Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Walk to the Lever House Exhibit.

Oh the Sunday rain just had me feeling so relaxed and gray and mopey. I like relaxed but gray and mopey is never good.

Let alone the fact that I am doing my best to give up as much sugar as possible. Oh, let me tell you I have not been the chipper, happy, silly Chris that most people see. I have been quite quiet and low energy.

I had some small personal things on my calendar to do this week such as get over to the Lever House of Park Avenue to photograph their new lobby and courtyard. Once the rain stopped and the sun returned yesterday, Sunday the 27th, I thought there would be no better time to get some air and see something new. I always love their exhibits.I was quite happy to see that the seemingly "Hello Kitty" type installation in the courtyard was still there as I had lost my pictures I took of it earlier this year. Some are just standing, some are streaming water out of their eyes.
The outside walls of the lobby for the Lever House are surrounded by phrases mostly dealing with how we deal with each other and certain phrases we should keep in mind when thinking of ourselves and people around the world.I need to return this week to get the actual pictures from inside the lobby as it was Sunday afternoon when I took these pictures and it was all locked up.

What I also saw on my walk up Park Avenue was that the median was full of different animals and sculptures. I grabbed a few more photos to share with you all. Enjoy.

I also thought I would share some of the past installations I have taken photos of at the Lever House.This one was all about the strange angles u would see this almost flat naked bodies at. Distortions and flat to fat to just weird. Strange that this one freaked me out more than the one just below.You have to love the Incredible Hulk. Especially an army of them.

Make it a great Monday.

A New Bar(-tini) Near By.

One day you can be walking up 10th avenue and see the usual papered up windows at an old bar and the next day you walk by and find a nice white, sleek-ish looking bar.

White walls and from what you can see a neon blue wall in the back. Nice windows. A simple bar. Is this going to be the new local bar? There isn't a simple bar for the gay crowd in Hell's Kitchen. Well, maybe there is but not one I like and Therapy is just out of range being about 9-10 blocks away. Yeah, I know that sounds lazy. But to get me out to a bar it needs to be close and relaxing and has to be fun to hang out at with your friends.

So as I write this update it is Sunday morning, the 27th of September. Last night, after a small birthday dinner for our friend Scott, we ran over to Bar-tini to check it out. I was tired and that should be a warning of how quickly I can be over something. I was up for going though since it is a block away and I wanted to see the crowd and the full space.

We walk the block in the rain to go have our nightcaps. It was almost 1am by this point in the evening.

Walking up and the nice white wooden door opens and we step inside to find a small space. It is smaller than The Ritz, the next closest gay bar.

The crowd was young, except for a creepy old man sitting next to the door on a stool. I have no idea what he was doing, could even be what would go as a door man, but looked more like someone you would sidestep on the street.

I really did want to give Bar-tini a fair chance but I had an immediate aching in my head due to the volume of the music. There were speakers EVERYWHERE in this small space and there was no difference in the music levels from the front door to the dance floor in the rear of the bar. A quick walk to the back to see the dance floor, sadly the same view I had from the front of the bar. There are just two small single toilets that are against the wall of the dance floor.

Wait staff is swirling around. People this is a bar, not a club. A cute name does not make you cool.

Anyway, I get back to the front and one of our friend's has had enough and she is heading home. By the time Jay got back inside 90seconds later the idea was to leave and go next door to Conker Hill for the nightcap we had hoped to have at Bar-tini.

I gave it a chance and that chance wasn't a good one.

I think I will stick to The Pony, which is across the street from both Bar-tini and Conker Hill.

Jay came up behind me and said this is not an update but a rant. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

They Are Coming!!!

'V', the series from the 80's has been reinvented and will premiere on ABC on Nov 3rd.

I can't tell you how long I sat and watched the original movie and every show of the television series.

Very excited for it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So I can write and publish my blog from Windows Office Word 2007 just by hitting send? Oh that is so great and will save me so much time.

Yeah, you can be sure to be reading a lot from me now.


So here I am hoping to re-embark on my almost every day blog. Sadly the everyday blog has turned into a monthly picture post and without much excitement to go along with that.

So much has yet been going on and I just totally forget to post about them. I keep telling myself if I can post a status update or send a tweet; isn't' that really just the Life Should be Fun headline for the day?

So looking back I have given you Ginger Ale Iced Tea, Broadway Bares tickets, a beach shot form Provincetown, Yankee stadium and the Microsoft Gallery way back during NY Internet Week.

Those things were sadly weeks apart. I don't see how I could forget to include at least one picture of NY Pride, some of the better shots of Provincetown, Mets' Citifield, Portland Maine, working on the green garden on our deck, new and old friends hanging out, volleyball, Central Park, theatre trips. Wow that really adds up and if I started now I bet by the end of next week I could fill you in pretty well, with individual postings about all things summer.

I guess today, being the 1st day of fall, is a great time to clear the cobwebs out of my mind and get down to it.

Not sure how I have missed some of the best dreams I have had in years that I actually managed to write down and hope to post.

What about my fixation of late with clouds? Oh my god, I have taken at least 100 pictures of clouds in the last 3-4 months. Sadly today is a cloud covered day so no fluffy, menacing, swirling clouds against a beautiful blue background to gaze upon.

Okay, so that is enough babbling and I will leave it at this. I have said it before but now I will do better. More posts. Better pictures. Maybe even some info on what is coming up with me, my man, our dog and NYC.

Ominous billboard.

2012!!!!! No need to warn me so much ahead of time. Looks like a good movie.

Dreaming Oprah

I am down in Sao Paulo with the ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) crew. We do a self styling challenge and then off to dinner. Thankfully there was neither Jay to be found. Oh they get on my nerves. Finishing dinner and word gets around that Oprah is in this huge rustic long communal table type restaurant.

As everyone is leaving I head back to our table in the rear to talk with the chef about this particular dish. As I do u can hear the girls half way across the room say 'What? Oprah is here!!!' and they start to get louder and louder.

You see two people move from a smaller corner table (where did that come from) to a larger group table.

Just as they sit down one of the girls screams out 'Hey Oprah, how r u doing girl?'

As I chase the girls out I turn to Oprah and say 'Sorry.'

Oprah says, 'thank you.'

I wake up.

Now I wonder if, in my dream, I should have said 'I apologize Ms. Winfrey & Mr. Graham'. A good dream and all I come out of it with an etiquette questions.

How I Spent the Afternoon.