Words That Don’t Need to Exist

August 28th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

First up: eponymous. I don’t know why anyone ever uses this word. It’s almost always redundant, and/or the information it is conveying is self-evident. I don’t know, it just sounds like you’re trying too hard. Let it go. Put it away. Forget this word.

I already tweeted this photo, but I like it. I like bakers. And their products. Thank you for existing bakers!


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NYC Parks and Recreation Lap Swim Contest

August 26th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We had the party to celebrate NYC Parks and Recreation’s Lap Swim program this week. As usual, there was a mix-up about who was swimming in the relay race. It happens every year. I was supposed to swim, but they cancelled the heat for my division. I think it was to give the other people a chance to win (kidding.)

This is the Tony D’Apolito team (my pool) taking off. Following that is a picture of my medal. We got medals this year instead of trophies, which they draped around our necks while we stood on a podium, just like the Olympics. I got the equivalent of a bronze medal. Woohoo!!

As always, thank you NYC Parks and Recreation for a wonderful program, and for maintaining these pools so well every year. I love being able to swim. I should say, being able to afford to swim! It’s a fantastic gift, I always feel happy after swimming, and I am extremely grateful.

NYC Parks and Recreation Lap Swim Contest

NYC Parks and Recreation Lap Swim Contest

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Proof My Brain No Longer Works

August 23rd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

I’ve started working on the section about the Penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island (backstory: I’m writing a book about Blackwell’s Island for Algonquin Books). I find this great quote by Charles Dickens describing the stripes the men wore, and I wondered if the women wore stripes as well. But I couldn’t find a reference to what the women wore anywhere, not in decades of annual reports, or newspaper articles, etc. I also couldn’t find a single photograph of the female prisoners, although I found a couple of drawings, which kinda looked like the women’s dresses were striped, but it looked more like the technique they used to employ for shading.

Then I remember I have this great article by Emma Goldman, who spent a year in the Penitentiary. Surely she would think to include a detail like that! I’m looking around on my computer, but I don’t immediately find it. Where did I put it? And what was the title again?

Here’s the part that proves my brain no longer works. Recap: I’m specifically trying to find out if the women wore stripes. So, I suddenly remember the title of Goldman’s article. It’s, “My Year in Stripes.” But do I realize then that I now have my answer?? NO. I was just happy I remembered the title, and I read through the article, not realizing until I got to the line about what they wore that the answer was in the title. Idiot!

An arrest I recently walked by in the 14th Street subway station.


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My Old Panasonic CT30WX15 TV Broke

August 20th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

It’s eleven years old, so I can’t complain, it served me well. But I am absolutely freaked out at how much I spent. I can’t really afford it. I even tried to fix it. I took the back off, which was an insane amount of work, it’s this massive thing. I really should have taken pictures. I have one of the first HDTVs that came out, which were still the old CRT/tube style. It weighs 140 pounds! That in itself is causing another issue. How I’m going to dispose of it?? If I could even get it downstairs, I can’t just leave it on the street for pickup.

Anyway, I took the entire back off, replaced a fuse inside, but it didn’t fix the problem. I was so disappointed. I really thought I was going to be my own handyman to the rescue!

John Legend, and a shot of some of the audience, at the Westfield World Trade Center shopping center. The girl second from the right had an expression of bliss the whole time.

John Legend, Westfield World Trade Center

John Legend, Westfield World Trade Center

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Belated Black Cat Appreciation Day Photograph

August 18th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

It’s the shot I chose for the banner, because look at that expression. My Finney. Actually, I’m going to try to get a good shot of him and how he looks currently. He’s a bit old. And a bit senile.


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