Thursday, August 28, 2008

Washington DC... here YOU come!

Dear Matt BL,
Thank you for being the first of the family to come and visit me!

Dear rest of the family,

Imagine the buzz in this city when Obama and Michelle take their place. The excitment, the sheer mania that will ensue on his inagural day. People might move from wearing navy blue suits with light blue shirts to colors. Party conversations might include more than "what do you do for a living" as intro questions. So brush up on your political banter and start planning for a DC trip.

Just to catch you up on what I have been doing:
* I got a job at this cool community organization called the Latin American youth center, two blocks away from where I live. Ill be a foster care social worker which should be challenging but a good way to get to know my community and all the players.
* I live in Mt. Pleasant with my people! It is like a central american Washington Heights! Roadside foodstands, pupusas, tacos, Spanish, cheap labor, queso blanco, and loud music in restaurants.
* Ummm, I am getting a little bit domestic in getting Amos and my apt togther. This hopefully will end soon so that I can deny ever wondering what color credenza I want (WTF is a credenza?... EXACTLY!), what color goes best with the kitchen cabinets, and what systems we need to get in place. But the outcome is that by the time you come, the place will be lovely for your stay.
* As my days of lady of leisuring end, I can say that I tried Bikram yoga, Zumba, jogging, eating LOADS of food, some daytime drinking, concerts on the great lawn, Superman on the mall, the hope diamond, all the free museums (one of the only better things than NYC), and getting used to being in DC.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gmail Hackers

Just an FYI:
Apparently it is possible for someone to hijack your web-session Gmail via cookies and sniffing, etc. Google has already set up a fix for this, but you have to turn it on. If you don't care to know any more, you just need to open your Gmail and do the following:

  1. Click on "Settings" in the upper right hand corner
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu under "General"
  3. Under "Browser Connection" select "Always use https"

If you're curious, you can read about it in ValleyWag:

Monday, August 18, 2008

I've Had a Dream

And in this dream Barack Obama was using the JJ8 blog as a gauge for how well he was getting his message out. Wishful thinking or not so far from reality?

Of course, also in this dream, Jon Master so impressed Obama with his political analysis of some fictional person that I invented in the dream that Obama wanted to hire him to help run his campaign, so take that for what it's worth.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


well it's not quite a trip to see the O's, hit up the shore, and eat maryland crabs....
but any other bums (or people playing hooky from work) want to go to the beach tuesday or wednesday? i'm thinking long beach.

Friday, August 15, 2008



According to my sources, yesterday was the last ever broadcast of Mike & The Mad Dog. Russo's leaving for Sirius, Francesa's staying to be fat by himself.

I'm gonna weep when Somers dies.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Summer Bucket List

Morgan Freeman's car accident and subsequent divorce serve as useful reminder. And as much as I frequently bemoan the lack of shared history in the 00s - Obama's candidacy aside - the next few weeks, I suspect, will have a few moments that stick around.

In Morgan's honor, the remainder of the summer bucket list:

1) The stadiums (Shea in particular). Anytime. Maybe this weekend, Mets v Marlins. Saturday or Sunday 7PM starts. Yankee - Sol, I need you there. Pick a day. I'm still confused why Yankee fans let them tear down Yankee Stadium but Shea is like an old dog that needs to be put to sleep. We'll miss you old pal.

2) Bob Dylan in Brooklyn (at the Bandshell!) Sort of Free! Tuesday, August the 12th. To get inside the venue you need to shell out $50+ but sound quality is good outside and if we get there early enough a BBQ can be commandeered. I don't suspect too many easier opportunities to hear Bob Dylan will present themselves.

3) McCarren Pool. Built in 1936 this pool is 6 Acres, it was shuttered in the early 80s because of disrepair/budget cuts and re-opened a couple of years ago for concerts. Next year the Parks Dept. intends to restore the pool, so this will be the last summer of concerts (I think). McCarren feels like a slice of the '00s. Sunday is The Felice Brothers (know nothing about them) and next Sunday is Aesop Rock (three & 1/2 stars).

4) 5 Year Anniversary of the Blackout. Thursday August 14th. I imagine there will be blackout themed parties all over town, perhaps we should have one as well. No electricity allowed.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Good thing I'm not Bald...

...because then I might be offended. I just received a Vandelay Industries t-shirt (as seen in the picture below), addressed to me at work, i.e. Shea Stadium. No idea who sent it, which makes this a little creepy, but still somewhat humorous. So to that person I'll say...good one.

In honor of the craptastic levels to which the campaign has sunk...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

BBQ and Leslie...Sunday Summer Fun

Impromptu BBQ/Picnic in Prospect Park.
Time: 2pm
Where: enter @ Grand Army Plaza entrance (the usual area)
When: Sunday August 3rd, 2008

Feel Free to Bring Beer, Water, and any other goodies you want to share. :)