Wednesday, September 27, 2006


The second most expensive piece of paper I own.
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fight city hall!

I'm catching up on some back issues of The Atlantic that piled up while I was in school. This quote in the May issue was originally printed in the magazine in 1973 in an essay entitled "The Force That Drives the Flower" by Annie Dillard. It made me laugh.
When I read how many thousands of dollars a city like New York has to spend to keep underground water pipes free of ailanthus, ginko, and sycamore roots, I cannot help but give a little cheer. After all, water pipes are almost always an excellent source of water. In a town where resourcefulness and beating the system are highly prized, these primitive trees can fight city hall and win.
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Sunday, September 03, 2006


This video clip has the most inventive choreography I've seen all day, at the very least. I can't think of anyone else who's out there exploring the choregraphic potential of the treadmill. These guys are a band called OK Go and they actually do play instruments and sing, just not in this video. They performed this same routine at the VMAs the other day. Go to and search for their name to see their complete oeuvre.
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Saturday, September 02, 2006


My official graduation date was September 1, but back on the 22nd, we held a ceremony to mark the occasion. We get our certificates towards the end of this month. Roughly 2/3 of the graduating class made it into this picture.

I made a speech about the importance of planning how you will use your professional influence over the course of your career. The seriousness of my point really comes across in the picture, no?

My colleagues, Daniella and Tamika also represented our class with aplomb.

Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz was our faculty speaker. She was an invaluable adviser and cheerleader for me this past year.

We also received the benefit of some words of wisdom from Karen Ballard, nurse consultant extraordinaire.

The best treat of the day was the presence of my family, all the way from Miami Beach. Mom did the honors in the traditional nurse's pinning ceremony.

Here's the proud papa.

And my most excellent bro, Benjamin.

That night I enjoyed the company of my dear friends who couldn't make it to the ceremony: Emily (l), Mary Ellen (r) . . .

. . . and my buddy Ruth.

As always, the folks at Artepasta served up a great dinner, attentive service, and a tiramisu that will bring tears to your eyes. Seriously, don't miss it.

The next day, my folks and I checked out the exhibits at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. (shhh. . . Daddy doesn't know he's the shortest one).

That amazing awning deserves a closer look.

On the 24th, Daddy, Benjamin, and I drove up to New London, CT to get our college man all moved in.

My brother and I went for a visit in April '05, and as you can see Connecticut College has a lovely campus. That's Long Island Sound on the horizon.

They even have their own Winged Victory!

The school has a well-appointed bookstore, and the official mascot is the camel (striking abject fear in the hearts of all athletic opponents, no doubt).

Naturally, the stereo is the most vital, and therefore first, item unpacked.

Posters are also a high priority.

Home for the next year . . .

Of course, there are far more photos than you see here. To see the entire collection, click here.
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Friday, September 01, 2006


I live across the street from a big Catholic church. Several times a year, I hear a small marching band coming down my street, usually playing "When the Saints Go Marching In." These parades are usually of the blink-and-you-miss-it variety. One came by a few weeks ago and I managed to scoop up my camera fast enough to get a shot of the float on its way to the church.

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