As the sounds of the screams and the crying fade away, as the visual of seeing the burning buildings and the people running towards me when the buildings fell get more and more blurry, and as the smell of smoke and the feeling of time standing still become an almost non-existent memory, I honor all those who needlessly died on this day. Your passing was not in vain and we, as a people, will hopefully rise above the petty indifferences that brought us to that point - the point where innocent lives were taken just for living in this country.
I landed in NYC and am now at my Harlem digs putting things together to take back to L.A. w/ me. It's a little weird being back here because I kinda feel like a visitor now. I'm sure that'll change in a few hours or so, but..
I know one thing I DON'T miss is the summer heat down in the subways. Ohhhhh Lawwwwd!!! I am sweatin' harder than a one-legged River Dancer.
Alright,well...NYC...um...I apologize for having to tell you this, but there's someone else. I've decided that my ex and I are going to try things out again and see if this time we can't bring back the magic that we had long ago. I don't know if this is the wisest decision I've ever made, but I'd hate myself if I didn't try. I would like to remain friends, however, and hope that one day you can forgive me. And remember: It's not you, it's me.
Today I leave my home of 17 years and start fresh back in Los Angeles (my past home...). I am excited and scared, happy and sad, fresh-faced and worn-out. I leave behind my family and closest friends (Scott, Aaron, Erik, Richie, et al) and go toward my family and West Coast BFFs (Bob, Paul, Ernie, Mark, & Joe).
If you don't know why I'm doing this, it's simple: I am bound and determined to change my life for the better and to work doing what I do best - perform. I expect acting work, voice-over work, DJ'ing work sprinkled with a heapin' helpin' of rejection - yu can't have the yang without the yin.
Wish me luck.
Oh, and I've made a video of me, by me taken around NYC (and Jersey and CT) every day for the past 84 days. It was finished yesterday, but I've only had time to post today. You can either click here or watch after the jump. Enjoy.
Do you remember when Madonna told David Lettermanshe's never eaten pizza...sorry - never eaten "in a New York pizzeria"? Well, my very own Nancy Drew (also known as Aaron) hip me to the fact that she has and there's photographic proof. See it after the jump and keep in in mind that it may not be safe for work...
Why is it that when I was at the post office today and saw there was no one waiting in line (?!?) I tried to think of a reason to go stand in it....even though I was just there to drop off a few bills.
Obviously it's just one of those things that one doesn't see very often in NYC and not taking advantage of it would seem downright ignorant.
Today on the subway a woman was (loudly) yammering on to an older man about her Direct TV woes -- how she called about something or other and had to wait an hour for what-have-you for whatever the fuck she was calling about -- it was annoying, pointless and BORING AS HELL. The man she was talking to at was looking at her with an expression I have seen many times - the glassy eyed stare. It was then that I realized where I had see the blank look before. It was the look that my friends give me often.
Am I a yammering annoyance? Do my stories really go on about nothing and have little to no point to them? Yes. Many of them do.
But I'm gonna keep telling them until someone asks, "Does this story have a point?" or "Where's this story going?" or even "I'm sorry - were you talking to me?"
You know, when it rains in this city, commuting becomes a bitch. Taking a train can either be an extremely cold, humid ride on a stinky subway or you could get stuck underground when the tacks get flooded. Taking a bus will without a doubt be time-consuming (no to mention cold, humid and stinky). Your best bet, one can assume, is a cab but therein lies a big problem -- getting one. It can take 5-10 minutes sometimes... When you finally do get one, be prepared for lots of traffic -- people in this city are ridiculous about driving in the rain (though not as bad as they are in L.A.).
My point, and I do have one, is that you should leave extra early if you wanna get anywhere on time when you reside in NYC.
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The new modern landmarkApple Store opens tonight on 5th Ave and I REALLY wanna be there, but alas I will be on the Isle of Fire.
I've heard (and read) many rumors such as the store was giving away the new MacBooks every hour to lucky visitors throughout the weekend. I also heard that U2 may also possibly play a concert to kick it off. I even heard that Bill Gates would be working at the Genius Bar at some point in the next 2 days, but the exact time would remain a secret.
Regardless, it's going to be a mob scene and I say bully for them. Apple rocks! (How nerdy am i??)
Wow...people can be SO unforgiving. David Blaine lives underwater in an oversized fishbowl for seven days, surviving on liquids pumped in through a tube, and when he can't hold his breath for longer than 7 minutes(!) the world turns on him. Have you read all the criticism he's gotten today on blogs? Not cute.
When's the last time you lived underwater for 7 days; sleeping there, eating there, pissing there? Hmm?? How long have you held your breath? The longest I've done it was in the back of a cab from W.52nd street to...um...W.70th? There's no way I could have done it all the way up to W.128th. (If you're a New Yorker, you'll have done this before because you know what I'm talkin' about)
I say give this man a huge round of applause for at least TRYING to do something no one else has been able to do. It may have been crazy but, hey, that's what he do.
All I know is that he's got balls, albeit shrunken/pruned ones.
Parade Chairman John Dunleavy told the The Irish Times:
“If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow Neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?...If we let the ILGO (Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization) in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?”
Nice, right? So gays are the biggest threat/mortal enemy of the Irish? And why would the blacks only march in Harlem? Riddle me this Fatman.