Monthly Archives: November 2006

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Silver Bells

Twenty-five years ago today, my twenty-year old sister got married. Her husband suggested that she try him out for 50 years and then decide, a very generous version of the test drive. Halfway through the trial period, I am pleased to announce that they are still married. They have...

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On the Eve of Construction

When I arrived home, I noticed that the scaffolding used by the brick grinders was conspicuous by its absence (yay!) but had been replaced with a giant skip full of old roof chunks, and the work wasn’t done yet (boo!). In fact, they’ll be right back. When I picked...

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Escape from New York

San Francisco is a city. Los Angeles is a city. New York is a city on crack*. It’s speedy, speedy, speedy all the time. It’s insanely crowded. It’s not just the city that never sleeps, it’s the city that never stops. New Yorkers must be an incredibly tough breed...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Q: How does a girl who’s 3,000 miles from her family spend Thanksgiving? A: In a more or less traditional manner. This morning, I read the papers in my bijou hotel room with the 80th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the flat-screen TV, while sipping room service coffee and...

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Dead from New York!

It’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! When the day’s duties were done*, my colleague Ken and I repaired to the charming village where he lives. It’s just 30 minutes by train from Grand Central Station, but a world away. It’s also where Washington Irving had his delightful cottage overlooking the Hudson...

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Live from New York!

It’s Suzy! Starring the Not Ready to Get Up So Damn Early to Work Suzy! “Hmmm, these bagels are good, though.” Spent the day yesterday having meetings and doing my off-Broadway performance of Faux Adult. “Despite countless repeat performances of “Grown-Up”, Suzy’s most famous role by far, there is...

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Work in Progress

At first, I thought the construction site across the street had decided to get up close and personal. Turns out the purpose of this endeavor is to find and correct the leaks that cause my kitchen floor to mildly flood whenever it rains. The workers have been at it...

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The Impatient Patient

Well, my results weren’t quite as good as these. I expected the wiretap to reveal that my heart was about the size of a pre-reformation Grinch’s and as lazy as the rest of me. Turns out that my heart is the only overachieving part of my slothful self, racing...

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Street Seen

The abandoned sofabed on my street, missing its cushions, is opened to a bed this morning. A young man calls to a girl on a bicycle, ?You have to finish telling me about your drugged out professor!? as she rides away laughing. She waves as she disappears around the...

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Just Desserts

It wasn’t all bad, despite Hotel Hell (yes, I diid get my deposit back) and the Tigers’ heartbreaking World Series loss. For once, I had a non-Chevy, non-blinding blue rental car. It was a white Pontiac Grand Prix (at least Pontiac is a city in Michigan) and not at...

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