Friday, January 07, 2005 at 14:21:44 (EST)

Slip sliding away

People, it finally looks like we're getting this ice skating party off the ground this weekend. With a forecast for sun and fairly cool temperatures, Sunday looks like the best day to do this. We're meeting up at 2PM at the Wollman Ice Rink at Prospect Park. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $5. I have my own skates but they haven't been in use since Clinton was in office. Can I get my skates sharpened on the premises? If not there, then where does one go to have this service rendered? Directions to the rink are here.

And here's another photo from our drunken evening at the suspiciously-named Twelve Inch Bar.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 14:37:07 (EST)

The rain falls hard on a humdrum town

Man the weather sucks. We spent a lot of time wandering around in the nasty downpour last night before I finally was forced to admit, yes, it would probably be better if it was snow and not rain. At least, not totally bone-chillingly freezing rain. Rain is only good when you're already at home and dreading doing some kind of outdoor activity and then it rains and then you're off the hook and you're like, "Whew, now I don't have to polish the squirrels until it stops raining."

Looks like I've convinced my dad to just see Sideways again. It's a good thing, too, since my movie-going habits are usually very stunted, unless there is something so vital and necessary and Oscar-worthy that I must go see it a few times. Anyway, this means I get to stick around the neighborhood for once, instead of traversing horrid Times Square for a few fleeting moments of familial interaction.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 13:01:44 (EST)

Thunder only happens when it's raining

Another fine evening of free jazz last night at Freddy's. Reminds me I really gotta get back on the saxophone bandwagon and practice more often. But that thing is so heavy! I maybe shoulda started with an alto sax before moving to the baritone.

Are we gonna get an Ice Storm this afternoon? Upstate is supposed to, anyway. What a great movie and not just because a hobbit gets zapped.

Still no idea what to do with my dad tomorrow. Hmmm, could be a good opportunity to go see a movie. I never seem to have time for that these days. I still haven't seen Sideways, that Wes Anderson movie, or The Aviator (which I really should see, since it combines my twin obsessions with Howard Hughes and Martin Scorsese). But I'm seeing Devils are Dreaming tonight, so maybe that's enough movie for one week.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 15:35:12 (EST)

With a song inside it's never cold outside
Back on the scene in New York, it's time to fill our schedules with stuff to make us forget our bland day jobs.

  • Tonight is Freddy's monthly experimental jazz series, On the Way Out. At 10 PM tonight Seth Misterka of Dynasty will be joining in for some experimental improv. $5 suggested donation.
  • Wednesday I finally get to see Michael Sladek's film Devils are Dreaming at Anthology Film Archives. This is the feature film he made a year or two ago that has had good response in several film festivals around the country, and with a soundtrack by Dana and Matt of Stupid, it sounds pretty good. Also only $5!
  • Thursday I gotta hang out with my dad, anybody now any dad-friendly events going on that evening?
  • Friday I may be checking out the band Gang Gang Dance at Tonic at midnight. Sounds like a sort of art-rock improv dance-music group. Turns out that guy who was struck by lighting on a Chinatown roof used to be in this band. Hey this is also $5! Are the local events responding to my incessant whining about ticket inflating prices in this city? No!
  • Saturday The Constantines play with Oakley Hall play the Mercury Lounge. This will be the first time I've seen them since our record producer Will left the band. We'll see if they can still hack it. This show is blowing the curve by charging an ungodly yet manageable $10.

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Monday, January 03, 2005 at 14:14:00 (EST)

A proposition that you can't refuse

Happy New Year, people! I'm exhausted, or maybe I only feel like I am because I'm back on the job. It's only been 4 days since I last worked but the weekend felt so long it might as well been a over a week. Plus I've got a dentist appointment this afternoon. Why oh why did I schedule it on the first workday of 2005? My dentist is a sadist and I'm a glutton for punishment. I must be, why else would I keep forgetting to floss if I didn't want to incur the wrath of said physician. The real problem is I've been slacking on the dentist in recent months, so I fear that without that helpful tsk-tsking I get from the dentist every 6 months, I will have allowed myself to slack off that much more, leaving me with a mouth similar to Shane MacGowan. Nooooo!

I'm also a little concerned that I no longer have no insurance. I mean I should be covered, but as usual I didn't send in the proper forms until the last possible moment, and I have no idea if the company received them before the deadline. Why oh why did they make the deadline right around Christmas? It's like they don't want me to have health coverage or something. Just imagine!

Anyway here are some photos from our New Year's Excursion, that took me from Prospect Heights, to Bushwick, and finally back to Clinton Hill. We started at Heather's for curry and mulled wine, then to Asterisk for the show (on the train we ran into GirlGoneMad, a friend of mine who has been leading the pack in's blog competition), and then we miraculously got a cab to take us back to the hood to finish the evening at Thee Alibi.

Owen was bartending, and in rare form. He shook my hand, kissed me, and later in the men's room, grabbed my arm and told me he owed me a drink. I dunno about other guys, but man, don't touch me in the men's room, especially when I'm trying to concentrate. He kept saying "I'm gonna start yelling at people to get out soon, so don't lemme ferget I owe you a drink." It's always nice to get free drinks, of course, but I demurred, saying I had probably had enough. Understand we're standing side by side at the urinals this whole time. Then he declared "I am propositioning you in a men's room!" Another guy came in and he turned to him and shouted "I AM PROPOSITIONING THIS MAN IN THE MEN'S ROOM." As I made my hasty exit, he added, "But only for liquor!" The sad thing is I bet he won't have any memory of this next time I see him.

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