat. Tina is about five years old, healthy, spayed and up-to-date on shots.
If you or someone you know can offer any of these deserving pets a good home, please contact Tammy attammyh@bestfriends.org. She’d be thrilled to hear from you and delighted to set up a “meet and greet” with the pet of your choice. You can also help spread the word by printing out and posting this message or forwarding this email to your animal-loving friends and family. 
Thank you for anything you can do to help Tank, Theory, Tootsie, Zeus and Tina. Together, we can Save Them All™. 
Tank
Theory
Tootsie
Zeus
Tina

weekend blather

so
 i told
 you all about
 the banksy

 after that
 it all pretty much pales
 tho
 i did have a full weekend
 despite
 a sore throat
 that 
made me sound
 at times
 like a frog had taken up residence

  after my most wonderful massage
 i met my sister
 as i told you
 we walked down amsterdam to 73rd
 checked the brunch menus
 of 
two newish places 
decided
 on

 we both order the eggs florentine


a variation on eggs benedict
 the english muffins
 were barely toasted
 the home fries 
were cold
 the coffee
 was excellent
 however
 they served 
hot steamed milk on the side 
in a coffee cup
 no spoon was offered
 it was nearly impossible
 to pour the milk
 into the coffee
 without spilling

 when we asked for a spoon
 we pointed out 
the cold potatoes
 to the manager's credit 
he immediately offered us replacements 
we were half way through
 so we declined
 thanking him

 a short time later
 he brought us a hot platter of potatoes
 insisting
 we taste them

 they were great
 but
 by then
 we were full
 he also only charged us
 for one brunch 
we thanked him 
saying 
we'd be back
 and
 we will

 it was quite busy 
i suspect the kitchen was overwhelmed.

we walked uptown
 i had to stop at irving farms
 to get toonman's decaf coffee
 i buy a pound of beans every week or so
 they grind them for our coffeemaker

next 
we walked over to the new place
 i am liking for take out
 birdbath bakery
 a division of city bakery

 the pumpkin veggie burger is amazing 
the kale salad with hazel nuts has a very light dressing 
 the sweet potatoes with pineapple is not sweet its perfectly slightly tart



the coffee
 however
 does not 
compare
 to irving farms 
but
 the pastry
the baker's muffin
 the vegan bran muffin
 are
 far superior
 to
 the balthazar baked goods 
at 
irving

i got some photos
 while
 i was on the eastside
 my favorite 
boutique windows
at
lisa perry
 featured fun sweaters





and
 outside
vince
on madison
 a sales associate
 waited
 for the manager to arrive 
with the keys


i got
 a fabulous color block draped hooded coat 
at 
vince online 
on sale
 for 25% off


and
 this week
 my mani/pedi is
 essie's wicked


in honor 
of 
halloween!

its so cool

last sunday
 as i was walking to irving farms for some coffee
 there was a huge crowd
 across the street

 being a blasé new yorker
 i didn't bother to cross over 
to see what was happening 
nor
 did i ask anyone
 in irving farms

 i pretty much forgot about it

 on saturday
(yesterday)
 i had a massage appointment 
on the eastside
 followed
 by a brunch date
 with my sister
 back on the westside

 we texted one another 
deciding 
to meet 
on the corner
 of 
amsterdam and 79th

 i was daydreaming
 i guess
 cause 
i forgot
 to ring
 for
 the amsterdam bus stop 
the next stop
 is
broadway
 i could walk back
 its only one block
 so 
i stand up 
heading into position
 to exit 
when he stops for the traffic light
 i look over 
to my right
 out the window 

there are people standing
 around
 that
 spot 
again

 this time
 i pay attention
 well 
lookee
 there
 on the wall

 its a banksy!

 when i get off
 i walk back
take a photo
 just like everyone else 

its interesting
 to note
 that the owner of the building
 a commercial building
 containing
 a dws
 (designer shoe warehouse)
 has
 covered
 the extremely pricey street art
 with a plexiglass 'shield'
 it will keep vandals and thieves away
 is the thought process

 but
 trust me
 if 
someone 
wants to steal it 
they will 

thieves
 are
 nothing 
if not resourceful


its so cool 
to have a
in the 'hood

jack chaps, dog detective

I met a celebrity 
while
 shopping on north wells street
 last saturday
 in chicago

 jack chaps and his person, marya lucas
 were shopping too 
also
 handing out little postcards
 advertising
 their 
 facebook page
 and

jack chaps, dog detective
 is about to launch
 his career
 solving 
a case 
in 
chicago


 jack
 was a delight
 no attitude
he jumped up
posed nicely
showing off
 his handsome bow tie 




good luck, jack
bark on!!!

