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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Star Trek Apartment

A lifetime ago when the husband and I were looking for our first apartment together, we almost moved into an apartment in the East Village that looked a little bit like the one featured on www.ny.curbed.com on August 6. 2010.
Well, maybe "looked-like" is an exaggeration. It was a rental and it certainly did not have fancy tiles or premium finishes. But the concept was the same: form & function. It had elevations and stairs/sitting areas that featured hidden storage. It was a great use of space.
It felt a bit futuristic to me so I christen it the "Star Trek" apartment.
Truth is the apartment was probably more akin to the interior of a sailing boat than a spaceship.
Anyway, it left an impression on me. It showed problem solving and creativity at its best.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday This & That (Creepy Edition)

Gotta love Iggy Pop. In high school my friend Maja and I used to see him perform at the Ritz, and it was always a great show. That man has spunk. Rebecca Mead captured a brief vignette of the Godfather of Punk for this week's New Yorker titled appropriately Torso.
All I have to say is that I don't like wearing socks either. Find the piece at: www.newyorker.com.

The dilemma of government. The New York Landmark commission removed another obstacle facing the building of the Islamic center near Ground Zero. Many people are very upset about the Mosque being built. But as the Mayor pointed out, freedom of religion, a basic principle of this country, is being observed, despite the fact that popular opinion dissents.
Similarly California's Prop 8 was overruled. Despite the fact Prop 8 came to be through popular vote. I am not big on organized religion, but big on equality, so I agree with both developments, but I know that many do not. What to think about that I don't know. I know it creeps me out. Just like underwear creeps out Iggy Pop.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Open Barn

When I was a kid my friend Claudia and I used to help a farmer with the milking of the dairy cows and in return he let us ride the farm's pony. (Yes, I am from a Pony Country ;)
This was a small farm and the cows did spend much doors outside. If you consume dairy, I think you should get it from a small/independent/ family farm that treats their livestock decently.
Ronny Brook Farm is having an Open House this Sunday, you can find out more by visiting: www.ronnybrook.com.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday This & That (Lifestyle Edition)

Vegan Appetizers/Snacks. We had a wonderful exclusively vegan menu at our Belizean wedding - courtesy of my talented Father-in-Law ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Who knew? Chelsea Clinton is a vegan. Read about her wedding menu at: www.slashfood.com.
David Segal wrote an interesting and thought provoking article titled Is Italy too Italian? for The New York Times, find it by clicking here.
And I remain a committed fan of Elizabeth Gilbert's non-fiction work.
That's all for today folks ;). Have a good Sunday.