NY Life

An NYCWTF excerpt

This is a true story. It actually comes from my book NYCWTF which is all 100% true stories. But I was just thinking about this one so I am posting it here, as well. Go buy the book and make my publisher think it was a marketing strategy. My doorbell rang. I wondered who was ringing my bell around 2 a.m., decided it had to be a drunk, and so I ignored it. Then it rang again. Well, fine, if you want me to answer the door I guess I can tell a drunk to go away. I looked through the peephole and there was a woman who did not look especially drunk. So I opened the door. “Can I help you?” “You like movie?” “Excuse me? No, what, huh, not interested, thanks.” “I have movie not made yet. I…

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My Problems With Star Wars

Recently I got gifted the complete Star Wars on blu-ray. I’ve always had a strange relationship with Star Wars films. Empire Strikes Back is to blame for Scooby-Doo being ruined for me*. For example. But overall I think they can be a lot of silly fun. Except… The first movie is kinda shit. Now here’s the thing – I never saw it in the theater so watching it all fancy and high def like that was amazing. It looked wonderful – with a few exceptions. Most of those were the newer added scene, which still don’t visually fit and throw you off-kilter. Also the mattes… look I know this was done when they were inventing the technology being used and I forgive the special effects for looking like they were done, well, exactly when they were done. That’s no problem….

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NY-PDX: The rest

Welcome back! No, really, I feel kinda bad. I wanted to update about the trip west every night but we’d get in after 12+ hours in the car and I just couldn’t face it, somehow. But now we’re here and all and I guess it is time to spin the magic time wheel back and look at what went on. Tuesday we waited for the guys to come and haul the last stuff out of the apartment so we could get on the road. They were supposed to show between 8-10 and that normal means 9:30. We were gonna be on the road by maybe 11, since we had 12 hours to Chicago. They showed up at almost noon. After they were done we loaded the car. Except the car didn’t want to hold as much as we thought it…

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NYC to PDX – start

The movers were supposed to show up at 9am. At 8am, when they arrived, I was still asleep. So, putting on pants at speed, we went over all the paperwork. That’s when I saw they tried to give me a total insurance coverage of 3500. That’s it. For my entire move. Seems the full (very much more) coverage got forgotten. So there were calls and a bit of stressed yelling. They started to work. Now a bunch of stuff isn’t going in the move, I’ll get back to that, but since there hadn’t been time before they got there to finish moving some stuff around flat surfaces not going were quickly receptacles for stray bits that were also not going. Which meant there were no flat surfaces left to sit on. Anyway, the movers themselves were champs. They didn’t slow…

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Witness!

I’M LEAVING NEW YORK

On Monday, I’ll be 38. It was a while back that I realized shit needed to change. Part of that was me living in NY. I grew up here. I’ve lived here most of my life with tiny stints in other locations. I’ll always be a NY’er. But trying to make a living freelance writing and editing while living in NY is one of those things, that… well it’s doable, but rarely happily doable. You have to take a lot of gigs you despise, and even the cost of living here is sort of fucked up. So it comes down to that most important of things: Quality of life issues. With that in mind, I started to seek out a plan that would let me improve my quality of life, overall. I found I was starting to, just at the…

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The Wrongest Number

So while having lunch today my phone went off. A text message from a number not in my contact list. Fine, happens, not strange. And I look. And it is directions and times for a funeral for someone whose name I do not know. And I look. And I think. I mean I’ve known a lot of people. This could be someone I forgot. Maybe this was a friend. But search my brain as I might I couldn’t place it. And so as I sat there, staring at this message, I realized this was the worst case of wrong number in a long time. So I had to reply. I asked who it was, just in case. A last ditch. And got a reply the sender was Lisa and wasn’t I Dina? Woops, no. Oh man. How horrible must that…

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Bible readin’

Mentioned this to D.J. Kirkbride earlier but I tend to, every few years, spend a few days reading the Bible. Now there are a few things to keep in mind here: 1 – I went to a Catholic school from grades 1-8. 2 – I am in no way Catholic / Christian / etc. It just ain’t my bag. At all. I’ve also read bit of a translated Koran (not like reading a bible in English ain’t a translation, of course), bunches of Buddhist stuff, most of Dianetics… I like reading religious texts, I guess. It’s funny when I was a kid I went to my father and said I wasn’t sure this religion stuff worked for me. I just wasn’t feeling it but wasn’t sure at all. And he took me to a shelf (more shelves of books than…

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Peas in a pod

Talking to Laura and just made a peas in pod joke (about moving PODs, but anyway) and it made me flash to something I had to stop and write about. When I was a kid, I got these stuffed peas. And I remember once, being in school and being sick. I went to a Catholic school and the nuns were a wee bit strict. They assumed if you ever said you were sick that you had to be telling lies. Had to be. So they called my dad. Now, you need to understand my father wrote for a living, and did his writing in the middle of the night. His bedtime was while I was at school. He would wake up, supposedly, in time to get my from school. Some days that worked with a margin or error less than…

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Digital isn’t the only answer.

When you have a ton of deadlines that cross each other you learn to adapt. That adaptation can take funny forms. I use Google Calendar for all my schedules. I have Google calendars I make to schedule every project that I share with any collaborators. I keep my personal schedule updated with everything I do that can at all be scheduled. It’s glorious. It’s very busy, lots of colors, and it keeps me n track. I have a widget to show me my upcoming events on my phone, every time I look at it, and I keep it open in windows at my desk. My calendar is my life, these days. Except it isn’t enough. You see, outside of just events I also have deadlines that can’t be put into a calendar the same. I can’t put a deadline into…

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Graze!

I got my first Graze box. I’d heard about Graze and kinda whatever and then a friend mentioned it again and I checked it out more and needed an invitation. Which I was lucky enough to get. And so I got my first box. Let me back up and explain what Graze is. Graze is a service that sends you a box of healthy snacks once every two weeks (by default, though it can do every week or every month) for the complete price of five bucks a box. That’s it. Five bucks gets you a box of healthy snacks. And there is variety. They have something over 90 snacks and you rate them and they send you different boxes each time. Their site, of course, is Graze.com and oddly they are a UK company. Why oddly? Because I’m in…

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