Entries Tagged as '9/11'

Movie Weekend

January 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment

I go in spells where I don’t go to the movie theater for many months, but in these past few weeks I have seen a lot of movies. Silver Linings Playbook. Django Unchained. And this weekend I saw both Zero Dark Thirty and The Hobbit.


For Zero Dark Thirty we went to the Icon theater on Roosevelt again. Jess and Paul and Kate joined us there. The movie is “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man” aka Osama bin Laden. I know that probably not every single thing in the movie is entirely accurate, it is a movie after all, but it made you think a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in all of this stuff. I think everyone liked the movie but it was super intense.


After the movie we met up with friends at Municipal Bar. Dallas and his friends have been hanging out here a lot lately, so it was nice to see, even if it wasn’t my most favorite place ever. I did like my huge cobb salad.


My brother and I had been trying to figure out a time to see The Hobbit since it opened in mid-December, but because of the holidays it never worked out until now. We both read all of the Lord of the Rings books and saw those movies together each year they came out. Even when I lived in New York we’d see them together because they always opened around Christmas and I’d go back home for Christmas. I’ve read the Hobbit twice, I think, at least, and so has my brother. When we were young we had the Betamax version of The Hobbit cartoon that came out in 1977 and watched it often.


We decided to see the movie at Navy Pier so we could see it on the IMAX screen in 3D. I liked the movie. It was long. Over 2.5 hours, but I didn’t think it dragged. It has been a long time since I read The Hobbit, the book, and I couldn’t remember all the details of what was about to happen, but when something happened then I’d remember it.


My brother and I also had brunch at Dunlay’s before the movie. We tried Longman & Eagle and Lula’s and both were jam packed. Dunlay’s had a line when we left, but not when we arrived. I had a great omelet and my brother had the Benedict of the Day, which was fried chicken eggs Benedict.

We also stopped by Todd and Adam’s to watch a little football and see how the sandwich bet went. Dallas lost a bet and had to make a fried green tomato and shrimp po’boy for Adam (and everyone else). Then we ran over to Revolution Brewing for dinner and I completed his Christmas gift, finally, but getting him a growler sleeve.

I almost forgot that this happened at Navy Pier:


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New York Odds and Ends

June 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Just a few final images from my week in New York.

Pretty view from our office on the 45th floor. Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.

This sculpture, entitled “
Red Cube,” by Isamu Noguchi is located in the plaza outside our office building.

Noguchi’s Red Cube has a hole in the center, angled down. When you look up into it you see our office building.

Also in the plaza are about a dozen food carts. In the morning they have breakfast offerings, but at lunch they mostly all switch to street meat/halal/middle eastern.

This looks disgusting, but it was delicious. I ordered chicken over rice and opted to get the white sauce, but not the hot sauce. They asked if I wanted chick peas and I said yes. I guess the salad and fries are extras. It reminded me of the cart that Jeannette and Yvan took us to a few years back, although that cart, 53rd and 6th is regarded as the best. I was wondering then if the photos were disgusting or delicious-looking. Ha.

My temporary badge on the first day had the worst photo.

On the second day there was no photo at all. Whew. I was afraid I’d be stuck with that terrible photo forever.

One morning I was getting ready for work at the hotel. I had Good Morning America on and when I looked up I saw Liz’s brother, Greg, was on, playing guitar with Joe Walsh.

If you ever think that the train stations in Chicago are looking shitty, just visit New York’s. West 4th isn’t even that bad. Some of them are so gross and leaking mystery liquids!

Had a couple mini black and whites, a favorite cookie that I hadn’t had for years.

I was so happy for Bagel Friday in the New York office because we had REAL bagels!

Kobeyaki had meh sushi. I realized right after I ordered that they seemed to be better known for their bowls and other things, but it was too late. Cute restaurant. I’d go back and order something else.

The World Trade Center was a block away from the office and I walked past it often. Interesting to see how the rebuilding is progressing.

This is One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. When it is completed in 2013 it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world.

I was walking around and was drawn to this sculpture/fountain, immediately recognizing it as the work of Jeff Koons, whose work I saw at the MCA a few years back.

Federal Hall National Monument was built in 1842 on the site of the old Federal Hall, which was built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall and was later the first capitol building of the United States and the site of George Washington’s inauguration.

The MetLife Tower glowed at sunset.

And at night too.

Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the airport.

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Ten Years

September 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Photo I took of a West Village firehouse about 3 weeks after the World Trade Center attacks. Larger

Ten years ago today I was living by the beach in San Diego and planning my move to New York City. I woke up on West Coast time and the first thing I did was check my email. I had a message from my mom begging me not to move to New York. Odd. She had been really supportive of the move up until then. I mindlessly turned on the TV and saw that the first of the twin towers was down. I was so confused. What was going on? An accident? Then the second went down. Oh no.

It was a scary time. My work’s headquarters were in Manhattan only about a mile from World Trade Center. I remember spending the day, make that dayS, with friends. I remember getting a call from the New York office explaining how they understood, I don’t want to move now. Well, the truth is I still did want to move. And I did. My first day in Manhattan was 18 days after the attacks.

I was living down in the Village, a mile and a half from the Trade Center and whole areas of the city down there were still blocked off. Imagine a new city – New York City, walking around, getting confused, getting lost, photocopied pictures of missing people posted on light posts, firehouse memorials, walking into barricades. I remember sitting at work and all you could smell was burning. There was devastation everywhere, in the place and in the people, but there was hope. I have never once regretted moving to New York. I’m so thankful I did.

Never forget. We’re all in this together. My thoughts are with the victims and their families on this day and always.

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