Monday, March 31, 2008

By Right or Might

As I sit in my cubical staring out at the dreary day, my co-worker is bundling up. Her car service just arrived and she's about to get on an 11-hr plane ride to Chile! I am extremely jealous because not only will she gave some sun in the wine region, but hiking in mountainous areas, and even a side cruise to Easter Island.

Coincidentally enough, Condor Travel has just announced new luxury excursions to cosmopolitan Santiago, and surrounding areas.

Friday, March 28, 2008

It's a tall claim to say that new art trumps the classics. After all, they are the Master's, and without then we'd be scribbling dots on paper and hanging it behind glass. However, in the world of MySpace's, Facebook's and Google-shall-inherit-the-Earth, it's ultimately true that an exhibit enabling the digital age to interfere with our perception of art would attract as much attention as its Web forefathers.

Enter: Dreams, an exhibit at the Hirshhorn at the Smithsonian that showed me new art really can be more than over funded hippies splattering paint on newspaper.
While I won't give the logistics away, Dreams captures you by making you a piece of the art several times- an effect I really loved working at MoMA and being part of the Richard Serra exhibit! Though a few of the works in this collection get a little too avante garde for the normal joe to enjoy, a good number of them are completely, 100% open to interpretation... always a sign of good work, when everyone and anyone is pulled in.

It is my total recommendation that you lay down the cash for the drive, shack up at the Hotel Helix, a short cab ride away in Dupont C, and an art hotel at its best, and catch the laser tunnels of clarity, disgusting speeches of digital puppetry, looping monologues that mimic the very action of sleep, and captivating new mediums of this exhibit before it disappears to reveal Part II.

Part II opens on June 19th, just short of Cherry Blossom season, but also worth a trip none the less, when our chilly East Coast weather has relaxed a bit.

For more information on Dreams, see:

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Photo Essay

Today, I'm missing prague

Big time.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Blast from the Past

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

As a repost from (whose 8-week Cure I am reading and following religiously), here is the Staten Island drop-off location for hazardous materials. For example: your probable current hand soap, dish soap, shampoo, and dish washing liquid.

STATEN ISLAND: Foot of Muldoon Avenue off the West Shore Expressway (440) adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island 3 garage.

Read the post here:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Pre-Cherry Blossom Festival

I feel silly to even mention this, but prior to this weekend, I was completely ignorant about wine in a can.

A few weeks ago my intern was telling a really funny story about being stuck on the train tracks in rural PA, and running out to buy a jug of wine, but I was stuck to the theory that this jug was pale green with a tiny handle and three little X's. Cartoon style.

Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to Sofia: sparkling mini wine cans developed by, who else, but Francis Ford himself. Perhaps named after the mini sparkling personality of his daughter, these cans are small but pack a punch, and best of all, you can hold them while wandering the room, making them prime party drinks.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Photo Essay

Today, I'm missing Disney World and the Florida sunshine

But I'm excited to see Disneyland in a few weeks!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lifestyles of the Rich and Outrageous

MSN reported this morning that more and more hotels are going a step further to make their guests feel more comfortable. Among the standard perks of free bottled water and spa treatments, these hotels are now offering jet lag cures to weekday warriors. Among the items said to ease the pain of jet lag are blue-lamp lights designed to make sleep easier to fall into, video meditation programs set on room televisions, and snack menus chock full of sleepy time food.

While this is certainly an innovative concept, and will undoubtedly help the tons of people who pass in-and-out of cities for work trips, what's in it for the guests that are just visiting? A plethora of totally insane perks including pillows filled with everything from water to buckwheat, custom fragrances upon check in, mini bars stocked with board games, live goldfish, and erotic toys, and, my favorite, a $500 bath in Evian water, because apparently that gets the job done a million times better than the standard tap.

With the choices carrying on even further to standard concierge assistant, and technology butlers at your every gadget whim, the choice isn't which destination to jet off to next, but which hotel package to choose for that extra day spent in the room?