Sunday, July 31, 2005

Home Run

Yesterday, some friends and I gathered in Prospect Park for a hardcore game of whiffle ball, organized by Brooks:
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After a really confusing count off to figure out who was playing on what team, we divided into The Sharks and The Piranhas. I, of course, was a Piranha. But The Piranhas:
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quickly changed our name to The Umbros after realizing that Ruth:
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of The Sharks,was wearing Umbro shorts and we felt they made her game better (The Sharks were kicking our asses at this point). Once we realized she was actually wearing Adidas shorts, we changed our name to The Sanitizers--our new secret weapon being Purell hand sanitizer. And what a good choice we made. A few squirts of sanitizer and two 40's later, I scored two runs and apparently had an RBI (though I don't quite know what that is).

The Sanitizers ended up sanitizing the Sharks, 24 to 22. But not before I helped this little guy, Ryan:
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score a run for the other team. But anyone who knows how obsessed I am with having Black babies knows how exciting this moment was for me.

Next weekend, if we can get our asses in gear: KICKBALL!

Photos courtesy Mr. Random.

Drinking Liberally Gets a Shout Out in the Observer (The One Across the Atlantic)

Last Thursday, at Rudy's, we had a visitor from the UK. Today, the story of his visit made it into The Observer:
The motto of Justin Krebs and his friends pulls no punches: promoting democracy one pint at a time. It is a fine sentiment and, judging by the amount of beer put away in Rudy's Bar, democracy is in good shape.

Welcome to Drinking Liberally, a social club for Democrats which Krebs began in New York's Hell's Kitchen and has spread across the US. Faced with a George W Bush second term, a Republican-run Senate and Congress and a shift rightward in the balance of the Supreme Court, Democrats are reacting in the only way possible: pouring a very stiff drink. Full Story...
Find a Drinking Liberally club near you.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Occupational Hazard: Redux

I guess this is a sign that my tambourine playin just gets more rockin' every month:
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Yes, last night was another enthralling installment of the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, this time sans any cunt incidents (two months running, we're on a roll here!). Last night Buttermilk was really packed, though, because this month's hoot was part of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival. Don't worry, you didn't miss it. There are still three nights left! Hurry! Hurry!

Letter to the Editor

It took them about three weeks to do it, but The Villager finally printed my letter to the editor [2nd item].

DISCLAIMER: If you don't give a shit about West Village politics, you will find the letter incredibly boring, so don't bother reading it.

More later....

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Politicked!

Seems like I've pissed off some of the Politicker's readers. Apparently my post about having a crush on City Council Speaker Gifford Miller has rubbed a few New Yorkers the wrong way. However, when the Politicker cited me, he left out the real meat of my post. Here's what he had to say:
The Politicker tries, as a matter of policy, to ignore the subject of blogging, on the theory that our readers are interested politics, not blogs. The other night, though, New Yorkers for Parks invited a bunch of bloggers to "live-blog" their Mayoral candidates' forum, held in a big, reasonably crowded, and well-airconditioned space at NYU that gave the sense of a real event on a real campaign. Anyway, I'm not sure who spent that evening hitting "refresh" on the live blogs, and The Politicker's notebook doesn't get wireless. But at least one blogger, Emily Farris, got something out of the evening: "I have a huge crush on City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and will probably vote for him in the Democratic Mayoral Primary because of it. But the reasons I have a crush on him are the same reasons I think he'd make a decent mayor (except for the cute way he talks like he has a piece of hard candy in his mouth and that he's just really attractive)...God, he's so hot when he gets snarky with the other candidates!"
He left this out:
Giff was also well informed on the park issue (specifically park maintenance, which everyone else seems to forget about while they're busy allocating capital funds). Though he's a politician and shied a way from a few issues, I felt he was generally honest (which is really the best you can get from a politician these days) and not afraid to be the first one to stand up and answer any question.
But I ain't mad at him--just annoyed with the people who were too lazy to click through and read my entire post.

Why Does the MTA Keep Screwing Us?

