Category Archives: Friends

Crackers!

I sometimes envy bloggers who have gone the ‘photo a day’ route…especially when I’m tired and finding it difficult to string words together into a pithy theme.

But then I look at the really good ones.

Let’s face it — even if I grabbed my phone (because I’d be using my cell instead of an expensive camera) — I wouldn’t do the subject justice compared to some of the talented folks posting pics online every day.

One of my favs is a former student. You may not be able to see her photos on Facebook unless you’re lucky enough to be her friend, but she has a great eye and sense of humor.

Here’s a fun one from earlier this year entitled “Survivors”:

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Gotta love Goldfish…

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Respect

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Happy Armed Forces Day!

On your mark

I’ve always thought of waterproofing strictly for fabric protection.

Raincoats. Couches. Suede.  You get the idea.

Well, tonight I discovered that very same protection makes possible a great mealtime game  –

water droplet on clothWater Drop Races

At dinner earlier this evening, I spilled some water on the hotel conference room tablecloth.  By accident or design — I can’t remember which — we discovered if you blew on the drop of water, it raced across the table intact instead of dissipating into a wet splotch.

This was very entertaining to all of us.

(We’d been traveling all day.  Perhaps we were tired.)

Bring them home?

When the promos for the new ABC drama Resurrection began earlier this season, many people — including friends of mine — said they did not plan to watch.

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The idea of dead friends and family returning was too hard for many to think about, let alone see portrayed on network TV where they knew it would probably go really wrong.

I had similar misgivings, but couldn’t look away.

So I’ve watched the series in its entirety. Not surprisingly, the supernatural aspects are there and haven’t been explained to date. But I don’t think that’s the interesting part.

It’s how the people react to the return of their dead friends and family. How they try — or don’t try — to fit them back into their lives. You’d think they’d be celebrating, but instead they dwell on wrongs from years past that they still can’t forgive.

It’s a really interesting character study.

No picnic

My dog meets the darnedest people on our daily walks.

Exhibit A: Young Lady, Upper West Side.

She looked pleasant and sunny and harmless. Rory used his classic curl-around-your-legs-like-a-cat maneuver that no one can resist. She immediately plopped down on the sidewalk, and they began to cuddle.

After a couple of minutes of this instant friendship, Rory was ready to move on, the corner dog store in his sights.

antsAs the young lady stood up to leave, she said, “I’m surprised he didn’t eat any of the ants on the sidewalk.”

“Ants?”  I hadn’t noticed any.  “Well, I’m glad he didn’t.  Not sure how those would have gone down.”

“I’ve eaten ants before,” she said with a small smile. “They taste like lemon.  That’s probably why your dog wasn’t interested.”

Probably.  And now we all know.

 

Call for entries

I had new head shots made a couple of weeks ago, and while I had the photographer’s undivided attention, struck a couple of poses just for the fun of it.

Here’s my favorite.

CarlaCurtsinger2014_thumbsupMy friends will tell you this has become somewhat of a signature move for me (no matter how ill-advised).

I posted the shot on Facebook today and within minutes, one friend who has a talent for Photoshop quickly added his own editorial spin to the pic not once, but twice:

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(What can I say — the guy knows what I like.)

I welcome any other friends of The Egg to post your creations in the comments section. (Note I said ‘friends’…and I do moderate all comments.)

Can’t wait to give your creativity a big thumbs up!

Fantastic Mr. Reece

My friend Caroline is one of the most creative people I know.  So it’s no surprise that her kids are doing amazing things.

Nick, a filmmaker, has his mom’s skewed sense of humor…which translates into some pretty fun stuff on screen.

The recent, recurring snowy weather inspired his latest short, “Winter Clothing.”

Wes Anderson would be proud.

Tiny treats

I’m taking a class at NYU this fall and ordered my textbooks from Amazon. When a delivery arrived this morning, I broke open the box, expecting to see books.

On top of the air bladders was a thank you note for my order with two small sample packs of Mike and Ike.

mike and ikes I thought this was a new Amazon policy, which I — a sugarholic — was immediately behind.

But once I dug a little deeper, I realized the shipment was actually an early birthday gift from Peeps & Company, which makes Mike and Ike (and Peeps, as you might imagine).

orange peepsI was lucky enough to receive both!

But I still think it would be a great idea for Internet merchants like Amazon to include a candy surprise in their shipments.  It was only a tiny package — maybe 8 pieces — but it still put a smile on my face.

It’s the little things…

Christmas keepsake

I have a few holiday ornaments from my childhood that I cherish.

A cobalt blue ‘Silent Night.’  Snoopy on his doghouse. A red and white frosted star.

And tonight I added a new one to my collection that is already priceless.

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This is a hand-painted rendering of my dog Rory on a glass ornament by artist Meredith London.

Thank you, Beth Rogers. I will treasure it always.

Punking a prankster

For those of you following up on yesterday’s post, I played a prank on my best friend this weekend that was 30 years in the making.

john james youngShe tricked me into believing that she was dating John James, star of the TV drama Dynasty, when we first met in college. We have laughed at the memory over the years, but I finally found the right moment — and resources — to give her a little payback.

Her family planned a surprise birthday party for her on Friday, and I flew in as part of the festivities. Bad weather delayed the actual party, which meant my little surprise became the appetizer.

I told her I was dating someone new — ‘John’ — but was purposely vague on details.

Then my phone rang.

The actual John James was the on the other end of the line.  I had found his manager’s number, and John graciously agreed to be a part of my “wonderful, evil plot” to get back at Caroline.

John and I chatted briefly to establish our relationship, and then I passed the phone to Caroline, speaker on so I could listen to her ‘pass judgment’ on the new guy.

She soon complimented him on his ‘radio voice’ and asked if he had worked in media.  He ‘fessed up to being a producer and an actor, cleverly mentioning he once performed in the musical Promises, Promises near her hometown (where their photo was taken oh-so-many years ago).

She soon realized they knew the same musical director who conducted the same show at the same theatre…Wait a minute, who did you say you were?  

She believed he was the real John James quickly enough, and even thought we were dating for a moment.

To the victor go the spoils!

John James CarolineA huge thanks to John James for making my redemption possible.