Monday, July 31, 2006

july 24th SPF panel discussion

On July 10th and July 24th, the Summer Play Festival will present a series of free panels addressing both practical and philosophical issues surrounding the theatre and will include an impressive line up of industry professionals. All panels are free, and open to the public.

Among the panelists are: Robyn Goodman (Producer, Avenue Q, Barefoot in the Park, Altar Boyz), Kenny Leon (Director, Gem of the Ocean; A Raisin in the Sun), Adam Rapp (Playwright, Red Light Winter), Theresa Rebeck (Playwright, Omnium Gatherum; The Water’s Edge), Jenny Gersten (Artistic Director, Naked Angels), Tim Sanford (Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons), Gordon Edelstein (Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theater), Neil Pepe (Artistic Director, Atlantic Theatre Company), Beverly MacKeen (Executive Director, New World Stages), Morgan Jenness (Agent, Abrams Artists Agency).

Descriptions on the panels follow.

"'Looking for the Perfect Match: A practical dialogue between artists and industry:' These practical panels – to be repeated on two Mondays with different panelists - will address the relationship between producers and producing organizations, and artists. It will offer practical advice and suggestions to artists on finding the “perfect match” to get a play read, developed, and produced."

i attended this interesting panel discussion
i learned more about Adam Rapp and theresa rebeck.... Tim Stanford and kenny leon and jenny gersten
i loved hearing their stories about hoew the found audiences and how the theatres select plays- lots of networking playwrites, producers etc in the audience- not me
there for fun....and learning

jai rodriquez

why do i keep running into this Queer Guy...

maybe they are just look alikes.... would Jai be in manhattan on a hot hot hot sunday and not at fire island or out in the hamptons

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

STOP everything says shtinky puddin

shtinky needs some tissues because the globe is in bad shape

shtinky and global warming

dianne reeves

dianne reeves

she sang

you taught my heart to sing
one for the road
grandma's song
perfect love
just my imagination

the sunset before dianne reeves

the sunset down over lower manhattan on the jersey side

before dianne reeves

i headed over to the world financial center to find the place packed... after trolling for a seat, i had to ask someone to move their stuff and i sat down.. the opening act was a woman who sings in italian, english and portuguese....i looked at her band and found a familiar face

disney at j&R

i stubled on performances from beauty and the beast, lion king and tarzan in front of J&R. i was down town and wanted to shoot pix of the calder statues at city hall and found a free show, i had time before dianne reeves at the world financial center so i sat down and saw the 6 song show

little miss sunshines shines the light....

Little Miss Sunshine"

Steve Carell runs off with our hearts in this sweet-tempered dysfunctional-family road movie.

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Little Miss Sunshine

Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin

The dysfunctional-family road movie "Little Miss Sunshine," about a ragtag group of relations desperate to get the youngest member to a kiddie beauty pageant in another town, tries to pretend it's less cute than it is. Grandpa has a potty mouth; the suicidal gay uncle is a Proust scholar; the teenage son hates everyone and has taken a vow of silence: Each character has his or her own personal idiosyncratic hang tag for easy identification, and once the inevitable on-the-road calamities start piling up, their collective neuroses boil over into a carefully scripted froth. Still, "Little Miss Sunshine" isn't the kind of movie you want to beat up on: It's sweet-tempered at its core, and even when it's trying too hard to reinforce its own quirks, the charms of its actors filter through effortlessly. This is an ensemble movie in which every performer is beautifully in sync -- a potent reverse metaphor for the way most families aren't.

Mom and Pop are Sheryl and Richard, played by Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear: He's a blatantly unsuccessful (and annoying) motivational speaker, waiting for his big break. That means her job is the one holding the family together financially, and you can see how the stress of that has frayed her nerves. Sheryl certainly has enough to deal with: Her brother, Frank (Steve Carell), has just been sprung from the hospital after attempting suicide, spurred by a failed love affair. Their son, Dwayne (Paul Dano), is a taciturn lad who doesn't yet know what his personality is, so he's crafted one out of youthful posturing: He's devoted to Nietzsche, and he's taken that aforementioned vow of silence; he dreams of someday being a pilot. Kinnear's father, played by Alan Arkin, also lives with the family, gracing their dinner table with nonstop foul language -- a gimmick that's funny at first and less funny later, although it ultimately wings around toward being funny again.


this is a wonderful movie that is not a vacation remake but rather a road story with a bunch of misfits...its a statement on stereotypes, beauty and family...
it made me laugh and laugh and laugh in a owen meany- garp-quirky way

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Friday, July 28, 2006

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i dreamed that i was invited to a party at rosanne cash's. it was a birthday party on the rooftop that overlooked the ocean. In the ocean, there were peddle boats, where families were peddling, parents. kids periodically falling in the water. no life jackets just an old guy to oversee it all
i walked up the stairs with rufus wainwright and started to tell him how much i loved the carnegie concert. I then saw some members of ACS i was to have a meeting with. HOw strange for the meeting to be at the party but i figured id do things together. I knew stacey was at the meeting. I never found the ACS people but rejoined rufus who looked more like teddy thompson... choking back the words, i told him about Ralph the guy who was at the concert who sat behind me who saw judy garland in 1961 and i was choking back the tears telling the story.... rufus started to cry and wiped his eyes on his shirt... he thanked me for the story and chocholate cake was being served. it was being passed around

then rosanne announced the party to be over and she had to attend a wrap party somewhere else.. the idea was to fit cake and champagne in at sunset overseaing the water and then everyone was to leave......