I'm a big advocate of public transportation and alternative forms of transportation (bicycles, walking, etc). But I'm now about to narrow that to, "I'm a big advocate of alternative forms of transportation." I've just about had it with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the last three times I've tried to get home at night there's been some kind of "unexpected" service interruption (how do four R trains deciding to pass by the local stop at 11:30 p.m. count as an unexpected service interruption?). Apparently, the MTA now has an "unexpected" surplus of $833 million and still plans to raise fares again in 2007. So what, you say? Well, this is at least the third time since I moved to New York five years ago that the MTA has predicted a deficit or close to it, and "amazingly and unexpectedly" ended up with a surplus. Check out this article in today's New York Times:
Buoyed by an unexpected surge in tax revenue, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced yesterday that it would have a surplus of $833 million this year and that it would consider using the money to create a giant platform over its West Side railyards, which it could then sell to developers for office and apartment towers. Despite the surplus, the authority indicated that it still planned to raise fares and tolls in 2007 and 2009. The windfall represents a remarkable - but probably short-lived - reversal of fortunes for the authority, which in February had projected a tiny surplus for the year and large deficits starting next year. It now predicts that a combination of soaring tax revenue and low interest rates will add $493 million, all of it not previously anticipated, to its coffers by December. Full Story...
Sure, some of that money is used for capital projects, like the Stillwell Avenue Terminal, but what do most New Yorkers get for this surplus on a daily basis? More delays, fewer token booth attendants and higher fares. Ass holes...

Live Blogging Rocks My (Cyber) World

So last night, I didn't know it while it was happening, but as I was live blogging from the Parks1 Mayoral Forum's blogger alley, I was sitting next to Jen Chung from Gothamist. And today, she linked to me. It's a small blog-o-sphere, after all.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I Have a Huge Crush on Gifford Miller


That's right. I have a huge crush on City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and will probably vote for him in the Democratic Mayoral Primary because of it. But the reasons I have a crush on him are the same reasons I think he'd make a decent mayor (except for the cute way he talks like he has a piece of hard candy in his mouth and that he's just really attractive). Tonight I watched him at the Parks1 Mayoral Forum; and in addition to being charismatic and feisty, Giff was also well informed on the park issue (specifically park maintenance, which everyone else seems to forget about while they're busy allocating capital funds). Though he's a politician and shied a way from a few issues, I felt he was generally honest (which is really the best you can get from a politician these days) and not afraid to be the first one to stand up and answer any question. Plus, did I mention he's really cute? Think how much more fun NY1 could be to watch. And, God, he's so hot when he gets snarky with the other candidates!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Parks Pledge

I just noticed that NONE of the four mayoral candidates here at the forum tonight have signed the Parks1 Candidate Pledge.

Virgin Live Blogging

Live blogging for the first time at the Parks1 Mayoral forum. Check it out here.

Hot, Hot Heat!

Today is going to be HOTT in so many ways. Ninety-three degrees is the high with a heat index of close to one hundred. And because I like to make myself suffer, I'll be riding with Time's Up! in that heat to the Parks1 mayoral forum at NYU tonight, where my sweaty ass will proceed to blog about the event. So check back here around 7 or 7:15 if you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket to this event (apparently the response was so great they had to move to a bigger venue). I'm warning you, I'm biased. For instance, I can't stand current Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. But who can, really? Other than that, I haven't decided which mayoral candidate I'm voting for, so this should be interesting. Stay tuned.

Help!

We all know I'm broke as a joke and I've been wanting to do this for a long time: I'm going to be a freelance political public relations consultant. But I need a good name. I want to buy a domain name soon but I'm stuck on a name here. EmilyFarris.com is taken, as is EFPR.com (Emily Farris Public Relations). Voting "no" on eefers, that's my blog. It could also have nothing to do with my name, like 12StarPR (Not that I'd really call it that--that just popped into my head because I have 12 star tattoos. Plus, what happens when I get more tattoos?). So, I'm reaching out to you, my huge eefers audience (I think there are about 5 regulars?) for help.

Monday, July 25, 2005

My Sunday in Pictures

Check out Mr. Random's flickr slideshow of our Sunday "pool party" on Miss Kris's roof.

Here's a sneak peek.
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eefers on Farting

Why is it acceptable for men to fart and not for women? Of course, in most social settings, it's unacceptable for anyone to fart, but when two, three, four people are hanging out and a guy farts, people laugh then it's over. In the same situation, if a girl farts, it's a whole different story: people are uncomfortable, maybe even disgusted. Moreover, why is it more socially acceptable to burp than to fart? Both can smell hideous and honestly, more people come in contact with my mouth than with my ass, so wouldn't one want non-pleasing smells and sounds to come out of an orifice that he/she doesn't have to deal with?

