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NOT glamorous

When I catch part of the occasional show on television — The Daily Show, David Letterman, a random comedy special, I see the audience in their dark-colored New York City clothing and I think how glamorous it must be to go out to a fancy dinner with drinks (costing at least 200 per couple), perhaps also to a terrific play, and then watch the late taping of one of these shows — what a beautifully quaint evening in the city! But that’s not actually how it goes. Most live shows require the audience to arrive at the studio at least 2 hours before the taping. The studios overbook the spots in the audience to guarantee a full show, so even if you have tickets, you have to get in line at least 2 hours early to ensure you actually get a spot. Dan and I went to the Daily Show last spring, where the waiting was annoying but generally tolerable. Last week, my friend Becca scored tickets to watch a taping of Demetri Martin’s new TV special (Important Things with Demetri Martin). We watched the filming of the premier, which is set to air February 18. The problem with the line waiting this time was that it was winter. Becca and I had to completely rearrange our overly full work schedules to get off work in time to be at the taping at 4:15 (for what was suppose to be a 6 o’clock show.) So, while we had on our warmest jackets, we had overlooked being appropriately layered (appropriate would be double layers of long underwear, tall wool socks, snow boots, furry jackets with hoods tied up, the kind of outfits you might expect to see those scientists wearing who stay at the antarctic station all winter). We stood there shivering, our toes aching in the dark. First we tried drinking hot chocolate from the bodega, and despite Becca, an adorable gringa, ordering in Spanish, the hot chocolate was really watered down, to the point of being rancid warm water. So then we tried rapidly drinking some beer, which was more fun, but not warming. We were finally allowed into the studio at 6:45, nearly an hour behind schedule (which I think is also a fairly common problem with these types of tapings). So when you see the audience guffawing on the next show you watch, remember that they are probably still cold and have been coached to laugh hard. Really, I had a blast seeing Demetri Martin live (he was so close I could almost touch him), he was personable and friendly, and funny. The show will be hilarious, so definitely check it out this February. I still hope to see a few more shows before I finish up my time in NYC, but next time I will not overlook the long underwear.

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a very late post

I have not been keeping up with my blog. I doubt there are too many readers left out there, but I thought I would try to pick it up again. It seems like midterms ran straight into Thanksgiving and finals are now just around the corner, but I will try to post a couple of time to get out some belated updates (can updates be belated?)
First, Dan came to visit over Halloween and election weekend. A run-down of the visit can be found on Dan’s blog.
One of the most memorable moments of the visit for me was at 11pm on Nov. 4, when the networks finally announced the name of our next president and west Harlem erupted in cheering. Dan and I grabbed our beers and ran out to our front porch to see the fireworks being shot off from the barber shop down the street. People were cheering on the sidewalks and giving us high-fives on our porch. Shouts came from second and third story windows and the ambulances and firetrucks cruised down Broadway with their sirens cheerfully roaring.
Dan and I do not take enough pictures when we are together, I guess because we are just having too much fun to be bothered (corny, I know), but here are a couple from the trip.
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In front of the Brooklyn Bridge
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Flobots in NYC

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I ran the race for the cure today and it was the first time I have ever raced in this kind of humidity. I hadn’t ever before sloshed through my own sweat the way I did today. I am not complaining though — hooray for summer! It was a day I was glad to be in the city. Standing at the start line looking at the architecture down Central Park West was topped only by Steven Colbert first asking his six year old son if he had ever wanted to be a dictator before and what he would say to 20,000 people, (“That’s a weird question, Daddy.”) and then firing the start gun. After an amazing brunch at my friend’s house, I met up with my old roommates at Buttercup Bakery — the people who responded to the trans fat ban with, “We think it is really tough, thank goodness we only use butter so it won’t affect us.”

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I’m Back

My feet are blistered. There is trash on the sidewalk.
And this weekend I was in a water gun fight with one friend and 30 complete strangers near Union Square.
I’m back in the city, and so far, it’s pretty good.

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From our front porch…

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Morir Soñando

Apologies for the Spanish titles, it is just what happens when I start reflecting on my experiences in West Harlem. Whatever you are doing right now, wouldn’t it be better with a free iced coffee? Dunkin’ Donuts is having Free Iced Coffee Day! In connection with the event, they are also donating 80,000 bucks to the Police Athletic League’s Youth Leadership Program. The PAL is the group that shuts down 151st street every weekday during the summer so that kids in West Harlem have somewhere to run and play some hoops. Free Iced Coffee day has helped me work towards one of my goals of enjoying the food of West Harlem and Washington Heights before I take off for the summer. So far I have had a farewell serving of pineapple on a stick, sliced oranges, a cheese empananada, un morir soñando, and free iced coffee that naturally comes with milk and sugar, (I can tell you that very few people in Washington Heights drink their coffee black.) Morir soñando means to die dreaming, which is what would happen if you were hit by a bus while enjoying one of these Dominican beverages made from fresh squeezed juice from two oranges and one lime, a touch of vanilla, chopped ice and evaporated milk — amazing. I was dressed for work when I bought one from the Dominican man by the laundromat and we started making small talk about the upcoming Dominican elections before he asked in a grandfatherly way if I was married and told me I had a good figure — I can tell you these morir soñandos will take care of that quick. I wonder how many of them I can get in before beginning my diet of Starbucks for the summer.

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