Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

It was fun to dog-sit Oscar for a day over the weekend.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Happy Pride!

It's June, and that means there are a ton of LGBTQ events going on this month in celebration. I attended Queens Pride last Sunday in Jackson Heights, and that was lots of fun. I've been going to it on and off for a while now and love its crowd and vibe. Being there just feels like home in so many ways. For this past week's, I watched some of the performances and walked around a bit, and eventually ended up grabbing some food alone at the nearby UFC chicken. Luckily, I was already sitting there with my food and a beer by the time that sudden downpour came towards the early evening. It had been a while since I'd been to that UFC, too, so being there at that moment with dry socks and fried stuff as I parched my thirst with a cold one felt pretty damn good. The restaurant isn't that big, and a family of four ended up sitting next to me after I'd had already gotten my food. It was a mom, dad, young son, and grandma. From the moment that the father and son first came in ahead to get a table, they brought this burst of energy that moved me. I basically began to eavesdrop immediately and didn't stop until I left. The dad seemed really outgoing and had this loud voice that was especially nice to hear because he was so sweet to his son. I'm guessing the kid was around 9 years old, and the dad was totally making jokes with him and the workers. I appreciated that. When the mom and grandma came in afterwards, the four of them together just made total sense to me. They just seemed like a real family, and their love for each other was so apparent. And what had me was the fact that each one of them was engaging in multiple conversations with one another. Stories about other family members that related to something learned were discussed as a group, and then there would be these separate criss-crossing back and forths among the four of them. Their dynamic just pulled me in. They talked about a lot of different things, and the mom even complimented the waiter on his haircut, which he reacted to with gratitude and surprise. The grandma also talked about how she'd made her kids clean the house with her and their father when they were younger. This was so they could use the $100 they saved by doing it themselves to eat together as a family at a restaurant afterwards. There was even a moment when I got to interact with them, which totally made my day. I knew they were super hungry because the topic of their excitement for the food came up after their order was taking a while. When they saw the server bring another dish of mine I had ordered, they ravenously asked about what it was and mentioned how good it looked. When their food eventually did come, it was a few dozen wings in this sauce, a few dozen wings in another sauce, and more fried chicken upon plates and plates of food. It's like, this family really knows how to enjoy themselves and go out to eat, and I loved seeing every minute of it. After I finished my beers and fried chicken, I wished them a great evening as I got up from my table to leave. It was sunny again by the time I stepped out onto the street to head back home on the subway. I don't think I could've asked for a better start to Pride month.
Inhale, exhale x 100.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

There's free food in Conference Room 2.

Friday, May 17, 2019

"Can I handle the seasons of my life?"

From the song Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.
"You will know."

From the song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.
"Now here you go again, 
you say,
you want your freedom."

From the song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"According to the American market research firm Datassential, Korean ingredients like kimchi, which is traditionally buried underground and left to ferment for months, now appear on 5.5 percent of menus in the United States, a jump of 59 percent in the past five years — particularly noteworthy since Americans of Korean descent constitute less than two-thirds of a percent of the total population."

From the May 14, 2019, New York Times article "How Sourness Has Come to Dominate Our Dining Habits, and Our Discourse." By Ligaya Mishan.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

"Making lists of ideas, reading novels, scheduling time to sit down at your computer, researching new coffee shops at which to work, and establishing weekly word goals may seem like parts of writing, but they are not. They are procrastination, which, if you think about it, is actually writing in its purest form."

From the May 8, 2019, Daily Shouts of The New Yorker titled "What Is Writing and Does This Count as It?" By Mia Mercado.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

"But for the first time, I don’t have a plan, besides to take care of myself."

From the May 3, 2019, Healthyish article "Christina Lecki On Leaving Reynard and What She's Doing Next." By Priya Krishna.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"When you look to successful people you admire, study them not only for their victories and achievements, but also for how they overcame failures and changed as a result of them."

From the April 21, 2019, New York Times article "Why ‘Find Your Passion’ Is Such Terrible Advice." By Stephanie Lee.
Write what you want.
Eat what you want.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

"Your love is holding on and it won't let go,
I feel it breaking out like an echo."

From the song Echo by Elevation Worship.
"I've decided I'm not giving up."

From the song Echo by Elevation Worship.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

"We were raised to really respect all religions and all peaceful people."

Said by Patricia Arquette in her April 29, 2019 episode of WHYY-FM's Fresh Air.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

I just discovered the Focus button on the bottom of Microsoft Word docs. And wow, my mind is blown.
"In the coming weeks, thousands of college students will walk across a stage and proudly accept their diplomas. Many of them will be hungry.

A senior at Lehman College in the Bronx dreams of starting her day with breakfast. An undergraduate at New York University said he has been so delirious from hunger, he’s caught himself walking down the street not realizing where he’s going. A health sciences student at Stony Brook University on Long Island describes 'poverty naps,' where she decides to go to sleep rather than deal with her hunger pangs.

These are all examples of food insecurity, the state of having limited or uncertain access to food. Stories about college hunger have been largely anecdotal, cemented by ramen and macaroni and cheese jokes. But recent data indicate the problem is more serious and widespread, affecting almost half of the student population at community and public colleges."

