Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Own Chef Coats

New Chef Coats
Now the uniform is complete. First I ordered Aramark pants, and
now I have my own personalized chef coats. As long as I work in
food, I might as well look the part... and avoid having to spend 
my own money on work clothes.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Passport

Is it prophetic or in some way indicative of something about me that I have received my new US passport for my upcoming trip to Romania the same day the US embassy was attacked and burned by an angry mob in Belgrade? 

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Be Kind, Rewind

So Jessica and I stood out in the cold for about an hour last night to go to the new Deitch exhibit at 18 Wooster (thanks to Snezan for organizing the visit). The exhibit itself is a fantastic low-fi creation of various archetypal scenes and settings that might be used in a movie,  and the idea of the whole project is to initiate audience interaction in actually creating short video movies on site... which was not possible on opening night, as the place was packed with people just trying to figure out what was going on or what was expected. But, if one had the time and was so inclined, all you have to do is sign up for time in the exhibit to go back and make your own movie. Gondry will keep one copy, for who knows what sort of eventual video collage of amateur film or whatever further mutation he might have in mind, and another copy is given to you.

I only hope that the space is used by people with ideas rather than just pretty faces, but of course, if the two could be combined that would be best... it is a visual medium after all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

More Shoe News

More Shoe News
So, I still haven't purchased the Bruno Magli boots, but I did find a 
great deal at DSW on some Natha Boots. The best part, the 
salesclerk did the math wrong, and I ended up getting 80% off the 
original price, plus a $20 coupon that was the reason I was there 
to buy shoes in the first place. $120 shoes for $20... now that
is competitive shopping.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Snezan's Birthday

Snezan's Birthday

A wonderful dinner party at North East Kingdom, located in
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Janie joined Jessica and I in 
celebrating with Dawn and Snezan, on the occasion of Snezan's
27th birthday.

Or we joined Janie...

I didn't mean to imply that only singles join up with couples
and not the other way around. I could have written it
either way, and I would not have been trying to attach any
specific meaning of partiality by the order of the phrasing,
know what I mean? 

Anyway, moving on...

We ate nice food, drank many drinks, and had a stranger 
passionately accost us when I gave Snezan an old copy of "Finite 
and Infinite Games" by James P. Carse. She held the belief that 
he was the greatest game theorist of our time... I thought it 
was just a cleverly titled book with little to say beyond its first
10 pages, but that Snezan would enjoy it for what it was.

All in all, a lovely night.

The Best Superbowl since 1987

Superbowl 2008 2/9/08 10:31 PM

I remember when Doug Williams brought the Redskins 
storming back to victory in the second half of 
Superbowl XXII against the Broncos. It seemed like the 
clearest example, in my young life so far, of Good 
triumphing over Evil. Because, as we all know, that 
arrogant and overly-praised John Elway was the 
Devil Incarnate.

Now, I wouldn't say that Tom Brady was pure Evil, 
or that Eli Manning was pure Good,but when Manning
scrambled out of that near tackle near the end of the 
fourth quarter, to make that Throw, which resulted in
that Catch... well, lets just say it was a very special 
moment for all of us on the side of Truth and Justice,
and leave it at that.

To give a little biographical context... in 1987 I was 
sitting at home with my mother, who graciously 
watched the game with me, and even got caught up
in the excitement of it with me. This year I was able
to have some of my best friends around for the 
game, Will and Christel and baby Geneva (who was 
here last year, but couldn't really watch the game),
Snezan, and my constant companion, the lovely 
Sicilian, Ms.Filippi. 

Thank you all for indulging in my once a year Football
Party. You are all welcome to come again next year...
when the Bears will rise again, to win it all... Go Bears!