Saturday, October 6, 2007

p.s. about Jessica

p.s to previous post: another very important thing about Jessica, of course, is her pink blanket.
she is DEFINITELY very completely related to another certain Hippo of my acquaintance. (Seen above with pink blanket, and the Handbag Friends.)

How many Hippos you know have a pink blanket?
Or a good friend who is a dog?
Or can sing?
(Which I'm sure she can)

Speaking of singing, shouldn't we?
I do think it's time, don't you?
Really. Wouldn't it be rather rude not to?
For Jessica's sake?

Sing along now!

jessica the hippo

I want one.

Friday, October 5, 2007

new world record

Hale Gabreselassie, 34, of Ethiopia set a world record for the Berlin marathon Sunday, winning the race in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds. He beat Kenya's Paul Tergat's record on the same course of 2:04:55.

Gebrselassie won four world titles over 10,000m and set numerous world records on the track before turning to road racing late in his career. (Yes, he's the one who ran the Nike Manhattan Half "with me" and broke the course record in August.)

“Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975)

"All it takes is all you got."
— Marc Davis (b.1969)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

frequent flier ills

my friend, Rob, just got a very funny piece published in the New York Times no less.

Click here to read.

Monday, October 1, 2007

happy birthday Plaza!

100 years old today!

(photo: The plaza on it's opening year, 1907.)

And tonight she's having a huge 100 year birthday party in her front yard (central park and 5th Avenue) with fireworks and everything. People will be singing "My Way" to her. And then hanging a huge, gigantic sign in lights around her neck — "100" — announcing her age to the whole wide world.

They have even made her a special birthday cake.

Guests will eat a meticulous scale model replica cake of herself (who else at 100 would ever want such a thing? And what guest would eat it? Even if you have had so much work done on you.)

The cake will have a fa├žade flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger and windows of crystallized sugar.

The Plaza's first ever guest was Alfred Gywnne Vanderbilt. Back then a room went for $2.50 a day ($4 with bath).

Other famous guests were Truman Capote (1924-1984) (who threw his black and white ball there in 1966 to celebrate the success of In Cold Blood) and, of course, Eloise. And Kay Thompson (1908-1998).

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