Friday, May 22, 2015

Finished new short story but am afraid to read it! - What should I eat?

These are the Hall Brothers - cough cought - who live on a nearby street. I accidentally called it Limekiln Pike but it's more like Limestone Road.

I was desperate to find someone to trim the shrubs in the back yard. I'd driven all over the neighborhood looking for Mailman Ken and discovered his truck on Division Avenue.

But where was Ken?

Two kids were mowing a lawn across the street.

Holy cow! Sure enough, they were for sale. I gave em my name and phone number and they actually called me.

Today when I ran after Mailman Ken, he said to me "I have a new title for your short story."

Yeah, I said, watching him chewing gum.

"Stalking Mailman Ken."

Not very nice, of course, but I know I brighten up his day. I put him in my newest short story "The Last Lawn Party" which I finished before I went to Scott's for our nap.

We watched a lousy movie called A Little Romance with Sir Laurence Olivier playing a pickpocket. I've gotta read how it ends. Sally Kellerman played a very nasty American. The story was set in Paris and Italy.

It received rave reviews. 

Emailed Alan Kerr, editorial page editor of The Intell, asking if I could write a Letter to the Editor about "May is Older American's Month," per an online email I got from Sen Stewart Greenleaf, and Fran Hazam of MHASP. 

Alan said he'd be out of the office next week but would make sure his replacement received it, so I quick-wrote it as I wanted Alan to get it.

Didn't take long to write and I read it to Freda Samuels, whose name I used in the piece.

When I bounced downstairs in my pink diabetic socks, shorts and tank top, I said to myself, I'm so happy. Why am I happy?

B/c I was writing!

I also believe GARLIC makes me happy. Minced garlic I add to my morning eggs.

Image result for garlicThe goal was to leave home at 2:15 for the Free Friday Movie at the Huntingdon Valley Library.

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The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch who played Paul Turing, one of the inventors of the Enigma, the code that cracked the Nazis messages and allegedly lessened WW Two by two years. 

Now that was a fine movie. I had drunk a lot of coffee while writing my short story.... you know that huge $5 Starbucks bottle I showed you earlier.

I'd adulterated with lots of water and ice, but drank and drank.... I like to drink while writing.... and listened to Brahms and Fleetwood Mac (too much talking) and during the last five minutes of the film, I was nodding off.

Ruthie! If you don't keep your eyes open, you won't know how it ends.

In the nice weather, I like to sit on my red couch in the living room with the door open. And listen to WXPN.

Image result for wxpn mijune Morning host Mikaela Mijoun - sp? -  is leaving. She'll go back to the West Coast. Are they firing her or is it her choice?

Regina Lasko and Harry Joseph Letterman on the ‘Late Show.’

Last nite, Charlie Rose did a wrap-up of David Letterman's THIRTY-THREE YEARS on television. Here's his wife Regina - is that correct - and his famous son Harry, who my sister Donna told me about.

Any ideas what I should eat?

Popcorn... I can't control myself.

An egg with garlic?

Hmmm, I might overdose with happiness.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Part Two - The High Line - I finally advance on my iPhone

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I successfully checked my emails. And I called Sarah who was just getting out of her Spanish class.

Our day is called Ship and Shore. The shore part was the High Line.

After lunch it's time for the Ship part.

We go for a two-hour cruise on the Hudson River narrated by a brilliant architect historian.

One amazing thing he tells us is that NYC has plans for a MILLION MORE PEOPLE. The infrastructure is ready. We passed a sewage treatment plant which you'll view later on. And they have plenty of water.

First thing I did when I drove home from the trip was to water my new plantings. The seeds are coming up very nicely.

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So, we're on this beautiful boat called Manhattan sailing along.

Boating is my favorite thing.

  In the paddle boat at Lake Galena.

 View from de boat.
 Still dunno what that polyhedron shaped bldg is. Just made up that shape.
This, I believe, are towers for either the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel, and on the opposite side, are the NJ towers. It's all about fresh air and getting rid of the carbon monoxide.
Building after building flowed past.
Which side is this? New York or New Jersey? Dig the foamy waves.


 Removed myself from the boat interior and went to stand on the deck, camera in hand. The fresh air was glorious!
 Every building is a beaut!
Dyou spose this is the new Frank Gehry bldg? If so, it's the largest residential bldg in the USA.

I'll tell you right now. It is NOT the Frank Gehry bldg.  

Image result for frank gehry manhattan    Listen, don't believe a thing I said.

Let's just cruise along, forget the nomenclature, and enjoy the ride.



Follow this woman and her Nikon Camera.

She doesn't need a pocketbook b/c she's wearing this fisherman's vest. Pockets galore! It was only $25 she told me but couldn't remember what outlet she bought it at. Not Model's, she said. Dick's Sporting Goods? Hey, I think they're gone.

 I kept running from one side of the deck to the other.
 Ellis Island.
The foamy deep



 Old fort.
 They build as close to the shore as possible b/c of the limited amount of land. They also build up the land near the shore with 'landfill.'
 So many bridges over troubled waters!  Remember BMW, said the guide. Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge.
 The appetizers were great!

 Some sort of tram bringing residents from Tribeca to Manhattan.

 Still Life:  Pensive bartender about to get his nose backhanded by dissatisfied passenger.



 Big difference, said the guide, between the vegetation on the Jersey side vs Manahatta side. That word means Land of Many Hills, in Lenni-Lenape, who a millennia ago lived in my back yard.
Atop a very tall Manahatta hill I spotted these two tiny creatures.
We have no idea what these bldgs are, do we, Reader?


 Thanks to the bartender for my delicious cup of hot coffee.
 Lighthouse was gonna be destroyed. Then a children's book was written about it. Publicity! The Lighthouse remains.

Me on deck photographing the inside of the boat.


There were two "heads." The one I used had a leaky faucet, which I mentioned to Captain Malcolm.

Below are some gifts I bought. 

 Earrings are $10.
 This Bangladesh-made blouse featured unusual sunscreened trees done in Brooklyn.
Magnets and postcards of..... THE HIGH LINE.

 In the Chelsea Marketplace was a water fall. Methinks it looks like the blood pouring out of the dead meat carcasses.
 Artists showed their wares here. View from the top of the stairs.

Help.... help....she called as she fell ....
Kenna is her plaid shirt.

It was in here that I called Sarah and spoke a couple of minutes.

 Kenna and I bought lovely earrings made by Genevieve. Her French name reveals her French roots.
 She and two friends own this boutique, which they only have about three days a week. It rents for $800 but she said they do quite well.
This gentleman owns a lovely men's fashion boutique.

See my iPhone on the right.

 A woman with a huge smile sold leftover parts of you name it.
 Posters of NY scenes.
I loved this colorful poster of brownstones.

Ah, here's our guide.

Nightie-night all!