Friday, April 25, 2014

"Just once, it would be pleasant to live in a place where you felt safe and secure and permanent."

From the book The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner. Page 122.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Being gay in hip-hop is still really stigmatized. There are so many people in this world that are closet homosexuals. I guess I'm 'out,' but people ask me what my sexuality is all the time and I always tell them that it doesn't matter, we're not in a sexual situation so you don't need to know. If we were in a sexual situation you would know exactly who I am sexually. But if we're just having a conversation you don't need to know what I do in private. Sexuality is not the most interesting detail about a person. It's like me saying my favorite color is red all the time. After a while you'd kindly tell to me to shut the fuck up about it."

From the MUNCHIES Vice article, SOME RAPPERS ARE GAY. GET OVER IT., written by rapper Angel Haze.
"And life is like a song."

From the song At Last by Etta James.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What do you know to be absolutely true?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Looking for adventure in the streets of New York?

The answer is simple.

The first step in achieving this would be to get stoned out of your mind. Next, choose any Philip Glass album to blast in your headphones (any will work, but you can't go wrong with Glassworks). And then the final step would be to put on some comfortable walking shoes, and just wander the streets of New York City for hour upon hour.

That, my friends, is adventure.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"I am very serious about what I do, but I do not take what I do seriously. And why should I? As hard as I work on my dishes, within a few hours of being served they are going to be flushed down the toilet, followed by about twelve cents in Charmin Ultra."

From the April 10, 2014 Eater.com column, Dispatches from Dirty Candy, written by Dirt Candy chef and owner Amanda Cohen.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"Well I found you out,
Discovered your secret.
Well honey it ain't a sin,
That you,
You need someone to love you,
You need someone to hold you,
Tonight."

From the song Need Someone by Mary J. Blige.
"Jean-Georges is still a four-star restaurant. That is all. Thank you for your time."

From the April 8, 2014 New York Times Dining Section Restaurant Review, The Stars Remain Aligned: Jean-Georges on the Upper West Side, by Pete Wells.

Woah. Congrats to Jean-Georges and his entire time!

Monday, April 07, 2014

"This here is the best cherry Coke in the history of the world."

Said by the character Sammy in the movie, Steel Magnolias.
Dear friends

VICE has just launched their new food channel titled MUNCHIES.

Please check out this awesome site, and read my latest VICE write-up as well: THIS IVY LEAGUE DEGREE BARTENDER IS PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU.

Thanks.

It's been a few days since I finished dog/house-sitting for friends in Brooklyn. I'm back in the city now, but will be heading out to New Jersey after work tomorrow to stay for the rest of the week. My sister and brother-in-law are currently on a business trip overseas, and I'm going to be helping them out with some stuff in their office while they're gone. Besides that, I don't really feel like I have much going on with me right now. I haven't been updating this much lately. Sometimes the topics I want to write about seem to be about things that I've already mentioned, which isn't a big deal. But I'd like to think that I'm constantly growing, learning, and evolving---so bringing up thoughts and emotions I've already said would seem like I'm taking a step backwards. I've also recently come to think about what exactly I should and shouldn't be writing about here. While I don't really have my name written much on this blog, and keep it as unsearchable as possible on Google, I have to accept that people might stumble onto it somehow. And what makes me reflect on that is I don't want to wait tables for the rest of my life, and therefore don't want any future employers at big companies not hiring me because of anything that I've written about here. I mean I guess it might be a bit too late for that, because I know I already do have some colorful entries written here, so why stop with all of it now? I would say the fact that I'm currently 31 is a reason, and that perhaps I've moved on from a lot of the bullshit in my life that used to consume me. I recently told all of this to one of my best friends, and she disagreed. She said that I was creative by nature, and that it's not only good for me to continue writing here, but that I should continue to do it as honestly and openly as possible. That really made sense to me... so I here I am sitting alone in the dark after 3am at night---it doesn't get any more honest than this. Monday morning is literally hours away, and yet I just can't seem to fall asleep. I guess some of the old bullshit in my life just isn't ready to leave me yet.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

It's nice to see ice cream trucks back out on the streets.