November 25, 2004


November 17, 2004

No online access at work + getting home after 11 every night = not that much blogging action. So, short summary: life is pretty darn good.

November 15, 2004

Three Unrelated Things.
  1. Working in New York and spending most of my time here is turning out to be really expensive, though obviously worth it.
  2. I found a church with a basement thrift store that offers cheap Internet access, so I am not completely cut off from the world.
  3. There is a cigar-store wooden Indian next to me with a $1000 pricetag. It is kinda scary.

November 13, 2004

This 2:00 a.m. PATH-training to Journal Square via Hoboken every night is getting mighty old mighty quick. Maybe my company wouldn't have a problem with me just crashing in my cubicle some nights.

November 12, 2004


November 11, 2004

The Superexcitingness Continues! After months and months of unemployed doldrumosity, it seems like everything is coming together for me lately. The swanky new job, the crimefighting, the womens*, and now the comedy superstardom! I attended tonight's Cage Match at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which tonight was the second of three rounds of the Improv 3 on 3 Tournament. The event is co-hosted by my practice group's team, and is always a lot of fun.

In the 3 on 3, seven teams compete each of the three weeks, performing seven minutes each of longform improv. The audience votes afterwards, and the top three finishers make the finals, held in a couple of weeks. Well, as you might guess by now, I did get picked, and fortunately ended up with two pretty good performers. The seven minutes was a complete rush, with everything feeling very sharp and smooth. There were a couple of slow points but for the most part it all seemed to work. It is simply much easier to perform in front of a crowd than alone, since you know immediately what is working and what isn't, and for our brief show everything more or less worked.

We were the sixth group out of seven (wildcard teams go last, but this week there was a no-show, meaning there were two wildcard teams, the other of which was the only one I saw, and they completely rocked). We were all called back onstage, and then there was the voting, then the waiting. When the winners were announced, the first was the other wildcard team, then a different team who I didn't see, and then...(I imagine the suspense is killing you)...US! We totally made the finals, causing me to start bouncing up and down.

More details to come, but right now I am excited and exhausted.

November 10, 2004

Nope, it wasn't. I guess I was wrong.
I think that today is gonna turn out to be the day!

November 09, 2004

Doing My Part for Jersey City. I just foiled an attempted car (well, minivan) robbery that was taking place a block from my apartment building, on a dead-end street where I have often parked my own car (which was a motivating factor, in its own selfish way, for me calling the police). I was almost home from work and some drinks with P-Frank when I heard the sound of breaking glass. I looked over to see three teens huddled around a minivan, and then the three teens going into the minivan. Hmmm...I thought: this seems a touch suspicious.

So after a brief inner debate I decided to call 911 (for what I actually think was the first time ever). I gave the police the relevant information and then, because I am a very, very stupid person, I stayed nearby (though out of sight, I hope). There was soon a very fateful moment of comedy: the now-obviously-hotwired minivan began to pull out of the dead-end street when a towtruck approached, its hazards flashing. Immediately the driver stopped and shifted into reverse, peeling back down the street, out of immediate view. By the time they tried another getaway a few minutes later, an actual police car had arrived, followed by another. Apparently a dead-end street is a bad place for something to go wrong with your crime.

After some searching by the police, one of the three teens took off out of the dead-end and down the street, followed by two cops on foot and eventually one of the cars. I took this opportunity to skedaddle, though I saw from my apartment window that they quickly caught the kid. The police never called me back (I didn't give them my number, but I assume they have it) so I guess that concludes my involvement in this episode. Of course, that's assuming that nobody saw me, and that I don't get some sort of revenge beating. God, that would totally suck. don't think that car thieves read blogs, do you?

November 08, 2004

Makeup Week (What?!?!) Continues Here at The Donk! It's time for the latest episode of "Complete the AM New York Newspaper Column Lead!" This installment's column lead comes courtesy of former Playgirl Editor-in-Chief Ronnie Koenig. Let's play!
It's happened with every boyfriend I've ever had. About three months into the relationship, when the "I love you's" have already been said and a sort of comfortableness sets in, he'll look over to me as I'm putting on lipstick and innocently say...
What will he innocently say? Is it:
  1. "I wish you wouldn't come in here when I'm taking a dump."
  2. "Please, whatever you do, don't quote me in a crappy giveaway newspaper that people basically use as a sanitary guard for subway seats."
  3. "I am so glad I tried dating a fat chick for once."
  4. "Will you put some on me?"
  5. "Whore."
The correct answer is, as indicated by the article's title "When a Man Is Confident in Lipstick," D.

To which I can only reply, "Every man?!" Seriously? I'll admit that this isn't exactly my area of expertise, but doesn't that 100% figure seem just a bit high, even given what might be a rather large sampling size?

And just what type of confident guy reaches for the makeup box on cue at the 90-day mark? A few quotes: "No, I haven't been dating the members of Duran Duran..." "Members of bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, and Poison may have looked bizarre to parents, but certainly not to the throngs of women backstage at their concerts." "From the ancient traditions of Native Americans to the war paint Tommy Lee once adorned his face with, there is a wildness that men are burning to express through color."

Sense a theme running through those? So my fellow men, if you're looking to date an ex-groupie for a period of about three months, just slap on that lipstick and rouge!

