Never Can Tell

September 19, 2008 · No Comments

You never can tell what life will bring. I started yesterday determined to get a Queens Library card, a bicycle helmet and to make connections with Long Island Citizens.

After sprinting to 59th and crossing the Triborough Bridge, I was able to accomplish my first two goals in 45 minutes. I headed south into Hunters Point with the intention of talking to folks on their bikes about the parking situation.

In the midst of my reporting, I rode past the Deitch LIC gallery and struck up a conversation witht a videographer named Robert who invited me to go kayaking with him on the East River. Never one to turn down such an opportunity, I jumped at the chance to paddle the river with a gentrleman I had only met 20 minutes before. Call if fatalistic, but I figured if I died out on the river then everything up to that moment has been exactly how I wanted my life to be.

Clearly, no harm befell me, but the tranquility and enormity of the experience were both very moving. One could wax poetic about the allure of the East River, the switchback sea one mile wide and glittering with possibilities. Suffice it to say, the power of the tides and the rolling waves was enough to get under my skin. I can’t wait till I have another chance to go out, hopefully in a better vessel this time.

After 30 minutes on the water we returned to shore, I got my quotes from bikers and sprinted back to Columbia with eight whole minutes to spare. As far as my time in New York goes, it was a high point, but I have been so fortunate that it will stand among a litany of amazing times.

In the end, I have to credit my time as a journalism student for creating this moment. If I hadn’t been in Queens reporting for my beat none of this would have happened. I just hope the weather stays nice like this so I can go out again soon. Maybe some day in the near future I can see NYC from above in a helicopter. You never can tell.

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How To Eat Your Friends: A Primer

September 17, 2008 · No Comments

You didn't know Swedish Fish make great Martini garnish. They Do!

You didn't know Swedish Fish make great martini garnish. They do!

I wanted to start this blog talking about how beat reporting is a lot like being a pickup artist. Instead of trying to seduce, the journalist is after the quote that will make his story. The heart races just the same while siddling up to a complete stranger hoping to build a little rapport, get in, then get out before deadline.

I was gonna write about all that, but instead I have to talk about the awesome party I just attended at Dylan’s Candy Bar for the launch of a new Swedish Fish advertising campaign.

Turns out the best friends are the ones you can eat, at least according to the new Swedish Fish tagline. I had no idea you could do so much with Swedish Fish besides using them for checkers and singing them songs like I already do. You can make Swedish Fish sushi with rice and sour wraps instead of seaweed. They also go well in place of your olives or pearl onions in a blue “fishbowl martini.”

I made sure to take lots of pictures of the festivities and a few even did me the favor of turning out well!On the way out, I was given a goodie bag with a tagline yellow t-shirt, a beach towel with a fish and a Swedish Fish-monogrammed geek stick (thumb drive). Thanks Swedish fish, not only for a great party, now I also know I don’t need to feel guilty for biting your heads off.

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What Do You Call It?

September 7, 2008 · No Comments


Last night I slipped, fell and bit a chunk out of my tongue. Tonight was no better, no worse. Life comes at you from all angles and I am happy to say that at 5 AM I am writing a blog post about the weekend that has been.

One of my closest pals moved out of the apartment he shared with his ex-girlfriend and into a deluxe studio in the sky–sorta. Well, it’s a nice place on the fourth floor in any case and every piece of furniture, every Xbox game and every guitar and case had to be transported from Washington Heights to one of my least favorite NYC hoods. I was happy to be a part and the three of us movers had a blast! I also can’t remember the last time I sweat like I did today, except as an exterior painter in post-Katrina New Orleans. I also have leftovers from Dinosaur BBQ as a testament to my effort.

As if moving weren’t enough of task to fill a Saturday, we also had a meeting to discuss the launch of this blog covering the impending visit of the presidential candidates on Thursday, September 11th. For more coverage, you can visit the link.

Weekend nights are not complete without an expensive liver treatent at the local watering holes. We warmed up the night at the new apartment of a friend’s girlfriend’s college roommate’s new place next to the American Museum of Natural History. After a few non-alcoholic drinks and some Rock Band, the stout of heart sauntered off to the Dead Poet for some NCAA-sanctioned debauchery. Why stop a good thing, we asked ourselves as we embarked upon a journey to 1020.

In retrospect, it all seems so brief.

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Ready, Set, Inovate!

August 15, 2008 · No Comments

So, what have you been up to? The answer to the previous question is a resounding, “where do I even begin?” After a long hiatus, I’m happy to be back in the blogging seat and ready to rock. It seems like just yesterday my whole family was in New York to celebrate my graduation and now I’m already a graduate student. Amazing!

