downtown local


i love the subway
 i love 
taking photos
 down there
 especially 
of the train
 entering
 the station

 this is one of my favorites
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a tale of two ziggys

two friends
 of 
mine
who dont know one another
 recently 
adopted 
new babies
 both
 were
 adopted from rescue groups
 both
 are called
 ziggy

 i am not sure
 either 
one 
could
 be 
cuter









the ugliest corner

really

72nd street
at
riverside drive
 has
 the 
oddest 
ugliest
 collection
 of
 architecture 
in 
the 
neighborhood

 on sunday 
toonman and i
 walked 
down
 through the park
 to
 eleanor's statue

 we sat for a few minutes 
in the sun
 toonman's legs 
occasionally ache
 when
 he's not been walking in a while
 ahem
 while we were sitting
 he pointed out
 the
 two water towers
 in the distance

  see for yourself 


another winner

another totally wonderful sunny day
 alas
 there's
 snow coming
 tonite into tomorrow

 i met my friend blondie for lunch
 we walked uptown to candle cafe west 
a place
 my friend judy 
has been trying
 to get 
me 
to go to
 forever 

after today's lunch
 i am wondering
 why
 i never agreed to go

  its an organic cuisine restaurant
 the caters to vegans/vegetarians 
i had
 a
 yummy nuevos rancheros
 made with/of
spicy tempeh-potato hash, corn tortilla, guacamole, tofu sour cream, tomatillo salsa
 it was so good
 i wished
 it was a bigger portion

 since it wasn't
 i had a piece of carrot cake
 oh my

 coffee was good too

 they deliver
 but
 i will be going back 

 no 
didn't take any food photos 
because
 i was too busy eating!

 after lunch
 we walked 
down broadway 
 to do a little window shopping
 we are both handbag and shoe sluts 
we looked
but 
didn't buy

 i did get myself
 a sweet inexpensive necklace
 at a new shop, francesca's on broadway/86 street 

i love sparkle
 i love faux gems

i plan on wearing it with t-shirts
 as well as 
with 
sweaters or dresses 
i love mixing it up

since it was so nice 
toonman and i took a short walk
down to 72nd street
through the park
 there weren't a lot of photo ops
 the angle of the sun
 made for lots of shadows 
but 
i did get this one shot
of
 eleanor roosevelt's statue 
i was trying to get a shot of the squirrel at her feet
 but
 the shadows are too strong 

see for yourself



what a fabulous day

 it was saturday
 the temps were in the 40s
 the snow was melting 
people were out on the street
 walking
 shopping
 generally
 enjoying the sunshine

 i tried to get toonman
 to take a walk in the park 
with me
 but
 he was otherwise committed 

so
 off i went
 big camera in hand 

lots of snow
 still covering
 the 
walks
some 
were
 more puddle
 than
 path


 lots 
of 
couples 



walkers


runners 



 it felt good to be out

two cute pups

i saw
 these two 
last weekend 
they were
 outside a restaurant
 as you can see 
they were very anxiously
 awaiting 
the return of their
 person/persons


sweet dreams

i am usually in bed
 and
 asleep
 by 10 pm
its a good thing
 because
 toonman
 who comes to bed many hours later 
is a restless sleeper 

he has very active dreams
 by active
 i mean 
he talks
sometimes
very loudly
 sometimes
 very clearly 
other times 
in
'tongues' 
perhaps
 he's speaking a foreign language
 i for sure dont understand

 oh yeah
 i am awake
 for
his dreams
 his punches
his racing legs 
loud laughter

 other
 times
i wake
when
 he is clearly speaking
 either 
in argument
 or
giving
 directions
instructions

 i have noticed 
his dreams
 happen
around 2 am 
occasionally
 lasting up to an hour

really
i know this
 because
 i am
awake
for all of it 

mainly
 i try
 not to be
hit or kicked

 i recently woke him
 when he sat up
 'choking' a pillow 
he had
 no idea
 what he was doing

 amazingly
 after i woke him
he 
went
 right back to sleep

me
 not so much

 i have told him of his exploits
 he is always skeptical 
so
 i told him i would video tape him

 i took my phone to bed the other night
 awakening
to his loud laughter
 i got the video app ready
 of course 
because
 i was prepared
 he did nothing
 more
nothing
worth taping
 or
 i would have

 i guess
 he's a lot like the cats

when
 they
 are doing something
 i want to record
as soon as
i grab the phone
 they stop

 trust me
 i will get evidence
 sooner or later 
meanwhile 
i will continue to be prepared!

