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Mar-30-2010

building a better patty: week 8

the days of leography are long gone…….

for the next year, we will explore different permutations of patty to honor our friend, patty. like with leo…we have enough to start but not to finish…as of yet! so submit your best and favorite patties…..

last month, we called her peppermint patty, paddy wagon, hamburger patty, mental tele-patty.

this month, we’ve called her patty mayonaise ,st. patty’s day, and patty cake

this week, she will be called filet o’ fish patty

what’s your favorite patty?

Posted under patty making
Mar-29-2010

some of our favorite(nyc)things: il corraio

when people come into the city, we are always surprised by where they want to visit or to go eat. they are equally surprised that we do not frequent those places or want to go eat there. no. i do not want to eat at ruby tuesdays , bennigans or tgifridays in times square. then they ask where we go……so here are the places we like…not the best or the cheapest or whatever category….just where we go and go on a regular basis…

lacking korean options nearby, the family got a list of choices for eats…..they chose italian or maybe they chose noodles? either way, pastas are on the agenda.

we went to a local joint in soho near theresa’s work, il corraio. it is likely an nyu favorite with an extensive menu and very fair prices. nykr’s can get crazy jaded about prices. i hear myself saying things like, not bad, only $$$ for dinner and realize that that is not a good price anywhere else in the country. but for variety, quality and homey yuminess, this somewhat hidden spot scores high.

theresa and i haven’t started dining in nyc….yet. maybe sometimes. but we mostly eat. dining is a sport. eating is a necessity. eating requires money. dining requires tons of money. maybe during my sabbatical, we’ll hit a few more upscale places. but for now, we like to eat where locals eat regularly….where middle class nykrs eat regularly.

a few soups to start…but then the pastas….with many of theresa’s family ordering seafood and shellfish options. the variety of pastas is impressive and fun to look at. i went with a simple mozzerella, tomato and basil pasta….any real italian place makes great simple pastas….all they need is fresh ingredients. another great sign for this place is the fact that they do not serve stuff you would find at the olive garden. no american italian besterd plates here.

it wasn’t korean but theresa’s family looked content. not an easy task.

we like it too.

Posted under some favorite(NYC)things
Mar-28-2010

lent 2010: week 6

it is my pleasure to once again post these videos by my friend leo chen. i’ve looked for videos to retell the story of easter online and have only found stuff with printed words hurtling at you through the screen. this series produced by leo still moves me in new ways each time i watch them. individually they are insightful and quirky. as an arc, they are layered and profound.

enjoy and meditate with me on the promise of a new day and age.

Posted under vision
Mar-27-2010

at the stadium: u2 360 rose bowl

we’ve reached the end of our road with our irish friends in 2009(in the blogosphere)…on the west coast…in los angeles for the worldwide broadcast on youtube and shooting for the dvd. its the second dvd filming we’ve been in attendance for.

because the rose bowl will be packed with over 100,000 people and la traffic is the worst in the country, we get there way early with our special parking pass and get a prime spot that gets us out of the lot relatively easily and on the highway back to valencia in a time we couldn’t even imagine or dream for! no problems leaving…but getting to our seats was a scary adventure. the corridors to the seats from the promenade were packed with people and as concert time drew nearer, people got antsy. someone even screamed push! and a riot could have exploded. luckily police or rent-a-cops showed up to save us from mob mentality and we got to our seats with seconds to spare.

a great vibe in the stadium as people anticipate the spectacle of both one of the largest concerts ever and a show in front of the whole world. and the general loosey goosey california no worries atmosphere contribute to the mellowness we feel.

we had seats behind the stage but it is a 360 setup and the band moves around quite a bit. i would rather be toward the back and closer to the stage than in front and watching others watch the show. but anywhere you sit, the music will be terrific. i don’t remember being disappointed at any u2 concert and i’ve sat in all sorts of seats.

the place explodes when u2 burns through their set. it is extra dramatic as the band tries to win over….everyone. everywhere. anyone who cares to watch. the reviews are pretty good post show and the rose bowl even inspires the guys to go back into the studio to record; though we have yet to see those fruits.

