Thursday, August 27, 2009
On this week's episode of Mad Men, they used the controversy over the old Penn Station as a plot point on the show. I've read a few things about Penn Station's destruction and found out that there really wasn't much coverage by the news concerning it until it was too late. The realization of what was lost led directly to the founding of the New York Landmarks Commission. The New York Times lamented"Until the first blow fell, no one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance." I never got to see the old Penn Station because it was torn down before I was born, but I did talk to a friend of mine who had been there shortly before it was torn down, and she told me how grand and elegant it was. Makes me wonder how something like this could happen. I've seen photos of the station, and cannot believe that it was torn down in the name of progress. The eagle sculptures by Adolph Weinman were all rescued before the demolition. The new Penn Station has no character and is very bland looking. Can't believe that the current incarnation of the station is what came out of the ashes of the former grand old structure.
Monday, August 24, 2009
It is a wonderful little film, and to be honest, when I first heard of it 14 years ago, I was surprised that I was not familiar with it (being the movie buff that I am). I did manage to get a VHS version of the film several years ago. The quality is not the greatest but I still enjoy watching this film every now and again. Below are some of my favorite scenes from the film. Enjoy!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
My favorite character on the show has to be George..the werewolf character (check out the video of him below). He brings some of the funniest moments on the show, plus he's adorable to boot. Highly recommend checking out this interesting and original show, and I'm happy to say, that a second season is in the works...Yay!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I was checking out a blog called "The Design Files" where there was tour of the home of Shelley and Stephan of Gallery Monmartre. Their home was lovely, filled with many vintage items that I would love to own myself...but what struck me the most was this poster...as soon as I saw it I had to have it. It is an old vintage poster from the 50s or 60s for Blizzand, a manufacturer of raincoats. The image is striking in red and blue, and is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. For the last hour I've been frantically searching for anyone who is selling a copy of this poster. I know that I cannot afford an original copy, but would love to know if there is any place selling reproductions. If I ever get my hands on one of these posters, I already know where I'll hang it.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Hillary Clinton is being criticized on the news for her outburst during a panel discussion in the Congo. They say that she was too harsh claiming that her outburst raises concerns about her diplomatic skills...Seriously? GIVE ME A BREAK! As a woman, I can sympathize and understand her outburst...the question was asking what her husband's view was on a trade deal...granted, this was a mistranslation, and it was later stated that the translater meant to say President Obama, not Bill Clinton, but either way, it was insulting to her because her opinion was deemed unimportant. There was a hint of chauvinism in the question because it implied that it was more important to have a man's point of view on the issue than her's. She is a strong and highly intelligent woman and I believe that her views are just as important as any man's. Let's face it, if a man had reacted to a question in the same manner it would not be news.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
There seems to be a renewed interest in these retro buses nowadays. Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite blogs, recently had a post about them, showing all the latest ways you can customize them to serve as mini mobile homes. There is also a couple who traveled the world in their VW bus. You can read about their adventure here. Ahhh must be lovely to live the life of a vagabond!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
While vacationing in Cape May, NJ this past weekend, Ed took me and my parents to The Mad Batter for breakfast. It is a lovely little restaurant that has great breakfasts. There is seating available outside in the covered patio, but it was a bit too hot out for that, so we opted to eat inside. We walked inside and to the right we saw an old bar, which they tout as being one of the oldest in Cape May. Beyond that was a lovely light filled room with tables. On our right we were greeted by a beautiful mural with a black and white cat.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I recently dyed my hair jet black, not a natural black, but a blue black...the blackest of the black. At first it was jarring seeing my new hair in the mirror, but after a few weeks, I'm used to it by now. My mom was shocked and dismayed when she saw my hair...all the more reason to like it..hee hee!