Sunday, August 26, 2007


Some pics from Italy

The hotel

Archetypal Mediterranean seaside villages


Gearing up for diving

Surprisingly quiet beaches for August

Probably because everyone was hanging out on their yacht

But the towns were very cute, and positively dripping with flowers!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

77 Drums and Beyond!

On 7/7/07, Japanese noise band the Boredoms had a concert with 77 drums. There was a huge line and we felt lucky to get into Brooklyn Bridge Park. They set up the drum kits in a spiral at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Boredoms, or more specifically their frontman Eye, at the center. He led the drums with a big stick and a biiiig head o'hair. Just look at all those drum kits!
And those drummers!

That guy in the striped shirt and baseball cap in the outermost row is none other than Andrew W.K. Even better, when he stood up, he was wearing high-waisted jean shorts. Nice.

Besides the usual contingent of hipsters, there was a surprisingly diverse crowd that also included a girl in stilts and gold spandex.

Not all of us made it into the park; Eric and a friend of his with a rowboat hung out in the East River - a rowboat!! Eric claimed they could hear everything just fine, and I guess I wouldn't be surprised if people could hear it in Manhattan - they did have seventy-seven drums, after all. There were plenty of people crowded up on the Brooklyn Bridge walkway too. After the show, we went down to the "beach" to meet up.

After that, it was just a long night of drinking and being silly.

Eric shows off his iphone.

Fast forward about six hours for these pictures coming up. It's almost morning, but I must've had a lot to drink, 'cause I have what Greg calls "that drunk fishy look." And while Julia looks much more coherent, does she actually remember these pictures being taken?

Why are we cracking up? Is it because we couldn't figure out the timer? Or because we were trying to not all be smushed into a corner of the picture like in the one on the left?

I'm ending this picture series of Newtown Creek with me and Eric because we were the last two left that night! That's right, everyone else punked out on breakfast, but it's not as if I could get home without catching a ride on Eric's handlebars, so maybe it wasn't so much due to my diehard party spirit.

We ran into a few people eating some post-club fried chicken in Greenpoint. I took a pass, but Eric downed it - and threw the bones over his shoulder when he thought no one was looking.

Does this picture really need an explanation?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bike Share and Brooklyn Bridge Park Floating Pool

One early July afternoon, Julia, James and I went over to the Storefront for Art and Architecture to check out the Bike Share experiment. We were the only people there at the moment except for an AP photographer who proceeded to take shot after shot of us on the bikes. So I don't know how long this link'll work, but here's the New York Times blog article on it and (drum roll, please) a picture of me! In the New York Times!! Well, in the Times blog anyway. There's an article in the Washington Post as well, and the caption says it's the three of us, but the picture's not coming up. I think we made New York magazine as well. And since we're on the topic of bike-related fame, here's our own J-li on StreetBeat doing the Tour de Brooklyn!

Later on, we picked up Bichthu, Eric, Mina, and Francis and went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Floating Pool. We didn't actually make it to the floating pool that day - it turned out to be the day of aborted plans - but we did make it to their sandy "beach" to lounge around and play scrabble. And wear ladies' sunglasses.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Governor's Island

We took a trip to Governor's Island last month. I didn't know too much about the island, but thanks to the mandatory one hour walking tour, I know a lot more now - plus I can understand and appreciate how I have become part of the mosaic that makes up the fascinating history of this New York landmark. Sigh. Just a taste of that tour. And some advice - visit on the weekend when you don't have to take the tour and can wander around for as long as you like, unaccompanied by a ranger.
The ferry is free...

and scenic...

and lousy with cute girls!

Governor's Island from the ferry.

The grounds

Castle William

Friday, August 3, 2007

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fourth of July

I know, it was so long ago!
I wasn't sure how good the view would be - I was a little nervous that I'd invited all these people over and then we wouldn't be able to see anything. But the balcony came through: