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Thursday, March 25, 2004
 
I am brie!

You are a cheese with a complex flavor. Your moods are affected by your current environments. You are sophisticated and mature but sometimes a little superstitious.
Cheese Test: What type of cheese are you?

thanks to Da*Xiang

PS: Sorry that the comments got messed up. To recap... FrenchToastGirl is mozzarella, Lucky is american, and ChubbyKat is parmesan!







Wednesday, March 24, 2004
 
It's interesting how people take lines from the Bible and create their beliefs from them, whilst ignoring others... I thought this little parody site made the point pretty well...God Hates Shrimp (thank you to Margaret Cho for helping me see the light!)






Monday, March 22, 2004
 
Save Tillie Update from Bob Crane

As of Saturday March 20, the State of New Jersey had not announced a decision on the request by Asbury Park's waterfront developers for a permit that will allow the demolition of historic buildings, including the Palace.

That may be about to change.

Our friends at Preservation New Jersey, the state's largest preservation organization, believe State officials may make their decision public before the end of the month.

Furthermore, arguments raised by preservationists at the September public hearing and in the letters sent to the State during the public comment period, we're told, have been totally rejected. If true, Asbury Partners will be free to destroy up to nine of the 11 historic properties located in the waterfront zone, including the Palace and up to three-fifths of the Casino.

If true, the decision also spits in the face of overwhelming public opinion in favor of preservation. Pro-preservation letters to State officials outnumbered those opposed by 783 to 3.

Asked about public opinion, State officials reportedly acknowledged the letters, but claimed to have no specific responsibility to the public and have not asked the developers to respond to public concerns.

It is not hard to see what's happening in Trenton. The governor of New Jersey, James McGreevey, threw his support behind the waterfront plan before this plan was even on paper. The governor's popularity is now falling, and his advisors want him in the forefront of a revitalized Asbury Park, hoping to pump new life into his bid for reelection, as well as sizable campaign contributions. According to
friends and contacts within State government, the Governor is using internal pressure -- including job threats -- to force the plan through the State bureaucracy.

We recently asked to meet with the Governor. Our request was rejected. Instead, Bradley Campbell, McGreevey's lieutenant who is hammering the plan through the bureaucracy, promised us that the plan would be approved only if the State Historic Preservation Office found it acceptable. How shall we say this politely? The State has muzzled, gagged, and blindfolded its own Historic Preservation Office for over a year. If the SHPO signs off on the plan now, it is
because someone is holding a gun to someone's head.

We normally do not pass along information of this sort until it has been confirmed by official action. In this case, however, the information seems solid. We're likely to be very busy if and when the announcement is made and may not be able to communicate immediately, so we want you to be thoroughly up-to-date on what
we're hearing.

Save Tillie is actively participating in a coalition with Preservation New Jersey and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to respond to this crisis. We're also working on plans for saving internal artifacts as well as wall paintings if we reach that point.

As soon as we hear from the State, and have had a few days to work with our coalition partners on a response, we'll be back in touch with details on how everyone can help out.






Thursday, March 18, 2004
 
You know what happens when you wait until the last minute to get tickets? You end up watching Billy Idol through a chainlink fence... Yup, I should have learned my lesson over the summer but noooooo....

I just tried to get tix for tomorrow's Great Big Sea concert and it's sold out. I'm just hoping that it's karma telling me that I should be packing instead, that it's going to be a crappy day with the "snow storm" and all, that I'm supposed to see The Hazmats, or that I'm supposed to see "Sabrina" on the big screen.

Grrrrrr.... I shouldn't have waited. {{{{pout}}}}






 
The Thursday Knights were having a discussion yesterday (I know it was Wednesday but Survivor was switched because of March Madness) about how music gets lost over the years and how sometimes songs that were overplayed at the time of release like "I Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrision are now never heard. And songs that didn't get much attention originally are played constantly... Case in point: Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" which has been played on PLJ every day for the past week.






 
Ok, so I really am not a fan of the actual product but I would go here for the cheese (nay spam) factor. The fact that a spam diner would open in the Philippines and succeed is not a surprise... the number of "potted meat" products in my local Filipino store is amazing. (Trivia: The U.S. state which consumes the most Spam is Hawaii at 3 1/2 times the national average... 6 cans/yr per person)






Tuesday, March 16, 2004
 
Apparently Target has gotten wind of all that business WalMart has been getting with their "Keepsake Design Your Ring"... so now they have their own (by way of Amazon.com). However, instead of a little junky paper box... you get your ring in a "luxury wood box".






 
I just hired the movers... Gawd, this is actually happening. I better pack up alot of stuff this weekend. The average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. Well, I have alot to make up for. If you don't consider college... I have moved 2 times... the first time to the house next door and then to the apartment I'm leaving. This makes it Move #3.






Monday, March 15, 2004
 
This weekend, I reintroduced Lucky to Indian food. We went to Raagini which is a very fancy place. However, not a place that you feel uncomfortable wearing a $6 sweatshirt. The food was scrumptious. I made certain that Lucky's taste buds wouldn't explode and so ordered some extra naan and roti breads along with a side of cucumber raita dipping sauce for cooling. We ended up switching entrees since mine wasn't as spicy as I had hoped... they said chiles. I thought that meant heat! Dessert brought me back to my childhood... milk dumplings in honey sauce. My dad's best friend was from India and his wife would make these each time we visited.






