If you take a moment to look around… by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 11:37 pm
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Took this one while waiting a traffic light on my way home from work. I literally stopped at a cross walk for the blinking orange hand and looked up to find that I was in the epicenter of NYC, Times Square. Eight years ago this intersection was everything I knew about the city. Now its one of many parts of town I make an honest effort to avoid.


Pork Buns, Congee, and Shu Mai, Oh My! by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 11:24 pm
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We found good dim sum in Westchester!

Eight easy steps to a Tasty Sunday Mid-morning

1) Drive to White Plains, an eerie white-collar city (complete with high rises and a PF Chang’s) in the middle of suburban nothingland.
2) Find the Marriot That Time Forgot (its just down block from the White Plains Mall That Time Forgot)
3) Enter the Marriot lobby.
4) Resist urge to flee. Look left.
5) Find a largely unmarked brass door that discreetly says “Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum,” and not-so-discreetly, “Zagat Rated”.
6) Be seated anywhere you like (literally, most of the tables will be empty).
7) Enjoy all of the Chinese brunch staples, delivered hot and fast to your table by multi-lingual waiters willing to take special orders.
8) Revel in the fact that you didn’t schlep to Flushing, Philly, or, God forbid, Manhattan for some reliable dimmy sum.

Sticky rice in lotus leaves, scallion dumplings, seafood shu mai, vegetable dumplings, juicy pork buns.

N e e d T e l e v i s i o n. U n n n h h h h h by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 11:08 pm
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Our new 37″ Vizio flat screen, the crown jewel of our living room, has been out of commission for almost a week now. We loved the TV and how much we paid for it until one evening the screen just went black. No popping, no static, no fanfare of any sort, just black.

We called a local TV guy up here and said, “We have this Vizio…”
“Well there’s your problem.”

I’m reminded of that short story from The Interepreter of Maladies about the rolling blackouts and how they forced a distant couple to reconnect. Well it so happens that Kir and I are newlyweds, we work together, we are totally connected in every way shape and form. We want TV. Plain and simple.

Observe the image below:

What Kir is doing is deleting non-critical programming from our DVR before it takes up space and prevents a Dirty Sexy Money or Heroes from being saved. No, your eyes aren’t fooling you. That screen is black. Kir is using her highly attuned hearing and menu-sense memory to sift through our DVR’s hard drive without actually having to see the interface.

My God, we love TV.

Can You Find The Fidel? by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 11:02 pm
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(Black kitten + Black leather cushion)^exhausted Patrick = Fidel(hisshissscratchscratchrunrunrun)/Patrick

Score! by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 10:36 pm
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Production managers take note…

You can bait and switch me with an “easy office PA job”.
You can work me 18 hours with scant overtime pay.
You can force me to do returns solo, with no help.

But fate (or the open gate of a 24ft International) will find a way to even things out in the end.

Let that be a lesson to all of you.

Working Wit’ the Kid Fitty Cent (featuring Akon) by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 10:13 pm
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So I did my first music video not too long ago. They went over budget, into overtime, etc. But contrary to what I had been told to expect, both superstars were there on time, well rehearsed, and shot out in very few takes. 50 with G-Unit and film crew below…

To make matters worse, the stage was an abandoned military warehouse at the Marine Terminal in Port Bayonne, you guessed it, New Jersey. The only place I can imagine where cruise ship passengers, military equipment, imported freight, and film shoots can co-exist in a gated, Department of Homeland Security-guarded (zzzzzz) pier.

How much does it suck to be getting off of that cruise ship? You’ve been to any number of tropical places–Nassau, Bimini, the Caymans, what have you–and this is what you come back to: romantic Bayonne, nestled in between the Port Elizabeth Shipping Container Canyon and the Turnpike Authority Gravel Pile, nightly illuminated by the Garden State’s own glowing Aurora oilheatalis. Guh. I want to shower just looking at those pictures.

Delinquent Posters by stegaliu
October 28, 2007, 10:05 pm
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We’ve been a couple of slackers lately. Between 50 Cent and Liftetime Television I set a personal record of 9 consecutive days of work with no day off. I was working alongside Kir on the Lifetime promo and she managed to snag a nice out of town job. We had an outing (or two) in White Plains this weekend to celebrate.