Monday, November 24, 2014

YouTube Treasures: Chorus That Sounds Like Rain

This is one of my all-time favorite videos on YouTube. I have always loved thunderstorms (and the rain, in general). My mother has not. In fact, I remember many a night when she would sit in a dark kitchen with nothing but a flashlight and a cross made of this year's Easter palms floating in a flat bowl of water... waiting for the storm to pass us by.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

LEGO: Scarecrow

“Let me know if you see any birds around here!”

The Scarecrow takes his duty of keeping birds out of the farmer’s cornfield very seriously, and he tries his hardest to frighten them off whenever he sees one fly near. He thinks he’s the spookiest thing around, since no one has ever told him that with his smiling face and button eyes, he actually doesn't look all that scary.

Although he can’t tell through his straw-stuffed noggin, the Scarecrow’s wide-brimmed old hat has become a favorite perch for a local crow. It always politely waits until he’s not looking before it swoops down to nab a snack, so as far as he can tell, he’s doing a perfect job!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

YouTube Treasures: New York's Village Halloween Parade 2014

Happy Halloween, kittens. I hope everyone had a fabulously spooktastic and safe Halloween. Brighton and I were finally able to make it to the New York's Village Halloween Parade this year after a two year absence (one due to Hurricane Sandy and the other our wedding). We had a nice, small anniversary dinner at a wonderful little dive we discovered "off the beaten path" down by Wall St., and then made our way uptown to around 9th St.

Our evening was not peacefully "uneventful", unfortunately. I've always said that New York has the best "crazies" anywhere in the world, and I was proven right. As our (my) luck would have it, Mr. Crazy #712 was right in front us sitting on a crate, drunk off of his ass... and the parade was still almost an hour away from even starting. He almost fell back onto us twice, cursed at the couples to each side of him, and then started touching the woman's arm next to him before getting into "discussion" about it with her man. The NYPD finally removed him, but Brighton got shoved in the process, and I got hit the knee by the crate and clocked on the side of the head by either the guy's head or elbow. On the positive side, however, we got his spot and a much better view.