songbird's crazy world

life in and around NYC is insane

Monday, March 19, 2018

Well, he did promise me adventures...

So yes, Drew and I had a little adventure last week, and not the kind I’d want to repeat.

The weather forecast called for a nor’easter on Tuesday, with significant snowfall.  So on Monday my boss made the decision to close the office during the storm, so that we’d all work from home.  I took my laptop to Drew’s house Monday evening, my plan being to work from his house.

But the plan changed when I got to Drew’s house.  He was clearly very sick, feverish, not doing well.  I told him I was taking him to the urgent care —there’s one around the corner from his house — and he didn’t even argue with me.

The doctor at the urgent care told me that Drew was much worse than we thought, that he needed to go to the ER for IV antibiotics.  She sent us there in an ambulance.

The ER doctor told me that she planned to treat the infection with a couple of rounds of IV antibiotics and fluids, and send him home with oral medication.

And then he spiked a fever of 105.

Trust me, you never want to see someone with a fever that high. It was scary, and I had to keep myself from freaking out so that I could keep Drew from freaking out.

Four days in the big, scary county hospital... He got excellent medical care, but ...

Well, he’s home now, feeling weak, but well on the road to recovery.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The view from the 11th floor

So Drew gave us all a real scare, and wound up spending four days as a guest of Nassau University Medical Center.  Don’t worry, he’s fine.  But it was a miserable four days.

NUMC is a huge county hospital, it’s a tall tower that dominates the local suburban landscape.

And the views from the 11th floor ...

Suburban sprawl.

And look closely at the next photo.  Those two structures on the distant horizon, the round one is the Jones Beach Theater, the tall one is the water tower at Jones Beach.

And then there’s this view:

Yes, that’s the Manhattan skyline in the distance.  The group of buildings on your right are in midtown, the group on your left are lower Manhattan.

Friday, March 16, 2018

#skywatchfriday -- the Verrazano

I hope this version of the bridge is OK. At least I don't have any unwelcome reflections this time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday HodgePodge

grab button for From this Side of the Pond

Mid-March Hodgepodge from Joyce.

1. Best place you've been lately?

A Japanese restaurant with an all-you-can-eat menu, mostly sushi but also a lot ofkitchen dishes like gyoza, ribs, teriyaki...incredible.

 2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

I never took  a vacation in 2017, and I missed  it.  This year I must plan some sort of summer recreation, even a staycation would be OK.

 3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

I'm not Irish, but it is said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.  This year we plan to go to a local Irish restaurant for dinner and entertainment -- a folk singer and some bagpipes players.

As for green...I spent a good deal of my career handling environmental lawsuits, claning up Superfund sites, etc.  So "go geeen", i.e., be kind to the environment, is wha tpops into my head.

 4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

Eos hand lotion.  Great product.  You can buy it in the drugstore or Walmart or Target or even Kohl's. It's small enough to carry in your pocket or purse.  And it really does the job, my hands feel so good after I use the product.  And they smell nice, too, there ar enymerous fragrances to choose from.

 5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

Ah, yes, math.  English and Social Studies and foreign language came easy to me.  Algebra, geometry and trigonometry did not.  I had to work hard ot get decent grades.  Pre-calculus did me in.  It was a great relief when I got to college and found I didn't have a math requirement.

As for pie...right now I could go for some apple pie, right out of the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am so sick of winter.  Why can't it be spring?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

So it was Sunday morning, and Drew and I were eating breakfast, and the TV was on.  And we were flipping through the channels, trying to find something to watch.

And there it was:  Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  An iconic movie, a cultural touchstone.

And though we are both Hitchcock fans, neither of us had seen the whole movie from start to finish.

We’d both seen bits and pieces, of course.  And parodies (Mel Brooks comes to mind).

Of course we had to watch.  And of course we enjoyed every minute of it.

The best horror movies are about the ordinary turning inexplicably horrifying. And that’s exactly what Hitchcock did in this movie.

My favorite scene was when the gas station blew up, and the seagulls showed up oh so casually to witness the aftermath.

You know how much I love birds ...but this movie truly scared me.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

the saga continues.

So you may remember what I wrote on Valentine's Day in response to Joyce's HodgePodge questions, and what I wrote the following day about the electric and gas company visit to our house.

Let me refresh your recollection.  On the 14th I wrote:

Heart failure?  That's an easy one.  I had some errands to run after work yesterday, so I didn't get home until about 9 PM.  As I drove up my street I could see a huge truck parked in front of my house.  A little investigation revealed that the truck belongs to our gas company.  There were two large holes in my lawn. The truck was still there at 4:30 in the morning. When I left for work at 8:30, the gas company truck was gone, but there were two trucks from the electric company on the street.  A third truck arrived while I was pulling out of my driveway.  I drove down to the end of the street, where I saw two gas company trucks headed towards my house.  Yikes! 

I don't know what's going on, but I hope they fix it soon.

here's what the lawn looked like this morning:

On the 15th I wrote:

The gas company truck was still in front of my house when I got home.  There is now a third trench in the lawn, and the mailbox is now lying on the grass. I do hope they plan to put everything back where they found it once repairs are completed.  I mean, I’m glad our house didn’t blow up or anything, but oh my what a mess they  made!

Well, the utility companies did whatever repairs were needed to the pipes, and filled in the trenches.  They put the mailbox back wheree it belonged.  They left two orange safety cones on the lawn where the main trench had been, and our driveway was a bit muddy from all that digging.  Not to mention the damage I am sure they did to the grass.   But the essentially restored the property.

Or so I thought.

We have had a couple of bad storms in recent days, real nor'easters with high winds. 

And this is what my mailbox looks like now:


Friday, March 9, 2018

#skywatchfriday --- Outerbridge Crossing

People think it's called "Outerbridge Crossing" because it's on the southern tip of Staten Island, leading to Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the most remote bridge in NYC.

It was actually named for Eugenius Outerbridge, the first chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Blog Archive

About Me