Endured Narrated

The Walk To Work

7:34 - Starting My Walk

I promised myself I would do it at least once. Yes, this morning I left bright (!) and early at 7:30 to walk to my office on the Upper East Side.

7:41 - Steinway

After getting over the GCP, I cut down Steinway Street, which was thankfully empty and uncrowded. It’s also full of odd businesses, so that didn’t hurt either.

8:14 - Ruth

Ruth from work was my walking buddy, which made the commute considerably more pleasant and enjoyable.

Once we hit Northern Boulevard, we got asked by a lot of desperate drivers if we needed a ride. It was tempting, but the truth is, we were moving faster than they were.

8:31 - Bikes and Peds Only

Getting from my house to the entrance of the pedestrian walkway for the bridge only took an hour, which is about what I expected, maybe even a little better.

8:43 - Roosevelt Island

Once on the bridge, there were some fantastic photo opportunities, particular once you hit Roosevelt Island. Just based on the pictures I pulled out today, I’m planning on doing the walk again sometime when it’s warmer out.

8:49 - Crammed Tram

The Roosevelt Island Tram made an appearance just as I hit a fenceless patch of the bridge, so I lucked out with a picture. I’ve taken the tram before, and on the right day, it can be downright pleasant. But given the volume of people in there, I’m rather glad I didn’t try today. As Janelle pointed out, “not good for claustrophobics with fears of heights…”

The total walk took about 1:40, which was right around my estimate. My legs are okay (foot still hurts a little, but Advil has saved the day), my brain has returned to normal, and I’m almost – *almost* – looking forward to the walk home. Probably will take a different route, though.

(If you’d like to see the few more pictures of the walk, just check my photos tagged with “walktowork”.)



A Cold Day In Astoria

Cold Branches

It’s sad when I don’t have to finesse the photos to make the world look this lifeless.


The Great Disconnect

Some of you might’ve noticed I wasn’t exactly online this weekend. Despite my great zeal in retelling the trials and tribulations I’ve been through, let’s just say Time Warner is fixing it tomorrow morning.

Without cable TV or cable modem, we’ve been forced to (gasp) leave the house more. Saturday we took the Steinway bus down to see a matinĂ©e, and then decided to walk back up Steinway, partaking in great sights like The House Of Baby and the dog on the kid’s ride.

Sunday we did a lot of walking around the neighborhood – up, down, and all around. Strange sights were still quite common. While wandering into a greek shopping plaza to hit a grocery store Katie had seen from the subway, we discovered a Greek bakery, far better than most of the ones we’ve been to, called Artopolis. We picked up some goodies, including a raspberry tart I devoured last night – simply superb. I look forward to heading back there again and again.

We also did our semi-annual video game purge, where we trade back all the games we’ve grown tired of and apply the credit towards new bits of gaming goodness. Making this purge particularly unique is that we traded back one of our DSes. Sorry, Nintendo – the drought of games makes it really unnecessary to own two (let alone one). The credit went towards the one-two difficulty punch of Devil May Cry 3 (for Katie) and Gran Turismo 4 (for me), with enough credit banked away to grab a couple more games in the future.

As much as I enjoy meandering around Astoria, even with the improving weather – I’d really like to get back online from home. *shakes fist at Time Warner*