Times Square – 11/1/08







"the time being"

In spite of the massive layoffs at MTV this week, my job is secure for the time being.  How long “the time being” is in today’s increasingly frigid economic climate is anyone’s guess, but I’m counting this as a late birthday gift nonetheless.

the horse

I am one day into my 35th year, which is to say that yesterday was my 35th birthday.  Thirty-five years, and I’m good.  I’m where I want to be with who I want to be with, and in my book that counts for a lot.

Viacom has fallen victim to the wintry economic climate, and while it seems as if the layoffs to happen have already happened, the department meeting scheduled for later today gives me room for concern.

Laura & I celebrated my birthday appropriately – we saw a remarkably disturbing show called Blasted.  Theatre this dark I didn’t know existed, and darkness experienced live gets under your skin and itches.

I’m finally getting accustomed to living in New York City, inasmuch as it’s possible to actually do so.  Laura & I live in Spanish Harlem, which you can find if you go to the Upper East Side and head north until you pass through a wall of public housing projects.  In addition to the rose, there are also more public housing projects in Spanish Harlem than anywhere else in the city.  The blatant disregard for aesthetics that typifies high-rise projects here reminds me of the ubiquitous apartment blocks in South Korea, and – really – if you replaced all the taco stands with kimbap restaurants, Spanish Harlem would feel like Itaewon.  OK, that’s a stretch, but (I thnk) my point is that the relative foreign-ness of our neighborhood is weirdly comforting, and it may be time to learn Spanish.  Also, I’ve been taking advantage of our apartment’s proximity to two bus routes.  So, yeah… accustomed to living in New York City is what I’m on about.

This is what happens when I haven’t written  in a long time so I decide to get back on the horse at six in the morning while watching MTV programming.  Random.   So it goes.