Before I head off to chase Irish men and drink beer, I thought I’d wish you all a Happy St. Patty’s (or is it Paddy’s) day!
OH-EM-GEE NEW YORK!! June 2, 2010
I love New York, let me say that again for emphasis…I LOVE New York.
Four days in the Big Apple is just not enough. The sights, the sounds, the smells…OK I can live without the smells.
The first time I was in NYC was a little more than 3 years ago, but I am sure I fell in love with it the first time I watched Miracle on 34th Street, an Affair to Remember or The Seven Year Itch.
Three years ago I went with a few girlfriends and we hung out with firemen and shopped like crazy. It was probably one of the best trips of my life, and this trip had a lot to live up to. Did it? The short answer is yes.
DW*, R and I left Thursday night and arrived at about 8 am Friday morning, dropped our bags and met up with our London friends and a few of their friends at a New York Deli. We took the Subway, drank wine, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, drank more wine, stared at sexy construction workers (or at least I did) ate amazing food, drank more wine, checked into the hotel had a quick nap and shower, drank more wine and ate more amazing food. I’d give you the play-by-play of the days, (in fact I had meant while I was away but ran out of hours in the day). But it basically was three days of Prosecco, wine, amazing food and laughter.
I met the nicest people in New York, in fact I am not sure where the unfriendly stereo-type comes from, New Yorker’s are the nicest people I have ever met. Think about it, would anyone in Vancouver just invite 6 strangers to their BBQ? Nope, but that’s how I spent my Sunday evening (or was that Saturday? I can’t remember) – in Brooklyn, drinking beers in the backyard of a brownstone with about 25 other people, eating Egyptian BBQ.
I did spend the day at the Met, I almost cried in front of the Water Lillies and again in front of the Ballet Dancer, impressionism is really the most beautiful way to see the world. I spent sometime on the roof wandering in and out of a two storey Bamboo structure on the roof of the Met, looking at the city skyline over the tops of the Central Park trees. And the Egypt exhibit was unbelievable.
It was Fleet Week in New York. And I would like to just say that Sex in the City lied to me, Fleet Week did not overrun New York with hot horny sailors, at least not the few groups I saw. The vast majority of the sailors I saw were adorable yes, but about 18 years-old and looked 12, and these are the men that are fighting for America. Boys, young boys, such a shame.
We did go to a really fun “piano” bar in Greenwhich; full of Broadway singers and wanna-be Broadway singers, and we sang to the songs of Cabret, Annie and at least one Les Miserable solo performance that almost brought me to tears. Super fun and funny!
Monday we headed to the Upper West Side for brunch with our new friends and of course more Prosecco. We were having such a good time it was almost too hard to leave but shoe shopping was calling.
It was so hard to leave New York, but the upgrade to Business Class certainly helped!
And now back to rainy Vancouver and reality…
I may never drink Prosecco again…OK who am I kidding?…but it might be a few weeks.
Projecting Change Weekend April 26, 2010
This past weekend I went to the Projecting Change Movie Festival with a couple of friends. It was a weekend full of movies that focus on environmental and human rights issues. There is so much to talk about I won’t be able to do all in one post and while I didn’t get a lot out of the panel speakers or Q&A sessions, the movies were thoughtful, heart-wrenching, interesting, maddening and hopeful. Today’s post is just an overview of the movies but I’ll get into them a bit more as the days go on.
Summary of Movies:
Awkward Moments and Amazing Music March 21, 2010
Last night I headed out for night of great live music. First, the girls and I headed to LiveCity Downtown to see Serena Ryder. If you haven’t heard Serena do yourself a favour and check it out! While I almost didn’t make it through the opening act (probably the worst thing I have heard in a very long time) I, along with everyone in my group, was truly blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of Ms. Ryder. (One of the things I will miss the most about the Olympics/Paralympics is the influx of truly amazing Canadian independent acts that came through town at venues like LiveCity.)