life in and around NYC is insane

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 my age?

yeah...there hadn't been a special someone in my life for a long time...and now there's a romance blossoming...spending a lot of time with feels good...but oh so fragile....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

a few images from pre-prom last night

Jen, Sal and Becca:

Jen and Sal:

Becca and Michael:

and of course both girls:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

teenage girls and life lessons

so you recall the prom drama. How Jen broke up with Dean right after she paid for the nonrefundable prom dress?

there's more to the story.

seems that my daughter paid for her own prom ticket. she handed the (now ex) boyfriend $85 for a prom ticket.

apparently she was the one who convinced him to go to the prom, because now that they broke up the young man isn't going to the prom at all.

he told Jen that the prom tickets were nonrefundable.

at Jen's insistence I called the high school and spoke to the senior class advisor. the teacher told me that a refund check would be issued to the young man's mother, as he was the student and he was the one who purchased the tickets.

so now she's trying to chase down her $85. the young man won't talk to her at all. I told her to write it off as a "life lesson", but my little girl is a toughie -- she intends to get her money back.

Monday, June 22, 2009

songbird salutes the 70's

Remeber A Chorus LIne?

I must have played this album 1,000 times. I knew every word, every note. I was 15, too old to "play", but I'd head down to the basement, turn on the music and act out all the parts. It was one of my favorite musicals of all time.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

songbird salutes the 70's

this weekend I went to the movies and saw Denzel Washington and John Travolta in Pelham 123.

then on Sunday night I saw the original 1974 version, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw.

Loved both movies, but they are very, very different.

Modern tough-guy filmmakers like Quentin Tarentino acknowledge their debt to this pedal-to-the-metal thriller, directed by Joseph Sargent from John Godey's bestseller. Walter Matthau is a hoot as the savvy NY transit cop who's smarter than he looks, well-matched by Robert Shaw as the icy mercenary whose gang has hijacked a subway car for a one-million-dollar ransom.

This film's been imitated so often because its makers were really at the top of their game. Owen Roizman (THE FRENCH CONNECTION) handled the gritty location photography; scripter Peter Stone contributed terse, funny dialogue; scene-stealers like Martin Balsam, Jerry Stiller, Dick O'Neill and others made their roles indelible; and David Shire's percussive score set a standard for the genre.

The ending is classic. When you have Matthau as your star, this is how to end your movie.
Really loved the scenes of NYC in the 70's. the old subway cars, where the conductor announced the stations, and doors closed silently -- before automated voices and door chimes alerted you to the station stop. Matthau is a transit cop -- in the days before the transit police became part of the NYPD> even then, filmmakers were celebrating the ethnic diversity of the city. real nostalgia trip for me, even as I found myself getting wrapped up in the suspense of the story.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

how do so-called "normal" people get to be over 40 years old without having

(1) a real job at any time post-college
(2) a real, serious, long-term romance (let alone marriage or children)
(3) owning a car
(4) living away from their parents' home (except in a college dorm)

honestly, my sisters are 41 going on 14...totally disfunctional.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

supporting the arts

Drew had a freind, the friend's daughter plans to major in theater production when she starts college in September. the young lady had a real professional gig last night, running the lighting board for a production in the East Village. of course Drew had to see the show, and he asked me to go with him -- he knows how much I love live theater.

it's been a long time since I visited the Village. it's great neighborhood -- filled with interesting shops and restaurants. of course, the real bohemians have long since moved to Alphabet City, but it's still fun to be in the area.

So we met at John's of Bleeker Street for a bite to eat before the show. I really love John's on 44th Street, but I'd never been to their original location in the Village. It's a great little place -- just ahandful of tables, very limited menu, but the food is excellent. By the time we finished eating, the line for a table was huge....

after a kamikazi cab ride across town, we found our way to the Kraine theater. this is a very, very, very small venue, only 99 seats in the house. small theater companies can rent out the facility for their productions.

the show we saw was actually a series of comic vignettes. some of the stories were very funny, some...a good idea that goes nowhere. the cast -- young actors learning their craft. some are very talented, and will likely go far.

no, it's not Bradway, but a night of theater in any venue is worthwhile.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Relay for Life

Our school distict held its 3rd annual Relay for Life this weekend.

Relay is held on the high school track, and it's an all-night affair -- those who plan to stay all night set up camp on the grass, mostly in tents. We had two tents on our campsite, one for Becca and her friends, and a second for the chaperones -- me and my ex husband Drew.

You must understand that no one in my family, or in my ex's family, ever embraced an outdoor "let's go camping" lifestyle. I bought my tent two years ago, the first time the school did Relay, and I've used it exactly twice. Drew bought his tent specifically for this year's Relay. In the battle of Robin and Drew vs. the tenst, the tents took round one...but ultimately we prevailed, and set up our camp.

We made ourselves comfortable -- a cooler full of food and beverages, lawn chairs, sleeping bags.

The weather cooperated this year, for the most part. We had a bright, sunny day yesterday, followed by a clear, moonlit night (a full moon!). It got very very humid late in the evening, condensation formed on everything, even on the inside of our tents.

Although it's a fun evening, camping out under the stars, listening to student entertainment, buying raffle tickets (no, we didn't win anything this time around) and such, do not forget that the purpose of Relay is to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Cancer has touched so many lives....

The first lap around the track is reserved for cancer survivors, a celebration and affirmation of life.

I proudly took my place behind the survivor banner. It's been 4 1/2 years since my diagnosis and I feel fine.

The luminaria are lit after sunset. Each luminary represents a victim or survivor.

some of the things I wsill remember from this Relay --

-- each participant gets an official Relay t-shirt, but Becca and her friend wanted to make their own shirts. they spray-painted and decorated shirts -- and never put them on

-- since the official color of Relay is dark purple, I bought nail polish in what I thought was deep purple, and did my nails yesterday afternoon. although the polish looked purple in the bottle, it was really midnight blue.

-- midnight blue nail polish is uber-resistent to acetone

-- porta-potties are truly disgusting

-- if you must sleep in a tent, bring an air mattress, it makes all the difference

-- ever seen 8 or 9 teens sitting in a tent, each with his/her cell phone turned on as they text the rest of the teen world?

So Relay is over, and Making Strdies Againt Breast Cancer is only 4 months away....

Here are a few photos:

the official participant t shirt:

erecting the tents:

the luminaria:

the full moon:

the rising sun:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

can't believe I got scammed

got an email from a friend...or so I thought...wound up sending spam to everyone in my contacts list (sorry if you got email from me). can't believe I fell for it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

prom update

so my college girl got invted to the high school prom. the girls were supposed to go to prom together.

last week Jen went outlet shopping for a prom dress -- it wouldn't do to wear the dress she wore to her own prom, after all.

she went outlet shopping and found a dress. made sure she was absolutely in love with the dress, because the dress could not be returned. bought and paid for the dress on Firday.

on tuesday she told me she'd broken up with the boyfriend and won't be going to his prom after all.

Monday, June 1, 2009

songbird's shopping tip of the day

never go supermarket shopping with a teenager who hasn't eaten all day.

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