then i woke up

Thursday, July 27, 2006

falcon ridge

at the last minute i decided to go to falcon ridge. I got my tent from parents on 4th of july and all the tarps i needed. I started to pack and decided that i would go up on thursday. I made arrangement for the cat....luckily i called the cat lady on wednesday, she didnt have my keys, went to WW and did my last minute fruit shopping. Thursday, i got ice and gas and headed out of NYC. deciding i was gonna photograph my journey as i headed over the BQE with a view of lower manhattan, i started taking photos up to hillsdale...
i pulled up to the new site behind Meg Hart and Kate and Devon to be meeted and greeted by susan moss. we found NEW Camp Dar with little trouble and i unpacked. I didnt have to unpack much because my car was next to my tent... teh only time it caused me problems was when i had to get up in the middle of night and bumped into it.

i started to settle in, saw Jen T, Mosh, met veronica, Chris My Hero Chin, reinhardt and wandered to get the lay of the new landscape...Falcon ridge was set up like the old falcon ridge only with more space in the camping area... i found water and FUV...seems taht i screwed up my volunteering time and missed my thursday shift and went on friday AM and Friday afternoon to make up for it...
i felt badly and apologized to Linda et al
it was all good and i was at my post at the arranged times on friday for both shifts and i really worked my ass off

thursday night was filled with John Gorka, WInterpills and a Killer set by shawn colvin...after shawn, i went back to camp dar to sit around the song circle, eat Chris Chin cookies and look up at the most magnificent evening was expansive night sky... i forgot how much i love the night sky from falcon ridge. it was warm at night and no way did you need the heavier clothes...a fleece that is all.. i went to bed around 230 and loved sleeping on the airmattress..
Jessie helped me fill it up and it was hard and comfortable..

i woke at 615 and Chris and i did a tarp run. i got a desparately needed cup of coffee and me and chris talking to george aurbach for a while til it was time for a the new falcon ridge, the showers were a few feet from the new camp dar so i walked over... as i starting my shower, teh water gave out...i made the best of it and Chris called in the calvary. there was ONE shower that trickled so i started my shower there and then got full steam hot water.. what a great shower, what a sticky girl i was

i dressed and wandered to FUV to help out and hung out there.. Linda gave me Ice and i helped her open the booth, put stuff out and get the day started. I sat with claudia marshall and her daugher Ruby later in the day. I headed over the emerging artist and sat thru some of the acts til 230 or so when i had to go back to FUV. i shot pix of red molly and then pushed them as a winner... YEAH Red Molly

kittie o' love

Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 27, 2006

Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 27, 2006

Verticle Oracle card Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
"Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies," according to The Observer. Is this one more sign of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry? Yes. And further evidence that you should be very skeptical of all authorities everywhere? Sure. But it's also a metaphor that could prove useful to keep in mind as you navigate your way through the riddles you'll soon encounter. Be alert for the possibility that what you see is not what you're actually getting. There may be manipulative powers behind the throne . . . stand-ins pretending to be the real thing . . . mouthpieces that hide the true source of their message.

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reason for leaving falcon ridge

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

Saturday, July 22, 2006

when I'm gone

When I'm Gone Lyrics

When I'm Gone phil ochs

There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone
And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone
And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't feel the flowing of the time when I'm gone
All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I'm gone
My pen won't pour out a lyric line when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't breathe the bracing air when I'm gone
And I can't even worry 'bout my cares when I'm gone
Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't be running from the rain when I'm gone
And I can't even suffer from the pain when I'm gone
Can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone
And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone
Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

All my days won't be dances of delight when I'm gone
And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I'm gone
Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone
And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone
Can't live proud enough to die when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

still crazy after all these years

still crazy after all these years

i saw my old therapist in park today
we talked about the time since ive been away
i talked about my job loss and talked about my fears
still crazy after all these years

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Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 20, 2006

Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 20, 2006

Verticle Oracle card Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
I recently found out there's a famous guy out there with a name similar to mine. Rob Brzezinski is an administrator for pro football's Minnesota Vikings. He's regarded as a "cap guru," meaning he's highly skilled at manipulating the National Football League's Byzantine "cap" system of rules about how much money a team can spend on its players. That's pretty funny given the fact that I've been working really hard in the last few months to become a "Cappy guru," by which I mean someone who understands Capricorns really well. I mention this because it's prime time for you to seek out and learn from people who are to you what Rob Brzezinski is to me: your counterpart, soul twin, shadow, doppelganger, or other half.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

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peace yeah cool man the babysitter's mother is here

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we are all family when it comes to food

mooch at dairy queen

mooch goes to nivara

why we are so hot hot hot


i dreamed that the second floor of my parents porch needed repair. I saw the wood and paint and told my father that it needed to be repaired. he told me that he had received a citation and paid the fine. in the dream when we talking, my father got cited again and relented that he had to fix the porch

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

harry chapin memorial

Bruce Springsteen remembers when Harry Chapin doggedly pursued him everywhere — from recording studio lobbies to hotel courtyards — to enlist his support in the fight against hunger.

