Will I Hit 50 Miles??

August 21st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

It doesn’t really matter if I do. I came in 2nd place at my pool, in the women’s Night Owl Division (with 39 miles)! Woohoo!! They took pictures of the winners on Tuesday but I wasn’t there, I took the night off. Damnit! But they didn’t tell anyone they were coming.

The party is next Wednesday, when I will pick up my tshirt and trophy. I’ll be back with lots of pictures. But even though that part of the contest is over, we’re still tallying miles and right now I have just under 49 miles. It would be nice to hit a nice round number like 50 and walk in all, “Fucking fifty, bitches!”

The other day, while walking along the High Line, I saw this sign in the window on the right. The truth is out there. (That show was fun. X-Files, for the insanely young among you.)

Area 51 Sign Seen on the High Line, New York City

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My Cat Has Diabetes! Yay! Kinda!

August 19th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Once your cat is diagnosed and starts insulin they very quickly become healthy again. So there’s that. They feel better. Yay!

Then there’s the price tag. Finney’s insulin is $278.99 and that’s with a 10% discount from my pharmacist!! He gets an insulin called Lantus, something that I don’t remember being around when my other cats had diabetes. But it seems to be very well tolerated by cats (all insulins on the market were developed for humans) so I’m happy to have my bank account drained by it.

The best price I could find for it elsewhere was $209.99 from Drs. Foster and Smith, except they say it has to be shipped overnight because of the refrigeration issues, and that costs $24.99. I’ll take the $44 savings, but I’d like to do better.

Please look away now Fed-Lurkers: Does anyone have any experience buying from pharmacies in Canada?

Here is my diabetic cat Finney taking a nap. I’m glad you’re feeling better little guy. I’m sorry again about Bleecker. (My new kitten who terrorizes/won’t stop trying to play with him.)

My Diabetic Cat

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There Will Always Be News

August 18th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I like to stop and read the plaques on park benches. The one below was dedicated to newspaperman Dennis Duggan. I googled Duggan and read his ode to the Lion’s Head, a bar in my neighborhood that I used to go to on occasion that’s now closed. His essay described a newspaper world gone by and it was particularly poignant after having just read David Carr’s Print is Down, and Now Out. I’ve been riding this wave of nostalgia about print news ever since re-reading Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. There were some beautiful passages about working at a newspaper in that book.

But now it’s time to lay a wreath and fully embrace the new world that the kids today will be mourning the loss of in the not too distant future. (I say “fully” because I already love it.) (PS: I won’t miss the sexism. Which I’m pretty sure will still be around for a while to come.)

Dennis Duggan
New York City Newspaperman
October 12, 1927 — April 20, 2006
A heart so grand
A spirit so generous
… and we’ll all go together

Dennis Duggan, Abingdon Square Park, New York

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Why I hate the Word “Whining”

August 17th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I just read a review of a great writer and in it the reviewer complained about the author “whining” too much. I couldn’t believe they described what she’d written as whining, but it also made me furious. I’d thought that I only got mad when someone characterized my writing as “whining.” But it turns out it’s the word that I find so infuriating. The minute I realized that it became obvious why.

The reviewer is saying one of the following to the writer: Your problems are trivial and you should just shut up. You are being a baby. You complain too much.

When it was used to describe something I’d written I thought, “Well, I’m not dying of cancer. And I do complain a lot.” (It took years of therapy to learn how, and I’m very proud. Thank you, J.C.)

But the issues in this particular book were serious, and there isn’t anything about her writing that is even the least bit “whiney”. It was insane. My friend Chris pointed out that “whining” is used almost exclusively to describe the complaints of women. You almost never hear someone describe a man as whining. In any case, it’s a belittling, dismissive word.

Reviewers can say whatever they want, of course. Everyone is entitled to their opinion! Someone is going to come along, read this post, and think: “Oh quit whining.”

A screenshot from a short video I took of a dress rehearsal for a concert of Eric Whitacre’s music. This was at Carnegie Hall. It looks like he’s saying, “Hallelujah!”

Eric Whitacre, Carnegie Hall, New York City

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Deja Vu

August 15th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I have a feeling I might have posted a picture of the building below before. It’s in my neighborhood and every time I pass it by I think how nice it must be to live inside there and to look out through all that greenery. From the inside it must look like you live in a forest.

Miles Swum So Far in City Lap Swim Contest: 45 + 105 laps. I might be over-doing the swimming a bit. Last night I walked home from the pool and I felt good, but a bit weary. I might take tonight off. We shall see.


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