I don't know why I took my camera with me because I never took any photos. When I go to NYC I have so much fun taking in everything - the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the city - that I don't bother photographing just the sights.
While in New York I always like to see a film that may or may not eventually make it to Charleston, and if it does make it it will be months from now. On Friday Briar and I saw Easy Virtue, a film adaptation of one of Noel Coward's early, lesser-known plays. It's a lightweight film that won't win any awards but it's fun to watch and a great way to park your brain in neutral for 90 minutes. Jessica Biel (yes, Jessica Biel) does better than you might expect as the femme fatale. If you are a Colin Firth fan, and who isn't, you need to see Easy Virtue if you get the chance.
After the movie Briar and I had lunch at Ramen Setagaya's newest location on University Place, a couple of blocks below Union Square. More about restaurants and what we ate in a later post.
After lunch Briar and I walked around the Village and Chelsea. In Washington Square we saw a crew filming a scene for Step Up 3-D. It was lost on me since I've never seen Step Up or Step Up 2 but Briar went all tingly when she saw that they were filming a scene with Adam Sevani, one of the dancers from Step Up 2. A short way away the coreographer was working with dancers for an upcoming scene. (Briar will have to leave a comment and tell you his name.)
From Washington Square we wandered up 8th Avenue in Chelsea and had our second celebrity sighting. When we stopped to look at the puppies in a pet shop window Patricia Clarkson stopped to look at them with us.
The highlight of the weekend, as planned, was to see The Norman Conquests trilogy. I am possibly the biggest Alan Ayckbourn fan in the US. I've seen his plays in London, New York, and Charleston. I've read most of his plays that I haven't been able to see. As with restaurants, I'll fill you in on my Ayckbourn addiction in a later post.
I'm off to New York this morning for a long weekend with Briar and Isaac. One of our goals is to see all three plays in Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests trilogy on the same day. That's 6 and a half hours of theater over a span of 11 hours. I also want to check out the new pedestrian mall created in Times Square.
For the past two weeks I have been coming home to an empty, quiet apartment, all the while thinking that there was something missing. Then, I realized what it was... a roommate!!! I'm not used to living alone, so I'd like to introduce you to my new roomie!
This is Dinner! Originally, Mason and I (and the Pet Helpers staff) thought this was Lunch, but someone caught the mistake and called to let me know. haha So, Mason and I just call her Snack until I can come up with her permanent name.
Lunch & Dinner (Snack) are sisters, and there was a third sibling (of unknown gender) named Breakfast. Breakfast was already adopted and in a new home! Snack has just gained enough weight to be spayed (which will be done tomorrow) and I can take her home the day after that! Her second round of vaccinations will be given before she comes home with me on Wednesday! She loves to play, and is very snuggly and loving! She likes to bury her head in my hand if it's anywhere near her! If anyone has any name suggestions for a cat with that personality, please post them!
Most mornings and evenings when Champ and I start our walks we see the vixen and her pups on or near the pile of downed tree trunks, at the condo construction site, that serves as their den. By the time we get back to the house 30 minutes later and I grab the Nikon they've disappeared. Until tonight. Tonight we saw both Mom and Dad with the pups. When I returned and raised the camera the pups took off, followed by Mom. (There's a reason foxes are called wily.) Dad stayed behind to see if I was a threat.
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When I didn't move he came closer before running back toward the den.
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This photo makes it look like he was closer to me than he was because I was using the telephoto lens. I paced it off after he left (I'm anal that way) and it was about 200'.
I aplogize for the quality of the shots. It was overcast, the sun had just set and the D200, bless it's heart, did its best to make it look brighter than it was. I keep hoping to get a photo one morning of the pups with Mom. They are so small and so cute. Of course, I have to remember that these are the foxes that want to eat Psycho.
Now I've been told to destroy it. (Not trash it. Destroy it.) I'm going to eat it because:
1) Cantaloupes are my favorite melon. 2) Melons are #3 on my list of favorite fruits. 3) Melons are a terrible thing to waste. 4) If there is any salmonella it's on the rind, not in the part that I will eat. 5) Just to be sure, I washed it with Dawn antibacterial dish washing liquid and warm water. 6) Hey! I paid a $1.50 for it.