Archive for ‘Personal’

October 8th, 2011

TCM: Be Still My Heart

The Jean Arthur Comedy Collection

The Jean Arthur Comedy Collection: No, this is not a dream. This is real life!

The other day, I took a little trip to do my laundry for free visit Mama Fierce.  Aside from functioning as a de facto laundromat, her place boasts such charming amenities as FOOD and TELEVISION, both of which are practically non-existent in my flat.  Ok, the food part is sort of voluntary, since I’m a terrible cook.  But as far as TV goes, at this point the lack thereof has become something of a lifestyle choice.  There was a time when I truly couldn’t afford it, but now I rather enjoy living a cable-less existence, if only to provide me with one less distraction.

Because let’s face it, I’m distracted at the best of times.

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December 4th, 2010

I Wrote Your Name In My Book

You were so smart then, in your jacket & coat. . .

Not so long ago, I think I expressed the notion that as we grow older, and the means of marking our numbered days grow shorter, it’s enough to feel gratitude for small kindness on one’s birthday.  And yet, that’s never to say, that you’re not allowed to care.

Loveen, you’re always allowed to care about birthdays!

Though I’ve said it before, sometimes I think I don’t say enough. . .you are an exceptional individual.  I’ve known you so long, and since you were so young, and I can honestly say it has been an honour, a privilege, to watch you grow into the person you are today.  Your curiosity about the world, the depths to which you will bend to meet and feel it, and struggle to understand it, humbles me.

I am so grateful that you’re a part of my life.  Often times I think I haven’t deserved the kindness and encouragement you’ve shown me.  Maybe there’s truth in that, maybe there isn’t, but the bottom line is that I know its worth and am forever thankful.

So, I hope you know I mean all of this. . .and I hope you believe in the amazement that your life will surely hold for you.  Because I do.  And though this is one of the first Christmases in almost a decade where we won’t see each other (I cast the evil eye at YOU, Mr. Recession!), just remember that I’m thinking of you and remembering all of our funny little adventures together.  Celebrate this one in big shtyle (in the ball alley, preferably, with some drinkin’, shmokin’, fightin’!)

Breithlá shona dhuit, mo mhuirnín Doireann!

September 19th, 2010

What’s Old is New

Chock Full o' Nuts store in the late 1960s

Chock Full O’  Nuts is that heaaaaaavenly coffee!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a new Chock Full O’ Nuts opened its doors on 23rd street last Monday!  Once as ubiquitous in Manhattan as Starbucks, the chain, which began in 1926, fell into obscurity and eventual extinction during the 1980s.  I mean, what kind of self-respecting yuppie would eat at a lunch counter?

Now that times have changed (and boy, how they’ve changed), it seems the owners of Chock Full O’ Nuts are banking on a mixture of nostalgic appeal and good old parsimony to pack their countertops.

“We’re in a recession now, and comfort food is always something that people gravitate to.”

Two donuts are 99 cents.  A regular cup of coffee is $1.55.  And yes, they are still serving their classic nutted cheese sandwiches.

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