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POV

I was eating lunch at my desk on Friday, when I heard a couple of my co-workers chatting somewhere in the room behind me.

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“You are always so happy. I don’t know how you do it.”

“They don’t pay me enough to kill myself.”

That made me laugh aloud. And today, when many folks are posting inspirational quotes on Twitter —

It deserves its moment in the spotlight.

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I started following @SteveJobQuotes on Twitter when the account appeared following his untimely death.

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The account was exactly that — inspirational quotes from Jobs taken from his live talks or book.

It was food for thought.

But lately the tweets have taken a turn. Only today, “The best ways to flirt” and “Deadly fashion sins” were on their newsfeed.

I can’t picture Jobs having much to say on either topic, except perhaps —

“A black turtleneck is always right.”

Create, create, create

I was having a kind of blah Sunday.

Nothing wrong, but not inspired….just blah.

Then I found the work of artist Mel Bochner online. Look at what he was able to create around the very same idea —

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Now, that’s inspiring!

(So is the rest of his portfolio. Check it out.)

Bricked in

My sister and I are planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter later this year.

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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.

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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?

Disappointing.

Blowing bubbles and picking fights

Have you ever heard of Jeff Goodman?

Me either…until about 15 minutes ago.

march madnessDuring March Madness — the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ — I look forward to all the new names and faces and stories of teams going above-and-beyond what even they thought they could do on the road to the Final Four.

It’s the spirit of college sports.

Sure, we start with a Number 1 seed for the tournament, and Number 1 seeds for each of the regions.   But the games that truly inspire us — that have made this championship the tradition it is today — are those David-and-Goliath victories.

The Cinderella teams.  The lower-seed overachievers.  The bubble teams who prove they belong.

Which brings me back to Jeff Goodman, a CBS sportswriter based in Boston who seems to have forgotten all that.  If it is that difficult for you to watch, Mr. Goodman, simply look the other way.

The rest of us enjoy the view.

4 wrongs make a blog

Inspiration comes in many forms. Graffiti. Photography. T-shirts. T-shirts of t-shirts.

Let me explain.

Last week the Marc Jacobs store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood was hit by street artist Kidult.

Well…at least the ginormous graffiti said ‘art.’

That may sound like bright-side thinking.  But Marc Jacobs went one step further.

The label created t-shirts bearing a photo of the abused storefront and is selling them for a whopping $689 exclusively at the Soho store.

I believe that’s known as ‘high art.’

Kidult has denounced Marc Jacobs as a ‘capitalist thieve’ on Twitter.  And Tumblr Wilfry has decided to make some bucks off the very public altercation by selling their version for only $35.

And I’m telling the story.  Of the artist who spray painted Marc Jacobs. Who made t-shirts of the graffiti.  Who ticked off the artist.  Who was copied again in a tee by Tumbler Wilfry.

And everyone made money but me.

Yep.  Sounds like a blog.

Favorite places

While re-watching 500 Days of Summer recently, I found myself wondering…

What are my favorite buildings in Manhattan?

The lovesick architect Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was able to find inspiration in Los Angeles.  I live in New York City, home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world.  What speaks to me?

The Lucerne Hotel

When I was looking for my first apartment in the city back in 2006, this Upper West Side building immediately caught my eye.  The realtor had made an appointment for me at a nondescript high-rise across the street; I just wanted to talk about this beautifully ornate structure.

I soon learned it was a boutique hotel with a decidedly European influence — a French restaurant occupies the entire ground floor — and that had it just undergone a major renovation.

But at the turn-of-the-century, The Lucerne was a residence hotel.  Eugene O’Neill is one of its more storied occupants.  I’m sure it was less grand back then, but the man knew his architecture.

I wish the darn thing would go co-op now!

The Ides of Carson

A friend had a brilliant inspiration during Dancing with the Stars last night that she posted on Facebook.  Today I devote The Egg to officially launch her campaign:

BERGERON-KRESSLEY
Dancing with the Stars Co-Hosts

That’s right — Brooke Burke out; Carson Kressley in.  If you watched last night’s results show, we all got a taste of exactly what that might look like.

Fun.  High energy.  Witty.  Filled with the unexpected.  All the things that an evening of hosting — and conversation, I would guess — with Brooke Burke is not.

Full disclosure  — I’ve never been a fan of Brooke.  I wasn’t when she started hosting; I’m not now.  While she is lovely to look at, I just don’t think she has much else to offer.

If she were flipping letters on Wheel of Fortune, that would be fine.  But DWTS requires she be quick on her feet, and she’s simply not.  Standing next to Tom Bergeron — the best host in the biz — well, it’s just sad.  And she’s not getting any better.

But Carson and Tom together?  Totally different personalities, of course, but both big.  Both bold.  Both smart as a whip.  And funny?!

Oh, I think America would buy tickets to that party.


The beaten path

I could stare at this all day.

I took the photo myself — yesterday morning in fact — while I was walking Rory in the park surrounding the American Museum of Natural History.

(The one with the dinosaurs?  Yeah, that one.)

The tulips in their border gardens are amazing this year.  I’ve taken dozens of pics during our daily strolls. I especially like this shot because, in that particular flower bed, one lone lavender tulip has braved the red masses on the edge of the green.

Hey, it ain’t easy being lavender.

Of course, the color makes it stand out all the more, so he’s the one you notice out of all those flowers.  Bet he never guessed that would happen when he was just a bulb….back when the red tulips wouldn’t  let him play their “raindrop games.”

God, I’m a goof.

But it’s funny how a simple flower can evoke such memories of childhood.  Being different — by choice or by design — and staying the course regardless of peer pressure or outside influences. And sometimes it’s nothing more than where you were planted in the first place.  (I’m kinda liking this whole floral metaphor…)

So, let’s get out there today, and get our bloom on!

Click click click

When you write a daily blog, you find inspiration in all kinds of places.  Some days the ideas seem to be everywhere.

Other times…not so much.

That’s when you find yourself scouring the Internet, going from website to website, looking for any germ of an idea to get started.  A headline or even a word may be all it takes.  There are even online generators geared to writers that spit out random words or phrases, which can be really helpful at times.

But today I discovered a random image generator that is so cool, I just had to share it.  It’s called “Things on a White Board.” All you do is open the link and click the image.  New images will continue to appear as long as you keep on clickin.’

Frogs, dogs, ghosts, traffic signs.  They hadn’t started repeating when I stopped clicking…but deep down, I kinda wondered if they would.

What will be the last image you see?

Now, you might wonder, “What’s the point?”  I guess some people might find inspiration for new ideas in the images they see.  Or they might just be curious, like me, to see if the loop is as endless as it appears.   Or maybe it’s just a good way to blow five or ten minutes.  Give your brain a break.  Look at some pretty pictures.

Be careful, though.  Like all good things, it’s kinda addictive.