He remembers the cold, wintry night in 1987 when he joined the Chapin family, Pete Seeger, Pat Benatar, The Hooters, Judy Collins and several other performers and friends at New York's historic Carnegie Hall, in a benefit concert to celebrate Harry's birthday and life.

That night, as he performed "Remember When the Music," Springsteen reflected on his pesky friend's relentless energy, his positive spirit, and his pragmatic approach to affecting social change. "Harry knew that it was going to take a lot more than just love to survive — it was going to take a strong sense of purpose, of duty, and a good clear eye on the dirty ways of the world," Springsteen said. As he closed the song, he called on the audience to "do something" to keep Harry's dream alive.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Friday, July 14, 2006


DAVE ALVIN (Tonight) In the Blasters, in X and now on his own, Mr. Alvin has written and sung about outcasts, lovers and criminals, some of the people who share the road with an itinerant musician. He sets his narratives in country and rockabilly tunes that strive for classic American simplicity, though his words detail an uncertain moral landscape. At 7, South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Fulton and South Streets, Lower Manhattan, (212) 835-2789; free. (Jon Pareles)

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bob dylan 1965

"Great paintings shouldn't be in museums. Have you ever been in a museum? Museums are cemeteries. Paintings should be on the walls of restaurants, in dime stores, in gas stations, in men's rooms. Great paintings should be where people hang out. You can't see great paintings. You pay half a million and hang one in your house and one guest sees it. That's not art. That's a shame, a crime... Just think how many people would really feel great if they could see a Picasso in their daily diner."

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 13, 2006

Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 13, 2006

You: difficult to push around, more hungry for intimacy than you let on, smarter than 85 percent of the people you know. Me: provider of friendly shocks, fond of playing a didgeridoo in the rain at dusk and dawn, outrageously tolerant of other people's eccentricities. So is there any hope of a relationship between us? Well of course there is. We're having a relationship right now, aren't we? Maybe it's not the exact kind of connection you'd like to have with me, but you've got to admit there's value in it. Now please apply that lesson to your thinking about all your close alliances: Love them for what they are, and don't criticize them for what they're not.

tail wont go

mooch in the pool

heaven is a bowl of cat food

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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my aunt died after a long illness

Ethel Weiner
Sunday, July 9, 2006

OCALA, Fla. -- Ethel (Newman) Weiner, 77, of Ocala, Fla., and formerly of Medway, died peacefully Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the Hospice of Marion Country.
She was the wife of Morris Weiner to whom she was married for 50 years.
Born in Revere, she was the daughter of the late Max and Mary Newman, and had lived in Medway for many years before moving to Ocala, Fla., in 1999.
She attended the Revere public schools and graduated from Revere High School in 1947. She was a graduate of Wilford Academy, Boston, and had opened her own popular beauty shop for several years in Medway, called The Hair Stop.
Mrs. Weiner was an amazing cook and pastry chef, and loved gardening, sewing and her family and friends. She was well known for her open-door hospitality and generosity to all.
She leaves her children, Mark Weinegger of Franklin, Marsha Jamieson of Woonsocket, R.I., Phil Weiner of Pueblo, Colo., and Rochelle Nason of Brentwood, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Andrew, Michael, Morgan and Warren; and her sister, Irene Barfield.
She was the sister of the late Edward Newman.
There will be a graveside burial Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at Sudlikov Cemetery on Fuller Street in Everett.
Instead of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the Marion County Hospice, in Ocala, Fla.
(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

× I miss somebody right now. × I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.  (i sorted my books and kept the favorites and the social work text books)
I wear glasses or contact lenses.  (I should wear my reading glasses more often) I love to play video games.  (Born before Atari.... dont have the I hand coordination for video games... too ADD) × I've tried marijuana(cant answer, may run for political office someday.... never inhaled....2000 times)
I've watched porn movies.  (only whats on playboy channel....soft porn....) × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.  (i try to be honest...... except if i found that suitcase of money......)
I curse sometimes.  (benn known to drop the fbomb.....) I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.  (yup yup yuo) × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
* * * * *