 
I'm proud of my mom... Yesterday she gave me a little recital. You see, she just started taking cello lessons last month. For 47 years, it's been her dream to play and now she is. Right now, it's "Twinkle twinkle" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb". She gets this look of concentration and happiness when she plays. Yo-Yo Ma watch out... Yo Ma Ma's in town.






 
Well, so far Howard Stern has not officially been charged by the FCC but you know it will be happening. An interesting fact in the paper today... The FCC received 530,885 indecency complaints so far this year. But 530,828 were from Janet Jackson's Super Bowl bust out. Total remaining complaints -- 57. Yah, Americans must really hate shock radio (not like HS is even shock any more but that's beside the point).






Friday, March 12, 2004
 
Mmm... donuts?






 


As I am packing up stuff, I am finding stuff that I haven't seen in years. However, I have not seen my original Haring doodle yet. I thought I had kept it safe in an art book but apparently not. Where is it?

It's not that big of a piece of art. Just a 6x8 piece of heavy paper with a dog doodle. Signed but not dated. However, there might be proof of it on film... In 1986/7, I won this art contest that Channel 13 put on. All the winners got to see their artwork displayed in its lobby and get to hear Keith Haring speak (I missed out on Big Bird's appearance). I asked him a few questions and he did the doodle for me. The punk girl in front of me actually had her denim jacket drawn on (I wasn't as cool).

I'm older than he was when he died. Life goes on.






 
FRIDAY FIVE
1. What was the last song you heard? The Monroes - What Do All The People Know

2. What were the last two movies you saw? Dark City and Whale Rider

3. What were the last three things you purchased? A skirt from CBGB's, gasoline, and pizza

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? Eat pancakes at the FoodBank fundraiser, paint signs for the Blue Jean Ball, pack, go to the Sugarloaf Craft Fair

5. Who are the last five people you talked to? My co-workers






Thursday, March 11, 2004
 
Here's info regarding that story about the new twenties and the microwave.






Wednesday, March 10, 2004
 


They say when two people move in, they should actually have some things that are shared. A new photo, piece of furniture, something that commemorates the new beginning. That is why Lucky is going to help me purchase this chair. {{{{dreaming}}}}






 
Paul Winfield died Sunday. I always liked him, he was another Michael Caine... you know the kind of actor who acted. No matter what the gig... That's why when the news station mentioned his death they ran a snippet of "Mars Attacks." My personal favorite resumé filler... being the Magic Mirror on "The Charmings."

PS: Spalding, may you find where you're swimming towards.






Tuesday, March 09, 2004
 
As it is now official on FTG's website... I can now announce that I am now the proud aunt of twins Peter and Angela... I saw them on Wednesday about 3 hours before they were born. All is well (even though they are 10 weeks early).






 
Finally I have 2 new diner reviews. I have to find my notes on the one FTG joined us for so that's still missing.






 
Interesting that I have been to 3 of the four towns that are now doing same-sex marriages (never been to OR)... congrats to Asbury Park making the waves... Hmmm... is Cape May or P-town next?






Friday, March 05, 2004
 
It's Lent... you know what that means... lapsed Catholics can walk to the K of C to get some great fish and chips and a bucket of Rolling Rocks. YAY!

This weekend I will be starting to put together the decorating of the FoodBank's largest fundraiser, the Blue Jean Ball. This year's theme is "Gold Rush"... And somehow I will start packing with even more fervor. Honestly, I am panicking about this move. It's kinda like when I graduated college and would say "hi" to acquaintences in the quad knowing I'd never see them again. That apartment has been my friend for 10 years.

Maybe I'll get a chance to see a movie to relax a bit. Last week we borrowed Dark City and it was great (Lucky got to look at Jennifer Connolly... I got RiffRaff). Maybe a foreign film... where I'm moving, the video stores think Bruce Lee is a foreign film actor.






Wednesday, March 03, 2004
 
On Friday, Lucky and I went to the Stone Pony's Birthday Party Part I... we ended up missing Pat DiNizio perform since we needed to grab a nosh (ended up in a stripmall liquor store/irish tavern/sushi place in Neptune where I had a delish turkey burger served with jack cheese and sweet potato fries... a total gastro-surprise!) but ended up rubbing elbows with him at the merchandise booth... My god, can that guy smooze.

Anyways, Soozie was great (no Mrs. Special Guest) and Glen Burtnik's keyboard player was the guy from Spiralling (you know the one who had the same piano teacher as me).







Tuesday, March 02, 2004
 
I am the Lorax
You are the Lorax!


Which Dr. Seuss Character Are You?
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It's the Seusstennial!



Today would have been Theodore Geisel's 100th birthday (He died in 1991). When I was in high school, I wanted to write about him for my American Literature class but I soon discovered that people don't really write about you until you're dead... I ended up writing about Ogden Nash.






Monday, March 01, 2004
 
You won't hear this often from me.... I wish I lived in Chicago.






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