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|Monday, November 30th, 2015|
|Sunday, November 29th, 2015|
I can't believe it's almost the end of November. I mean, I can literally believe it, but this year has gone by really quickly. I have started Christmas shopping, but I'm not very good at it. I guess I need to ask people if there's anything they want, but most of them won't answer. It would be easier if everyone liked what I like. And I don't even mean specifically; it would be nice if I knew, say, books I could get for everybody. Of course, not everybody reads recreationally. I also have to ask my dad if I should switch my insurance plan.
Beth and I had Thanksgiving dinner at her mom's house, and we ate at Applebee's the day before and Friendly's the day after, so we were successful in the food department. Speaking of which, I need to go to the grocery store sometime soon. The Pathmark, which was the biggest in the area, just recently closed down; and even before that it had a dwindling inventory. There are a few other small places around here, though. Right now, we mostly need soda. I'm relieved that I didn't have to work on Black Friday this year. It kind of seems like, with all the stuff you can get cheaper online, frenzied shopping in physical stores wouldn't even be a thing anymore. It apparently is, though, albeit probably not quite as bad as it was a few years back. And am I the only one who's tired of the word "doorbusters"? I mean, it's funny to replace the lyrics to the Ghostbusters
theme ("I ain't afraid of no doors!"), but the term is really kind of disturbing. The stores don't actually WANT people breaking their doors down, do they?
Yesterday, Beth's plan was to go to three different museums in the same area (the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue adjacent to Central Park) and pick up memberships through the NYC ID program. The first was the Museum of the City of New York, a pretty small place with exhibits that apparently change pretty often. Ones there now focus on the artwork of Chris "Daze" Ellis, affordable housing (how affordable, they don't say), a photographer and writer who brought attention to the city slums, activism, and the revival of folk music.
The second museum we hit was the Jewish Museum, which turned out not to be part of the ID program. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is, but that's down in Battery Park. The Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays, so we did look around, but didn't spend a whole lot of time there. I did like the creatures on the top of this Ark of the Torah.
Finally, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I've been twice before, once with Beth and once without. That place is so big and confusing that just going in can be exhausting, but we did check out a few things while we were there.Would this be considered culturally offensive?
You can see pictures here
, and here
I'm thinking of maybe writing another Oz story for Thanksgiving, as I have at least part of a plot involving Santa Claus and Jack Frost in mind. We'll see if that pans out. Current Mood: drained
|Saturday, November 28th, 2015|
- Fri, 12:14: After Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday come Black Market Tuesday, Porn Store Wednesday, and Amusement Park Gift Shop Thursday.
- Fri, 12:17: RT @buseysteeth: [a male black widow spider checking out dating website] WHAT?! SHES GONNA EAT ME AFTER WE BONE? FUUCCCK THAT
- Fri, 12:27: I hate having to wait behind these Black Friday shoppers when I'm just buying booze and cigarettes for my underage relatives.
- Fri, 12:30: RT @TeaPartyCat: It’s TOO SOON. Too soon after people were trampled to death to save $30 on a TV on #BlackFriday to talk about regulating c…
- Fri, 13:44: Dinner and Movies https://t.co/LY6THzQ8YR https://t.co/PbrHmRCAM9
- Fri, 14:16: Remember, mincemeat pie is much better if you kill the mince yourself.
