Archive for the ‘Islip’ Category

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot…

Friday, November 16th, 2007

like Christmas. Everywhere you go.

Macy’s on 34th Street has finished bedecking its windows a week before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I haven’t seen the side windows yet, but red-present themed windows and its usual Miracle on 34th Street windows facing – you guessed it – 34th Street, are complete. With the exception of the movie-based windows, the others were a lot better last year. I’ve figured that in a week or two I’ll do the New York City Christmas Windows Walking Tour.

Penn Station has put up its wreathes and garland, which always makes me happy, since the station is pretty bland otherwise. And as I stepped into K-Mart yesterday, all I could smell was pine, cinnamon and peppermint.

I can’t wait until all the Christmas lights are up in the city and around my neighborhood. Since I actually have a good camera this year – as well as a tripod – I’m going to try get some pictures. And since my house now has a porch and an easily accessible roof, I also plan to outfit it in lights. But it will look nothing like this!

Quite the Busy Bees

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

It’s been quite a busy weekend so far: Friday was the Light the Night Walk; yesterday was spent at South Street Seaport and meeting some of my Journey-fan friends for dinner and an Evolution concert; and today was spent sleeping way too late, bowling and eating frozen tomatoes. (more…)

End Of An Era

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Yesterday, I attended a town meeting that addressed the fate of the Islip Triplex movie theater, which closed down in September 2006 after almost 60 years. It was subsequently purchased by local developer J.J. Nazarro Associates, who plans to raze the historic brick building and put a mixed-use retail center in its place.

However, Islip resident Marcalan Glassberg wants to turn it into a multi-use arts center, incorporating a dinner theater, performing arts center and an art cinema. You can read the background story at the New York Times and Islip Bulletin.

The town meeting was touted as a “Save the Theater,” but judging from the reaction of a good portion of the attendees, the gathering was anything but. (more…)

Garage Sale, Day Two

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Today was significantly better than yesterday, and sales totaled around $70. Items sold include: a broken Tamogatchi for 25 cents; a sea-horse shaped bottle of bubbles for 10 cents; a Swarovski tiara for $10, because “Mommyyyyyyy, I want to wear it to school on my birthday!”; a creepy bracelet that had eyeball-shaped beads for $1; three dirty lawn chairs for $2; and a $3 travel iron that someone haggled down to $1.

In fact, the bulk of the sales came just as Lexcie and I started packing up. Three different carloads of people decided to take a peek through the boxes, and I wound up selling $8 worth of items in the last few minutes.

You may ask, for a measley $70, if the garage sale was worth it. To me, it was. For one, I wasn’t out spending the money this weekend, and there wasn’t any other way (besides illegal activities, and y’all know I’m a good girl) to pocket that kind of money.

Plus, I did get some reading done, and helped a 75-year-old man with his computer and online connectivity problems (and in return, he gave me a pair of sunglasses. And in return, Lexcie gave him $5). An in an odd way, both the book I was reading – Danny Wallace’s Join Me! – and the man were connected. Short book synopsis – Danny unwittingly starts a cult (or rather, “a collective”) called “Join Me” after placing a newspaper ad asking people to “join” him by sending him a passport photo. People start joining him, not knowing the purpose of joining him. Soon, threats of people leaving his collective force Danny to think of a purpose – and the purpose becomes making people’s days better through random acts of kindness, first starting with old men. (I’ll leave the rest for you to read – and I do highly suggest another favorite Danny Wallace novel, Yes Man).

So, some interesting statistics regarding my garage sale: (more…)

Garage Sale, Day One

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

So, today I held a garage sale. In six hours, I sold two blouses, a roll of raffle tickets, two VHSs, a plaque, three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, Brita water filters and a pin for a grand total of $18.10 and two stuffed animals. I rock.

And today I learned: (more…)

Fall Is In The Air

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Summer technically does not end until next week, but autum is in the air, and as McDonald’s chimes, “I’m lovin’ it.”

