Wow. What an exciting, disappointing, exhilirating and puzzling tour. No boredom, there, eh?
Post your thoughts on Jeff's latest entry on his cycling blog On the Rivet: "Is Contador Clean?" What do you think?
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
If this burned out garage looks familiar, that's because it is. This used to belong to our house in San Luis Obispo. Leslie Parrilla, my former colleague at The Tribune, called me this morning - actually, afternoon New York time - with the sad news. Glad it's no longer ours, under the circumstances. Glad the family was unharmed. Hope this doesn't happen to any of you. Click the headline above (or here) for the rest of the story.
Oh, I saw a first this morning during my ride home from Upper Nyack - a woman running with headphones leading from her iPod AND talking on her headset mobile phone. Talk about multi-tasking.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 8:30 PM
Friday, July 27, 2007
Mary abandoned hope that her job at The Skin Cancer Foundation would turn into something meaningful and found a much better position at Columbia Business School Executive Education!
The salary is pretty good, and the benefits are positively awesome. Plus, she now works just 4 blocks from Jeff's office!
Mary just finished her first week in the new job and it's gone really well. Exciting!!
What this means is that we will probably move from this apartment when the lease is up; we'll try to find something closer to where we work, which should be fairly easy to do. Lots of options in Harlem/Upper Manhattan/Riverdale (the Bronx).
So if you're still reading the blog, thanks for sticking with us. This job transition was a bit stressful, but all is well now, thank goodness. We should have some time to write more entries now.
Mary and Rachel read the Harry Potter book the first weekend. Jeff is going to finish it in the next couple of days. It's been really fun seeing how many people on the bus and subway are reading the book! A true phenomenon.
The clouds are rolling in. Looks like it might be a rainy weekend ...
Posted by The Author at 7:49 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Bill Moyers' Journal last night was the most thrilling hour of television we have watched in many, many years.
Two Constitutional/political experts debated whether Bush and Cheney should be impeached. One was a liberal (works for The Nation magazine), the other conservative (actually drafted one article of impeachment against Clinton and has worked for the American Enterprise Institute and The Heritage Foundation).
If you watch this video or read the transcript, you will be SHOCKED at what they say--especially the conservative.
Seriously, make some time to watch this (it's an hour) or read the transcript. It is the most honest, intelligent discussion we have heard on the topic of impeachment EVER.
Posted by The Author at 7:39 AM
Friday, July 13, 2007
Our 10th wedding anniversary was Thursday and we had a great meal at 26 Seats, a cozy French bistro in the East Village. The food was very good and reasonably priced. It's a nearly 20 minute walk from the subway, but it's a a nice way to walk off the calories on the way home.
We're going to have a real celebration this weekend. We've rented a convertible Mini from Zipcar. We will drive up the Hudson on Saturday afternoon to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow to stay in a cozy hotel and putz around on Sunday, maybe checking out the haunts of Washington Irving and Ichabod Crane. I have no plans to give a detailed account on the blog of our weekend.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 10:41 PM
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Jeff rode his bike to work today and on the way home, a thunderstorm broke loose--with lots of thunder and lightning! Jeff had to pull off the road under some shelter because some lightning strikes were relatively close. Read about it at On the Rivet.
The storm moved on quickly, though. It stayed around just long enough to make both his and Mary's commute home a chore today.
But the good news is, the daily temperatures are becoming more reasonable for the next several days. Woo hoo!
Jeff and Mary's 10th anniversary is tomorrow. Hooray! Dinner at a French restaurant in Greenwich Village, coming up!
Posted by The Author at 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Rachel arrived in San Luis Obispo last night to begin a few weeks of R&R in the Golden State, visiting friends/family.
Meanwhile, Jeff and Mary are planning to rent a car next weekend--a convertible Mini--to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Thinking of taking a drive to Tarrytown, also known as Sleepy Hollow.
The weather is supposed to heat up the next few days, getting up to 96 Monday with high humidity and possible thunderstorms. LOVELY. But what can you do? Just grin and bear it, and hold your breath when you go down into the subway!
Posted by The Author at 8:26 AM
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
It is on days like this that I can forget nights like the last one.
As I lay awake sometime after 3 a.m., stirred for the eighth or ninth time by blaring car horns, it came to me. Some moments are pure hell, and right now we are on the precipice of one. This happens every few weeks or so, typically on a Saturday night. The traffic gets diverted either going into or out of the Lincoln Tunnel so it goes through an intersection right below our building. Several hundred feet below our building, but directly below it. As we overlook one of only three entries from Jersey into the city that never sleeps, neither do we on occasion.
The drivers, perhaps unfamiliar with the streets the detour is diverting them over, slow a bit as they get their bearings. This is an unforgivable sin for the locals, who see it as their God-given right to pound away on their car horns. Never mind that it's a violation of the vehicle code, which permits horn honking only in emergency situations (I used to teach traffic school in LA, of all places). Venting anger at the vehicle ahead of you that is moving slower than you want it to, however, is not an emergency under any definition.
If we had double-paned windows, rather than the ones installed when the tower was built in 1960, we might have slept peacefully through the night and never noticed the display of boorish behavior on the streets below. Even though we have a white noise machine that makes a nice whooshing sound that covers most outside noise, the high-pitched honks penetrated it easily. Oh well, life in the city, eh?
Ironically, we're looking at moving into the city for some peace and quiet. We've found some neighborhoods that seem affordable that don't border tunnels, highways and such, but don't have the view that we have (look again at photo above). Trade offs, life's overflowing with them. But who knows, the view may keep us right where we are. Here's another shot taken later today, where the buildings just seem to glow in the light from the sunset. No, that helicopter did not fly into the Chrysler Building. There's a helipad just to the right out of the frame of this picture along the water front.
Posted by Jeff Ballinger at 4:17 PM