the setlist includes everything that the incredible phoenix setlist had plus….i get my snippet of in god’s country! i thought it would come in the desert but i get it in an unexpected place…a nice little wink to end our touring.

new elements include graphics for in a little while featuring the return of frank the astronaut. the band was hoping to have in your blue room make liftoff but it was too obscure and too huh? for the masses. so in a little while soundtracks the space station launching into the stars.

another new feature accompanied theresa’s favorite, unknown caller. the band asked for fan videos to accompany the chorus and the above is a compilation of submissions from all over the globe; apropos for tonite.

it’s our last look at the station until 2010 and we take in the lights, the gigantic video screens, the beacons, the sounds, the 360 view……

soaking in the finale, my favorite off the new album, moment of surrender…..a song they did in one take on the album, lasting close to 10 minutes…sensing and receiving it as a gift from god…confident of its powers, it becomes the closer for each show and the tour.

hopefully not the final time i hear this song….

and so it goes and so it ends.

goodbye, friends….see you sometime in new york.

or anaheim.

one last shot and one last goodbye.

thanks to theresa for allowing, even rolling with and encouraging the madness. you elevate my soul.

Posted under u2
Mar-26-2010

advice from the most interesting man in the world: pick up lines

i’ve spent months collecting as much of this campaign that has been released featuring the most interesting man in the world. after establishing his persona, the ads turned to words of wisdom from his lips.

here’s his perspective on pick up lines

Posted under most interesting man in the world
Mar-25-2010

baby zoe: crawling fail

i was not good at crawling ….i crawled backwards….here i am stuck under the couch, smiling through my embarrassment.

my development has been stall and go…then go, go, go: i am crawling pretty fast these days and toying with standing. grandma thinks i’ll be walking before my first birthday.

Posted under baby
Mar-24-2010

jb’s random thoughts: give it away, give it away now

an homage to my silly, funny friend johna beth’s old random thoughts blog and a place to write some things i’m thinking about…..randomly. jb applies because of my parents named me the biblical joseph benjamin.

my random thought today….

i don’t like throwing clothes away or donating clothes because i am paranoid that i’ve left something in the pockets.

Posted under jb's random thoughts
Mar-23-2010

building a better patty: week 7

the days of leography are long gone…….

for the next year, we will explore different permutations of patty to honor our friend, patty. like with leo…we have enough to start but not to finish…as of yet! so submit your best and favorite patties…..

last month, we called her peppermint patty, paddy wagon, hamburger patty, mental tele-patty.

this month, we’ve called her patty mayonaise and st. patty’s day

this week, we’ll call her patty cake as suggested by emily lee and jon moy

what’s your favorite patty?

Posted under patty making
Mar-22-2010

some of our favorite(maryland)things: crisp and juicy

we’ve been traveling(at least in the blogosphere) so i thought i would share a few places that we like to eat at not in nyc. again, not necessarily the best or whatever superlative…just places we go to regularly when we are in your town.

here is one of our absolute favorite places in maryland but we rarely get to eat here because our schedules never work out. but getting snowed in and then freed with a lax schedule, crisp and juicy was on the agenda. in fact, it was the top choice. once again, zoe was regulated to baby food and did not get to feast with us.

here she is looking kind of boyish despite the headband with extensions that theresa’s la aunt got her.

we usually go for chicken. their sandwiches and salads are good….but we are here for peruvian rotisserie. its magical…moist, flavorful, smoky, savory.

its also the best deal..the meals come with sides including my beloved rice and beans and theresa’s beloved yuca. then’s there’s the great hot sauce that comes in limited supply depending on which meal you get. when we order sandwiches, it is the latino chicken sandwich which is topped with this sauce.

oh how we missed you, crisp and juicy…located at leisure world, md

or what my sister calls it….big and juicy….located at pleasureworld.

Posted under some favorite non-nyc things
Mar-21-2010

lent 2010: week 5

it is my pleasure to once again post these videos by my friend leo chen. i’ve looked for videos to retell the story of easter online and have only found stuff with printed words hurtling at you through the screen. this series produced by leo still moves me in new ways each time i watch them. individually they are insightful and quirky. as an arc, they are layered and profound.

enjoy and meditate with me on the promise of a new day and age.

Posted under vision