Thursday, August 04, 2011

PERSONAL NEWS #198
July 1st to 4th, I visited the family in upstate NY for a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. Got to watch the following films on Cable TV ... Beetlejuice, King Kong [1933 version], Titanic and Chaplin’s City Lights.

Wednesday, July 6th, I attended a “Democracy for America” meeting at Kettle of Fish in Greenwich Village. I haven’t been to one of these meetings in a few years, and it’s time to get back into the groove.

Thursday, July 7th, I attended the monthly “Brooklyn for Peace” board meeting, and plan on doing this more often going forward.

On Saturday, July 9th, after a much needed massage therapy in my hood, plus taking care of many errands and chores; I headed into the city to volunteer with City Harvest. We were working the Union Square farmers market and one of the other volunteers is an acquaintance of mine [ie: Linda G].

Tuesday, July 12th, I picked up the fifth book of the “Fire and Ice” series by GRR.Martin called “A Dance with Dragons”. That evening I attended the City Harvest event for the volunteers at Heartland Brewery.

Wednesday evening, July 13th, I attended the BFP Peace Fair committee meeting at Charlotte’s home. I chaired the meeting, plus took the minutes, and brought printouts of meeting materials.

Thursday, July 14th, I left work abit early with a “white lie” about a doctor appt. I headed down to B&N in Union Square for the G.R.R.Martin “talk & book signing” event. Got there around 5:20pm and the seating area was already packed, and I had to wait on a long line that circled around the bookshelves. Whoa! But at least I was on the same floor as the event and could see the stage area. By the time G.R.R.Martin showed up at 6:50pm to do the talk, there was 800+ fans spread out between two floors. While waiting for Mr. Martin to arrive, I chatted with other fans on line about the “Game of Thrones” series and the new book “A Dance with Dragons”. Mr. Martin talked for about 30 minutes and during that time he answered questions from the audience. Got my book signed and headed out of B&N at 9:30pm.

On Friday, July 15th, my friend Margaret joined me and members of TGTSNBN for the 7pm showing of “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt 2” at the Ziegfeld cinema. Afterwards, we all walked down to Times Square subway hub to do a photo shoot with HP7 posters. [Photos below] Then the group split up and went separate ways. Margaret and I went to Ruby Tuesdays in Times Square for a late dinner.

On Saturday afternoon, July 16th, I volunteered with WCW at Union Square to assist with getting the word out on Bradley Manning, and photog it all. I also chatted with an artist [Joseph Devlin - photo below] who was displaying and selling his artwork next to WCW tabling. Really cool guy whose work was intriguing and I purchased one of his pieces.

Sunday afternoon, July 17th, my friend Margaret joined me again in seeing HP7 at the cinema. It is even better the second time around.

Wednesday evening, July 20th, I joined my friends [ie: Margaret, Donna and Dennis] in seeing U2 out at the Meadowlands Stadium. U2 put on an outstanding 2 ½ hour concert both visually and musically. The warm up band, Interpol, was lukewarm and not at all impressive. Got home around 2am, whew, long day!

Thursday, July 21st, did volunteer work at the WCW national office, and assisted with their database.

Friday evening, July 22nd, I was invited to dine at Kim Grover’s home in the funky East Village. She prepared a totally vegan meal and I brought my homemade vegan lemon cookies for dessert. Kim and I were classmates during our Pound Ridge years.

July 23rd & 24th, I spent most of the weekend indoors with the a/c going full blast as the heat wave continued. Did attempt some errands, shopping, and manicure and attended a “NYC Tolkien” event in Manhattan.

Monday evening, July 25th, I volunteered at the WCW national office, and assisted with their database.

Friday, July 29th, had an appt with my chiropractor and finished book five of the “Song of Fire & Ice” series by GRR Martin.

Sunday, July 31st, I headed into Manhattan during the afternoon, and took a nice leisurely stroll along The High Line on the Westside. [ http://www.thehighline.com/ ] I heard about this via some friends of mine who’ve raved about it. Afterwards I took a bus to the Eastside of 14th Street, and checked out Gothic Renaissance, plus the Halloween shop next door.

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