Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State of the Union Watch Parties

While there's no shame in doing it alone, it's so much better with someone else. Check out one of these State of the Union watch parties for some solidarity, among other things.

Generation Engage (Justin Rockefeller's awesome new organization) launches with a watch party tonight at Marble Collegiate Church. Prior to the address will be a panel featuring Ted Sorensen, Peggy Noonan and Jeanine Piro.
7:30 p.m. Panel
9 p.m. State of the Union Address
Marble Church, 29th St. & 5th Ave., Manhattan

Park Slope Drinking Liberally and Commonwealth celebrate Park Slope DL's one year anniversary with their second annual State of the Union watch party at the bar. (This is where you'll find eefers).
9 p.m.
Commonwealth, 5th Avenue at 12th Street, Brooklyn


Other Drinking Liberally State of the Union Watch Parties:

San Marcos, 9 p.m.
St. Mark's btw 2nd & 3rd, Manhattan

Doc Watsons, 7:30
78th & 2nd, Manhattan

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Emily Farris for Mayor

When googling myself, as I often do, I came across this link. Before you click on it, I will warn you that it will open an 11-page PDF. Even more exciting than an 11-page PDF is that this 11-page PDF is the final ballot count for the 2005 New York City mayoral election. And, on page 9 of 11, you will see that Emily Farris -- yup this Emily Farris -- received one, count it: one, vote for mayor. Take that, Bloomberg! [Thanks, Chris!]

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pomp and Circumstance, Almost

After nearly six grueling years, I am almost ready to graduate college. Today I began my final semester, and filed my petition for graduation. You're all invited to the party (ahem, barbeque...on my ginormous patio!) in May.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Positive Results

MyHeritage scans a picture of your face and then tells you what celebrity you resemble most! I have been told once or twice that I "remind" people of Ms. Barrymore, but never has anyone said I "look" like her.

However, skeptic that I am, I uploaded a picture of me with a different expression on my face from a different angle. My first result? Paul Wittgenstein! My second? Elisha Cuthbert. I'm flattered by the second one, at least, I guess. Coming in at number eight? Danny Devito! Still fun, at least.

UPDATE: With yet another picture, the results included Engelbert Humperdinck and Quincy Jones!

Oh, David

I just don't understand why I never saw this on MTV?!?!

Now That I'm a Brunette, I'm Mean...and, Yes, Kinda Dorky for Posting This

Check out the best blonde joke ever.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

You Know You Google Too Much When...

...you Google "what to eat for dinner." Wow.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any good responses. Some essays, some blogs, no great inspiration. I guess I have to get off my lazy ass and look at a delivery menu.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The American String Conspiracy Conspires This Weekend...Twice!

Hey ya'll (I get to say "ya'll" in this context):

My band (The American String Conspiracy) has TWO shows this weekend in Brooklyn, and yes, I'm singing. And not just backup.

So, for you Park Slope, Boerum Hill Prospect Heights folks, come to the show at Freddy's on Saturday (I'll be covering Hank Williams and Dolly Parton). For those of you who live in that OTHER part of Brooklyn (and you know who you are, those of you who live on the G or L lines, those of you I let off the hook for everything else because it's such a pain to get from your part of Brooklyn to my part of Brooklyn), come see me at Pete's Candy Store on Sunday (I'll be covering Dolly again Sunday night).

SATURDAY, January 21:
American String Conspiracy
at the Brooklyn Winter Hoedown
Freddy's Back Room
5:15 p.m. Free Admission

SUNDAY, January 22:
American String Conspiracy
Pete's Candy Store
9:30 p.m. Free Admission

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Fall

Had my first fall on the new bike last night. It was pretty ridiculous, actually. I was headed down Broadway, approaching Union Square, when a girl on a track bike was jolting to a stop like a madwoman. Amazed by her stopping skills, I slowed down and came to a stop at the red light, as well. But I forgot my feet were still in the baskets (I usually remove them as I'm slowing down). I came to a complete stop and fell right over. Luckily, there was an SUV to break my fall, so I only hit my knee on the street. Some girl on a cell phone walked by and said "Oh my god! Are you OK?" I was fine. But I was wedged between my bike, the pavement and the SUV, with my feet still in the baskets. I managed to untangle myself and get back up, slightly embarrassed; no real damage done.

The wound is weak, and probably won't even scar. But there will be better falls, with better scars, oh yes there will.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bikes and the Building

Apparently a big NO NO where I work. I rode my new bike in from Brooklyn for the first time today, and not wanting to lock it with a U-lock, I decided I'd just bring it up to the office. So, I left my lock at home.

When I tried to bring it inside, I was firmly (and not so nicely) alerted to the fact that bikes are not allowed in the building. So, I spent the better part of this morning waiting for the bike shop on W. 47th Street to open so I could spend $100 on a new chain lock.

Not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world? Not being able to open our windows. Other than that, it's a pretty nice building.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hip, Hip, Hooray

A judge ruled that Critical Mass, is, in fact, constitutional.

To celebrate, I just might ride my new bike in Brooklyn Critical Mass tomorrow (7:30, Grand Army Plaza)...and not have to worry about getting arrested.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

If I Didn't Already Have a Boyfriend...

...I'd be finding my dates here, nerd/blogger/weirdo that I am...though I'm probably not "hip" enough.

Post-Holiday Pig Out

In my office, we have can upon can (literally, they're stacked) of chocolate. At home, bag upon bag of chocolate. I cannot possibly eat all of this chocolate, yet I do. Bowl by bowl. Bored moment by bored moment. At least my pants still fit.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The Same, But Different

Usually Gawker is making fun of the Post for having front pages similar to the Daily News'. Or vice versa. But the neighborhood papers have the big tabloids beat this time.

The front page of this week's Brooklyn Papers featured a picture of the mother of the "first baby of the year born in brownstone Brooklyn," while the front page of the Park Slope Courier features a frighteningly similar picture of Christine Quinn, the new speaker of the City Council (sans newborn).
Now, I know Hindy Krauss just had a baby and all, but it has to be said (and not just for my own political gain): Chris Quinn is cuter.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

It's the Cheesiest

And I ain't talkin' bout Velveeta. The New York Times has an article today about Macaroni and Cheese. The real stuff. Like I make. "The moral of the story" says the author, "when in doubt, add more cheese." She needed a cookbook to tell her this. Um, I know the Times thinks they're ahead of the times and all, but, uh, DUH. My last macaroni casserole (baked, with corn, of course) had five or six cheeses. But I guess we can't all be so culinarily blessed.