In August 2017, when this blog was listed number one on Google Search for the keywords “writer photographer nyc”, it was hacked. My hosting service went on high alert and yanked it behind a password protected firewall. Next, they emailed me rescue instructions: complex steps to search and destroy the malware sitting somewhere on my site thanks to an Evil Hacker. But with all the life events going on, I simply could not get those steps started.
I hope you had a great week! Today is my first installment of “Casual Fridays”, a series of Fridays in which I will attempt to write humorous posts! I’m writing as I listen to Brazilian Disco in Midtown, New York City, thinking way back to Wednesday night…
As I begin to write, I’ve been thinking about how to create an edgy, compelling style and found myself thinking about the following movies. I like their pacing, style and unique outlook. I hope I can learn from them:
It’s funny to realize I’m blogging in New York City, and have yet to write anything about life here. Well that ends tonight! I admit after 6 years of New York, I’ve grown used to the frenetic energy. But that to which I can’t adapt, are the wild and crazy people I encounter. Here are some anecdotes.
I was coming home late along 7th Avenue in Park Slope and I noticed a twenty-something walking down the sidewalk laughing in a kooky way. Continue reading
As I commuted through Fulton Street station yesterday, I heard wonderful classical music… and a woman’s voice. I soon passed two mildly amused classical musicians and saw the source of their disturbance: a religious fanatic had decided to park herself right nearby. She was belting out “religious” “songs”. If she hit a correct note, I don’t think anyone knew, including her. And, God bless her, she was so loud and off-tune she was actually competing with two stringed instruments! I almost broke. But I had to get to work. What a royal pain!
While I was waiting for a FedEx package that never arrived, I started watching music videos. And I suddenly realized “I have to make a list of some of the funniest.” So here we go, this is by no means complete, or the end of the effort. Enjoy!
This past Sunday night, I had the pleasure of attending a party at Moscow57, the newly opened Central Asian/Russian restaurant owned by my friend and colleague Ellen Kaye. I met Ellen when I directed the following music video for Moscow57: I’m Gonna Rob A Bank for Christmas
Sunday night’s party honored the unveiling of a restored photo of Zero Mostel, given to Ellen by her parents, and the actor Jim Brochu who is starring in the play The Character Man. And Zero Mostel’s son Josh Mostel was there too! There was awesome live music and wonderful hors d’oeuvres.
Then the night got even more surreal when I met and chatted with Randy Jones. Randy is the Cowboy of the Village People! He was really nice and a lot of fun; full of positive energy! My buddy actor Tom Stratford took our photo (above). And when I posted it to Facebook, Randy even commented on the photo! What a nice guy.
Thanks to my wonderful hosts Ellen Kaye, Seth Goldman (Chef and partner) and Ethan Fein (Musician and partner) for a fantastic night!