- Fri, 22:17: RT @cmclymer: By the way, the phrase "pro-life gunman" has to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a long time. #PlannedParenthood
|Friday, November 27th, 2015|
|Thursday, November 26th, 2015|
|Wednesday, November 25th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 24th, 2015|
|Monday, November 23rd, 2015|
|Sunday, November 22nd, 2015|
|Something Tells Me It's All Happening at the Zoo
My birthday was last Wednesday. I usually find birthdays to be a little bit of a let-down, because I feel I should be doing something really fun, and generally just end up sitting around. Beth and I did eat at the Olive Garden on the previous night, which I like, even if a lot of people don't. And on the actual day, we went to Denny's with her mom and Uncle John. Presents I received included Kinks albums from my in-laws, and a Donald Duck comic book from Tavie. Beth paid for part of a new computer, and this is the first post I'm writing on it. It didn't come with Microsoft Office, though, so I guess I'm going to have to buy that separately. Do you think it will go on sale on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
On Friday, I saw Robyn Hitchcock at the City Winery, where I always feel kind of weird because I don't particularly like wine, nor can I afford it. But then, I pretty much never buy any food or drinks at concert venues unless they have a minimum. He has so many songs that I never recognize all of them, but the set did include several I know well, including "Victorian Squid," "I Used to Say I Love You," and "Trams of Old London." While I don't know it quite as well, I also appreciated hearing "Old Pervert" from the Soft Boys era. He had some good introductions, and mentioned that all of his songs are either inane or suicidal. It was largely his bizarre lyrics that drew me to his music, although those aren't necessarily enough to make the songs good. Fortunately, he also has strong melodies. Of the ones for which I don't own the recordings, the one that stood out for me was about his dad and a trolley bus. Why does it seem like all English creative types write about how their fathers were kind of distant? An Australian singer named Emma Swift sang harmony on a few songs. It was actually the second show of the night, as the first sold out before I could buy a ticket. At one point, Robyn said he wished all his shows could be second shows, which is the sort of absurd humor I enjoy.
Beth and I went to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday. We were able to get free year-long memberships with our NYC ID cards, but we'd been putting off going there because of how early they close at this time of year. We only spend two and a half hours there, but I'm sure we'll go back at some point. Our passes also work for other zoos in the city.Tigers act so much like domestic cats. Like, they'll just flop down and start grooming themselves.Hello, Mr. Zebra.Feeding time for the giraffes Current Mood: hungry
|Saturday, November 21st, 2015|
|Friday, November 20th, 2015|
- Thu, 16:29: Show Me the�Way https://t.co/bTtx6vbNXh https://t.co/yyXCr9ecy8
- Thu, 16:59: I have a T-shirt with that picture. https://t.co/sQS543rgGt
- Thu, 17:10: RT @drhappyknuckles: GOP Presidential Candidate: I want to have the most difficult job in the world. Debate Moderator: May I ask you a qu…
- Thu, 18:35: RT @drewgmackie: Facebook's "Events Near You Your Friends Are Attending" feature is essentially "Hey! Your Friends Are Hanging Out Without …
- Thu, 18:40: RT @DanPasternack: Watching Jared Fogle arriving for sentencing. Sponsored by Quiznos.
- Thu, 22:45: RT @PeachCoffin: . @RedLobster I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars searching for Cheddar Bay just tell me where it is you son of …
- Fri, 00:40: RT @abhorrent_wife: I'm starting a Cosmo-like publication that focuses on how to please your man. It's just a monthly postcard that reads, …
- Fri, 01:15: RT @Home_Halfway: *looks at the woman adjacent to Gwenyth Paltrow* Oh hey its Gwenyth Paltcolumn
- Fri, 01:17: RT @NorseMythNews: Once again, the Kryptonian-American speaks truth. https://t.co/5vdUqdd37K </ul
|Thursday, November 19th, 2015|
- Wed, 14:58: Legends of Obscure�Characters https://t.co/1xewUKusFP https://t.co/TI4o0uobco
- Wed, 16:06: RT @thedanbarry: #IStillFacebookBecause I need to know which people from high school are racist, pregnant, or pregnant racists.
- Wed, 16:19: RT @Nintendo_Legend: How to annoy gamers: Do literally *anything.*
- Wed, 16:20: RT @RETR0JOE: VIDEO GAMES! RT if you agree.
- Wed, 17:20: RT @RookieMag: "I trust my artistic path, no matter where it takes me." –An interview with @jennylewis https://t.co/H1de7XcHnN https://t.co…
- Wed, 17:28: RT @TristinaWright: If that's the case, can we deport white dudes since many of them like to shoot up schools? https://t.co/wG9ddkY6op
- Wed, 23:54: Heal the World https://t.co/0LiLLDvdCQ https://t.co/ATir8tMb0u
- Thu, 11:57: The War on Christmas started with George Washington. Is a surprise attack on mercenaries really in the spirit of the season? </ul
|Wednesday, November 18th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 17th, 2015|
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- Mon, 15:27: Snicket Snoops https://t.co/skMpFI7sTQ https://t.co/TfA167DP1w
- Mon, 22:11: Beth's Birthday Blowout https://t.co/SHniCaAiiD
- Tue, 10:10: If terrorists hadn't posed as refugees, they probably would have posed as something else. No reason to shut out actual refugees.