of course ...


of course
 it will be
done
 by christmas
 the new year's eve fools
 have
 to have
some
 where
 to stand
 packed
 like sardines
 in the frigid cold
 to watch
 the ball drop
 dont they?

 that was
 sort of 
the conversation
 i had
 with
 one of the female construction workers
 on
 the times square remodel
 the other morning
 when
 i stopped
 to take that photo

as
 for 
h&m
 its
 supposed
 to be open
 by
 november

  they're going
 to
have
to
 be
putting in
 some
 golden overtime hours
between
 now and then
 from what i can see 
as i walk past
if they're going to live up to what's on the sign

 if
they'd
 only
remove
 those
 friggin'
 'walls'
 so the street
 would
 be back
 to its normal width
 i dont think
 i would mind the mess
 so much

 ya know

autumn


it was bordering on cold
 last night
 as
 i walked
 uptown
 from the 72nd street subway
 not cold enough
 to
 zip up 
my leather jacket

 the breeze
 was
 strong enough
 to lift the ends of my scarf 
strong enough
 for me
 to momentarily
 consider
 zipping up

 see that photo
 i took it in chicago
 this past saturday
 those
 leaves
 had been blowing around
 like
 little leaf demons

 i have
 actually
 seen
 a sand demon
 or
 maybe
 its called
 a sand devil

 its a weird looking thing

 those
 leaves
 were more 
dervish-y
 prettier
 than
 the sand demon devil

 of course
 as soon as
 i pulled the phone
 from my pocket
 took aim 

they all
 dropped
 to 
the ground
 they
 assumed
 that
 pose

 pretty
 a lot prettier
 than
 the
 loose leaves
 here in nyc 
which
 believe me
 dont look 
nearly
 as photogenic
 eddying
 along the sides of buildings
 because 
they don't
 they don't 
hang out 
anywhere
 but
 in the park

 maybe 
there's an ordinance 

all fallen leaves must remain within the boundaries of the parks
or
else!

water tower






that
 was
 taken
 by my friend
 reena
 in perth australia
 where
 she and her husband
 aka the professor
 are
 spending
 a month
 as part of
 this fabulous
 sabbatical 
to celebrate
 his 65 birthday

 she wrote me the other day:


''This is part of my view in our little apartment across from the University
in Perth.  Thought of you and took a pic.  The university sits on the water
and bike paths all around up and down the coast and inlet waters, etc.
We've got bikes and have already been out and about.''


its awesome 
no?

back from the windy city and beyond!

tuesday
 i woke
 without the aid
 of
 either the alarm clock
 or 
the alarm i set on my iPhone

 arrived at jfk
 in plenty of time 
for
 my crack of dawn flight
 to 
chicago

 flight was uneventful
 we arrived on time
 i picked up the rental car
 and
 settled into the traffic
 that
 is the kennedy 'expressway'

 i believe the economy must be doing well
 as there 
is 
no end
 to the construction
 everywhere 
in 
chicago

 caught up with my friend mags
 who looks fantastic

the fog and drizzle
did not stop us


we headed out to explore the neighborhood
have lunch
and
 do
 a lot of wandering
in and out
 of the shops

 that evening
 we relaxed and ordered in
 we also were planned a leisurely wake up
wednesday morning
 followed
 by a 3 hour drive
 to 
galena 
it lies very west of chicago
 right across the mississippi river 
from iowa 

we had a lot of adventures
including
asking a state patrolman directions
a much needed bathroom break stop
 another stop for lunch

 we arrived
 in
 galena
 late in the afternoon
 but
 like all good shoppers
 we stopped in town
 to look around
 before heading to our hotel
 then
 back out for a late dinner
 of 
appetizers 
at
after 
a must-do if you ever get to galena

 thursday
 we hit the road
 looking for some recommended photo ops
 we got lost 
but 
ended up getting some amazing photos

 back to town for lots more shopping
 another visit to jamie's 
 dinner at
finally
 back to the hotel to collapse

 mags had a bad reaction to something
 and 
was truly sick
 on
 friday morning
 she slept in
i went to walmart for sickroom supplies
 and
 then to the spa
 for a massage
 afterward
 we packed up the car
took one small detour
 for another highly recommended photo op 
then
 back on the road
 to chicago 