For your reading enjoyment (or not) A Trip to the Gym for Your Colon: Emily Farris Investigates.

And Now For Something Happy

Centipede hunter, mouse catcher and garbage disposal, Eve the Cat:
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Sometimes I Just Want to go Live on a Farm

God, I love the city. Our bags are searched on the subway because of terror threats, and apparently if they find anything even remotely "illegal" (anti-war stickers, magic markers, etc.) in our bags, they can arrest us. My apartment is full of giant, human-eating insects. And about a bazillion people were killed in Brooklyn this weekend, including this pregnant woman. On the bright side, I don't have to worry about having my bag searched because I'm too shit broke to take the subway.

Really, I do love this city. But sometimes it's hard for the good to outweigh the bad. Especially any time I pick up a newspaper or visit a website, everything I see is about terrorism, murder, overdevelopment, etc. Is it possible to be well informed on current events and happy in a place like New York City?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

They're Baaaack

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That's right, those creepy, crawly spawns of Satan are back.

The house centipedes are back for the season and my roommate spotted the first one tonight. She killed it with her Super Powers (a.k.a. a can of Raid), but that means there are more to come. I'm a prisoner in my own home. I can't sleep. I can't eat. I can't do anything knowing those fuckers are crawling around in my apartment. Ugh. I shudder at the thought. Nothing, I mean, NOTHING should have that many legs. Ever. Ever. Ever! End of story.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Why Didn't I Hear From You? Wait, I Don't Care!

It's 3:22 on a Tuesday afternoon. My phone has not rung once. Not my home/work phone or my cell phone. One would think I might be upset. Hell no! I love it. Now, don't you go calling me just to ruin my lucky streak. Don't mess with Hurricane Emily! Wshooo!
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UPDATE: 15 minutes later and I've had two phone calls. I jinxed myself. Bah!

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Brooklyn Blog-o-Sphere Unites at Park Slope Drinking Liberally

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From Left to Right: Laura, eefers, Miss Kris and Mr. Random

Quick Breakdown: I met Laura through her boyfriend Frank. Frank marshaled my Bike to Beat Bush last summer. I met Miss Kris through Laura (they used to work together) but only because I had a link to Mr. Random's blog on my blog. Miss Kris had met Mr. Random through a blogging site and saw a link for Mr. Random's blog on my blog (she found my blog through Laura's blog). Miss Kris wondered how I knew Mr. Random and she contacted me. I told her I met him through Friendster (which I did). Does any of that make sense?

This picture was taken by Brian, who I met (believe it or not) through his blog via Gawker and the New York Post. Read that story.

More about Drinking Liberally.

Kris and The Onion on what dorks we all are.

And They Were All Yellow...

Yesterday I couldn't quite figure out why I was so tired. I'm talking really tired. I thought it might be that I'd only had one cup of coffee, but then I remembered I took my Vitamin-B (I've been taking that for energy and trying not to have the second cup of coffee every day) and that's been working pretty well as a substitute. This morning I figured it out. Let's see what eefers had to eat yesterday:

For Breakfast
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A bagel with egg, cheese and (gasp!) bacon (the gasp is because I'm a "vegetarian"). I was going to eat something healthy, but when I went into the deli for my coffee, all that fat and grease smelled so damn good!

For Lunch
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Mac and Cheese. But it was healthy-ish. I used Annie's Mac & Cheese with a can of cream corn (which by the way is creamED corn, it doesn't actually contain cream). No butter. No milk. All good.

For Dinner
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Oh look! More mac and cheese. And this time it was the gooey stuff from Jack's. Basically noodles floating in cheese and butter.

Oh, and there was that hot dog at Rudy's. But that was more of a beer sponge than actual food.

I really think I have a serious addiction to macaroni and cheese. Well, cheese in general. It's good on just about anything. It's a shame the place with the good bagels and the place with the amazing mac are both within three blocks of my apartment while the place that has the amazing salads (that I love almost as much as the mac) is a much longer walk. But after yesterday, I have a lot of walking to do.

