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#MicroblogMondays: I Love New York Except…

NYCnov14 (2)I love New York except when the rent is too damn high and continues to soar and there’s no way I’ll ever be able to afford to live there.

I love New York except when the MTA continues to raise its fares and traveling across a borough with my kids becomes too expensive.

I love New York except when the practices of law enforcement are racist and biased, their actions continue to do harm to those they are being paid to protect, and the NYPD has yet to build any trust within the communities they are supposed to be serving.

I love New York except when I’m tired and cold and sore and stressed out and have a million worries on my mind (like Saturday when I took this picture).

New York, I love you, but…


Thanks, as always, to Stirrup Queens for always giving me a reason to post something on Mondays!

“I just got out of Rikers Island…”

A few weeks back, I was walking around Union Square on a Friday night. At this particular moment, I did not have my headphones in my ears, something that is habit for me when I’m alone. I got stuck standing at a corner as the light changed and cars began zooming by in front of me. I heard a man say, “Excuse me miss,” and through the corner of my eye, saw him approaching. Normally, this would be my cue to walk faster. I had nowhere to go and he was already at my side, talking to me.

“I’m sorry to bother you,” he continues. I’m still contemplating my exit strategy and rolling my eyes as I turn to face him.

“I’m not a bum or nothing,” as he motions to a homeless man asking for change, “I just, I just got out of Rikers Island…” (more…)

Unnecessary Noise

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I have a few drafts waiting in the wings, but am busy doing other life stuff at the moment. I’ll get to them soon. One of those posts is from the day this picture was taken. My oldest daughter pointed out this sign, and we both wanted a picture of it. From it being placed in the middle of a noisy city (New York!), which is quite comical, to it having more meaning in life itself, it was a great photo opp. I’ve been having to remind myself of this lately, to tune out those who are not supportive, are negative, and ultimately don’t matter. Unnecessary noise is certainly prohibited as I go forward into the next chapter of my life.

City Mouse or Country Mouse?

A book with a similar title was one of my favorites growing up. I’ve always swayed back and forth between the love of country and of city. I find beauty in the mountains and rolling hills, in sunsets on water, and on days at the beach. Nothing will ever compare to the sights and sounds and vibe of the city though. I lived in Texas for almost ten years. I longed for New York, its abundance of culture is what I missed so much. I’ve been thrilled being back in the tri-state area these past four years. I spend as much time as I can in New York and in Philadelphia; my kids love both as much as I now. I cannot imagine living a great distance from either ever again. (more…)

The End Is Near! Again.

Not yet at least...

Not yet at least…

I snagged this shot while walking past the Fox News building in Manhattan on May 21, 2011. It was pure luck, I happened to look up and saw the news headline regarding the apocalypse, or rather lack thereof. If you know me, I almost always have my phone at the ready to take a photo. I was quite happy that I caught it at this exact point, “it did not end…Preach”. True, it went on to say “Preacher” around the corner, but the timing here could not have been better for this day. I recall people being actually concerned over this nonsense. I even remember some being surprised I was leaving the house, and of all places going to New York City. Don’t worry, I had many retorts to such comments.

With the possibility of end-times happening again tomorrow, I thought this quite fitting to post today. Funny enough, I’ll be headed into New York for another supposed end-of-the-world. Cue the R.E.M., once more! Although, my daughter has been sure to tell everyone that the Mayans did not factor leap years into their estimations, so based on their calculations, the end would have occurred months ago. I’m relieved. See you all tomorrow, all being well, I suppose.

Whooligans in Brooklyn

A blast. That’s the only way to explain this past Saturday. Despite the humidity and accompanying sweat, it was a great, great day.

For starters, it involved me heading into the city, which is a place I love to wander off to. My first stop was the ESPO (one of my favorites!) show at the Joshua Liner Gallery. Check out this article for more pictures and background on the show. I met a new friend there and we visited a few of the other displays at the gallery.
From there, we ventured to Brooklyn in search of the Doctor Who mural. We arrived at the mural, studied it, took pictures, laughed a bit. We saw other Whovians stop and take pictures. From there, we were to find The Way Station, a bar with an actual T.A.R.D.I.S. (okay, it’s a restroom, but still!). This was where our adventure really began. Basically, we wandered all over Brooklyn, chatting and giggling, and veering off our map’s path several times. As we both agreed, it’s a good sign of the company you’re keeping when you have a destination in mind but due to conversation you keep missing the proper streets to get you there. We did eventually find The Way Station, had a look around and snapped some shots of their T.A.R.D.I.S.

Famished by this point, we found a vegan (such a thrill to hang out with someone who is also vegetarian!) asian restaurant. We had yummy spring rolls, Pad Thai, and ice cream. The good conversation continued. We decided to venture back towards Manhattan, where I’d eventually have to get back on the train. My new friend brought me to Forbidden Planet, a massive comic book shop I’ve wanted to check out for years now. I was in awe of it, it’s really an awesome place. I’ll be visiting there again shortly and writing a stand-alone post on it (that is how amazing a comic book shop it is!). After wandering Forbidden Planet, it was time for me to catch a subway back home so we parted ways.

Some random shots from the day.

I’m looking forward to more fun days with, finally, an IRL fellow Whovian and all-around geek!

Last Monday

Last Monday, I was reunited with one of my best friends growing up (we lived down the street from one another!). I spent some time with him in Asheville this summer, and was so grateful to have even more time together last week. My fingers are crossed I’ll see him again soon. I was able to meet up with some great people I had met in Asheville as well, they are really incredible people. I also had the luck of making a new friend that night. Basically, last Monday was an awesome night. We all gathered to cheer my buddy on in hopes of him speaking at The Moth StorySLAM. It wasn’t to be, sadly. But we all enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait to see our friend take the stage next time!

These pictures tell the story of the night better than I could, so here goes…

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