when we got back
 mags went to bed 
and 
i amused myself with my iPad apps 

saturday
 she was feeling better 
so we did a little retail therapy in old town
 which is very near her apartment

me with Gio and there's Mags in the background

 i got my weekly hair wash/blowout at her salon
 lunch at
 more shopping
 then
 back for mags to nap 
later
we went to
 for dinner
 another really good inexpensive place to eat if you get to chicago

 i flew home sunday morning
 i get to go back to work today 
(monday)
 and
next week
 lucky me 
begins 
20 days of grand jury duty!!!!

oh yeah
photos
of 
galena
 will be shared 
over at 

see ya

thats from another trip to chicago back in june 2004
we took the architectural tour on the river

 i visited my friend mags
 several more times over the years
 but
 this 
is one of my very favorite photos

 

i leave
this morning
 at
 an insanely early hour
flying jetblue
 using miles
still not sure
why
 i opted to pick a flight so early
 but i did
 and
 it left me
lots more miles
 to spend
 on future trips
 so its worth it

i wont have access to a computer
til
 i get back next sunday



bye!

helsinki meets nyc


i met
 via
 instagram
 a woman
 a photographer
 named 
liisa

 i was drawn to her photos
 of
 endless snow

 impressed
 by
 her chronicle of
 walking to work
 in the dark
 did i mention
 there was a lot of snow

then 
spring
 arrived
 the snow melted
 i could not understand
 how it melted without flooding
 she says
 its due to the hundreds of lakes

 her spring and summer photos 
were
 of
her garden
 all the veggies
 all the flowers
 so lovely

 when i heard she was coming to nyc
 i said
 we must get together
 she agreed

 yesterday
 we met at polished beauty bar
 for mani/pedis
 lots of chat
 followed
 by brunch 
at a new-iwsh restaurant
 with 
nice brunch menu
 and
 a french country theme
 i cannnot remember the name
 its on amsterdam at 83rd

 wait

 i googled
 its called
good food
 good chat
 it was a really lovely time
 i look forward to her visiting again in the spring


windy city

i headed over to the eastside 
late saturday morning
 for 
my yearly mammogram

 because
 i am always afraid 
i am going to be late 
i leave a lot of time
for travel

 hey 
you never know
 when
 there's going to be
 a traffic snafu 
a parade 
a protest march
 or
 even
 a simple street closing
 for a festival/fair

there were none of the above
 i was 30 minutes early
 even
 with a stop 
at eli zabars on third avenue
 to get
 a sandwich
 a bottle of water 
 i also stopped at starbucks on third and 83
 for 
a grande
 non fat
 pumpkin latte
 hold the whipped creme
 because
 adding whipped creme
 defeats
 the non fat 

anyway
 i was still 30 minutes early

 there was no one waiting
 as soon as i filled out the release form
 i was in 
having
 my breasts
 painfully squished
 there's a sign in the dressing room
 that says
 the tighter we squish
 the better we can see 
if there's a potential problem

 squish away
 i say

 next up
was 
a sonogram
 because
 my breasts 
are dense like my bones
 the technician pressed that paddle thingie so hard
 it hurt 
i peeked 
i always peek
 my dense breasts 
look like
 a very rough ocean
 like the perfect storm 

when i was done
 i walked uptown
 to a shop i like
 did a little shopping

 then
 i walked down to 79th
 to catch the crosstown
 back to my side of the city
got off at
columbus
 walked down
 to
75th
 got my hair 
washed/blown dry

back up to 80th and broadway
for some errands 
and 
home





 it was very windy 
you tell by the clouds
but
 the title
 is more significant
on 
tuesday
 i fly to
 chicago 
to 
visit a dear friend
 i havent seen in a while

 i am so looking forward to a fun girls week
 i promise
 to take lots of photos
 but
 i wont be posting 
while
 i am gone
 not even over 
at 
through my eyes
 i will remind you
 before i go
 just like a do for toonman
 who
forgot 
i had a trip planned 
til i said 
he didnt have to come up with a toon for a whole week!


