It's one of those sweltering days in the city that I imagine propelled Ray Bradbury's imagination to conjure stories about urban witches, insomnia and climbing the corporate ladder.
We have been in the NYC area for more than 4 years, but during that time, I have never been back to the Empire State Building (1). HVW went with visitors once, but I couldn't make it. The main reason, is the crowds. They are always, always, out of control. We once had a plan [...]
At work, we worry that people are going squirrely after working from home for 4 months. At home, Heidi and I are going (a little) squirrely. So we decided to get away for a few days to a place that doesn’t require quarantine. If you're fond of sand dunes and salty airQuaint little villages here [...]
The helicopter thundering outside our condo was the giveaway. Macy's secret fireworks location would be on the Hudson River tonight. Instead of one big show on 4 July, there are a series of smaller blasts all week. We ran upstairs in time for the start of the show. It lasted less than 10 minutes. Obviously, [...]
The “stay at home” order has been lifted, so we ventured into the city to see what’s what. Masks were worn at all times during this excursion. The area around the Port Authority Bus Terminal was pretty sketchy. All the tourists and commuters and theatre-goers are gone. The homeless and the drug-dealers and the junkies [...]
Hoboken businesses prepare for a George Floyd protest march tomorrow. Hopefully it will turn out to have been unnecessary.
It was a longer than usual commute yesterday.
Days in lockdown have a sameness to them. It's like groundhog day, all over again. I came across the critter in the pic above just across the street from the Hudson River, during one of my semi-regular sanity walks around town. Stay safe.
Thunderbirds and Blue Angels do a fly-over in honour of health care workers and first responders dueing the COVID-19 plague.
On Thursday, I took a walk to break up a day of WFH and discovered that the statue memorializing the Hamilton/Burr duel is on the riverfront in Weehawken, not on the heights like I thought.
Help is on the way, as the USNS Comfort arrives in NYC.
This is literally my daily commute now. Up the funky half-stairs half-ladder to my home office.
I know, I know.... two trips to Whistler in one year is so indulgent. So indulge me. Andrew and Isabella came in from the UK. I took a couple of lessons to refresh my skills (only took a pic on one day). Andrew and I had a great time in some pretty extreme weather, and [...]
Just back from a week at Whistler with Mssrs. Allt and Lloyd-Davies. Much fun was had, including the discovery of an ice cave on Blackcomb Glacier that has never been accessible on any of my previous trips.
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
If it isn't tracked, it didn't happen. Here are some things I've been tracking. 2019 vs 2018 # of workouts per month: down 1 Total # of ski days: up 2 Total # of golf days: down 1 Average weight (lbs): down 1.5 Average # daily steps: down 173 Age (years): up 1 Total # of [...]
Partly in NY and partly in NJ, but it was nothing like the Pogues "Fairy Tale of New York". You might be able to see, we has a great time.
It's true. Spotify has changed things. It is now much, much easier to find new music to listen to, but it seems that fewer tracks make a lasting impression. My annual lists keep getting shorter. Anyway, here are 3 albums that I liked in 2019. They are all kinda electronic ambient - type stuff, so..... [...]
It was deserted at the Hoboken terminal on the morning of New Year's Eve..
Mild ice accumulation on the rooftop garden at Pru Tower in Newark