From the May 2, 2019, New York Times story Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry. By Kaya Laterman.
I live in a 6th floor walk-up in Harlem, and have come to appreciate the climb required to get to my apartment everyday. Even after more than a year-and-a-half here, I'm still usually a bit out of breath by the time I reach my door. That can also depend on how heavy of a meal I've eaten or how much I've had to drink, but I like the forced exercise. I don't mind it at all, and plus, being on the top floor of my building is a nice perk. But what irks me about 2/3 of my 6th floor neighbors is that they leave their bags of trash in front of their doors from sheer laziness. They can't be bothered to go the ground floor to put it them in the garbage bins until they leave the building at whatever random time they do. I mean, it amazes me how some young people move to New York and think this is acceptable behavior.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cordless? What’s a cord?
"Our culture teaches us to focus on personal uniqueness, but at a deeper level we barely exist as individual organisms. Our brains are built to help us function as members of a tribe. We are part of that tribe even when we are by ourselves, whether listening to music (that other people created), watching a basketball game on television (our own muscles tensing as the players run and jump), or preparing a spreadsheet for a sales meeting (anticipating the boss's reactions). Most of our energy is devoted to connecting with others."

From the book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van Der Kolk, M.D. Page 80.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

"I was alone a lot, but I was never lonely. You hear that? It's quiet. You can hear your thoughts. You can hear what it is that's so important."

Said by Robin Roberts in her episode of Oprah's Master Class.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

"I pull up to Coachella,
in boots with the goose feathers."

From the song Before I Let Go by Beyoncé.
If an elephant never forgets + Maya Angelou's quote about always remembering how people made you feel = Girl, bye
Being an adult is running into someone on the street you haven't seen in a while and saying hi, but not once suggesting to hang out to catch up.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

You sound old and out of touch.

Monday, April 15, 2019

"And no matter what I do,
I feel the pain,
with or without you."

From the song Tearin' Up My Heart by *NSYNC.
Frozen vegetables sold at supermarkets now commonly come in bags that can be directly steamed in the microwave.

This has been an absolute game changer for me. It's technology at its finest, folks, and I'm totally here for it.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The weather outside right now is perfection. It's 63° here in New York, which is warm enough to feel great without it feeling too hot out. I just came from sitting for a bit in the NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle, and people are definitely out basking in the sun. The park was filled with revelers, from a guy staring directly at the sun as he squinted and ate his bagel with cream cheese cut in half, to an older woman parading around in a mammoth black fur coat with a sable hat to match. It was glorious all around. Happy Friday!
"Many people in the city joke that what makes them real New Yorkers is that they never leave their apartments unless they have to."

From the April 12, 2019, New York Times article Personal Chefs for Everyone: Bespoke House Calls in the Digital Age. By Alix Strauss.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Do you ever feel like you're just scrolling your life away?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

"11:30pm in New York and people are leaving the party. Honey, they must be depressed."

Said by Grace Jones in her documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Add vice.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Monday, April 01, 2019

"How do you control yourself in front of all this stuff?"

Asked by Action Bronson in the show F*ck, that's Delicious. Season 3, Episode 7.
Real moments.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Always have episodes of Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa downloaded and ready to watch on your phone for emergencies.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

"We're on a night flight.
Set the controls to star light."

From the song Night Flight by Franc Moody.
Yes, I'll play the game.
The weather here in New York has gotten warmer, and winter now is officially dunzo. I definitely won't miss feeling smothered in the subway by everyone's large coats and puffy jackets, so goodbye freezing temperatures and hello spring.

I recently just got a Spotify account and my world has been turned upside down from it. I also just got my hair permed after more than a decade of always having a short fade, and that's been a much needed change as well. I stopped getting hair cuts back in November and just let it grow for a few months. It felt funny to feel it down to the tops of my ears, but for the first time in my adult life it didn't bother me. It was nice though to get a trim this past weekend when I got my perm. The perming solution smell from the salon is faint but still there.

Monday, March 25, 2019

"I may know the word,
but not say it."

From the song I May Know the Word by Natalie Merchant.
Give me a life without the bells and whistles, for even its proclamation brings a commitment I no longer see having value.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

"I don't think clay has any nationality, right? Because it's a material that has been used for thousands of years by people before there were even nations."

Said by ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro MartĂ­nez in the show Craft in America. Episode Neighbors.
"My work came out of a question of, 'what are you bringing to the table?'"

Said by ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio in the show Craft in America. Episode Neighbors.
That's so funny.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

"You were,
all I could see."

From the song Seven Years by Natalie Merchant.
"How did I love you?
There was no measuring."

From the song Seven Years by Natalie Merchant.
Numbers numb.
I was on the front end of the subway platform early yesterday evening waiting for the train, when two baby rats closely following a parent suddenly appeared on the lower track. They were so cute, and while seeing a rat by itself is no big deal, something about the three of them together made me think aww. It also became the conversation starter from the only other person there who saw it, a friendly grandpa nearby. He eventually ended up saying how much he regretted not taking a photo of it.
I'd like to write a 6,000 word profile on that person, please.