Thursday, October 28, 2010

Milestones of Change

They posted my position at work today. I'll admit that I cried. Just a teeny tiny bit. Fairfax, you better not suck.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Idiot Box

One of the things that little and I do together is watch TV shows together while on the phone. No, it's not the most interactive activity in the world, but it's always good to hear her laugh or to ask what that line we missed was, and it's also good to have a core of shows that we both have in common and have watched. So, hooray for the idiot box and bringing us closer together!

Our weekly docket looks like this:
How I Met Your Mother

One per weekday, though our schedule usually doesn't follow that.

All of the shows except for Glee are basically comedies. How I Met Your Mother is perhaps on there due to inertia: it's been six seasons, and we still haven't met the mother. The characters are entertaining though, especially Neil Patrick Harris's, and it hasn't gotten old yet.

Chuck has gotten a lot better now that he and the lady are together. No Scrubs *will they won't they* for eight years. Some of that, and then they will. Good. There's other drama. Again, that's mainly a character and comedy show, since the plot really isn't too engaging.

Castle is there only because of Nathan Fillion and his relationship with the other characters. He's really the awesomest guy, ever. The plots are usually too predictable, though it seems like they're doing better this season.

Community is just too much fun.

Glee, I am worried, is becoming too formulaic. The first half and the second half of last season seemed to mirror each other. Road to Sectionals, Road to Regionals, etc. They're social outcasts, they have to deal with budget cuts and Sue, etc. Don't worry, I'm nowhere near abandoning it, because I have such a love for musical theater that they could basically repeat the first season over and over again with new songs and I would keep watching. It's a new season too, so who knows where they'll go with it.

On top of these, I have recently discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oh Joss Wheadon, how I love you. Also, there's Alyson Hannigan, who, according to a 'celebrity look alike' generator, is the celebrity I most look like. I know. I tried several pictures, and she kept coming up first. Yes, even the pictures with the beard. Who knew.

What are you all currently addicted to?

Friday, October 8, 2010

New York

Last weekend I made my first trip to New York City, and I figured I would write a couple things about it. My good friend Alex was in Connecticut for some interviewings, and figured that a trip to New York was warranted. I agreed to meet him.

One thing I learned this trip is that one can get to New York relatively painlessly via bus for less than twenty dollars. Sure, it's five hours; but that really isn't all that long. So I left DC at 11:30 and arrived somewhere around 4:30ish.

First thought: The New Yorker hotel was very cool. Granted, painfully expensive, but still, very cool.

Alex and I, staying in mid Manhattan, decided to venture north to Times Square, Broadway, and Central Park. It's all very shiny. There are probably more LCD screens lining Broadway than I've seen all other places combined. Wicked was playing, but there's no chance in hell we were going to get tickets, and nothing else really jumped out at us. We got pictures near the Late Show with David Letterman sign, which was cool. We did some walking around Central Park and eventually ended up seeing the MET. There was a huge Egyptian exhibit there which I had heard about on the bus, so we decided to venture in. That's a really huge place. We got done with what we had thought was the Egyptian exhibit, only to discover there was even more!

It was nearing 8:30 or 9:00 PM, and at this point I hadn't had anything to eat other than a pastry in DC and a handful of Frosted Mini Wheats when I woke up. So I was hungry and sugar crashing, so food was necessary. We asked the lady at the information desk, and she pointed us to a nearby Italian restaurant. We wanted Italian, and it was listed as cheap.

Cheap must mean something different in New York, for the total for two dishes (of really, very good Ravs)and two sides of mashed potatoes, and two glasses of wine (mine was even a tiny momosa!) came to $90+, including tip. For a $ restaurant! God forbid a $$$$... I was expecting something along the lines of the Pie Hole, for instance. But it was tasty, we had some good dinner conversation with a fellow tourist, and headed to Greenwich village.

Once we got there, we (well, for me) began the search for a bathroom, since the restaurant we were at didn't have one I could see. We found one in Starbucks which had an absurd line, and none in many of the other places we went into, and finally stopped at Whole Foods (which had a bathroom, but no toilet paper...). We were there just as they were closing, but we got that done.

We then ventured towards actual Greenwich village (we were in Union Square) searching for a good bar. After help from a kind lady, we found the Knickerbocker, which was a fairly upscale Bar and Steak place (I think). They had a Jazz duo playing, one on the piano and one on the banjo. It was a very good atmosphere. We had new beers by Blue Point and Brooklyn breweries, which were solid, if nothing special.

Then we ventured back to the hotel.

After we checked out and got breakfast the next day, I had some waiting between Alex leaving and me leaving. During that time, there was another search for a bathroom. One Starbucks simply didn't have a public restroom, the Dunkin Donuts I finally found had one, that was out of order, and finally, McDonalds came through (with the most disgusting bathroom yet!)

Bus ride back was much more cramped, but still not bad. Did I mention the buses were equipped with free wifi? Yeah, that was pretty cool.

What I learned was - Getting to New York is easy! Finding a bathroom on the other hand, is not.