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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Out with the old! 




May every one of you out there celebrate wildly this evening! I plan to go see The Giraffes, Brooklyn's best metal/punk outfit. Cherokee will be spinning hard rock records before their set. It promises to be an evening of debauchery of which I may even participate! Stay tuned for photos.

I'm ready for 2006, but 2005 was a rather interesting year for me. I came to New York and somehow I am still here - and loving it! I'm still not sure what my life here will be, if any. Which has made the year difficult and exciting all at once. This city can beat you down sometimes, but if you can hack it it's a great place to be!

Lots of highlights in my year of NY living. I worked on Broadway. I met Paul Auster (my favorite author, for those who don't know). I'm discovering the music scene here. I joined many New Yorkers in dealing with the transit strike. I went to Coney Island in the summer and rode the most dangerous wooden roller coaster known to man. I went to the Arthur Avenue italian food fair on the anniversary of 9/11. I discovered amazing soup dumplings in Chinatown. I went to a roller disco party in Chelsea. I sang showtunes at a West Village piano bar. I played bongos briefly on a subway train.

Basically I did things that people do in any city in the world. It's just new to me because it's a new city and I'm still starry eyed.

Next year I look forward to being more settled, healthy, drama-free and creative.

I wish you all an amazing blowout and a fruitful new year!

xoxo,
laura

Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy Holidays People! 



The cheesy light up Santa in the lobby of my building, on behalf of yours truly, wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season, whatever it is you celebrate this time of year.

I think I speak for all residents of New York City when I say that we are all thankful for the hard workers at MTA for coming back and getting our city up and running again. We know it's been a little tough on everyone. But hell, people all over the world face far greater adversities. Some on a daily basis. It's all about perspective. Hopefully this season lets us all think about the things we are thankful for.

However, the greatest holiday miracle that could happen in my life is if Stephen Colbert puts it in me. He still has a few days left of being on notice.

Peace to you all!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Breakfast of Champions. 



My breakfast. Isn't it beautiful? I am enjoying it right now. It's from the Mexican restaurant in my 'hood on St. Nicholas Ave and W. 183rd. Huevos con Chorizo. They even hooked me up with some sour cream.

It's a beautiful day because I have my yummy breakfast, my Dunkin Donuts coffee, it's 46 degrees outside and the MTA workers did not go on strike today as planned. Although there is a strong chance it could still happen in the next few days. But for now, I will not think about it.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Yo' Mama is sooooooooo..... 

A funny thing happened to me on the subway the other day. Actually, funny things happen on the New York subway rather frequently. But here's one example.

My friend Trisha and I were taking the 1 train from Times Square to a free screening of Brokeback Mountain (go see it - NOW!) at a theater near Lincoln Center. It was packed and we were right next to two young women who were telling tales and generally talking smack.

Then they started to trade "Yo Mama" jokes, of which I am an unabashed fan. This went on for a couple of minutes:

"Yo' Mama's hair is so nappy, she gotta take pain killers to comb her hair!"

"Yo' Mama's so broke, she went to McDonalds and put a milkshake on layaway!"

"Yo' Mama's so old, when I told her to act her age, the bitch DIED!"

Trisha and I were pretty much laughing our asses off and I finally turned to the girls and said "Yo' Mama's so old, she was a waitress at the Last Supper!". A slight pause followed by uproarious laughter. Then Trisha says "Yo' Mama is so fat, after sex she rolls over and smokes a turkey!" This went on for a few until we had to get off on 66th St.

Anyway, I would love to hear some "Yo' Mama" jokes from you all, if you know any. I suppose there is a list that I can find via the internet, but, well, I think that would make me a douchebag.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Lennon Memorial 2005 



Twenty five years ago yesterday Lennon was shot. Now, I'm not one of those people who is going to even pretend that I knew what kind of human being he was. I didn't know him personally. But I thought he was an amazing and inspiring artist and it kinda sucks that he's not around to keep on creating.

The memorial was very cool. Just a crowd of people taking pictures of the Imagine mosaic and singing Lennon and Beatles songs. I did some pretty kick ass harmonies when needed.

More pics to the side - sorry they're so large. I haven't mastered the flickr thing yet.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Bedpans are our friends! 




Or so my lunatic friend David Sparks would have you believe.

Actually, Dave is an outstanding and interesting outsider artist and musician residing in lovely Dayton, OH. His bedpans are a lovely addition to any home or office.

My personal favorite is the Justin Timberlake pan. He's a guilty pleasure of mine.

Check it out and let me know what your favorite bedpan is. Or better yet, think of a custom bedpan you'd like to have made and let him know. He's just crazy enough to do it.

Oh, and he got a mention in a Louisville paper!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Cherokee, people! 



I'm officially obsessed. Her band, Honor Among Thieves is playing at Don Hill's Xmas Party on December 14th. I personally cannot think of a better way to celebrate the holidays.

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