Monday, April 30, 2012


PERSONAL NEWS #207

Tuesday, April 3rd, I attended and participated in the BFP PF committee meeting.

Thursday, April 5th, I had an appt with Dr Tan in late afternoon, and afterwards headed to the BFP board member meeting.

Early on Friday, April 6th, I headed upstate NY for the Easter weekend with my parents, brother and sister-in-law.  Rented a car [VW Jetta] from Enterprise in Albany for the weekend and had my hair done at salon.  I stopped by Oakwood Cemetery, near Troy NY, on Saturday for some photo ops, as the weather was really quite nice.

Week of April 9th I am working the 11am to 8pm shift at work due to final crunch of “tax season”.  The nice thing about all this is that I get to sleep late in the morning.  Sweet!

Thursday, April 12th, I participated in the BFP A&C committee conference call, which was very productive.  We’re down to the wire and final crunch before the 8th Annual PF happens on the 28th.

Friday, April 13th, I stopped by costume shop to see Wendy at lunch time to pay for the Gibson Girl style costume she is creating for me.  It’ll have the Hufflepuff colors, theme and will be used for HP cosplay and other future events.  She also took my measurements for the vest/skirt ensemble.  So exciting!  Later on I had an appt with my chiropractor for adjustments.

Saturday, April 14th, was a productive day with many chores/errands accomplished, plus attending the “Know Drones Forum” in Ft Greene section of Brooklyn.  Also went around to different businesses in my hood to distribute PF posters and palm cards.  That evening I rented on DVD the film “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” with Gary Oldman.  It was very good.

On Sunday morning, April 15th, I started taking a Hatha yoga session in my neighborhood and plan on doing these sessions every weekend.  I also did more distribution of “Peace Fair” fliers, palm cards and posters.  In the afternoon, I had an appt with Dr Tan, plus stopped by Gothic Renaissance store to try out corsets for an HP ensemble, and then wrapped up the early evening with watching the film HUGO on DVD.

Tuesday evening, April 17th, I attended and participated in the BFP PF committee meeting.

Wednesday evening, April 18th, I volunteered at the WCW national office to assist with computer work and abit of organizing supplies for a rally on April 19th.

Thursday evening, April 19th, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” at our usual diner in midtown Manhattan.  Main topic of discuss was season 1 and 2 of the HBO series GofT, plus the books, as well as other programs on cable TV.

On Saturday morning, April 21st, my cleaning lady came by to take care of the apt.  In the afternoon, I joined my friend Jackie in taking a 3-hour walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, followed by a late lunch on Montague Street.

On Sunday morning, April 22nd, I participated in my second Hatha yoga session in my hood, and in the afternoon I had an appt with Dr Tan.  Finally, the much needed rain showed up, and it’ll wash away that pollen that bothers many of us with allergies.

Wednesday evening, April 25th, I attended and participated in the BFP PF committee meeting for final flesh out of PF details.

Friday morning, April 27th, I had two teeth extracted by an oral surgeon specialist.  I took off the day from work for this procedure and recovery.

Saturday, April 28th, was the BFP 8th Annual PF at Brooklyn College.  I arrived at Brooklyn College Student Center by car service at 9am.  Busy day of setting up, organizing, monitoring, listening to our two feature speakers [ie: Scahill and Chappell], cleaning up and then a group of us took Capt Paul Chappell out to dinner.  I mostly worked in the Club Room assisting with setting up and distribution of assorted refreshment for BFP members and PF attendees.  It was a great day, and roughly 400+ attended the event.  My day ended around 10pm, after being driven home by Oliver and Charlotte.
 
Sunday, April 29th, I had an appt with Dr Tan, and afterwards stopped by the bookstore to see Sam.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

SCENES FROM EASTER WEEKEND with the parents, brother and sister-in-law in upstate New York ... and yes, I even rented a car [VW Jetta]









Sunday, April 01, 2012

PERSONAL NEWS #206

Thursday, March 1st, I had to take half a personal day from work in the morning to attend to two doctor appts. In the evening, I attended a screening of DH2 with other TGTSNBN members.

Saturday, March 3rd, I had an appt with Dr Tan in Chinatown.

Monday, March 5th, I stopped by Liberty Travel after work to discuss taking a cruise from NYC to Canada in October of this year.

Tuesday, March 6th, I participated in the BFP PF committee meeting with more prep work for the upcoming fair.

Wednesday, March 7th, I participated in the BFP A&C committee conference call regarding Peace Fair 2012.

Thursday, March 8th, I volunteered with WCW national office to assist with compute work.

Friday evening, March 9th, at Judson Memorial church I attended a panel discussion on police violence in NYC, repression and how to deal with it. Plus other news on the OWS movement.

Saturday, March 10th, I had an appt with Dr Tan in Chinatown, and then met up with Anni to do some shopping for sofa foam cushions and dinner.

Sunday afternoon, March 11th, I participated in the BFP A&C committee meeting, and we got a lot accomplished.

Wednesday, March 14th, I stopped by “Books of Wonder” to discuss final prep of TRD with Sam.

Friday, March 16th, I had an appt with Dr Tan in Chinatown.

March 17 & 18, attending the annual Left Forum at Pace University in downtown Manhattan.

On Saturday, March 17th, after attending the Left Forum I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, took pix, and also pix at Cadman Plaza before heading home on the subway. Later that evening, with a bottle of wine in hand, I went to a party hosted by Rebecca and Kirby at their abode in my hood.

On Sunday, March 18th, after attending the Left Forum, I headed home and met up with my friend Anni who brought my new, firm sofa cushions.

Monday evening, March 19th, I stopped by the costume shop to see Wendy and start discussion on creating two Harry Potter type ensembles [ie: Hufflepuff theme] for upcoming Halloween and future HP events. Earlier in the day, I participated in the BFP A&C conf call.

Tuesday, March 20th, another follow-up appt with my foot doctor about progression of toe after surgery of early February. All is completely well with the toe, and I was informed I could now have a much needed pedicure. Hurray!

Wednesday evening, March 21st, I participated in the BFP PF committee meeting, which was very productive and informative.

Saturday, March 24th, in the morning, my cleaning lady [Dana] came by for some spring cleaning of the apt. Later in the afternoon I had an appt with Dr Tan.

Sunday afternoon, March 25th, I was at “Books of Wonder” for Tolkien Reading Day with other members from “NYC Friends of Tolkien”. Many great readings from assorted Tolkien books and well received by the audience. Afterwards, many of us headed over to the Hollywood Diner for some refreshment, conversation and shared laughs.

On Tuesday, March 27th, a rather unsettling feeling upon leaving my apt building in the morning to finding a pool of dried blood on the steps. [It wasn't there when I got home last night around 9pm.] I went back inside to inquire with my neighbor / super of our building. John said he'd heard a scuffle outside late last night, but didn't investigate. This morning, at around 8am, someone was ringing all the buzzers to our apt doors. If I am not expecting anyone I don't buzz yah in. Strange tidings! Later that evening, I attended a BFP Fundraiser committee meeting in Brooklyn, which was interesting and productive.

On Thursday morning, March 29th, I had to take half a personal day, as I had an urgent dental appt and an appt with my acupuncturist before heading to the office at 1pm.

Friday afternoon, March 30th, I participated in the BFP A&C committee conference call.

On Saturday, March 31st, I joined my friend Margaret at Ft Tryon Park in northern Manhattan to stroll around the park and visit The Cloisters. Even though the weather was abit unpleasant, we had a good time, and it was my first time inside The Cloisters. Afterwards, we had a late lunch at a nice Thai restaurant on West 181st Street in Washington Heights.