I have broken someone's bones.  (i have broken my own bone) × I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal. × I hate the rain.
× I'm paranoid at times.  (only when its justified) × I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free. × I need/want money right now.  (YUP.... i always need/ want money)
I love sushi.  (YUP...brown rice sushi is best) I talk really, really fast. × I have fresh breath in the morning.
× I have long hair. × I have lost money in Las Vegas. I have at least one sibling.  (one of each.... brother and sister)
× I was born in a country outside of the U.S. I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.  (only for my sisters wedding) × I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.  (i dont generally answer the phone)
× I like the way that I look.  (on what day.....) × I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months. × I am usually pessimistic.
I have a lot of mood swings.  (sometimes) × I think prostitution should be legalized. × I slept with a roommate.
I have a hidden talent.  (i have a special parking talent.....) × I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have. × I have a lot of friends.
× I have pecked someone of the same sex. × I enjoy talking on the phone. × I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop and/or window shop.  (love it love it love it) × I'm obsessed with my Xanga or Livejournal. × I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a mobile phone.  (sure thing... with emaIL) × I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months. × I've rejected someone before.
× I currently like/love someone. × I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to have children in the future.  (too late for that.... aint it...)
I have changed a diaper before.  (many a diaper in my day) × I've called the cops on a friend before. × I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn. I am shy around the opposite sex. I'm online 24/7, even as an away message.
× I have at least 5 away messages saved. I have tried alcohol or drugs before. × I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past.
× I own the "South Park" movie. × I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal. I enjoy some country music.
× I would die for my best friends. × I'm obsessive, and often a perfectionist. × I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I think Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.  (any free candy is awesome) × I have dated a close friend's ex. × I am happy at this moment.
× I'm obsessed with guys. Democrat.  (born and bred.....) × Republican.
× I don't even know what I am. × I am punk rockish. × I go for older guys/girls, not younger.
I study for tests most of the time. I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met. I can work on a car.
× I love my job(s). I am comfortable with who I am right now. × I have more than just my ears pierced.
× I walk barefoot wherever I can. × I have jumped off a bridge. × I love sea turtles.
× I spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup. I plan on achieving a major goal/dream. × I am proficient on a musical instrument.
× I hate office jobs. I went to college out of state. × I am adopted.
× I am a pyro. × I have thrown up from crying too much. × I have been intentionally hurt by people that I loved.
× I fall for the worst people. × I adore bright colours. × I usually like covers better than originals.
I hate chain theme restaurants like Applebees and TGIFridays.  (applebees has a weight watchers menu....) I can pick up things with my toes. × I can't whistle.
× I have ridden/owned a horse. I still have every journal I've ever written in. × I talk in my sleep.
I've often thought that I was born in the wrong century. × I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions. × I wear a toe ring.
× I have a tattoo. I can't stand at LEAST one person that I work with. I am a caffeine junkie.
I am completely tree-huggy spiritual, and I'm not ashamed at all. × If I knew I would get away with it, I would commit at least one murder. × I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical, the better.
× I enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. × I'm an artist. × I am ambidextrous.
× I sleep with so many stuffed animals, I can hardly fit on my bed. × If it weren't for having to see other people naked, I'd live in a nudist colony. × I have terrible teeth.
× I hate my toes. × I did this meme even though I wasn't tagged by the person who took it before me. × I have more friends on the internet than in real life.
I have lived in either three different states or countries. × I am extremely flexible. × I love hugs more than kisses.
× I want to own my own business. × I smoke. × I spend way too much time on the computer than on anything else.
Nobody has ever said I'm normal. Sad movies, games, and the like can cause a trickle of tears every now and then. × I am proficient in the use of many types of firearms and combat weapons.
× I like the way women look in stylized men's suits. × I don't like it when people are unpleased or seem unpleased with me. I have been described as a dreamer or likely to have my head up in the clouds.
I have played strip poker with someone else before. × I have had emotional problems for which I have sought professional help. I believe in ghosts and the paranormal.
× I can't stand being alone. I have at least one obsession at any given time. × I weigh myself, pee/poo, and then weigh myself again.
I consistently spend way too much money on obsessions-of-the-moment. × I'm a judgmental asshole. × I'm a HUGE drama-queen.
I have travelled on more than one continent. × I sometimes wish my father would just disappear. × I need people to tell me I'm good at something in order to feel that I am.
I am a Libertarian. I can speak more than one language.  (not well) × I can fall asleep even if the whole room is as noisy as it can be.
× I would rather read than watch TV. I like reading fact more than fiction. × I have pulled an all-nighter on an assignment I was given a month to do.
× I have no piercings. × I have spent the night in a train station or other public place. × I have been so upset over my physical gender that I cried.
× I once spent Christmas completely alone because there was a miscommunication on which parent was supposed to have me that night. × There have been times when I have wondered "Why was I born?" and may/may not have cried over it. × I like most animals better than most people.
× I own a collection of retro games consoles. × The thought of physical exercise makes me shiver. × I have hit someone with a dead fish.
× I am compulsively honest. × I was born with a congenital birth defect that has never been repaired. × I have danced topless in front of dozens of complete strangers.
× I have gone from wishing I was a girl to revelling in being a boy to feeling like a girl again in the span of five minutes, and not cared a whit for my actual sex. × I am unashamedly bisexual, and have different motivations for my desires for different genders. × I sometimes won't sleep a whole night or eat a whole day because I forget to.
× I find it impossible to get to sleep without some kind of music on. × I dislike milk. × I obsessively wash my hands.
I always carry something significant around with me. × Sometimes I'd rather wear a wig in day-to-day life than use my own hair. × I've pushed myself to become more self-aware and thereby more aware of others.
× Even though I live on my own I still cry sometimes because I miss my mother. × I hand wrote all the HTML tags in this document. × I've liked something which a majority of people claimed was either bad or weird.
× I have been clinically dead for a brief period of time. × Instead of feeling sympathy/empathy with people and their problems, I simply become annoyed. × I participate/have participated in auto drag races and won.
× I do not 'get' most comedy acts. × I don't think strippers are money-greedy or slutty for dancing. × I don't like to chew gum.
× I am obsessed with history/historical things and can't wait for someone to build a time machine so I can be the first to use it. I can never remember for the life of me where I parked the car. I had the TEEN ANGST thing going for at least 2-3 years.
× I wish people would be more empathic and honest with each other. × I play Dungeons and Dragons weekly. × I love to sing.
× I want to live in my mother's basement when I grow up. I have a custom-built computer. × I want to create a certain someone's babies, even though there's a 0% possiblity of ever achieving it.
× I would be in a relationship with one of my pets if they were human. I've gone skinny-dipping. × I've performed in three plays.
I enjoy burritos. × I'm Irish and loving it. × I have a thing for redheads.
× I am a twin! Most of the times, I'd rather do something intellectual instead of doing something generically 'fun'. × Once I set out to finish something, I always stay at it until it is completed before I move on to something else.
× I wish there were a way to erase past mistakes. × I sleep more than 12 hours a day. × I wish I could be prouder of what I've accomplished, but it's never enough.
× I need more time to myself. × I wish I was more open-minded. × I hope that I go really prematurely grey.
I download songs from the internet. × I've just reenacted chapter 58 of Death Note with my best friend. I say random things to freak people out.
× I'm still a little mad about the ending of Death Note. × I love playing Truth or Dare. × I love listening to slow music, but I hate singing to it.
Music helps me remember that I am not alone. × Playing my favorite sport makes me temporarily forget my problems. I think this survey is particularly long.
× I prefer my LJ friends to my real-life ones. I can only hate someone that I love. × I've ordered an extra two shots of espresso to an Americano at Starbucks.

