Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Thomas!

A warm salute to my pal Thomas, who marks this milestone in the glow of love and in the sweet autumnal light of Buenos Aires... Yesterday was the birthday of his boyfriend Vagner. Feliz Anniversario, Vaniguinho!

Good Day Sunshine

Distilled happiness!

That's what I offer you via today's Song/Video of the Week, 'Good Day' by the melodic delightful quintet from Ann Arbor known as Tally Hall (pictured left).

'Good Day,' like the Beatles on Abbey Road, is several complementary songs that shift and shimmy through 3 1/2 joyous minutes.

Just listen and watch!

Their album, recorded and released in 2005 on a shoestring budget, gets its proper major label debut this week on Atlantic Records.
Thank you John Wiske for digging up this gem.

Another great Tally Hall song and video is 'Banana Man':

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Under The Sun

Today David and I visited the New Museum in the Lower East Side, on Bowery and Stanton, and we were not disappoint. It's a big space for unfettered, imaginative postmodern art with seven spacious, high-ceilinged levels and shiny metallic surfaces outside. Here's a sneak peak...

The museum's exterior of metallic building blocks shined brightly in the cold winter sun...

Looking out the front window through plastic fractionation (possibly an invented word)....

Multi-colored glass wall-hanging suggests balloons, piñatas, molecules... it hangs over the ground floor café..

A gaggle of color adorns a cafe chair on the ground floor - the museum only permits photos here and on the seventh floor roof deck...

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

I am one happy camper today, as I've discovered that my computer can, basically, read aloud for me!

This should greatly alleviate my eye strain and provide a major boost both personally and professionally.

Thank you, Apple®!

More good news: I'm feeling much better....

The Food Journey: Here, There, and Everywhere

My good-friend and ex, Brian, is fond of saying that I'm on the road so often that 'he can't keep up with my traveling ass.' I'm starting to feel the same way about blogging my own culinary adventures... This is a catch up session of deserving food I haven't had time to post about...

Look at this delicious Fish With Ginger and Rice that David cooked up for us on the icy night of the Super Furry Animals concert (see February 2 post)...

A few weeks, in the Dominican Republic, I had this hearty and flavorful Dominican Fish Soup... The hotel restaurant at Sofitel was palatial but darkly lid - with my flash, this soup looks like a microbe under a microscope...

Same Dominican hotel restaurant, main dish, no flash. Chicken With Herbs served in a savory tomato-based broth bath.... In the background, a delicate mound of fluffy rice with a soft, barely discernable kiss of butter....

This is your close-up, Dominican Rice... Smile for the camera...

Before the St Vincent concert on February 29, I dined at Havana Cafe with David and Alex and friends. I had a Tamal, Thin Beef Steak With Onions, and Yellow Rice with Red Beans...

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Still sick. :-(

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Celia!

Celia and I have been friends for almost 20 years - We worked together when I was living in Argentina 1988-89... I was totally fascinated (still am) with anything Argentine, and Celia was a great resource for my incessant questions. : - ) When I'm in Buenos Aires for business we usually meet for tea in the sumptuous lobby of my hotel...

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From Here We Photo Sublime - From SP to the DR....

I owe Celia a Happy Birthday post, but that must wait until later. Miles to go before I sleep... work-crunched, results-deprived, run-down, I am a plethora of hyphenated noun and verb participial adjectival phrases...

Karen's and Donna's Indonesian Devil - wall adornment, Sunset Park....

Dominicans... Will they wait forever?

Santo Domingo: Under construction... sort of...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hey there - I'm sick again, arggh, virus/bug/throat thing I bravely fought off for two weeks... It's also a major crunch week at work... and I've run out of pre-written posts! Enjoy the cartoon, anyway. :-)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The South Rises Again

This week's Song/Video of the Week, 'Adios,' is a wistful, but sharp and envigorating delight by Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati from his wonderful 'Ahi Vamos' album.

Cerati, in case you don't know, was the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Soda Stereo, by far the most influential and popular rock band in the Spanish-speaking world from their formation in 1983 to their breakup in 1997.

Soda was as influential and accomplished as the Police and U2, and Cerati was undisputably their Sting and/or Bono.

This comparison is apt, as they married the urgency of punk/new wave to the depth of roots rock.

Soda's work married unusual and haunting melodies, rock energy, and unstopable creative ambition.

Visionaries, Soda continually evolved musically, but always imbued their music with languid, poetic, self-analytic and uniquely Argentine sensibility.

Here's clip for 'Adios':

And here's Gustavo in Soda Stereo with the stunning 'Cuando Pase El Temblor (When I Stop Shaking),' the Inca-flute-inflected new wave mid-tempo delight that made the group a household word in Argentina for people of all ages...

Gustavo Cerati in 1985 with his erstwhile Soda band-mates Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio. Dig the funky new wave hairdos...

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Monday, March 24, 2008

A Belated Happy Easter

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Under Arizona Skies

I am no longer.. It was nice to see my family. Got back late last night, and a challenging week awaits me. I'm about 90% better, but that last 10% is a steep climb.... This is the gate to Mom's neighborhood in Gilbert, east of Phoenix.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Arizona Spring

Mom's first rose of the season! Cut fresh and displayed in that beautiful bluish glass vase we purchased near Venice, during our February 2003 family Europe trip. I'm flying home tonight.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Art on the Go: Dominican AAirport AArt

I'm still in Arizona with my family. Here's some art from the American Airlines business lounge at the Santo Domingo airport...





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Friday, March 21, 2008

I'm in Arizona with my family, and my mother's computer be 'illin... So posting will be sparser than I had planned. Enjoy this humorous video. Happy weekend!

My Big Gay Ice Cream Sandwich:

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Milton!


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Inside Pamper Palace

...let the pampering begin...

A peek into the secret, fabulous world of Nickel... and this is the way we primp primp primp, in the merry old land of Oz....

the bed of oblivion, the sink of solace...

...through flourescent blue corridors...

seats in the shadowy solitude, a pair of fixtures. I, too, hope to become a Nickel fixture. : - )

...through the looking glass....

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