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Abigail is missing.

April 12th, 2010 (12:01 pm)

She has literally defended herself from bear and moose. She's 6ft tall, and not the type of person you would imagine a mugger striking at random would go after.

When we last spoke a few weeks ago, she didn't say much- just that things were hectic, and that she'd send an update soon.

God, I hope she does.


As bad as I feel, it's only a residual affect of something exponentially larger happening. Abigail, I love you, please get home safe.

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January 21st, 2009 (05:37 pm)


(Yesterday for dinner I had Barack-olli.)

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January 19th, 2009 (02:47 pm)

Happy Martin Luther King Day,
And George W Bush's last day in office.

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September 18th, 2008 (10:48 am)

By the way, they didn't send me to India.

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September 11th, 2008 (10:21 am)

A 9/11 Loss Some Can See From Their Window, Still
The New York Times

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Published: September 10, 2008

All across the city, for days, months, maybe years after 9/11, it hurt to look out the window.

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Marissa Gonzalez, a corporate recruiter and writer, could not adjust. She had designed her whole fourth-floor apartment on 40th Street around the postcard-worthy outline of the Lower Manhattan skyline rising above the slope of Green-Wood Cemetery and the flats of northwest Brooklyn beyond.

“Looking out those windows was a ritual for me,” she said. “They were part of my sanctuary, my place of inspiration. It was impossible for me to go there and not tie into the day and the days after and the pain and the grief.”

A few months after 9/11, she moved out.

The question of how New Yorkers view their view may seem abstract, trivial, remote, compared with the pain of thousands upon thousands who lost loved ones, friends or colleagues when the World Trade Center towers fell. But for a broad swath of New Yorkers for whom the two towers were primarily the crowning jewel of a cherished vista, the amputated skyline was a daily reminder of loss. The way they have reached accommodation, or not, with the transformed view provides yet another window into the city’s infinitely long process of recovery.

Conversations with dozens of New Yorkers this week, when the end-of-summer light is just so and passing planes induce a wince, found them poised somewhere between Never Forget and Enough Already. Some confessed to occasional pangs of survivor guilt when they catch themselves enjoying the cityscape, diminished but still quite impressive, that gleams in their windows and draws them to park benches.

“I still think it’s the most beautiful city view there is,” said Christine Sugrue, 31, resting with her infant twins on the Brooklyn Heights promenade on Monday. Even so, she said, “Whenever I look over there, I’m always conscious that’s something missing.”

On Withers Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the towers once loomed above the Williamsburg Bridge on the western horizon, Theresa Cianciotta, an assistant to a state assemblyman, said she never left her house now without casting a rueful glance at the skyline.

“There’s a lot of emptiness there,” said Ms. Cianciotta, who is in her 70s and keeps a photo she took the day after 9/11 of her husband pointing down the street at a column of smoke. She also showed off an earlier photo of the same view, the towers intact. “I will always feel very sad and angry that something like that could happen in this country.”

Just down the block, Ben Moccio, a retired security director, said he had stopped consciously noticing the towers’ absence after a year or so, as more immediate concerns asserted themselves. “There’re so many things involved in life that keep creeping up on you,” he said.

Not noticing was not possible, of course, in Battery Park City. Michelle Lord, a stay-at-home mother, moved into an apartment not long after 9/11 that looked directly onto the wound of ground zero. “I always kept my blinds down,” said Ms. Lord, 32. (She has since moved to a nearby apartment facing the Hudson; the blinds are up.)

High above Upper New York Bay in a complex called the Towers of Bay Ridge, though, Joe Metzger, a retired doorman, said the view that made his studio apartment worth having still moved him. “I had the view, that’s the important thing,” he said. “Now it’s a new view. That’s the way it is.”

Even Ms. Gonzalez, 51, who eventually moved much closer to the financial district, to an apartment in Chinatown that looks into the heart of Lower Manhattan, has made her peace. “The function of the view in my current apartment,” she said, “it’s not a place to go for inspiration. It’s just a normal view and needing skylight. Just a normal view.”

Some people, like Ms. Gonzalez’s former next-door neighbor on 40th Street in Sunset Park, Paula Stamatis, were able to trace the way the view out their windows had evolved, even though the skyline itself has not changed much since 9/11.