paul simon review NH

Simon shines during ’Surprise’ visit
By Christopher John Treacy
Monday, July 10, 2006 - Updated: 01:36 PM EST

It saddens me that we’ve reached such a cultural low that giving an amazing talent like Paul Simon our undivided attention for two hours is a challenge -but, alas, there it is.
The two-thirds capacity crowd at Manchester’s (N.H.) Verizon Wireless Arena for Saturday night’s show was perpetually distracted and largely disrespectful, as if his presence was incidental to their nonsensical, loud conversation and booze consumption. I hadn’t realized Simon was available for private functions.

See, although it’s been his touring MO for many moons, arena gigs don’t really do Simon’s music justice. Saturday was no exception: The sound frustratingly echoed off the back wall.
None of this stopped the 64-year-old songwriting pioneer’s solid show, however. Supporting the Brian Eno-produced “Surprise,” he seemed energetic and in good spirits.
Beginning with a “Graceland” double-play, he doused the crowd with the island-hop festivity of “Gumboots,” following up with an unusually hard-rocking version of “Boy in the Bubble.”
During “Outrageous,” it became apparent that the electronic soundscape of the new disc got left in the studio. Rather than attempting to recreate Eno’s synth-wizardry, Simon and his seasoned seven-piece band streamlined the new songs into his trademark world-fused pop. Though perhaps a “surprise” in itself, it would’ve been more satisfying to hear him try something altogether new in a concert setting.
Amidst other newbies, including “How Can You Live in the Northeast?” Simon resurrected “Slip Slidin’ Away,” awash with warm harmonies from guitar and woodwind maestro Mark Stewart and Tony Cedras’ muted horn embellishments. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “Love me Like a Rock” were both dependably by the book.
He abandoned his guitar for the rowdy fun of “That Was Your Mother,” transforming the band into an oddball assortment of washboard, accordion and sax. They slowed down the rhythmic drive of “You’re the One,” allowing the cynicism of Simon’s lyric to come to the forefront.
Wrapping up with a bouncy, double-sax treated version of “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes” and “Cecilia” was unexpected nostalgic bliss, but an annoying, key-generated clap sound marred the latter’s hyperpercussive groove.
Encores included “The Only Living Boy in New York,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” all of which were sparsely arranged, allowing a greater sense of intimacy between Simon and those in the audience who were paying attention, (mainly those on the floor). This also signified a new willingness to visit the Art Garfunkel-collaborated portion of his catalog in a solo setting.

At the Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester N.H., Saturday night.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

another child left behind

Mother of boy left at Taste found

July 8, 2006


The mother of a 6-year-old boy abandoned at the Taste of Chicago turned herself in to authorities Saturday morning, police said.

The woman turned herself in to Harrison Area detectives around 11 a.m. Saturday, according to police News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright.

