Tomorrow, I leave for Colombia! I’ll be in Cartagena with friends for a fabulous #NYECTG, and then intend to wander. The current plan is to spend a couple days in Mompox, a Unesco Heritage site that the LP describes as “Bayou living, South America-style.” And then sleep in a hammock under the stars on one of the beautiful islands off of Cartagena (which might end up being more mosquito colony than idyllic rustic.) We’ll see how it turns out. 🙂 Quick facts: local time cartagena: UTC – 5 (noon in nyc = noon in cartagena) currency 1 usd = 1922 …

Meghan Patrice Riley’s Axis Mundi Collection – Runway Show

Meghan is a high school friend who now lives in NYC.  She makes beautiful jewelry. (website, etsy)  In fact, at this point, almost all my jewelry is made by her. During September’s New York Fashion Week, Meghan had her first runway show.  I was lucky enough to be in attendance, and put together this video of photographs. (As a fun tidbit, the music is by another high school friend of ours – Karin Jue and her band, Painted Face.) Meghan Patrice Riley Axis Munid Collection LES Runway – NYFW Sept 2011

Original Cast at NY Philharmonic’s “West Side Story”

During intermission at NY Philharmonic’s orchestration of “West Side Story,” I read in wikipedia that the movie adaption changed lyrics like: “When you’re a Jet if the spit hits the fan” to “When you’re a Jet let them do what they can.” An older lady sitting in the next row overheard me telling my friends, and nodded saying: “YEP – they had to clean it up for the screen!!” A few minutes later, the conductor explained that tonight’s show was in honor of West Side Story’s 50th anniversary. Several original cast members were in the audience, and each stood up …

Hurricane Irene: Before the Storm

Before Hurricane Irene. Sandbags Hermes prepared Spotted Pig Wall Street: New York Stock Exchange George Washington Patrolling Battery Park 2 24 hour news cycle umbrella