there's something dreamy about this photo


subway for dummies

a blog friend
 asked
 what is the difference between the local and the express

  i thought
 what a good bog post the answer would make

 so
 here it is
 subway for dummies

 no 
she's not a dummy

 i am just 
borrowing
 the wording 
of those computer books
 you know
 word for dummies

 both
 the local and the express trains
 run
 the same route
 from
 beginning to end 


the difference
 is
 the express trains
 make
less stops

they stop
 on
 at
 junction stations 
where 
the passengers/riders
 can
 switch to the local
 to get to the stop
 they need
 if 
its 
in between express stops

if you live near a local stop
 you might
 take the local 
to an express stop
 to
 get 
to
 your destination faster

 on the line
 i take
 to the office
 i live within 3 blocks of a local stop and 8 blocks away from an express 
i can
 take the local
 one stop
 to
 get the express


 confused?  

okay
let me clarify

 i get on the local
at 
79 St


 i want to
 need to 
get to 
42nd St


 if i stay on the local
 it will make stops
 at
 72 street
66 street
 59 street
50 street
 before
arriving at
 42nd street

 it takes approximately 4-5 minutes from 79th to 42nd

however
if
 i change 
to
 the express at 72 street


 (or walk to 72 street to get it)




its just
one stop
 to 
42 street

 it takes 2-3 min 
(not counting
 any waiting time 
of course 
if the new signs


 show
a long wait 
you dont bother to switch
 there'd be nothing to gain)

there are express/local trains on all the subway lines

 the subway 
is
 clean


safe


 efficient


often
entertaining


 and
 relatively speaking
 inexpensive
 fare
 is 
$2.5o
 or
 $1.50 for seniors and school kids

any questions?

in the hood - amsterdam avenue


this stretch
 of
 amsterdam avenue
 is
 a combination
 of
 residential and commercial

 thats
 tecumseh playground
 on the corner of 77 street

 the fdny car
 is parked there
 because 
theres a fire station
 just around the corner 
on 76 street

 the red awning 
protects 
outdoor
 in warm weather months
 dining
 at
 chirping chickens
 their claim to fame
 in the hood
 is 
that
a few years back
 some of their delivery guys 
won big in the lottery
 i havent eaten there
 but 
i hear the chicken is tasty

 oh yeah
 there
 are
two 
water tower
 water tanks
 up
 there
 atop 
those apartment buildings
 on
 75 street

a long weekend

my office is closed
its 
presidents day weekend 

right on the heels
 of 
valentine's day 

 no gift 
no token of love
is necessary

 many people
 go away
leave town
 for the weekend 

i bet
 a lot of those people
 didn't get away
 or
 didn't get away on time
 this year
 with
 all the snow making
 a mockery of airline schedules

 a dear friend 
works for one of the airlines
 she is a very unique woman
rarely
do things throw her
 nevertheless
 this year 
has been hell
 with 
all the bad weather
 causing
 many flight cancellations rebookings angry flyers

 i hope
 if you had plans
 to get away
you weren't 
too baldy
 affected
 by
snow sleet ice 

those of us who stayed home
 made it 
through 
another
 few inches of white

 it fell 
atop 
mounds 
of
icy
 no longer white snow

it brought
more
 icy
 sidewalks
streets
 to
 navigate

 however
 you can look forward
 to
 the end of the week 
having temps
 that actually
 make it out of the 30s

 not to be a downer
 but 
that means 
it might rain

 personally 
at this point 
in the year
 i would
 prefer 
rain 

wouldn't you?




35 days til spring

yes
 it snowed again
 i had a massage appointment on the eastside
 it was brisk
in the mid 30s
 when i bussed cross town
at 9 AM
 when i left the spa
at 11AM
 it was snowing
 big lovely wet flakes 
the sort that don't stick 
except 
to your gloves or scarf
 the sort 
you can catch with your tongue

 i bussed back cross town
 walked up to 
hale and hearty
 for 
some of their wonderful 10 veggie soup
 stopped into 
zabars 
for 
toonman's turkey meatballs

 walked out of zabars
after maybe 
20 min
to see
 those lovely big wet flakes
had
 turned
 into
 those little flakes
 that seem 
more like a snow shower
 than snow fall
 i didn't even feel like i needed to pull up the hood of my jacket 
they were so light

we watched
 the wolf of wall street
 which 
was
 really
 long
almost 3 hrs
 really
 involving
 and
 really
 good
  i looked out the window
 to see
 at least
 an inch of new snow
 had
 accumulated
 and 
it was still falling

 spring is a mere 35 days away

the eastside
 is
 a lot cleaner 
than
 the west

 see for yourself

 madison avenue at 75 street

 madison avenue at 79th street

 east 79th street

broadway at 82nd street

kasper

normally
 i try to
 prefer to
 bend down
 so
 i am
 on 
at
eye level
with
 my 4 legged posers
 but
 i met kasper's  person
 while i was inside irving coffee
 he, his person, 
kept
looking 
back
 outside 
to see if  
kasper
 was ok 