“You adjust to whatever the reality is — it’s a gradual process, like anything else,” said Ms. Stamatis, 42, a sculptor and painter. “If you have a melancholy disposition and you’re looking for something to remind you of loss, that’s going to be there.”

Her son, Zach Donovan, 21, said the difference no longer had much of an emotional effect on him.

Mr. Donovan, a college student, said, “It was more of a grief and tragedy for other people, and I didn’t want to sully the sincerity of their grief by grieving for something that for me was impersonal, tragic but impersonal.”

Few businesses in the city were prouder of their skyline view, distant though it was, than Douglaston Manor, a catering hall in Queens about 15 miles east of Manhattan. The manor’s Glass Room commands a panoramic westward view against the twinkling backdrop of the big city.

“Typically, what people say is, ‘What a beautiful view,’ ” said the general manager, Thomas DeMartino. From time to time, he said, guests are brought up a little short. “They say, ‘You must have had a terrific view of the World Trade Center.’ ”

Ann Farmer contributed reporting.

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Recycling forward that did not cite the source

April 14th, 2008 (03:13 pm)

If You Must Use Plastics, Select Recyclable Plastics!
Tip of the week for Monday, April 14, 2008

Tip: If You Must Use Plastic Bottles…Use Recyclable Plastics
For the environment's sake, it's best to reuse water bottles and avoid plastic packaging, choosing glass, metal, paper or ceramics instead. But when plastics are the only choice, look for options with recycling codes. To find a plastic container’s recycling code, look on the bottom of the container. You will find the “Chasing Arrow” symbol with the number code in the center.
If you must use plastic…
In terms of recyclability, the best items to choose are those with numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 in the center of the chasing arrow. Of these, #1 and #2 are most commonly recycled.

Avoid these plastics….
Avoid plastics with the numbers 3, 6 and 7 in the center of the chasing arrow.

These are generally not recyclable. PVC's manufacture and incineration release dioxins, which are carcinogens and hormone disruptors. In contact with foods, especially hot, fatty foods, PVC can also release chemicals such as adipates and phthalates, which have been shown in mice to cause birth defects and damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems. Polycarbonate plastic can release bisphenol A, a suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods it touches.
Please see a breakdown of the specific codes below.
Breakdown of Codes
Safe and RecyclableAvoid, Not Recyclable
1: PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
2: HDPE (high-density polyethylene)
4: LDPE (low-density polyethylene)
5: PP (polypropylene)
7: PLA (polyactide)3: VINYL or PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
6: PS (polystyrene)
7: PC (polycarbonate)

Remember, the best codes to choose from are 1, 2, 4 and 5.

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Papi talking about my work

March 27th, 2008 (04:31 pm)


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New favourite thing

March 24th, 2008 (11:47 am)

Are you ready? Here goes.

Finding beauty in new places.

Recent examples include- in people as you get to know them better, as well as our physical environment. Thanks.

What's yours?

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March 24th, 2008 (10:26 am)

You know when you're having a personal thought, or have have something weighing on your mind, then you tell somebody about it, and it turns out you've only shared because they were next to you? Then for some reason you regret it? It could be because you are simply not prepared to divulge such a personal matter (ie in a professional relationship), or it's none of their business, or they have a big mouth?
That's so silly.
Let's know our audiences, people.
(Blogs don't count. Right? Crap.)

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March 24th, 2008 (09:30 am)

I'm having an overload of life lessons
Seeing/hearing/feeling things happen, that may have happened before
But are now being absorbed differently.
Emotions are running rampant. I don't know what most of them mean, some of the time.
Or what some of them mean, most of the time.
[What happened to my vocabulary :( ]

in that order.

Do you ever have an inner monologue that you can't wait to write? Then, by the time you sit, it may still be percolating somewhere in your head, but your access has been blocked by something new? This is the latter.

What I meant to share, had to do with confidence. You'll have a better day. It hurts not to have, but there is a way to trick yourself into it by being around people that do, and accepting the influence of their attitude.
Whatever great feats they accomplish, have nothing to do with you. And it's selfish of you to compare yourself. Really. It's not about you. Their story is about them, and if it's so effing great, let it inspire you to be more, and mean more to yourself.

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