Monday, March 30, 2009

Remembering Marches

As with previous months, the responsibilities of my expanded job position and ups and downs in my personal life have prevented me from blogging as regularly throughout March as I would have liked. Thus, affecting my Year Three in Preview, where "posts of present accounts of being will end with 'a year ago- and two years ago- today' links to the past of becoming until the third year comes full circle and the 'Becoming a New Yorker' blogtale is complete."

So here is a year ago this month and two years ago this month for March:
March 2008
March 2007

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Best Things in Life are on The Dollar Menu

My boyfriend's best friend plays for an NBA team out west, and on a recent trip east, his live-in girlfriend made the journey to New York City to see him play in Madison Square Garden. It wasn't your usual first trip (ever) to New York. It involved all of the perks of dating a multimillion-dollar athlete that make you want to hate her - but you can't even be jealous because you are giddily watching the fairytale actually happen to someone who deserves it. A girl from his hometown, who never made it her goal in life to date a professional athlete, and who - despite her dramatically transformed lifestyle - manages to somehow remain untainted, unabsorbed, unoccupied by the hype.

A season ticket holder at their home arena has become close friends with us over the past few years and emailed me prior to her trip: And she told me that [name eradicated] would be taking her shopping on 5th Avenue, and she's asking me...What's 5th Avenue?!! Haha! Won't she have a blast!

In addition to Fifth Avenue shopping, her first trip to New York City included a few Midtown sights, gourmet meals, club seats at Madison Square Garden, and a room key to the W Hotel in Times Square. Club seats she shared with me, I might add! And because her boyfriend had to fly back west immediately after the game and her return flight wasn't until the next day, she shared her room at the W with me, too, and we made it a girls' night. With anything we could possibly desire at the press of the W's Whatever/Wherever button, we really lived it up ... with cotton pajamas and McDonald's parfaits! The floor-to-ceiling-window view over Times Square was merely incidental (wink).

A Year Ago Today: The Perfect City
Two Years Ago Today:
Colleague Convo - Through Swayze's Tree
Commute-Associated Hazards

Sunday, March 15, 2009

So ...

You are more likely in New York City to be walking to the gym one morning, enjoying the Eighth Avenue breeze ... and suddenly remember that you got felt up by a married woman in Johnny Utah's last night.

A Year Ago Today: United Colors of Benetton
Two Years Ago Today:
Say It Ain't Snow!
Phone Photo Ops - Yesterday's Weather

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Remembering New York Firsts

Looking back on posts from two years ago, I realized that even though I love living in Hell's Kitchen ... sometimes I miss my Harlem studio. I guess you'll always miss your firsts ...

A Year Ago Today: Colleague Convo - News Travels Fast
Two Years Ago Today: Phone Photo Op - Apt To Be Cont'd

Monday, March 09, 2009

City of Actors

You're more likely in New York to walk through the tunnel between the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations and pass by an advertisment for a TV show in which your best friend might have a frequent recurring role ... say in the barbershop ... as Kiki ... [name drop, name drop, name drop].

A Year Ago Today:
Phone Photo Op - Double Yokes and Oftens
Reviews of Views
Two Years Ago Today: Phone Photo Op - W. 4th St.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Reality of Likelihoods

You are more likely in New York to have a friend go to L.A. for a few weeks and then return to tell you that she was filming a reality TV show.

Catch our girlfriend Natasha on VH1's "Tough Love", Sundays beginning on March 15.

A Year Ago Today: M-I-C-K-E-Y ... M-O-NYC
Two Years Ago Today: Size Does Matter

Other Natasha-related links:
VH1 Profile (Use code TUFLUV for 10% off any shopping tour!)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

"Things I Love" Thursdays - The Little Things

I love the little things about NYC that become daily familiarities when you live here.

They're like generally unspoken secrets you share with 8 million other people - things you wouldn't necessarily know or notice unless you lived here.

They make for great bar talk whenever you and any of the 8 million people, who love this city as much as you do, get together.
"Things I Love" Thursdays are inspired by "I Love New York" (BNY, February 14, 2007).

A Year Ago Today: Phone Photo Op - The Secret of the Ooze
Two Years Ago Today: No post

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Phone Photo Ops - New Roommie

I don't like dogs.*
But I like my roommate.
My roommate likes dogs.
So now we have a dog.

The dog doesn't seem to care that I don't like her.

*To rephrase, it's not that I don't like dogs. My sentiments toward dogs are somewhat parallel to my feelings about children. I like kids that I can return to the parents when I'm tired of them.

A Year Ago Today: High Caloric Weekend
Two Years Ago Today:
Hoboken Saint Patrick's Day
Phone Photo Ops - St. Patty's Day in NJ
Phone Photo Op - Walking to the PATH

Monday, March 02, 2009

Phone Photo Op - Morning Snow

On the way to gym this morning, I loved the loved the deep, untouched, white snow in the dark, quiet Manhattan streets. Returning to my apartment around 7am to get ready for work, the magic waas already being scraped and trampled into brown piles and slush in the dawn of rush hour.

A Year Ago Today: No post
Two Years Ago Today:
Super NYC Woman
Nikki Baby's Birthday