we got to talking

 when i said 
i would like to take his photo
 it was 
suggested
 i
 not
 crouch down
 because
 kasper can be very excitable
 and 
i might get knocked over 

i didnt think that would happen
 but
 i agreed 

so
 its not the best shot 

i do love his floppy ear
 it reminds
 me
 of 
pup 
riley 




this is riley
i stole this shot from her blog

see for yourself

i am writing this on wednesday evening 
 it hasn't started snowing
 yet
 it is 
very 
very 
cold

 i came home
 a little while ago
 after having dinner
 with
 my friend liisa from helsinki
 she's in town for two weeks
 she said
 its been colder here
 than at home

 i remember how mild it was here last winter 
how i would see her photos on instagram 
of
 snow drifts
 so amazingly high
 i couldn't fathom
 what would happen
 when they melted
 she reassured me
 they drain off into the many lakes

 this winter
 they've not had a lot of snow
they have had a lot of rain
which made the ground soggy 
then
 it froze 
leaving us both wondering
 how many
 of
 the plants
 bushes
 bulbs
 would survive

 anyway
 we had dinner
 good conversation
 and
 i am so full

 i walked to 72nd street again this morning
 yes
 i got on the correct train

 i like walking
 i get to take photos
 as i go 
it was a frigid 14 degrees
 this morning
 i am bundled up 
so
 all that gets cold
 is the finger
 i use
 to
 'click' the 'shutter'

 i noticed
 the stores
 that were open
 before 7

 i think
 its interesting
 to see
 the neighborhood
 getting
 ready
 for the day

 i am not sure
 if i would enjoy
 the walk
 in the dark 
but
 now that the sun is rising earlier 
its sort of pleasant

 here
 see 
for 
yourself 









oops

my friend f in lala land 
sent me
 a fitbit
 for my birthday 

you dont know what a fitbit is?

 its a little thingie
 that keeps track
 of 
how much 
you walk
 number of steps
 number of stairs

 aside from the stairs
 in/out of the subway
 i dont do stairs
 much

 we live in a ground floor apartment
 i take the elevator up to the office
its on the 6th floor 
our new offices 
will be on the 46 floor
 i wont be walking up those

 i do a lot of walking in the office
 mostly
 from my desk to the conference room
 or 
the pantry 

on nice days 
i walk home from the 72nd street subway stop
  its been pretty cold
 so
i havent been doing that

 the idea of the fitbit as a gift was sweet 
but
 i think
 she thinks
 i walk
 a lot more than i do 
after all
 she lives in la 
where no one walks
 except to their car 

after
 she friended me
 on the fitbit social network 
i decided to give it a try 
in fact
 tuesday 
 in the 18 degree cold 
of 
the morning 
i decided
 to walk 
to 72nd street

 it wasnt windy 
so it wasnt a bad walk
 i made it in 8 minutes 
with
 severa
l short stops
 to
 snap these photos 




when got into the station 
i heard
 the train approaching
 i hurried down the stairs

 into the subway car 

imagine
 my surprise 
when
 i realized
 it was the local
 not
 the 
express

i laughed to myself
walked
 all
 the 
way
 to
 the express
 and
 got
 on
 the local

at least
 i didnt get on the uptown train! 


can
 you see
 the water tower
 in this
photo?


its there
 between 
the tall 'green' building
 and
 the light brown one under construction

none of these photos are signed

Harrison needs a forever home

Harrison is ready for the good life!
Harrison is a ball of joy wrapped up in a pretty red coat and a big cuddly head. He’s the kind of dog anyone would be lucky to call “best friend”. When he came to Sammy’s Hope, a No More Homeless Pets Network partner in Edison, New Jersey, his caregivers could tell right away that Harrison adores people.  From his profuse kiss-giving right down to the turbo-wiggle of his tail, Harrison’s innate joy and sweetness seem to shine right out of his body. A big love-bug, he was born to give affection — and receive it.
Harrison, now six-years-old, has been waiting patiently to find his forever home. Every day that passes and he thinks about his soon-to-be-family, his tail perpetually wags. He would love to charm his way into your heart, and with his affectionate personality and adorable face, there is no doubt he would. Watch his video and see for yourself! 
If you or someone you know can offer Harrison a good home, please contact Sammy’s Hope by phone at 732-993-8009 or by email at info@sammyshope.org. They would be thrilled to introduce you to Harrison and find him a forever home.
You can also help Harrison find a family by forwarding this email to your pet-loving family and friends.
Thank you for anything you can do to help Harrison find his new home. Together, we can Save Them All®.
Harrison riding in the car
Harrison
Save Them All
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toonsday - always be prepared - rerun

toonman
 isn't feeling like being humorous
 he's got a bad cold
 so
 i went looking through the toon archives
 this one seemed perfect