It was the 50th birthday party that didn’t happen.
Well, not as planned.
I flew to Cincinnati today to attend a surprise party for my best friend from college. Her family had gone all out, and she was totally in the dark.
Then the weather dumped its own surprise on us — ice and snow that made the roads too dangerous.
So we had to reschedule the party for Saturday and let her in on it.
A smaller group of us ended up at her next door neighbors house tonight for an impromptu dinner, which was loads of fun…so really, she is getting TWO parties.
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Tagged birthday, Cincinnati, family, friends, Humor, life, party, snow, surprise, weather
That pretty much sums it up.
We watched movies and ordered pizza; we’re watching football right now. All and all…
A good day.
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Tagged family, football, Holiday, Humor, life, Montauk, Movies, pizza, rain, Travel, weather
If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms: Steve Carell can really act.
Because in this movie, our favorite nice guy plays an out-and-out prick.
But he’s not the central character in Way Back.
His girlfriend’s son Duncan is. The two of them don’t see eye-to-eye, and it makes for an uncomfortable threesome, especially when they go away together for the summer. Duncan escapes by getting a job at Water Wizz, a local water park, where he finds the acceptance he can’t find at home.
This movie made me smile for a lot of reasons.
Sam Rockwell is a surprising, endearing water park manager and surrogate father to Duncan. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — who won an Oscar for The Descendants screenplay — wrote and directed his movie as well…but I was mostly happy to see Nat’s goofy face return to the screen after the egregious cancellation of his sitcom Ben and Kate. And most of all, it was fun to see a movie about water slides…
…after a weekend of 100 degree weather. Heaven.
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Tagged Ben and Kate sitcom, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Humor, Jim Rash, life, movie screenplay, Movies, Nat Faxon, nice guy, Oscar, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, summer, surrogate father, The Descendants, The Way Way Back, water park, water works, weather
When Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of New York and New Jersey last October, my Upper West Side neighborhood didn’t even lose power.
To say we were lucky doesn’t even cover it.
That’s why I am excited to have the opportunity to participate in National Dine Out Day – to eat out at one of the many restaurants that are donating a percentage of today’s sales to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
And the great thing is…you can, too! Restaurant chains across the country — in practically every state — are taking part. Check the list to see if there is a participating location near you, and dine out to make a difference!
If your state didn’t make the list, you can still donate to the cause here.
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Tagged cooking, donations, food, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Jersey Strong, life, love, National Dine Out Day, New Jersey, New York, restaurant chains, restaurants, Upper West Side, weather
I can be chatty in airport gate areas if I’m bored — even more so if my plane is delayed by weather.
Last night at DFW I ended up commiserating with a fellow passenger as we waited for our flight. He was from Brooklyn, and sold..
He had gone to Dallas to deliver one to a corporate client and was headed home.
I found his job to be very entertaining. I don’t know exactly why.
I’m sure selling helicopters is not that different from selling cars or trucks or farm machinery. But it is just such a niche….and absolutely the last thing I expected him to say in the long list of possible occupations.
And I kept thinking, “Man, where was this guy when I was doing improv comedy back in Kansas City?“
‘Helicopter salesman’ would have been such a great suggestion.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Comedy, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel, Weather
Tagged airplanes, airport, airport gate, Brooklyn, Business, cars, comedy, Dallas, DFW, farm machinery, helicopter, helicopter salesman, Humor, improv comedy, improv suggestion, life, niche job, occupations, passenger, transportation, Travel, trucks, weather, weather delays
One of the many advantages of a) working from home and b) having HBO is being able to watch Oscar-nominated documentaries during lunch.
Today’s featured selection: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of this film before I saw it listed on HBO OnDemand. If perchance you haven’t either, I strongly encourage you to invest the short 40 minutes required.
Director Lucy Walker chronicles the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Survivors share their stories of loss, and work together to rebuild their communities — already making progress a mere month after the storm hit.
And what are the ‘cherry blossoms’ in the title, you ask? I’ll let you watch the film and find out.
It is a vital part of their history and culture, and one reason a tsunami could never break the Japanese people.
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Tagged Academy Awards, cherry blossoms, commentary, documentary, entertainment, HBO, HBO OnDemand, history, Japan, Japanese people, life, love, Lucy Walker, movie director, Movies, Oscars, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms, Travel, tsumani, weather
In NYC today, it was summer.
Toes were out. Flips were flopped.
I mention this because so many of my friends in the Midwest are covered in snow.
Not rubbing it in, mind you –
just giving you some hope!
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Tagged flip flops, friends, Humor, life, photos, snow, summer, weather
Today the sun was shining bright in Singapore. I could see it from the windows of my classroom, where I was teaching all day.
My timing, as always, is excellent.
I could also see this beautiful patch of green.
It covered one of the underground garage entrances, and was a welcome break in the glass and cement office park.
You see the stairs leading to the grass? I wondered if people actually used them…perhaps sit in the sun on days that are a little less tropical.
So I asked.
Apparently Singapore always has weather like this. No cooler season that drops the temps below even 80 degrees. That’s when I knew — I could never live in this island paradise.
(My hair told me so.)
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Tagged Business, classroom, frizzy hair, glass and cement, grass, green, Humor, inner voice, life, paradise, photography, Singapore, skyscrapers, teaching, Travel, tropical climate, tropical island, undeground garage, weather
The Egg is headed to Singapore today for a business trip.
My stay is regrettably short. The weather forecast is stormy. But this is my hotel.
I think I can make this work.
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Tagged Business, business trip, Humor, life, photography, Singapore, storm, the bright side of life, Travel, weather
What’s up with Dairy Queen?
They seem as fascinated with natural disasters as Quentin Tarentino is with blood and gore.
I’ve never really thought about it until today, when a friend posted a picture of a DQ Mudslide (left) on Facebook.
But then I realized DQ has Mudslides. And Blizzards. And Earthquakes.
And it makes you wonder what naming guru at DQ — or their agency of record — associates really bad weather with ice cream treats?
You gotta admit, it’s weird.
And probably weirder still that we don’t spare the names a second thought as we cram all that gooey chocolate sauce into our pie holes.
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Tagged advertising, advertising agency, bad weather, chocolate sauce, cold front, commentary, Dairy Queen, DQ, DQ Blizzard, DQ Earthquake, DQ Mudslide, Facebook, Foods, Humor, ice cream, life, natural disasters, product naming, Quentin Tarentino, restaurants, weather, writing