meet and greet


on the street
 on broadway
  a few saturdays ago
 it was a veritable
 neighborhood
 catch up
 for those pooches
 3 
as you can see
 were with a dog walker
how can i tell
 well
 they're clustered together
that little black white dust mop
 stopped
 to say
 hey
 causing
 a bit of a traffic jam
 i had to snap them
 whilst
 sidestepping 

a cat tale


​ Jack is a slow eater


takes a bite


 looks around


Harry gobbles



 before Jack is done 

Harry is done
looking to nose into Jack's bowl

someone 
must stay with them
 while they eat



Recently
 (tho they eat the same food every day)
 Jack has wanted less wet

 okay
he can have more dry

then 
Jack decided
he did not want any wet

okay
 give Harry more wet
 give Jack more dry

 til this morning

 this morning 
Jack ate his small amount of wet
and
 when 
Harry decided
to
 bury 
vs 
eat 
his wet food
 Jack 
ate
 it 
all
 gobbled
 it 
down



 Harry ate dry



 i stood there
scratched my head
  said out loud
 they are cats, they are cats, they are cats ...  

mornings


i get up
 at
 the
 butt crack of dawn

 really

 every morning
 i drag myself out of bed
 to feed two cats
 whose cries
 start almost 2 hours earlier

 you'd think
 they hadnt eaten 
in days 
rather
than
only
8 hours before

that 
photo
 was taken 
yesterday morning
as
 i came out of the subway
after 
i trudged up
 all
 those 
stairs

i decided
 it was pointless
 to use the escalator
 its running
 now
 but 
it will surely break down
 forcing
 me 
to
 reacclamate

 it took me months
 to develop
 the stamina
 to climb that 
mountain
i can't do it again

anyway
that photo
 and
 the one over 
on
 through my eyes
 are 
both
 straight 
from
 the ios 7 procamera app
 no filter
 no editing
 no topaz labs effects


so
 far
 its 
the only upside
 to
 the dark mornings

oh spring please hurry
(edited because really i know how to spell hurry gah)

thats just not nice

i dont mind rain
 i like fog
 i dont like vapid drizzle
 it isnt worth opening the umbrella
 i dont like the way it spots my glasses
 makes me wish
 they had little wipers to switch on
 my hair gets big
 thats ok
 its flat thats not good

 my friend blondie
 was supposed to meet me
 for
 lunch/brunch
 shopping

 she texted
 her throat was sore
 she wasnt up to it

 i was sad
 compensated
 by having a leg massage
 along with my mani pedi

 while i was enjoying my beautification™
 blondie texted
 she had to go out get some meds
 she needed to eat lunch
 if i wasnt afraid
 of
 catching her germs
 would i meet her anyway

 i replied
 i was fearless

 where to go
it was spitting
 neither of us
 wanted to go far

 opened
 on broadway at 76 street
 neither of us have been to their other location down on hudson
 we wondered
 did it serve communist eggs? 

its a chinese restaurant
 with
 a dim sum 
noodles
salad
sharing 
mentality

 long farm tables
 some little booths

 we opted for a booth

 its an interesting menu
 after some explanation by a hyper waitress
 we both
 opted
 to order
 rice noodles with vegetables

 eventually
 one bowl arrived
 we quizzed
 the not our waitress young woman
 who brought it
 were we to share this 
or
 was another bowl on its way

she would check

 while we waited
 we both picked
 at the contents of the bowl
 it was tasty

 the not our waitress returned to say
 our waitress
 had written up
 only one serving


 well 

how long
 before
 we can get another serving?

 she promised to expedite it
 then 
our actual waitress
 showed up to say
 she would get the second order placed

 we continued to talk and pick/share 
when we were done 
blondie gestured for the waitress

 i said
 we dont want the second order
 we're done 
she
 was
 so sorry for the confusion
 and
 then
 she
 blamed
 the 
kitchen

 we listened
nodded
  then she left

 we looked at one another
 blondie waved the manager over 
explained it to him
 asking for the check
 he apologized

 after he left
 she said to me
 if he is smart he will not charge us at all
 i said
 i dont think he's that smart

yet another person
 brought the check

 as we argued
 over
 how small tip
 vs 
no tip

 the manager
came back with a bag
 the order was ready
 please take it with our compliments
 we are very sorry for the confusion

 we thanked him
 left the waitress a small tip

had she
 just said
 my bad so sorry
 we would have tipped her the full amount
 but
 she blamed the kitchen for her mistake
 and
 that
 is just not nice 

by the way the food is very good
 even if the service is still being worked on
 i recommend it 
 i think
 i will be going back
but
 not til they work out the kinks