My flight home today to New York wasn’t until afternoon, so I decided to squeeze in some more sightseeing before check-out.
My feet voted against the idea, so I took a taxi to the Tokyo Tower which, like my hotel, is located in the Roppingi district.
It looks like an orangey-red Eiffel Tower, so I imagined it also occupied a large, grassy expanse. But this is Tokyo; the tower (which is taller than Eiffel) is sitting directly on the street.
You can see it here reflected in the building across the street.
(I like that shot.)
There are two observation levels. The first offers beautiful views of Tokyo.
But when you ride to the tip-top, you appear to be in the clouds. And when you are that far up, it calls for one thing –
After I came back down to Earth, I grabbed lunch at Bubby’s, the Tokyo location of a New York restaurant in Tribeca and Brooklyn.
I discovered it quite by accident a few blocks from my hotel and had to check it out.
Bubby’s is famous for their breakfast, burgers and homemade pie. I had banana-walnut pancakes for lunch — hey, I was on vacation — and they were good.
It was the perfect transitional meal before I headed toward home.
See you soon!
Posted in Design, Humor, Life, Museums, Photography, Travel
Tagged design, Eiffel Tower, Humor, Japan, life, museum, photography, selfie, Tokyo, Tokyo Tower, Travel
July 19, 2014
“Dog people are good people.”
Posted in Animals, Design, Dogs, Fashion, Humor, Life, Photography, transportation, Travel
Tagged Amtrak, back of head, baseball cap, design, Dogs, Fashion, follow that dog, hat, Humor, life, photography, quote, train, transportation, Travel
Posted in Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Philosophy, Writing
Tagged design, Humor, let's do this, lettering, life, philosophy, read set go, writing
A chance viewing on the great Google machine inspired the question:
With all the bizarre holidays out there, why don’t we celebrate Funny Chalkboard Sign Day?
There are so many really funny chalkboard signs outside bars and restaurants…and I think they deserve some recognition.
I posted some of the my favorites below.
Have you seen others that deserve a shout out? Post them in the comments. And look for the national holiday coming soon.
A chalkboard sign would be a really good place to promote it…
Posted in Advertising, Art, Design, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Life, Restaurants
Tagged advertising, art, bars, bizarre holidays, Business, chalk, chalk dust, chalkboard, comments, design, Funny Chalkboard Sign Day, Google, holidays, Humor, Internet, interwebs, life, national holiday, restaurants, second glance, sense of humor, when the dust settles
I found a Fourth of July dessert that I surprisingly haven’t made. And it’s so simple.
Beautiful and easy.
I really hope someone makes it for me.
Posted in Cooking, Design, Food, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged American flag, bananas, blueberries, cooking, design, dessert, food, Fourth of July, fruit, fruit kabobs, Holiday, Humor, Independence Day, July 4th, life, skewers, strawberries, US flag
I passed this delivery truck in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon. The service is new to me, but the name is a classic.
Can it really be over 30 years now — 1981 in fact — since Dudley Moore burst onto the scene in the comedy classic Arthur, with Sir John Gielgud at his side as his loyal, oh-so-proper manservant Hobson?
Even he might approve of the logo’s jaunty cap and just-so tie.
The driver of the delivery van was very young. I couldn’t help but wonder — does he even understand the reference for the company name?
Perhaps he is more familiar with the cringeworthy 2011 movie version of Arthur where Helen Mirren portrayed Hobson in a bit of gender-bending casting. If so, he is probably confused by the logo. (Helen didn’t wear a hat.)
And thinks the movie was awful.
Posted in Cars, Celebrities, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies
Tagged advertising, Arthur movie, Butler, cap, cars, celebrities, company name, delivery, delivery truck, design, driver, driving, Dudley Moore, entertainment, gender bending, hat, Helen Mirren, Hobson, Humor, I'll alert the media, imdb.com, life, manservant, Movies, New York City, nostalgia, origin, Russell Brand, servant, Sir John Gielgud, Upper West Side, van
In honor of the first day of the Championships Wimbledon, I have posted an amazing portrait of Queen Elizabeth:
It was created from random, found objects by British artist Jane Perkins.
There are two reasons to celebrate the old country today!
Posted in Art, Celebrities, Crafts, Design, Humor, Life, Sports
Tagged art, celebrities, Championships Wimbledon, craft, design, England, found objects, Humor, old country, portrait, Queen Elizabeth, Sports, tennis, Wimbledon
My sister and I are planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter later this year.
Two childless women. Headed to an amusement park. I can’t wait.
Luckily, Universal Orlando welcomes people without children to their properties. Sure, the Harry Potter books were originally written for a young adult audience, but the franchise has an appeal that defies age.
I’m glad they recognize that.
Legoland is not quite as open-minded.
Only adults accompanied by a child are allowed in the Legoland locations during regular business hours. They do have occasional adults-only evening sessions, but the message is clear:
If you don’t have a child, you are guilty until proven innocent.
Is it so hard to believe that someone would want to visit Legoland to be inspired by the design?
Posted in Books, Children, Commentary, Design, Education, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Life, Movies, Museums, Travel
Tagged amusement park, books, business hours, childless women, children, design, education, entertainment, guilty until proven innocent, Humor, inspiration, Legoland, life, Movies, open-minded, Travel, trip, Universal Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, young adult
I saw this bus shelter ad for Seamless.com, an online food delivery service, in my neighborhood this morning:
How old was the copywriter?
I can remember calling to book a flight…sometimes still do if an agency is handling the travel arrangements for a business meeting that I’m attending.
Write for your audience, not yourself, young people.
And Seamless, if you send me a coupon code, we can forget all about this.
Posted in Advertising, Design, Food, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Writing
Tagged advertising, booking, bus shelter, design, flights, food, Humor, life, New York City, online orders, phone call, restaurants, seamless, seamless.com, Travel, travel agency, Upper West Side, writing
Have you seen the Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz?
She posed celebrities as classic heroes and villains from Disney films: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Brave. Russell Brand as Captain Hook. Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.
They are really something.
But I think they are wasted on celebs. I mean, regular folk would be a more impressive transformation, don’t you think?
Oh yes, I quite agree.
Posted in Celebrities, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Photography
Tagged animation, Annie Leibovitz, Captain Hook, celebrities, Disney, Disney Dream Portraits, entertainment, heroes, Humor, Jessica Chastain, life, Merida, photography, Rapunzel, Russell Brand, Taylor Swift, villians