downtown dog walker


yes 
i forgot to post last night

i have 
a good 
an excellent 
excuse

our landline was having issues
thats how it started
how it ended 
was
 after 6-8 calls for tech help
i solved it myself

having being transferred from one person to another
each one promised 
i would find the right person to help 
when they transferred me
but 
the next person
 was as uninformed 
as the last

i spent my fridaycation indoors on the phone
so 
i can honestly say 
i had a fabulous reason
 for 
forgetting
 to 
blog


steamy ...











earlier this week on my way from the subway to the office
as i walked that steam became more like fog 
by the time i got to the office
the whole top of WTC was hidden from view

a whole lotta stuff


on monday
 toonman and i 
went to see a pulmonologist 
way 
uptown

the car 
stopped
 for a red light
i looked out 
at
 all the signs
the entrance to the elevated subway line
the mcdonalds arches
all those signs
and
way off in the distance
i spotted 
a water tower! 

DIY sort of


i cant remember
 if i told you
 that my friend melissa and i
went to ikea
a month ago

 i was looking
 for
replacement shelves
 for
the bathroom



the old one
 on the left
was
very old
 and
beginning
to
fall apart



i found those cool modern sleek shelves on the right
they're actually spice racks

it took some
 out of the box thinking
to get them hung

the walls are tiled
its not easy to find a spot
actually
level spots
within the grout area
to
hammer
in a nail
or
 screw

but
we did it
actually
 melissa did it
but
i
helped!

at the vet


why would i lead with an unfocused photo
well



i wanted to give you an idea 
of
 what it was like
 this past sunday 
at 
city vet 
as
 jack and i 
waited our turn

it was a busy day for dogs of all sizes


 after his check up 
jack
had a mani/pedi


no he didnt
but 
those two adorable techs
 clipped his nails for me

at home 
its a two person job too 
but
 jack definitely does not sit this still

focus fun


my neighbors 
have
 these fabulous stone planters
 along side
 their
 front steps


i wanted to get a macro shot of these plants


but 
the iphone isnt all that great about mid point focusing

i guess
 i need
 to 
start 
schlepping my camera 
again

flags



this past sunday 
was 
the puerto rican day parade
every where 
in 
the city
 you could see
 these flags 
being waved 
on cars
 in people's hands
 even
 on t-shirts

the big debate is
statehood
independence 
or 
remaining
 a protectorate of the usa

what would you choose?

dogs!


my friend melissa 
has 
one of the best jobs
 she has a dog walking/dog sitting business
 if you live in new jersey
 in or around the north bergen area 
and 
want your dog walked or 'boarded' overnight 
leave a comment w/your email 
and
i will have her get in touch!

keeping it clean


all that rain 
all the wind
over the last few days

finally a nice day

cleaning crew 
was up and on top 
of 
the canopy
 at 
7 world trade

flower power


waaaaay back
 in
 a former life
i dated a fellow who had a lambretta

smart people
 even then 
wore helmuts whilst riding 
on scooters

mine had a decal of a flower on top

when we stopped short 
slammed on the brakes
one afternoon 
to
 avoid running down a stupid kid 
who'd darted out 
from 
between two parked cars
 i 
was 
thrown
 off 
the 
scooter

the flower 
atop my helmut 
was
 cracked down the middle
thankfully 
my head wasnt

umbrellas


strange weekend weather-wise
friday was mostly nice but there was some rain
saturday was almost perfect but filled with errands
sunday was not at all sunny
umbrellas everywhere



crossing paths


full disclosure - i did not see the other dog until i was sitting thinking of a title

duh


a june morning


its been months
 since i got off the train
 left the subway 
at chambers street 

i've been walking underground
 from the park place stop
avoiding 
wet/cold weather 

now
 i admit 
chambers
 isnt 
the prettiest street 
but
 there's a starbucks 
and
who can resist an iced latte on a lovely june morning

not me


billboard art


i know
weird angle
but
 i was in cab 
stuck in traffic 
on
10th in the 20s

of course 
as we moved into a good shooting position
a truck got blocked it

nope, no idea 
who did 
or 
what it means


edited
 to add a link
click here
the billboard sits atop the Empire Diner which due to traffic i couldnt see!

in the distance


thats 
west 79th street 
looking east 
from 
west end avenue

the water tower
 waaaay 
off in the distance
 is atop a building 
on
 amsterdam avenue

two blocks away

yes, i cooked

i f you can call frying an egg cooking
the occasion
was
buying this little frypan


i am pretty sure
 its meant to fry an egg
or 
maybe
to make crepes?


i can make scrambled eggs
or

'pancake' eggs
 thats really an omelet
 but
 my mom called it a pancake 

so it is


my dad loved sunnyside up eggs
its what he called a fried egg

so it is


 when you mash the english muffin down
the yellow gushes out

the best part for me was always 
sopping up the 'yellow'

the yellow is what we called the yoke

so it is

urbanimal


we were in a cab stopped at the 86th & b'way intersection toonman says look

looking up


its an interesting little grouping
the church turret 
the water tower
that chimney
the 'steps' of that building

all as seen from the bus stop on 79th/broadway

take a break ...


spotted resting on the church steps
a usually very busy corner
for the moment
looks
deserted

 if you look hard you'll see it wasnt

joy on broadway


sculpter joy brown's 
fabulous whimsical creations
 will be bringing smiles this spring/summer
Broadway Malls hosting them from 72 St to 168 St

i shared one of her smaller pieces 





hiding ...


see it there?
that building is going up on the corner of 80th and broadway
just what the 'hood needs another tall building
not

from the cab window


friday 

began early
ended late

4+ cab rides
a doctor visit
a vet visit
and
large glass of wine

saturday 

was my monthly spa day
it rained
constantly rained

sunday

i did
the errands
the laundry

monday 

back to real work
looks like a vacation

stelllllllla


stella is my friend melissa bff
dont you love her little skeezix curl?\

she's a fierce defender of everyone she feels belongs to her
such a smart girl

what you're too young to know who skeezix is?
gasoline alley cartoon strip 
google it