Hurricane Emily

I don't know whether it's a good thing to have an incredibly destructive hurricane with my name, but it makes for some good times in Photoshop. Watch out! Wshwoooo!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

I've Really Made It

That's right, eefers has made it. Made it big. This is bigger than having my picture taken with Howard Dean. "What could it be?" you ask. Well, I've been Gawkered. Nope. You're not reading things. See it for yourself. Link [4th Item]

This is Where it Gets Personal

If you'll recall, almost two weeks ago, I was slightly horrified by a picture and pretty horrible profile of me in the dating section of the New York Post. I got over it and didn't think much more about it until my friend Ruth saw this post via Gawker:
Emily's profile is a little more troubling. The good parts: she's cute, likes ambitious guys, and is outgoing. The bad news: she's likely staunchly liberal and seems to be well-immersed in that scene. It comes up in three answers to various questions. So, she's poltically [sic] obsessed, and that could be divisive. A more pertinent concern: she seems to rule out guys who are super trendy, muscular, gadget-obsessed (or hyper-communicative), skinny, Republican, or slick-haired. Not that I defend any of those attributes, but she takes more time excluding people than describing what she really wants. I'm wary about her. Except for the knitting part.
The Post Poster (we'll call him Brian) and I started emailing after I posted on his blog in defense of my profile. He showed up at Park Slope Drinking Liberally last night and now I'll direct you to his blog for a detailed retelling of the events that transpired. Here's a little sample:
I got to know that, yes, indeed, she is a dedicated liberal and would not want to be in a situation where a conservative male would butt heads with her. She is also insistent on avoiding dates with certain types of men, which is where the "What's Not Sexy?" list came from. My take: for a general dating profile, this is fair enough. Her list of criteria will surely exclude certain people from her potential dating pool, but that's sort of the point. She knows what she likes and what she stands for - and she isn't afraid to be clear and open about it from the beginning. She's not pompous or dismissive, either - she is friendly and cordial with everyone regardless of whether they're "sexy" or not. I find all of that admirable.Complete Post
I agreed to do the Post dating thing because I knew it would make for a good story. And look, the story continues!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Stop the Insanity

I just learned via the Bike Blog that another cyclist, Kieth Alexander (I'm not sure if this is the right guy, I got this link from the Bike Blog), was killed in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn last night.

That's six cyclists in New York city in two months.

Help Take Back Congress

David Alpert and Emily Farris invite you to

Chris onto Congress
An evening of live music, comedy and camaraderie to help put Chris Owens, a progressive candidate running in Brooklyn’s 11th district, in the U.S. Congress in 2006.

Wednesday, July 20
6:30-8:30 p.m.

at The (New) Tank
208 W. 37th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
$10 Suggested Minimum Contribution*
to Chris Owens for Congress**

RSVP

Host Committee:
David Alpert, Emily Farris,
Justin Krebs, Benjamin Smith

**************************

Chris Owens is a father and husband, community leader, progressive Democrat, and a son of incumbent Congressman Major R. Owens. Major Owens will not be seeking re-election in 2006. Chris Owens cares about democratic institutions, civil rights, reproductive rights, rights for working people, support for small businesses, the protection of our environment, good and ethical business practices around the world, quality health care, affordable housing, a lasting peace in the world, support for our allies, and cost savings through sensible government. Chris Owens has worked in the private, non-profit and public sectors and he has held elected office.

More on Chris Owens.

*Cash bar available with beer and wine.
**Minus the cost of the Space Rental

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Gawked and Observed

Gotta get the facts right, right? Link

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Liberally in Park Slope Tomorrow

5. Because it's been a month since we all got together for drinks. And that's just too damn long.

4. Because it's hot outside. And beer is cold.

3. Because New York won't host the 2012 Olympics. Some of us (me!) will drink excitedly to that while others might raise a glass with grief.

2. Because someone other than Bruce Ratner has bid on the Atlantic Yards.

1. Because there's too much going on in D.C. and around the world right now to even bother listing any of it in this post. So, pick your topic (or not) and bring it to Drinking Liberally.

Park Slope Drinking Liberally
Wednesday, July 13
7 p.m. Onward
Commonwealth
5th Avenue at 12th Street
Take the R or the F to 4th Ave/9th Street

I've Been Blogged

Thanks to my friend Ruth for alerting me to this blog she found via Gawker. Apparently, someone is way more obsessed with the Post dating section than I am:
Emily's profile is a little more troubling. The good parts: she's cute, likes ambitious guys, and is outgoing. The bad news: she's likely staunchly liberal and seems to be well-immersed in that scene. It comes up in three answers to various questions. So, she's poltically [sic] obsessed, and that could be divisive. A more pertinent concern: she seems to rule out guys who are super trendy, muscular, gadget-obsessed (or hyper-communicative), skinny, Republican, or slick-haired. Not that I defend any of those attributes, but she takes more time excluding people than describing what she really wants. I'm wary about her. Except for the knitting part. Link
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I answered that questionnaire thinking it was something they'd use to match me up, not to quote me. We all know I'm a little more clever (and self-involved) than that. And I've been on one too many Internet dates to know that if you're not incredibly specific about what you want, you're probably not going to click. It's different when you meet people organically--then, there's at least chemistry (and I won't lie, I've even had chemistry with a few Republicans...well, ONE Republican).

