Hey, we're still here in NYC!
I'll write some more posts, but suffice it to say that the past couple of years since we posted here have been an adventure, in many ways.
We've had our ups and downs, but we're still around, alive and kicking.
Stay tuned ...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hey, we're still here in NYC!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Streetsblog.org has an informative posting on the reopening of the path across the bridge, noting that bike riding is banned. One can walk the bike across, just not ride it.
There are some great comments below as well. I finally found the northern entrance to the path on Monday, but the gate was locked. A fellow two-wheeler told me he thought it was closed for construction of some kind. I'll check again this Monday and report back what I find, and add some photos as well.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 9:28 PM
Thursday, August 5, 2010
It's a new post! We're definitely still on an adventure ... This summer so far in NYC has been unbearably hot and humid. For me (this is Mary), it's been one reminder of why California, particularly the Central Coast, is such a great place to live. Honestly, I do think that the Central Coast has the best weather on the planet!
While we do have two air conditioners in our apartment, there are days like today when even the cooler air inside can't mask the horrible humidity outside. A small storm came through here overnight, and I was SO hopeful that it would dissipate the humidity. No such luck.
So, we sweat, and we sweat some more. While the subway cars are air conditioned, the subway stations definitely are not. It really is like descending into Hades when you walk down those stairs ...
Soon it will be fall, and then winter again, and I might be wishing for this warm and sunny weather! Guess I'm never satisfied.
Posted by The Author at 1:17 PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
... the other night, Mary and I were at Carnegie Hall. This is the view above of what we could see from our seats in the balcony. Obviously, it's more important what one hears at Carnegie Hall. It was my first trip, so I wasn't going to let a little bomb scare keep me away.
Actually, I heard the multitude of sirens right before intermission, since I had to step outside before the last movement of a Leonard Bernstein composition. We never realized what the sirens were for, and happily enjoyed the second half of the evening's performance: Mozart's Requiem Mass, featuring the Brooklyn Symphony and the New York Choral Society. Great performance. When we walked out on 57th street west toward the subway, all streets south of us were blocked off. When we got home, we found out the rest of the story, which is still unfolding.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 10:27 PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It's almost Christmas ... hard to believe another year has gone by. Will be sending out our email Christmas greeting on the 24th, after we take a family photo. We'll post it here, too.
I think nearly everyone wishes 2009 a not-so-fond farewell. Even though the new year is really just an illusion, maybe that illusion will be enough to propel everyone forward -- into a better economy, a better mindset, a better everything.
Even though times are tough, we still have a home, jobs, enough money to keep bill collectors from calling, and food on the table. What more does one need?
Posted by The Author at 9:29 AM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Is Howard Dean on to something or just crazy when he says the Senate shouldn't pass the president's health plan in its present form? Well, I can safely say he isn't crazy, despite what Fox and others would have you believe. I spoke with him numerous times when I was a reporter in Vermont in the mid-90s. He's not whacked.
The WH press secty criticized the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, who has a track record on health care: he's a physician, is married to a physician, and as governor created a plan to cover virtually every child in his home state. So, he speaks from experience and Congress and the White House ought to listen to his advice, despite the bad blood between him and Rahm Emaneul, the WH chief of staff.
And contrary to the way the media is spinning it this morning, Dean isn't trying to derail the health care bill. He's trying to change the conversation to improve the bill. This is a historic opportunity that will pass by the next election, when it's likely fewer Dems will be in Congress. We don't need a perfect bill, here, but Dean's right: it could be a hell of a lot better. There's been way too much compromise with Republicans, who have no intention of passing anything. Just look at the economic plan passed yesterday. No Republican support. They screwed this country the last 8 years and seem determined to keep on pumping away. Not that the Dems have been much better. Both share responsibility for the state of the nation.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 9:25 PM
Friday, November 27, 2009
All Christmas parties should resemble this one, depicted in a window at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue.
They had the best windows by far of any of the stores. Click the photo to see the slideshow I posted on Flicker. You'll need a Facebook account to view them. Enjoy.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 9:31 PM