The past two and a half months of summer vacation has been one of the most prolific journeys of my life. I lived in India for three weeks, worked for my father’s busines in Seattle and traveled on my first ever business trip. After four days of orientation I’m about to wrap up my first week at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Over the summer I had lots of time to think about what I want to do with my life. I still have more of a career trajectory than a fixed notion of my future and I’m okay with it. I plan to live in many countries where I have good friends and solid relationships. The United States (my birthplace) is just one of several places I am willing to live depending on the opportunities. I need to create my own luck now to ensure I land in one or many of these places.

Another important part of the equation is what to do with myself. Over the past evening I brainstormed a new concept in digital media I believe has the potential to change the field of reporting as well as make a lot of money. Ever since the idea came to me I have been electrified. I came to the Journalism School to harness my talents as a writer and before the school year has officially kicked off I am coming up with business ideas. Life is just how it is. Better not to dwell on explanations and live to the fullest.

I forgot how much I used to love blogging and it’s time to get back in the habit. With all the writing and production duties expected of me it will be hard to keep up, but I have never shirked a difficult tasks. Droopy eyes is something a little harded to overcome–and it’s late, but I will soidier on for  a few more minutes.

Everything has changed a lot in the past two months, but little looks different from when I left. The changes I have experience have all taken place in my head and it is for that reason I feel like mine is a future without limits. Feeling this profoundly excited rarely happens!

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A New Home

June 2, 2008 · No Comments

I’m jumping forward weeks in my life. I’m not sure how much time has passed, but I’ve received my college degree, saw my brother graduate from Oberlin College, and moved into a new place (unofficially for now).

From where I sit New York City seems no smaller, but a shade less daunting–mine to explore, and savor unlike my last place, where I lived for nearly three years.

Housing in The City is no joke. People talk about rents and square footage with a fetish-like intensity, so I am very happy with the move. I also get to live with a close friend who I haven’t seen much of for a while. Life is good.

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Mothers and Friends

May 12, 2008 · No Comments

It’s Mother’s Day, so I have to decide whether or not to add my mom to my friends on Facebook. My immediate inclination was no, but I am wavering. I might add her as a ‘limited profile’ friend–something I’ve never done before though a decision has not been finalized.

Over the past year I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the nature of friendship and by extension what it means to be virtual friends with someone. I’m a very gregarious person, so I naturally accumulate friends online and offline. I have, however, rid myself of nearly 100 people whom I don’t care for or wish not to be bothered by in the months since the beginning of the school year. There are a number of reasons why someone could get the chop, which isn’t to say I’m not downright vindictive sometimes. For most of the people I “de-friended,” I would throw them a life preserver if I saw they were drowning, but there is a minority of folks for whom I wouldn’t piss on their face if their teeth were on fire. Sorry  to be so goache.

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We’ve Taken A Poll: Your Girlfriend Sucks!

May 10, 2008 · 1 Comment

One of my closest friends has been M.I.A. for the past several weeks. I get an occasional text message from him and I encourage all of our mutual friends to bother him–just so he knows people still care. Whenever he does come ’round, his girlfriend is always in tow and they quickly disappear.

Let me come right out and say it; I’m a little jealous. For the past 2 1/2 years there hasn’t been a woman who managed to get between our friendship. It was bound to happen sometime, after all, I too would like to get married someday and the thought of dating a girl I like seems very appealing. All this pursuit for nothing is a real waste of energy. At the same time, several of my friends agree that our errant amigo could be doing a whole lot better in the girlfriend department. looks aren’t everything, but personality counts big time.

As a good friend, how do I broach the topic? It’s not the type of thing to just blurt out, nor is it the topic of a text message or phone call. Tracking down buddy boy is hard enough already, cuz he’s been going through some professional drama lately and likes to keep a low profile. If I were to find him, then what would I say? “Dude, your girlfriend is weak. We think you should break up with her and spend more time with your homeboys. We miss you man! Uh, no homo though.” I’m sure that would go over like a lead balloon.

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The Flyest Day Of The Year (So Far)

April 22, 2008 · No Comments

Columbia isn’t a very stylish place.  I’ve been to many college campuses, so I know that Columbia’s personal dress aesthetic  beats the pack, but it doesn’t compare to New York as a whole.  For instance, no self-respecting  NYU student would go to class in sweatpants just to walk home through The Village. It’s a real neighborhood where people work and live. Morningside Heights is an ever-expanding bubble tied to the whims of  Columbia University; Consequently we do whatever we want. The only reason I bring it up is because the campus environs lacks a certain style-consciousness which is organic to most other parts of New York City. Today, however, was different.

Granted, I barely left the neighborhood–I haven’t yet–but I noticed that people are trying on new combinations of clothes that work and complimenting it all with a strut. Something about the warm sun and cold air together which is bringing out the fashion animal in otherwise sedate Columbia students. Keep it up.

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My 27th Birthday: Something Old, Something New

April 20, 2008 · No Comments

There are a number of things that make April 20th a special day and one of them is it’s my birthday!!! Hooray. As a present to myself, probably the only one, I’m registering domains and blogging semi-pro.

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Hello world!

April 20, 2008 · 1 Comment

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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