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Dreary

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The sun hasn't shone all day. Makes me feel kind of blah. The dripping from the a/c upstairs also makes me feel like it's rainy and dreary.

Strange thing, that weather. When the weather sucks, I hate New York. When it's great, I love it here. Maybe I need one of those hats with a lamp to help combat "seasonal depression."

Party with eefers for a Damn Good Cause

It's time for another one of my parties, and this time it's for a good cause. I want to help make Norman Siegel our next Public Advocate. As part of the Siegel in the City house party series, I'm throwing a fundraising house party for him this Friday, July 8 (that's tomorrow, yo).

For those of you who don't know him, Norman has been representing Critical Mass riders and those who were arrested during the RNC, among others.

As Executive Director of the NYCLU (1985-2000), Norman was involved in some of the City’s most critical civil rights and civil liberties struggles, including: the creation of an independent Civilian Complaint Review Board, the successful defense of the Brooklyn Museum’s right to exhibit controversial art and the fight for citizens’ access to the steps of City Hall for protesting.

In the last three years in private practice, Norman has advocated for and represented the newly created Association of New York City Education Councils and the Williamsburg community’s right to keep its local firehouse open.

The minimum suggested donation is $10, but I encourage you to donate more.

To receive the e-vite send me an e-mail.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Holy Shit, That's Funny

Now, I'm usually enraged over bike accidents (i.e. car hits bike). But bike hits police officer on foot... Wait! Wait! It gets better:
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) -- President Bush collided with a local police officer and fell during a bike ride on the grounds of the Gleneagles golf resort while attending a meeting of world leaders Wednesday.

Bush suffered "mild to moderate" scrapes on his hands and arms that required bandages by the White House physician, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. The accident occurred on asphalt, McClellan said. It was raining lightly at the time, and Bush was wearing a helmet. More
Not so funny: I was almost hit by a car on my way home tonight. As I was coming off of the Manhattan Bridge (of course), turning left onto Jay Street, a car was making a right turn onto the same street and almost knocked me into the opposite lane of traffic. Fortunately I stuck my arm up in the air and started waving to her to stop. At the next light the driver caught up to me and almost apologized. "I was going to say I'm sorry, but I didn't see you back there."

The New Brooklyn

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If downtown Brooklyn really gets slanted buildings like that, I'll throw up. On them. Seriously. More at Curbed.

In other news, New York didn't didn't get the Olympics. Shit. Oh, wait. That's fabulous! Check out this article about why having the Games here would have been such a bad idea, anyway.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's summer time and hot damn! Today I got an intern. My job (and in turn my life) is about to improve by 300 percent.

And because I've been an intern myself, I promised to be a cool boss. "For every shitty task I give you, I'll give you something cool to do," I told him. And I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Here It Is...

...and, of course, they used the worst picture of me, EVER. Whatever; at least it will be in black and white in print.

I'm not even going to tell you what it is because you already know, but you can click on the link if you're really that curious to see it.

UPDATE: OK, so the black and white isn't better. It might be bigger, but not better. Ouch.

They also used my quotes verbatim, which I didn't think they'd do. I filled out that thing in like 2 seconds. I should have known. And I'm lagging in the polls. Get in there and vote for me if only for my own ego.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Humiliating News

This Sunday, I'm going to be featured in the dating section of the New York Post.

I don't quite understand the whole situation, but apparently someone will choose between me and two other women and decide who he wants to go out on a date with. Then the Post will send us (them?) out on a date and run a he said/she said the following Sunday.

This is something I never would have agreed to--it's like reality TV, but on paper, and we all know how much I hate reality TV--but my friend John did this last fall, so I figured it might be OK.

I'll keep you updated. Just know I only posted here in case any of you read the Post and I wanted you to hear it from me before seeing my mug on Page Six or something. Also know that I'll be highly disappointed if I find out you get your news (save gossip and sports) from the Post.