No information was immediately available regarding her identity or why she left the boy, Bright said.

The investigation was continuing to determine if charges would be sought, he said.

The 6-year-old boy remains in protective custody and the mother was being questioned at Harrison Area detective headquarters, 3151 W. Harrison St.

The boy's mother had contact with authorities in 2003, and records indicate she was overwhelmed and needed help raising the boy, who has spent some time in foster care, according to state child-welfare reports.

The reports say the child was put into foster care in April 2003 after the mother allegedly called authorities to report she had locked herself in a room so she wouldn't hurt him. He was returned to his mother in September 2004 after she had received counseling and classes, the reports say.

Then in September 2005, she allegedly left the child alone, which led to a report to Chicago Police for endangering the life of a child.

Kendall Marlowe, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, confirmed that the agency had previous contact with the boy's family, including substantiated allegations of neglect, and that DCFS was still providing supportive services to the family.

The child was taken into DCFS custody July 1, a day after he was found at the Taste, Marlowe said.

He is one of 72 children who have gotten lost at the Taste so far this year. All but him were reunited with family, police said.

celebrity sightings

charles nelson reilly

was sighted in an associated grocery store in the gramery park. i was on my way to madison sq park and stopped in to get a soda....

the sodas were warm....the celebrities were hot

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Friday, July 07, 2006

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"SPF 30"

mezzo soprano violist who preformed as male characters dies

Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Dies at 52

Trojan hero Aeneas, played by Ben Heppner, sings with Dido, Queen of Carthage, played by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, in the dress rehearsal for part two of Hector Berlioz's opera "Les Troyens" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in this file photo from Feb. 7, 2003. Lieberson, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, died Monday July 3, 2006 at her Santa Fe home with her husband, composer Peter Lieberson, at her side, said Richard Gaddes, general director of the Santa Fe Opera. She was 52. (AP Photos/Ed Bailey,File)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Jul 5, 2006 (AP)— Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, whose repertoire ranged from Baroque to the contemporary, has died.

She died Monday morning at her Santa Fe home with her husband, composer Peter Lieberson, at her side, said Richard Gaddes, general director of the Santa Fe Opera. She was 52.

The singer had battled breast cancer in recent years and canceled performances in 2005 and 2006 because of back problems. Her death shocked the music world because she often kept details about her health private, Gaddes said.

Nonetheless, he said she was in a class of her own.

"Her voice was so extraordinarily beautiful," he said. "She was just an amazing musician and very serious about her work. She was towering, really."

The trade newspaper Musical America named her vocalist of the year in 2001.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Hunt Lieberson began her musical career as a violist and later became a recitalist, concert singer and operatic performer, according to her biography on the IMG Artists Web site.

She met her husband at the Santa Fe Opera during the 1997 production of Peter Lieberson's "Ashoka's Dream," in which she played Triraksha.

Laurent Naouri, a leading French baritone, said Tuesday from Santa Fe that the French likely will remember Hunt Lieberson for her representation of Phaedra in Rameau's "Hippolyte et Aricie."

"That was her big time, her big day," Naouri said of Hunt Lieberson's 1997 Baroque performance.

"When she sang her character, people would forget all that is conventional in opera," Naouri said. "People would forget even her singing; they would just feel something so deep and true, and I think that's what opera ideally is meant to be. But I think it's very difficult to meet that level of commitment."

On the opera stage, Hunt Lieberson had excelled in roles as diverse as Ottavia (Monteverdi), Ariodante (Handel), Sesto (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Myrtle Wilson (Harbison) and Didon (Berlioz), according to IMG Artists, which represented her.

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summer for mooch

Liberty Game..... liberty lose again

Defending Champion Monarchs Rout Liberty

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Erin Buescher is making the most of her extended playing time this season. Buescher scored 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and Nicole Powell added 16 points as the defending WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs routed the struggling New York Liberty 79-58 Thursday night.

''You better not miss your open layups when your teammates pass to you,'' Buescher said. ''I had a lot of good shots and I was fortunate to hit a bunch of them.''

Buescher has benefited from the extra time available with DeMya Walker sidelined after giving birth to a daughter on April 11.

''Erin Buescher has been playing well all year, people are just starting to notice,'' Monarchs coach John Whisenant said. ''DeMya Walker's pregnancy, and she's just been back a couple of weeks we can't play her more than 2-3 minutes at a time, she's not in good enough condition. What that did is give Erin the minutes and the opportunity.

''It's really pushed Erin up there where she's had to play a lot of minutes and she's been playing well.''

Walker, in her seventh game since returning, had a season-high 14 points. Yolanda Griffith added 12 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento (10-8), which won for the third time in four games.

''We showed how we are capable of playing,'' Griffith said. ''When we are all focused, know our assignments and roles, we can beat anybody. We played defense the right way.''

Griffith, announced as an All-Star starter for the Western Conference on Wednesday, had nine rebounds to become the second WNBA player to top 2,000 for her career

Shameka Christon and Sherill Baker scored 11 points apiece to lead the Liberty (4-12), losers of three straight. Becky Hammon, an All-Star starter for the East, finished with a season-low five points on 2-for-12 shooting. She also had six rebounds to top 500 in her career.

