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August 29, 2008

Bookclub: The Girls

We had our bookclub meeting last night at The Embankment.  The book this month was The Girls by Lori Lansens.  Out of the 4 of us that read it, 3 of us liked it alot and the 4th not as much.  I was one of those who liked it.  It was uniquely written in sections from the views of twin girls.  The kicker is that they were conjoined twins and they were relaying their lives from their own perspectives.  It's a fairly easy and quick read and although not one of my favorite books that we've selected, it definitely was good and I would recommend it.  (It was also the first full book I've read on my Amazon Kindle -- although I read the paper on it every day). 

To get a different perspective on the bookclub meeting, you might want to check out how Ernie enjoyed himself there.

August 20, 2008

Festivals, computer death and fundraising

What a week.   We had a great time on Sunday, after brunch we went down to the local Italian festival on 6th street and then back to White Star for awhile.  Ernie wrote about it and posted a ton of photos here.  We had a good time, and I of course was the only winner from our group in the basketball toss, so I gave my winning toy to a little dog we know, Morty.

When we got home I went to start working on a deadline for Monday morning and I got the Blue Screen of death on my work laptop.  I took it to the office on Monday and they couldn't do anything with it, so they gave me another new one on Tuesday with very little of my archived information and none of my needed software.  After I got somewhat caught up on work and got enough of my own archive and software loaded back up, we needed to go to a small fundraiser.

Our local City Councilman, Steven Fulop is trying to get a couple important referendums on the November ballot but needed to raise some funds for legal costs.  Tony, Lou & I went down to Lucky 7's (another local watering hole) and paid our $25 and ended up staying about 20 minutes.  It was very very crowded (which is great for fund raising) but also hot and too crowded to have fun, so we scooted back down to Simple for some drinks and to watch the Yankees lose ... again.  Let's see what happens tonite - I have the feeling I won't feel guilty at all about changing the station from the Yankees at PM to Project Runway for their Drag Queen design show tonite.

August 11, 2008

Simple odds and ends

We went to Simple (as always on Monday evening) to hang out and watch the Yankees suck again, but while I was there I managed to take a couple more short videos, so I put them here on our bar video page.

Also this weekend we found one of my long-lost friends, Ernie!!!  We used to send him on trips with a friend (he's been to Hong Kong) to have his pic taken, so I figured why not take him to see everything we see.  He can explain more here.

Here's an artsy photo of Lou and Tony from the evening as well...

Lou and Tony 

August 10, 2008

Shopping cart nirvana

This morning before we went to brunch, I ran up to Target to get a few things and OMG...I got a shopping cart like you would not believe!  I didn't want to let it go.   I didn't hear a wheel squeak the entire time I pushed it, it was such an incredibly smooth ride, I have never had a more pleasurable shopping experience in my life.  I did find myself looking back at the cart longingly as I walked to a product down a crowded aisle, being sure noone else found my little piece of heaven. 

When I left her in the corral in the parking lot, I wanted to mark her so I could be reunited onn my next visit but I know that the next shopper would not realize the beauty that she was and would gradually wear her down so that it would never be the same.  I can only hope that I meet up with another cart that can prove to be half as good as it treated me today.  I found another reason to shop at Target today and I will not stop until I meet it's match.  I've tasted the best and I will no longer settle for a wobbly, squeaky, ungodly cart again.


August 03, 2008

Broadway Barks pics

A couple of weeks ago we went to a fund raiser/pet adoption fair in the city hosted by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters.  I posted up pictures (& videos) from it tonite, you should be able to see people like Mario Lopez, Joel Grey, Glenn Close, Bebe Neuwirth and lots more...

August 01, 2008

Kindle review...

So the latest gadget I bought was the Amazon Kindle, it's pretty much a book reader designed to download everything to read and stop wasting paper.  I had it about 30min and downloaded my book club book (on the machines own free whispernet network) for $6.99.  It's very intuitive, easy and small to hold and I am in so love with it.

The same night I got it, my friend Lou wanted it and ordered it. (you can see him singing on our video gallery page). So I transferred my NY Times newspaper to it (it gets delivered every morning, 7 days, on the network and it's $13.99 a month, I was paying over $300 for Thurs-Sun physical delivery).  It again is so easy and cool to read online, so I also got the WallStreet Journal.  I guess I will read more in the morning so I will just be more about myself?  Nah.

Anyways..I also downloaded a nice free book this morning that won't be out on print til next week, and a Fantasy book company had many many free ones for download so I selected about 12 of them to get and they all download in about 30sec...again you don't need to be on a network..the kindle has its own) 

This is the best gadget yet. It is saving me so much space shelf (you can hold 100's on the Kindle, put them on a card, your pc or laptop, download music on it to listen to, it has a free text web browser, etc...anyway a great machine.

That is my review...If you read more than 5 or 6 books a year or have a newspaper subscription...DO IT!  Saves money and paper...it's $350 up front and so much worth it.