Archive for August, 2008

Two Due

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Joel Angerson was in town this weekend from Chicago because he’s turning 30 and he has a goal that involves eating nachos in lots of stadiums. Here is his list of other To-Dos in NYC:

two due

“Champion of the Rails”

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Ok so I don’t know much about this Biden character. When I received Obama’s text message at 4:38am last Saturday announcing Biden as his VP choice, I shrugged and went back to sleep for 22 minutes. But apparently Joe B has more to often than just a son named Beau. Yes, Biden is a “champion of the rails.” What does this mean? It means he commutes to work daily on Amtrak, co-sponsored the Amtrak Reauthorization Bill, and received the “Champion of the Rails” award from Amtrak president George Warrington in 2001.

Biden stated, “For 30 years, I have witnessed Congress dangling a carrot in front of Amtrak’s eyes, funding it just enough for it to limp along. And I’ll tell you, this has to stop. Now is the time to commit politically and financially to a strong, safe, and efficient passenger rail system.” – A Shot in the Arm for Amtrak?

I have yet to see any of his bicycle statistics or woo-ing power-point presentations, but I’m into it.

Things That Don’t Make Me Happy

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

1. Fractions, Percantages, Ratios

2. Biking from Williamsburg to Park Slope at 10:30pm on Wednesday = *ring* Sean? Are you near a computer? (hahahahahaha) But really. I’m lost.

3. The price of my Cobra Health Insurance

4. Cilantro

Email of the Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

“finally, i joined the ymca, if you can believe it.  i have been jamming the elliptical and some other stuff every day this week.  and swimming.  i am an awful swimmer but i can still feel the burn paddling around in my spastic fashion.  i went to a “dance aerobics” class on my day off and was mortified to discover that it was two women doing eleven choreographed dances.  she wouldn’t break it down for me, just told me i would have to do my best and keep coming back to learn them all.  i watched one dance and said to myself, i do not remember signing a form to get on MTV’s The Grind.  then i left and did something else.  today i am going to try aqua fitness class.” – Anonymous

Streaking Merch

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

How do these make you feel? via Sean Tice

Shirts

Popular?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Streetsblog used another one of my photos from Flickr.  Is it creepy that when I was posting my photos from summer streets I secretly tagged all of them with “streetsblog” so that maybe Streetsblog would find them and post them and I could finally feel part of the team?  Part of something?  For once?  Hire me.

NYTimes on Summer Streets

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

The overall feeling from the three days of Summer Streets was overwhelmingly positive. Though some retailers along Park Ave disagreed. Apparently cyclicsts, bladers, and baby-stroller pushers are not flocking to Summer Streets to purchase $10,000 alligator duffle bags. One Jack D. Weiss, the retail director of a high end luggage shop on Park Ave, made this clear:

“At T. Anthony Ltd. sales decreased as much as 35 percent during Summer Streets, said Jack D. Weiss, the store’s retail director, putting a crimp on what is normally its busiest day of the week. “Maybe if you’re a biker or a hiker or a runner, you like [summer streets],” Mr. Weiss said. “But from the point of view of a retailer, especially in this economy, to have any kind of an impediment is very detrimental.” – Hitting the Asphalt for a Final Car-Free Saturday, The New York Times

I like that word, crimp. I bet Jack D. Weiss used it frequently on Saturday. Ah! These cyclists do not want my gator-duffies! It crimps so bad.

Omar and Los Dilettantes

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

For the second Saturday in a row, I arrived at the corner of E 51st St and Park Ave at 6:15am to greet my Zone 2 Manager, not Janette Sadik-Kahn, who handed me a yellow t-shirt and a stop-sign. Sans florescent vest, I marched off to the corner of E 57th St and Park Ave with my new assistant, Omar. I walked my bike. He asked, Oh did you bike here? Haha, I shrugged, not this morning. But I did last Saturday, and I am biking the 10 miles back to Brooklyn this afternoon. Nbd. Wow he replied. I felt good about myself. Yes, I am fit and sporty and sustainable, Omar. This volunteer gig isn’t just for the free smiles and unpaid benefits. It wasn’t until fifteen minutes later, at 6:54am, when I learned that Omar not only runs and bikes everyday, but runs and bikes marathons, triathlons!, 25 mileathlons, and then I did not feel as good about myself. Also, Omar knows how to fix bikes. I do not. He wins on several fronts.

In other news, I’m in a band. Los Dilettantes. Dilettante, someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic, such as music or other people or other people’s music. So far it’s me on keyboard, Freetze on harmonica, Freetze’s bf on guitar, and Peter on drum, though this is news to Peter. Here, ma petite Freetze’s bf plays us a little preview.

GRE Word of the Day

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Lion Fairy

Laconic: Using few words; concise to the point of seeming rude.

1589, from Gk. Lakonikos, from Lakon “person from Lakonia,” the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famous for their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, “If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground,” the Spartans’ reply was, “If.”

From the Online Etymology Dictionary Lion Fairy.

Platonic Pals and Solar Panels

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

After a day of reviewing my strengths (sentence completion!) and weaknesses (fractions!) on my GRE diagnostic test, I went to the Green Edge Solar Powered Film Festival.  A film festival powered by the sun!  Nifty.  We set up chairs, tested the popcorn, and affectionately displayed our raffle prizes. Then we watched two short films about Christo and Jeanne-Claude during the 1970’s when they were decorating things like mountains and the Sonoma valley with drapery. It made me happy. Then Carolyn drew the winning raffle tickets and guess who won a sustainable, reusable, eco-friendly Chicobag?

Platonic Pals

Bonus points: How many platonic pals can you find above?