Trees in Islip have already started turning shades of crimson and gold, and Starbucks has begun stocking my favorite hot caramel apple cider again. I’ve slipped back into cozy sweaters and hide under my down blanket while sleeping. School buses wake me up in the morning, and the smell of freshly-cut grass has been replaced by wafts of random chimney smoke or burning brush.

It’s difficult to peg my favorite season. When summer rolled around, I was more than eager to dip my toes in the ocean, build castles in the sand and partake in barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers. Yet, I still have a yearning for my backyard to be blanketed in white, my dog running around with a big snow beard on her snout. However, there’s something about crocuses peeking through melting ice and cool spring breezes.

I think I’ll take (E). All of the above. I’m happy to live in a place where there’s four distinct seasons.

Pow, Pow: The Update

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Original post here: http://www.amandanoelle.com/2007/08/23/pow-pow/

So, it turns out the mystery shooters were 10-year-olds with Airsoft guns and plastic BB pellets. Hopefully the cops gave them enough of a scare that they’ll at least play army in the backyard instead of hitting innocent passersby out front.

Pow, Pow

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Remember Islip? Yep, the town that Money magazine rated the safest in the U.S.A. in 2005?

Well, I was walking home from the train station with Lexcie and my dog at approximately 8:45 tonight when I heard a pop noise. I felt a sharp sting in my arm, then a burning sensation. Someone shot me with a BB gun.

Knowing very well which house it was, I called the Suffolk County Police Department. The cop was no help – he asked me if I had seen anyone shoot at me and where from. “It may not have been from that house,” he said. Well, hello, I wasn’t going to stick around to find out who was shooting at me, lest I get pelleted again! He said he would go over and check out what was going on, but something tells me he really didn’t give a rat’s arse.

At least I was wearing a denim jacket, which softened the blow. But now I have this huge welt on my arm.

Now I have to take a different route home from the station. Bastards.

Busy Weekend

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I had quite a busy weekend, which seems to be the norm nowadays. That’s a good thing – I really shouldn’t sleep in late and let it waste away.

Although I get out of work early on Friday, I decided to stay in the city late to avoid the mess of Fire Islanders/Hamptonites/Montaukians on the LIRR. So a co-worker and I went out for a movie, dinner and drinks, since the boss man gave us movie gift certificates for a job well done this past month. We decided on Knocked Up, because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from my friends. And it was actually a very, very good movie, and quite heartwarming. Although I am not one for crudeness, it actually gave a more real-life element to the movie. You could actually see a friend in that situation. I haven’t seen any of Judd Apatow’s other movies yet, but plan to check them out.

And even though I stayed late on Friday, my 8:30 Patchogue train was still packed with beachgoers. (more…)

Life’s A Beach

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I spent quite a nice weekend up in Massachussetts with Lexcie this weekend, and it was a nice break from New York City and Long Island. It was the first time I traveled up to Boston when I wasn’t the one driving. I had originally planned to take Fung Wah, until Jarid pointed out that Greyhound’s tickets are just as cheap. However, there was an accident on I-84 and we arrived an hour later than we were supposed to. Lexcie then gave me the grand tour of Boston, first stopping in Chinatown to eat at Peach Farm (where I ordered General Tso’s chicken, much to his expectation, haha), then walking up towards the North End to have dessert at Mike’s Pastry (by the way, if you ever go there, try the tiramisu – some of the best I’ve had!). The city is quite an interesting place. I definitely got a kick out of all the “hidden” T stations, especially the one that looked like it was housed in a 1700s court house of sorts. I think I’d like to go back in the day time and check out all of the non-touristy stuff I missed when I used to go to Boston with my cousins. Lexcie is quite a spiffy guide. Afterwards, we took the T commuter train back to Haverhill. I thought LIRR was bad, ending trains around 2 or 3 a.m., but every last T commuter train leaves at 12:10 a.m. (more…)