- Tue, 10:10: RT @dafloydsta: [press conference] "Do you believe that perhaps it was a mistake to cross the road?" *chicken leans into mic* "BOK"
- Tue, 10:18: Maniac Manson #gametypotuesday
- Tue, 10:19: RT @ChristmasTruck: .@EmmaBunton Someone found the @ChristmasTruck🎅🏼 https://t.co/lozmwKH08Q
- Tue, 10:25: I'm really more concerned about whatever people got HIV FROM Charlie Sheen.
- Tue, 10:48: RT @cwobrad: My only problem with taking in refugees is housing. If you can house refugees why can't you house the homeless already here?
- Tue, 10:55: RT @fmarciuliano: It was always the plan... https://t.co/tfDWlXclMK
- Tue, 10:56: RT @davenolan17: Super Mario Worries #GameTypoTuesday https://t.co/e8DM1q2LPV
|Monday, November 16th, 2015|
|Beth's Birthday Blowout
On Thursday night, Beth and I went to see Michael Ian Black do a stand-up special at John Jay College. This was pretty soon after Family Guy
made fun of him, and he also mentioned the Penguin from Batman Returns
during the show. Coincidences abound when you care to look for them. Beth has commented before on how much she identifies with his jokes about married life, like how long-term couples fight so much because they've run out of things to talk about. The thing is, a lot of his humor is based on making totally audacious and offensive statements with an obvious heavy dose of sarcasm, but it just seems obvious to me that he's not being serious. Maybe it's because I've seen him a few times and am familiar with his humor; I don't know how I'd feel going into it with no warning. I was just thinking about this in light of how many stories there are about liberal comedians being lambasted by other liberals for making jokes about certain subjects, even if it's pretty clear they're actually on the same side. Then I think of how people like Mike Huckabee and his good-ol'-boy preacher ilk refuse to ever directly say marriage is anything but a blessing from above, but then make jokes about how dumb or annoying their wives are. It's like, I know it's meant to be a joke, but it just really seems like you don't think much of your wife. But then, in a fundamentalist marriage, wives presumably aren't meant to be respected.
On Saturday night, we went to a birthday party in Queens for our friend Dave, whose actual birthday was the day before that. Beth's birthday was yesterday, and mine is on Wednesday. Scorpios of a feather flock together, or something like that. Today, Tavie and Sean took us out to dinner for our birthdays, and we ate at Heartland Brewery in the Empire State Building. They have good cheeseburgers there. We've never actually tried their beer, but I'm not into that anyway. Beth does like beer, but doesn't have any particular type she favors. At the party on Saturday, I did try a hard apple cider, and it was good. I usually just don't much like the taste of alcoholic beverages.
We've been meaning to go to the Bronx Zoo sometime, since we can get a free membership with a city ID, but only if we apply by the end of the year. It seems like we can never get up early enough, since it's a two-hour subway ride to get there and they close pretty early. There are closer zoos in the city, but you have to apply at the one in the Bronx to become members of the other ones. Current Mood: anxious
- Sun, 18:28: A Chick in Pope’s Clothing https://t.co/NvcIndKNRE https://t.co/gfeKr84Lyo
- Sun, 21:00: RT @Yoshi1up: Linkle riding a giant cock.jpg https://t.co/vFpZy0FkKv
- Sun, 21:06: Can a bombing strike on a group not centered in any particular place ever really be effective?
- Sun, 23:00: Doorbusters? I ain't afraid of no doors!
- Sun, 23:57: RT @Crazy_Canuckian: "Take Good Care Of My Baby" is my favorite song about kidnapping babies...
- Mon, 00:01: RT @NorseMythNews: The rare & elusive Horselepiglion https://t.co/ZEHf2ipcKA
- Mon, 09:17: RT @Prof_Hinkley: Phil Columns https://t.co/G3lzX4FO3T
- Mon, 09:18: RT @linnyitssn: These GOP idiots want to attack Iran because of Isis which makes just as much sense as attacking the UK in 1944 to stop Hit…
- Mon, 10:26: I was actually never cool enough for school.
- Mon, 10:27: RT @NorseMythNews: I'm totally going to have nightmares about evil bunnies. https://t.co/VylWEQx63V
|Sunday, November 15th, 2015|
|Saturday, November 14th, 2015|