After the game, Hammon gathered the team on the court and expressed her dissatisfaction with the poor play.

''We have to figure out some answers, we have to come out and play hard,'' Hammon said. ''The energy has to start coming from us. Hopefully everyone will take to heart what was discussed at halfcourt and the locker room and have a better game'' (Friday at Chicago).

The Monarchs broke the game open with a 16-2 run, that spanned both halves, and took a 51-35 lead on Griffith's basket with 6:24 left in the third quarter.

After Baker made four free throws in 9 seconds to pull New York to within 12 nearly a minute later, Sacramento scored 10 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.

The Liberty shot 42 percent in the first half, but just 31 percent (9-for-29) after the break and fell to 2-6 at home.

''I tried to convey what it means to play for New York,'' Hammon said. ''I explained the tradition that New York has. The Liberty reputation is to play hard for 40 minutes. We have to protect that tradition. We are young but we have to figure this out.''

New York coach Pat Coyle didn't speak to reporters after the game but released comments through the team's media relations department.

''Becky hit the mark, Becky hit the game on the head, what she had to say was the truth,'' Coyle said in a statement. ''I have made the decision the people that play hard are going to play. It's about being a professional athlete and know that this is your job.''

Griffith's two free throws with 5:34 left in the second quarter gave Sacramento the lead for good at 25-24. Kara Lawson and Griffith hit jumpers in the final 40 seconds to stretch the Monarchs' advantage to 39-33 at halftime.

pepsi does the 'right thing" - how stupid can you get when it comes to industrial theft

Stolen' Coke recipes offered to rival Pepsi

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Harry Weber, Atlanta
July 7, 2006

THREE people have been arrested and charged with stealing confidential information on drink recipes from Coca-Cola and trying to sell it to rival Pepsi.

The suspects include an executive administrative assistant at Atlanta-based Coke, Joya Williams, who is accused of stealing corporate files and a sample of a new Coca-Cola product.

Williams, 41, Ibrahim Dimson, 39, and Edmund Duhaney, 43, are charged with wire fraud and unlawfully stealing and selling Coke trade secrets. They are expected to appear before a federal judge in Atlanta today.

Prosecutors say that on May 19, New York-based Pepsi provided Coke with a copy of a letter mailed to Pepsi in an official Coca-Cola business envelope.

The letter, postmarked from the Bronx in New York, was from an individual identifying himself as "Dirk," who claimed to be employed at a high level with Coca-Cola and offered "very detailed and confidential information". "Dirk" was later identified as Dimson, the FBI said.

Coca-Cola immediately contacted the FBI and an undercover investigation began.

Prosecutors say Williams was the source of the information Dimson offered to Pepsi. They say "Dirk" gave an FBI undercover agent Coca-Cola documents marked classified and confidential. "Dirk" wanted $US10,000 ($A13,500) for them.

"Dirk" later produced other secret documents, and also wanted $US75,000 for a highly confidential product sample of a new Coca-Cola project.

On June 27, an undercover FBI agent offered to buy other trade secret items for $US1.5 million from "Dirk". Dimson, Williams and Duhaney were arrested in Atlanta on Wednesday, the day the $US1.5 million deal was to take place.

katie heather and paige in their new PJS

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

auntie sharon with katie heather and paige in the pool

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MIchele and her kids, heather, katie and paige swimming

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sunday and monday

i hooked up with my parents and went to the casino in Lincoln RI on sunday. I played in the casino all day on a 20.00 bill ( moms money) i was doing fairly well til i ran into her and her bad luck. We were there from 11=5 and went to dinner. I went shopping afterwards to get tent pegs, a poncho and other incidentals at the big boxed. at 930, i went outside and saw the fireworks from in front of the house. you can walk down the road and get a full view of the Milford Fireworks.

monday, my sister has a bbQ with corn, chicken, hamburgers, steak, hotdogs, salads, potato and macaroni and green and boca burgers for her vegetarian sister. THe girls got their books and gifts i brought them and we played cards. then it was pool time. My sister went swimming so i do. My neices loved playing catch with me in the floating chair and other pool games. i spent most of the day in the pool. i ate alot of green stuff and corn and then took the rest home. if i knew my brother was going to boston i would have stayed and gone to the fireworks with him but i didnt know or he didnt have room so i packed to go home- remembering my falcon ridge tent and sleeping back and air mattress and tarps

tuesday, i drove back to NY and unpacked, did wash, cleaned the kitchen, did my own grocery shopping and relaxed to the fireworks on TV and sound out my window.

