Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MoMA NYC - Bjork Songlines Exhibit

I have been fortunate enough to be able to go to this exhibit and I do not say this lightly. I have always liked Björk's music but until now I had not realized just why that was. To me there was something about the melodies that always was very appealing and almost entrancing. When I went to this I went with the expectation of finding something outrageous an unusual which is what has always distinguished Björk from other artists to me. What I found was something far deeper and more soulful than I had ever experienced in my life. It was something which literally brought me to tears.  

The way the museum set up the exhibit was well thought out and matched well with the audio tour gadget which geo-locates where you are within the path of the exhibit and plays music and descriptive audio as you travel through Björk's discography. The path's walls are lined with little glass boxes containing notebooks with her handwritten lyrics and pictures. There are also life size mannequins wearing the many costumes that Björk has worn through her extensive career. 

Once you finish this part of the tour you can then proceed downstairs where they have a movie theater set up with something like 49 speakers which play different parts of the melody of her new single, Black Lake. Being a woman who is going through divorce I felt incredibly touched by the lyrics. Next to it is a theater where you can watch every music video Björk has made. I came out renewed and inspired. I definitely recommend this exhibit to anyone who appreciates her music, and is visiting New York in the coming months. Now I will leave you with some images as well as this link to one of my favorite songs from this enigmatic woman, Hyperballad

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Graffiti Day - Red Hook

I took these pictures over a year ago but they had fallen into oblivion by being downloaded into a general folder. The graffiti may not even be in existence any longer but at least it can live on in these images.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Random Images - Love

I have a few random images all having to do with love. I decided that rather than being cliche and posting them on Valentines Day I would post them a little after especially because we have not been getting a lot of love from mother nature these days with all the frigid temperatures here in the US. I hope you feel the love.

Monday, February 16, 2015

On What (Some) Women Need from Men

I am going to get a little heavy on you guys today. If you are not in that type of mood then I will save you the trouble of reading through this so you can move along.

I am very close to finalizing my divorce at this point. We have been separated for a year now in many ways. As this comes to a close I have been contemplating what the horizon has in store for me. The idea of starting to date again is terrifying because it feels like it will be like going to high school all over again. You know awkward, uncomfortable plus as I have gotten older I realize that my body is not what it used to be. As I explained to one of my friends, if I were to think about dating again I would have to come with all sorts of warnings and red cones. However, I have learned a few lessons and I do realize that although I am a bit damaged from this experience, there is also plenty of good that has come of it. One thing in particular that I failed to see is that since my nature is to be a giver I tend to be the one who thinks she has to make all the effort. I am not sure how many of you my readers are in the same position, but the one thing that I can tell you is that if you are you should pay attention to those whom you chose to give your love and attention to. Ask yourself if you are always the one reaching out to them or if the effort is equal from both.

As women we need to feel that men not only love us but want us in their lives. It is not enough to flirt with someone when they are around you. Eventually that starts losing its charm. The following is my advice to men. If you as a man are not reaching out to your special lady in some way, she may get the idea that you do not feel she is important to you. For us it is not just about the big details and grand gestures, but also about the day to day and feeling nurtured. A text out of the blue just because you thought of her. A call at night when you are away just to check in. Take a picture of something that would make her laugh and send it to her. But overall do not wait for her to always initiate things between you or wait for occasions like Valentines day or some other similar date to feel like you should take her out to dinner or to a movie. If your woman is making you feel special in every way you need to reciprocate. It is different for every woman, so pay attention to what makes her tick and make sure you nurture it.

If you are in the position where you are attracted to a lady and are not sure how she feels, take a chance. I know that situations sometimes may seem complicated but if you have strong feelings toward someone and are too chicken to do anything about it you will not get anywhere. Not only do you stand the chance of looking weak to your special lady, but also she may get the impression that you are just not interested in her romantically. When women feel that way they tend to move on, so if that lady is important enough to you, make sure to let her know how you feel. Same goes for women. Sometimes we may feel we are being perfectly clear and really are not. Sometimes you have to be direct but tactfully so you don't scare men away. That is a pretty delicate balance and one that can only be tested on a case by case basis. Be gentle with each other out there.

OK that is all. Carry on.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015!!!!

So here I am again. Sorry for the prolonged absence but I guess I had forewarned you all when I started this blog that I do so when I am able to find time to post. This brings me to resolutions for the coming year. In these last few minutes I think the first thing that pops to mind is definitely to work on my time management when it comes to doing things that I enjoy, like when I get a chance to sit and write on this blog.

This year was full of challenges and many rewards as well. I learned a lot of hard lessons but overall I have felt rewarded both personally and professionally. I am grateful for my wonderful family and friends who have stood by me through thick and thin. I am also grateful for my coworkers because I feel very happy to work with such wonderful people.

As usual I always mull over what I would like to get out of the new year that is upon us. I think this year I will keep it simple. I would like to keep in touch more with my family because we are so far in distance so I need to feel like I am not dropping off the face of the earth with them. Same goes for seeing my friends more often which I have been really bad at this year, except for a few who have kept me engaged when and checking things off my restaurant bucket list (you know who you are, and I love you all for it). I would also like to stop my Walter Mitty attitude of getting trapped in my head when it comes to making myself emotionally unavailable to anyone who has remotely shown me any kind of romantic interest. This year I am going to open my heart and let myself be vulnerable as uncomfortable as it may make me to not be in control. I leave you with something cheesy but very much in keeping with how I feel from a song by Scorpion called The Best Is Yet To Come.

Don't look now, the best is yet to come
Take my hand, the best is yet to come

To those of you out there still reading my blog, I wish you the best of everything in 2015. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Randon Images - From My Archives

Ever since I got a phone with a semi-decent camera it has become easier for me to take pictures of things I find to be cool or interesting. One of the saddest things to happen to me of late was the loss of my phone at the hands of a pick pocket who caught me on a day of ignorant bliss and took with it some really cool images. However, as I started digging into the many I had already downloaded to my computer I found the ones below which are some of my favorites having to do with buildings, spacecrafts and one very cool lounge. I hope you enjoy them.

 The space shuttle parked at its outdoor hangar at JFK

 Old PanAm terminal at JFK - One cool looking structure

 Transportation hub at World Trade Center under construction.
Gotta love Calatrava.

Lounge at the W Hotel next to the World Trade Center.
One cool place to hang out and get away from the crowd.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014