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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fur Coat & Pants

The Most Amazing Larry
© Jeff Cate

Looking to socialize or train your dog? Or maybe you simply need doggy daycare?
If you are in downtown Manhattan give www.furcoatandpants.com a try.
This service was started by my friend Terry who turned his personal experience & love for pets into a caring and professional company - (licensed, insured and bonded!).
Terry's dog Larry (he did not name him, it's a coincidence!) is one of the sweetest and well adjusted pets I have ever encountered, and I think all the credit goes to Terry.
Before we found our cat sitter, travelling was always complicated. It meant imposing on friends (I'm still so grateful to y'all) and sometimes having five different friends stop by to cover our entire absence. With work and family & friends all over the globe we cannot escape travel. The luxury of being able to hire someone trustworthy, competent & loving to take care of our furballs changed our life and the way we travel.
I can only imagine having a dog is even more complicated.
Fur Coats & Pants may be able to help. You can reach Fur Coats & Pants at 212.929.4828 or visit their website: www.furcoatandpants.com.
PS: It's all in the family: Nymphoto's Melanie Oswald (Melanie among other things posts our Saturday Go-Go Gadgets feature) did the Fur Coats & Pants website & my friend Jeff did all the photography, pretty neat huh? See more of Jeff's work at www.jeffcate.com.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Notes from The Gym (It's Like A Wes Anderson Film)

This year I joined and learned to love the gym. I don't like when people tell me what to do and I am not a follower. Thus classes never worked well for me and I found it hard to stay committed. Now I work out by myself (or with the husband) and I really enjoy it. I get into a zone and it can be incredibly meditative and most importantly I feel great.
My gym is mellow and I am entertained by all the different characters (the Walkman is not obsolete technology in my gym universe). I wish I was a better writer, so that with great wit I could capture the many regular protagonist found at my gym: The leggy blond with the beautiful long hair who brings all the fans she can find and positions them around her before she starts running or the guy who will always loudly grunt and then yell to himself at the top of his lungs: "Come on" and "You can do this", motivating everyone to run that extra mile-- and my all time favorite (and the one that kinda grosses me out): the girl that eats on the treadmill. Yesterday she reached a new height: She had split pea soup on the treadmill - with croutons. Seriously.
Maybe she is under the impression that if she eats at the gym the food has no calories. I don't know.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday NYC Love Letter

Manhattan in the 80's ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

I heart New York, I really do.
My friend S. recently said, how she thought London was having a moment but that New York would have a moment again too.
I moved to New York during the peak of the crack & crime wave. I went to school at the edge of midtown and I hung out downtown. Fortunately nothing bad ever happend to me in New York. When I first moved here someone stole my backpack. I learned quickly and to this day you won't be catching me not holding or maintaining contact with my bag while out. There are other behaviors you adopt when you live in a big city (you'll also never catch me in high heels walking home alone late at night) and they probably helped me stay safe. Sheer luck of course is the other reason.

The City & I © Buesing

I have always felt comfortable in New York. It's like a good marriage, even during the bad times, you know that you will get through it.
Anyway, I started this post wanting to write about a few things happening in New York (so much to do & see!), but I guess it turned (yet again) into another mini-New York love letter.
Oh well.
Our friend Ben, a 'native', just finished working on one of his love letters to the city. I can't wait to see Downtown Calling. Take a sneak peek at the film : www.downtowncalling.com.
PS: Don't forget to vote today!