Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Summer Days, Summer Nights II

We picnicked out in Central Park for Shakespeare tickets last month. Waiting for standby tickets was a *much* better deal than waiting out all night for tickets at the Public!

There was only one lady ahead of us in line, although some of us ended up sitting all the way back in row W for the first half. Check out the "Who's your daddy" healdline in the ad in this picture of me.

Our neighbors in line, kickin' back.

Mina celebrated her birthday at the Soft Spot on June 16th.

Look at how happy Mina is for cupcakes!

Look at how happy I am for cupcakes.
I'm only posting this because Mina said it would make her happy (I find it a bit unflattering, go figure, although of course, it was my idea completely to pose this way). This one's for you Mina!

Later in the month, Julia and I got dressed up for Constance's going away party. As the invite suggested, we showed our love by dressing up as something beginning with "C." Constance was a canary, and there were cops, a cloud, Truman Capote and Coco Chanel, and my personal favorite, a compost heap. You may or may not recognized from Halloweens past:


and Cat.

At least, that's how we started out the evening. By the end of a *very* fun night of drinking, dancing, and general merrymaking, we looked like this:

To see how we got this way, check this out (you'll have to scroll down for pictures of us getting sweaty on the dance floor and Eric Forman completely in mid-air).

The next day, I went to Prospect Park to meeet Mina, Tara, Bichthu and others for a picnic and a game of croquet. We wore white, of course, but what you can't see is my horrible hangover!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Summer Days, Summer Nights I

The past month has been beautiful: cool weather, free happenings, and I realize we've not been the most assiduous posters. So without further ado, here's what's been going on the past month or so:

Back in early June, while Julia was upstate for the GYGIG ride, James, Sameer, Monica and I met up for brunch. Now I wanted to go back to Mogador, because it's good, and I know I like it, so why should I go somewhere else? James and Sameer *said* they'd be okay with Mogador, and came out to meet us there, but then proceeded to make so much noise about going to the same brunch place, and couldn't we try somewhere else, and we've already eaten here, and what about Mexican for brunch, blah blah blah. So we went down the street to La Palapa. Huevos Rancheros seems mandatory when I think of Mexican brunch, but James got upset because Monica and I both ordered it and he feels the only way to order in a restaurant is to all order different dishes so we get as full an experience of the menu as possible. Me, I just want to order what I want to eat. Well, the food was okay ( I have to say, I felt a little vindicated by the saltiness of the food - see, I *told* you we should have just gone to Mogador!), but as you can see from the picture, I managed to get it down and the atmosphere was almost worth it. Take a look:

--- picture deleted out of respect for Julia's delicate sensibilities ---

Like we're on vacation, right? It was a pretty cute backyard, and didn't feel like New York at all, which I have to admit, beats Mogador (not for food though, to reiterate - I was right!!). In an aside, I know a lot of blogs do it, but do people really like to see close up pictures of food? It's kind of gross. And maybe I don't help matters by eating most of it *before* I take the picture?
After brunch, we continued what seems to be a tradition in the making. We 1) saw a ginormous dog and 2) relaxed in the park.

We walked around Tomkins Square Park and ran into a carnival to raise money for a local Catholic School. And look what we found: a bouncy castle!!!! Remember these?

And right next to it, there was a bouncy boxing ring. What school carnival can't be made *that* much more fun by kids dressed up in absurdly oversized headgear and boxing gloves and going at it? They could barely stay upright since it had bouncy castle floor. And then with those huge boxing gloves and what with trying to pummel each other, they spent most of their time falling down. They did manage to land a few flailing punches, but those boxing gloves insure they really can't hurt each other. It's more like a macho pillow fight. Also, please note that one kid is wearing a Superman shirt.

The contenders

Afterwards, we ended up going to see a Japanese anime movie in midtown called Paprika. It was a surreal movie, which is only fitting since it's about dreams. I won't go into details, but the poster is pretty fun:

Also, some pics from the terrace/balcony. The movie theater is right next to Madame Toussaud's, so there's a couple of nice shots of the giant hand.

That'll have to be it for now. I still have a ton of pictures to post, but it's just too much right now. Next up: Shakespeare in the park, Mina's birthday and Cara's return!