saturday- new bedford

i got the new bedford summerfest early and went to the mainstage. Before i did, i went to get a free ticket for the Phil Ochs song circle..but i didnt think that i wanted to go.. i wanted to see another workshop instead.
the first act of the day, was Gandolf Murphy, SLoan wainwright and the Kennedys.. there were lots of covers and some original songs..
the next thing i wanted to see was Lori McKenna on the main stage so i wandered around and Ran into my childhood neighbor, who is not music fan but has friends in new bedford and comes to the festivals there three times a years. so instead of seeing cliff eberhardt. i talked to mike my neighbor. I went for a soda and sat down to hear this Belfast band complete with fiddles, banjo and bagpipes and whistles. i then saw LOri who is just back from nashville. She has new waxed eyebrows and highlights in her hair. she told some sweet stories about her husband meeeting Tim McGraw and Faith HIll in boston and how her record is finished and she is waiting for word from warner brothers in nashville. she sang some new songs. it was a good set.
i then tried to see the Kennedys but the new stages are so small and hte number of poeple have grown that this festival is getting too crowded because the stage areas are too small. YOu had to go to the workshop before the one you wanted to make sure you got in.
i went to see Eliza Gilkyson with that same belfast band and a cape breton fiddler.. that was a trainwreck for her. she didnt fit in-

i stayed there for Al Tibbets, Jeff Davis, Ronny Cox and John Gorka doing sad songs of people and places. I asked JOhn to do Flying Red HOrse and he obliged me.
I saw something that i had never seen at a workshop. Jeff Davis explained he was playing a Frank Profitt Banjo...Three more exist in the world. he is a songcollector type guy and a purist.. he played a traditional tune and stopped and asked Ronny Cox's bass player TO STOP PLAYING ALONG. he said he was gonna do something rude and did just that..

i stayed for the Phil Ochs song circle because i had a ticket and seat and didnt have to move.
Bob Franke, Kim and REggie Harris, John Gorka, Anne HIlls, Sloan Wainwright, John Crookson, Pat Wictor all doing Phil ochs songs...

i didnt go back to new bedford on sunday due to threat of rain that didnt happen.

friday - arrival and helping mom and dad

i left for massachusetts for the long 4th of july weekend and arrived early afternoon. my mom was out to lunch and my dad was home. We did some errands together and my mom came home. They were waiting for a new washer and dryer to be delivered. It was delivered by two young guys (under 25) after 6pm. my mom thought they would do a rush job on friday, so my dad and i supervised them. I cleaned behind the appliances that were moved and ensured that there were no nicks or scratches on the washer and dryer. afterwards, it was late by my parents standards so we went to a local restaurant to eat. I used to refuse to eat there because i could not get hte meals fixed the way i wanted. due to time, i relented and i ordered the meal as i wanted and i was totally satisfied and glad that i tried this restaurant again.

before the long 4th of july weekend

i got a call from the Director of the ACS Training Academy to talk to me about my application. Though she was pleased that i applied, she explained that she was restrained by civil service restrictions and offered me a salary that was lower than the top of the range. After some futile negotiation of cash and other perks, the choice was to pursue my application or withdraw it. I asked her to submit my application. She explained the process could be 3-6 months depending on how expeditiously Office of Management and Budget processes my application.
that information shines a light on the next few months... it also means that my decision to teach on saturday would not interfere with the position i am accepting. I believe that she has earmarked me for Queens. She aslo reminded me that once i am in the City employment, i can move around and search other employment. After 1-2 of training and learning the system, my background is appropriate to apply for supervisor.
i explained that i consider this starting at a different end of my career so i asked her to submit my application.

it will be nice to work, to work and not be responsible for anyone but me.... for a while..

i am thinking of other ways to make money and work on the side.... i can leave Queens at 5 and make it to a 6pm class or teach an 8pm to 10 class...

so that was my work update

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 6, 2006

Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 6, 2006

If you usually wear your baseball cap backwards, this will be a favorable time to turn the peak toward the front. If it's normally facing forward, I suggest you turn it around. In fact, everything you try in the coming week will have extra luck and grace if you approach it a bit askew or do it the reverse of your customary habit. The cosmic tables have turned, and the best way to capitalize is to flip-flop yourself.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

my new bedford request.... the flying red horse - John Gorka

The flying red horse from the gasoline wars
Took off from her station in the sun
Turning her back on the pack at the pump
She jumped down from the sign to run

Full serve attendants were spilling their hoses
Self-serve was doing the same
The manager dialed the emergency numbers
Insurance man won't take the claim

The sight of a horse crossing highways is frightening
But not with the breed that can fly
She's risen up to the level of oak trees
Too low for the radar man's eye

I am not much of a joiner she says
That's not where I draw my strength
Some of them go for the depth of field
While most of them go for the length
Me I will go for the hard combination
'Cause I have some need to belong
But I'm leaving this unkind of sign life behind me
I'll take what is mine and be gone

If you see something red flash across the horizon
It's not that your eyes aren't right
She's taking her place with the red-tailed hawks
And the broadwinged birds in flight

The flying red horse from the Ruby Red North
Took off from her station to the south
And I swear to you that this story is true
I heard it right from her mouth

They think they can tame you, name you and frame you
Aim you where you don't belong
They know where you've been but not where you're going
And that is the source of the songs

shmell the plastic roses

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