Archive for April, 2007

Lullabye of Broadway

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’ve just about had it with the Peruvians who play the wooden pipes on the subway mezzanines. Every morning, I stumble down the steps of 34th Street/Herald Square to either of two songs: “Hello” by Lionel Richie, or “Mona Lisa” by Nat King Cole. Those are not the two songs you want to have stuck in your head all day, especially without lyrics – just the haunting pipes, and usually off-beat. Oh, but there are even worse songs than those. I once heard them playing, “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey. Ack!

There seems to be a lack in the variety of underground musicians lately . It’s usually either the wooden pipers or breakdancers. I haven’t seen many others, unless the MTA has been cracking down on them. I think they’re supposed to have some sort of license to play in the stations.

My favorites are the mariachi bands who hop onto the trains in full regalia and the doo-wop groups. One time, I was on the 5 train to Wall Street when a man asked my friend what time it was. She looked at her watch and said, “It’s about five o’cl-,” when he interrupted and said, “NO! It’s DOO-WOP TIME!” and immediately broke into a song about making love throughout the night.

I wonder if anyone has made an album of the underground musicians? I think it would be a sure-seller. I would definitely have to skip “Hello,” though.

Millions of Peaches

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Okay, I think I’ve finally tweaked my website into something that pleases me. I dislike the fact that I am such a perfectionist sometimes; it has left many unfinished projects cluttering my life, like the book I was supposed to finish over a year ago.

I will have another project to undertake in five weeks, once my house’s renovations are finished. Right now, my house has no front – just a blue tarp, making it look like a giant camping tent. I went to Atlanta for three days earlier this week, and I came home to find my bedroom, my brother’s bedroom and the foyer in a 20-cubic-yard dumpster. In a few weeks, I’ll have a new bedroom, about 15 square feet larger than my old room (which many of you know was about the size of a closet). I’ve decided to go with a very simple color theme – light tan walls with dark wood accents. I have a lot of New York City-themed artifacts, like posters and subway signs, that I will decorate with it. And, of course, it will include lots and lots of bookshelves. I think I’m beginning to rival The Strand.

Speaking of Atlanta, I already miss being there. If my heart weren’t so tied to New York and my family, I’d move there. Life is so much simpler and goes by much slower. People are so polite. And the plethora of sweet tea and Chick-Fil-A isn’t too bad either! Check out my Yelp review page for all the places I visited while I was there. Unfortunately, I think I gained about 50 lbs. from all the good food… and that was without dessert! I’ve yet to find a place where I was actually able to order the final course, because the dinner portions were quite ginormous.  I can’t wait to go back, but it will probably be another year. Next stops are San Francisco, Miami and Washington, D.C.

My Dæmon

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

And a very…

Sunday, April 8th, 2007