November 07, 2004

"Warning: The following six pages may cause intense cravings, hunger pangs -- and even drooling. We've been hunting and gathering all over the world to find the most delicious, food-inspired gourmet beauty gifts. We can't think of anyone who wouldn't want something this delish. Bon appetit!"
From the Sephora catalog's "Sweet Treats" section, featuring Spiced Apple Cider Shower Gel, Old-Fashioned Eggnog Body Wash, and Pomegranate Brown Sugar Body Polish.

Selections from the Sephora "Sweet Treats" collection not listed in the catalog because of space constraints:
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November 03, 2004

Just when I thought that things couldn't get any better for me, P-Frank passes this little bit of good news along to me. Sounds like a certain somebody might need a little comforting, perhaps from a fully employed man.
Let's all clear our minds and move on to more important matters.

November 02, 2004

There Is Democracy occurring in My Building, Right Now! Just took a quick swing out to my lobby to vote (though not while still wearing my pajamas, which I had briefly considered doing). It's a fairly quiet scene, with only about 20 people around (half seemingly just hanging out), talking politics, with one guy yukking it up, trying to be the center of attention (probably just killing time until the bars open).

There were three people ahead of me on line, and one old toothless guy who got on line behind me and immediately pulled out a container of yogurt and began eating. After signing in at the desk and waiting to enter the booth I was met by three or four official (with color-coded badges) poll-watchers from the major Mayoral campaigns, each of whom held a checklist of all the voters in the district. There was one real scary-looking kid there from the Manzo campaign and a desperately old guy for Healy, so I think they made the right move having the pleasant woman representing Acting Mayor L. Harvey Smith's group ask the questions. Then I went into the booth and finally got this voting thing frigging over.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I need to head over to Grove Street, put on this fake goatee, and vote under the name "Diego DeConsuela."

November 01, 2004

Zogby Final National Poll of 2,836 Unlikely Voters.

18%: Planning to Register Any Day Now
17%: The Guy on the TeeVee
14%: The Other Guy..You Know...Him
13%: Shit, You Think I Wanna Get Called for Jury Duty?
9%: Yeah, Right, Like I'm Spending My Day Off in a High-School Cafeteria
8%: Not Bothering Until I Can Vote by Phone, Like for American Idol
8%: Curious to See If P. Diddy Will Carry Through on His Threat
6%: Wait a Minute...This Tuesday? You Sure?
4%: Heads
3%: Tails

Margin of Sampling Error: +/- 35%
Maximum big surprise she knows something new,
I pull my shirt off and pray.
I'm saving myself to suffer the heatwave,
Pull my shirt off and pray.
We're coming up on re-election day.

I couldn't find the lyrics to Lyle Lovett's "Election Day," so instead I'm stuck with Duran Duran. And what's worse, late post-"Seven and the Ragged Tiger" Duran Duran. It's a crappy little song, but just like the real Election Day, if you can only wait a little while it will soon be over. That's right, just 24 hours from now it will be November 3, and this seemingly eternal election will finally be over.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! That's a joke, son! This goddamned thing is gonna drag on for months! Lawyers are already massing on the Florida and Ohio borders, just waiting for the signal to attack! (And just so I can be the first to pass along some soon-to-be-unavoidable information, 68 of Ohio's 88 counties use those chadtastic punch cards, and seven counties use touch-screen ballots which might not be possible to recount! Wheeee!)

As for the local scene, I can report that the voting machines are already in place in the lobby of my apartment building, so if anybody wants to hurry over we could probably get in a good three-to-five thousand votes in before the volunteers arrive. And there sure are a lot of candidates to choose from. Besides the big two there are candidates from three different socialist parties -- the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Workers Party, and Socialist Party USA (or perhaps U!S!A!) -- which will certainly split the socialist vote, throwing the election to the damn capitalists again. The much-scarier-than-you-thought Lyndon LaRouche is not on the New Jersey ballot, but the selling-a-DVD-on-which-he-debates-hand-puppets Ralph Nader is.

Of course, the big Jersey City battle is for a Mayor to finish out the late Glenn Cunningham's term, which expires in June. It's been a pretty normal election season here in Chilltown, with your standard assortment of defaced signs, dead rats, and photos of a candidate sprawled out on his porch, drunk and naked.
"I was walking down the block and I see this guy naked on his front porch, and my friend tells me he's running for mayor, so I go running back and start taking his picture," said Hector Rodriguez, 18, who used a camera phone.
Ah yes, just the kind of quote any political hopeful wants to see in the heat of the campaign battle. I'm actually going to vote for that drunk/naked hopeful, Jerramiah Healy, since Tris McCall, whose opinion I value on local issues, has endorsed him. The race seems to be coming down to Healy and Louis Manzo, about whom I've never heard anybody say a good word, but he does actually live in my building (though I never saw him until last week, when he stood in the lobby one morning shaking hands, though not introducing himself), and his mailbox is directly above mine, so that I occasionally get his mail. I have to admit that it would be kinda cool to get the Mayor's mail, but that's not much of a reason to cast a vote.

Speaking of which, I probably need to decide who I'm voting for pretty soon, huh?
Beginning to Look Back Wistfully on the Dole. Now just wait a mean they expect me to show up for work every single weekday, week after frigging week?!?! So when the hell am I supposed to go to Atlantic City?

[Things are going really well at work so far, by the way.]

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