Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Full Speed Ahead

Just when I was starting to get pissed at the weather (me and Mother Nature are totally still in a fight) and feeling lonely in this fair metropolis of mine two words have freed me from my mildly cold prison of solitude. The two words I wait for every year. The two words I couldn't wait to speak as truth when I turned in my commuter pass for apartment keys. The two words that were part of the reason I was excited to live on the West Side. Yes my friends, it is FLEET WEEK!

For those of you who don't know, Fleet Week occurs around every Memorial Day weekend in NYC.

Here is what a press release from the people who run The Intrepid (a sea and space museum) says:

"In honor of the men and women who serve in the United States military and their families, the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum announce its participation in and co-hosting of New York CityƂ’s 18th Annual Fleet Week celebration May 25th to June 1st. Many of the exciting Fleet Week activities that have become synonymous with the event will be staged at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum on 12th Avenue & West 46th Street, with others scheduled throughout the five boroughs of New York."

Ok, that's all fine and good and mostly true. But they neglect to mention the hundreds of cute little Navy boys that will be wandering the city in their cute little white outfits looking to have good time. CUTE NAVY BOYS! Cute Navy boys that have spent months on ships without cute girls (I understand most of the amazingly brave and fantastic women of our Navy do leave a bit to be desired in the sex appeal department). This is like the single girls Christmannakawanzza.

While Sex and the City over glamourize this event, it is still a fantastic time. Now, while I indeed do not plan on losing any form of integrity this weekend I do plan on having a good time, kicking off the festivities Thursday evening. What to wear? Oh, this is where Mother Nature better take some Pamprin so I can ship out my fun summertime wardrobe that gives me the confidence to step up to plate during the annual event.

You may wonder what I did last year during Fleet Week.Unfortunatelyy, I was chained to my desk job and then on a final road trip with my free car that had only a few precious weeks left on its lease. While I enjoyed that weekend immensely, I can't help but think that it would have been just a tad better if I hung out with some sexy sailors.

All that said, beauty sleep and a clean room are essential. Wish me luck on my so serious of missions.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bono has my purple umbrella

So I went to see U2 at the Garden on Saturday night. It was great, went by in like two seconds and I loved every minute of it. Bono has the energy of a 5-year-old with ADD that just ate seven candy bars and whose Mom took his Rittalin so that she can keep up. Seriously.

Here is the set list:City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo / Rockaway Beach (snippet), Elevation, The Cry, The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet), An Cat Dubh, Into The Heart, Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet), Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet) / New York New York (snippet), Running To Stand Still, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, Oneencores: Zoo Station, The Fly / Jean Genie (snippet), Mysterious Ways, Original Of The Species, All Because Of You, Yahweh, Vertigo

Yes, they played Vertigo twice, which I am guessing they did because they are U2 and they can do that.

Just for fun, you can compare the set list to last time I saw them:Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until The End Of The World, Mysterious Ways, Kite, Gone, New York, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday / Get Up Stand Up (snippet), In My Life (snippet) / , Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, In A Little While, Desire, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Bad / Wild Horses (snippet) / 40 (snippet), Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love)encores: Bullet The Blue Sky, With Or Without You, The Fly, One, Walk On

Both were awesome experiences and I will never forget them, especially because I left my Duane Reade purple umbrella under my chair at the Garden. Bono, that was just for you. Stay dry my friend.

Raindrops keep falling on Bono's head. Now he has my umbrella to stay dry. You're welcome Bono. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Today was glorious my friends. I finished the internship and I really truly think I am going to miss it there. Odd huh? The girls were so nice and said really nice things as I left! And they gave me PRESENTS! Who doesn't love those?So after the clunky old disc man broke I decided that today was the day. I am officially on or off the wagon (however you use that expression, I don't get it). I got an iPod. A mini one at that. And it's dainty and blue. And I don't know how to use it all. iTunes is about as easy as navigating a labyrinth while trying to spin plates on your head. None of my songs seem to be named so I have a lot of guessing to do. I have like, 9, Track 01's.On a better note, I think this means I'm in a club or something now. People tend to get noticed on craigslist missed connexctions with these things. Seeing as that is my ultimate goal, to have a missed connection posted about myself so I can immeditaley ridicule the person wh posted it, I think that I am moving in the right direction. Anyway, more iPoddery to take care of. Peace out!

Ain't it purty? Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 01, 2005

I left my heart...

and $114 at the Target in Queens. Again, one of my crazy schemes went awry. I convinced TD* to come on mission impossible to Queens because her contact solution was on sale. She swallowed the hook.

It took us two hours to get there. Apparently The V and the R lines had their periods and didn't want to run properly. It one hour, we travelled to 57th St, down to 34th St, back to 57th st and then we were off and running to Queens. Where we had to change again. We almost had to get on the G train. Has anyone ever taken this train, if so let me know, I would love to discuss.

Why I love Target:

It has like 18 million things you never though you needed.

Here is the list of items I purchased yesterday:

1. 4 blue plates with pretty rings on them (they were on sale)
2. 20 rolls of toilet paper (on sale)
3. 2 packs of Hanes little boy undershirts (aka wife beaters) for a total of 8 undershirts - They are completely see through, hence, useless.
4. shaving gel, target brand (to save the extra 20 cents)
5. A green t-shirt that says "this is my party shirt" in yellow letters
6. A blue t-shirt for Jackie
7. A green tiered cotton skort that I thought was a skirt when I bought it
8. socks, pack of 3
9. The Princess Bride on DVD (probably my only valid purchase of the day)
10. white flip flops that are going to get dirty in about 3 minutes in this city

I almost bought at iPod, but no one came to electronics to help me. Boo Target, you lost a sale on a VERY impulsive shopper.

All in all it was a fruitful day. I am wearing some Hanes now and locking myself in my apartment so I don't spend any more money.

*name has been changed to protect her career. TD=Tiny Dancer