Archive for May, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Thanks Jon!!

– J

J See D.C.

May 24, 2010

Got back from my trip to DC last night.  We had a great time and I’m glad I finally made it out there.

It was one of the easiest places to vacation I’ve ever been.  Most of the major attractions are within walking distance of one another, a lot of it’s free, and the downtown area is very clean.  And even at the most popular monuments it wasn’t overly crowded (by NYC standards, mind you).  I wasn’t there long enough to get a good handle on navigating the subway system, but it seemed efficient.  Fortunately we had people with us who knew the area to get us from A to B.

I don’t want to bore you with details, so I’ll keep this short.  The monuments are exactly what you’ve already seen in pictures, just a lot bigger and more moving in person.  I walked away from this weekend with a renewed interest in our nation’s history and a desire to go back and relearn all the stuff that I ignored growing up.  I think I feel a documentary kick coming on…

Anyway, it was great to get out of the city a few days and to spend time with friends.  I’m already thinking about my next trip to see everything we didn’t get to this time.

– J


May 11, 2010

Something to think about…

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

This is not a David Letterman Top 10 rip off.  This guy makes some interesting points and backs a lot of it up with supporting sites.

More avoiding annoyance than being cautious, I have had very few apps on my Facebook page since signing up about 3 years ago.  Glad I did.

I probably won’t delete my account.  Sadly, it’s the easiest way to keep up with some people these days (myself included, more often than not).  And I know a lot of people who think sending out a FB invite is the only way to plan an event.  But I will be taking a much closer look at my information and personal settings.

Have a good one!

– J

I ♥ NY (And Analogies)

May 3, 2010

It’s funny how your opinion of something can change over time.  I remember when I was around 13 I got my first electric razor.  This is a big step in a young man’s life.  About once a week when the time came, I’d announce to the world at large (way before Facebook status updates), “I’m going to shave now!!  ‘Cause, you know, I have to shave.  ‘Cause I’m a man.”  About 30 seconds later, I was ready to kill a grizzly bear with my bare hands and raw masculinity.

Nowadays, forget it.  It’s a nuisance and something I put off as long as possible.  Seriously, God.  Did man really need hair on his neck, some of the most sensitive skin on the body?  Methinks not.

The new just wears off certain things with exposure.  Some faster than others.  You don’t always feel your point of view changing.  You just wake up one day and realize that it has. It happens with stages of life, where you live, who you love.  Everything.  For me, New York City has been a series of ups and downs in this way.  Some days I can’t imagine being anywhere else, others I wonder what I was ever thinking moving back.

I think living here parallels quite nicely with a budding romantic relationship.  The inital exhilarating fall into love is very much like the tourist phase, when everything about that person amazes you and you hear yourself saying things like, “I just love the way she eats her broccoli.  It’s so cute.”

Fortunately, the amazement phase is a short one.  You’re still amazed by them but it’s more in deep appreciation than constant surprise.  As you settle into the relationship you find yourself getting so familiar with them that you function together seamlessly, able to anticipate each other’s feelings and actions.  In the same way that I automatically knew to leave a little early this morning because it was raining and the trains would probably be running slow.  

This city pisses me off to no end sometimes.  It’s chaotic and it has taken me hours to accomplish things that would only take 30 minutes if I just had a car or a Wal-Mart.  The crowds, the nasty summers, the constant assault on the senses.  But I choose to stay, because this city also has things and people I love and wonder if I can ever live without.  For every sweat-soaked wait for a train, there’s a gorgeous view and another park to play in.  And for every time someone you’re with infuriates you, there’s every time they make you feel alive.  And hey, she still looks cute when she eats her broccoli.

I guess the goal here is to keep things in perspective.  Something being broken-in isn’t the same as it being broken.  Be it relationships or residences. 

Happy Monday everyone.

– J