Monday, January 18, 2010

Lady Liberty Video

I'm not sure why the ending remarks were cut off. :-/

Columbia Part 3

Columbia part 2

Columbia University!

Quote for a rainy day

Families are where you find them and how you make them, and home, it's said, is the place where, if you have to go there, they have to take you in.
-Roger Ebert

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Ball in Times Square

Here's a video I took of the ball in Times Square. I had no idea it would be so beautiful.

Monday, January 4, 2010

"The Colossus"

This has long been a favorite poem of mine, and it was such a thrill to finally see the original plaque that used to be on the Statue of Liberty. To me, Lazarus' words speak of such hope and possibility for the future, and I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose the dynamic words with a picture taken by Stephen Wilkes of the abandoned hospital wing at Ellis Island where that promise of a new future began for millions of hopeful of people.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Lady Liberty

Here are some photos taken of our one and only Lady Liberty. These are the first pictures taken with the beautiful blue sky as a backdrop, however it was so cold I think I would have preferred good ole gray!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Little Night Music (or how I saw my first "celebrity")

Last night I saw my first Broadway show, Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Considering it stars Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones I'd say I started my new Broadway habit off with a bang. It was also a real treat to hear Send in the Clowns in its proper context. I've loved Barbra Streisand's version for years, but now I really get it!

After the show we waited by the stage door so Christina could see a friend who was in the show. providing the catalyst for me to see my very first celebrity: Catherine Zeta-Jones! She spent a few minutes signing autographs, and let me say, she is as beautiful in person as she is on screen. Naturally, I decided this would be an excellent time to take photographs, however my perfect shot (and I mean perfect. I was approx 4 feet from her!) was foiled when an over excited fan stuck her head in my frame the second the shutter clicked. Disaster! To prove we really did see her, I offer a recognizable, albeit blurry, picture of Catherine exiting the theater. As for it's blurriness, it was snowing, my hands were almost numb, and apparently, I didn't focus before taking the picture. :-/ Angela had already left the theatre so I missed seeing the legend up close and personal. She must not have gotten the memo we were waiting for her!

Happy New Year Everyone!

To ring in the New Year Christina, Peter, and I decided to venture onto the Brooklyn Bridge to watch the "supposed" impressive firework displays. Per my research we should have seen up to three sets in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey, however at midnight only one went off thanks to weather conditions. Regardless of the impromtu change of plans, the display we did see lasted for ten minutes, and the finale was amazing. And now we can say we walked the bridge not once but twice, toured DUMBO on New Years Eve, and saw the impressive Manhattan skyline as the clock struck 12:00.

Yours truly posing on the bridge. (cars are below) After our little tour
I have a hankering to watch Kate & Leopold again.

This photo was taken seconds after midnight. We called family back home to
wish them a Happy New Year from the future!