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cop punches 17 year old girl: in the face!

June 16, 2010

This upset me so much! I really don’t know what is going on. I read the cop was going to arrest the girl for jaywalking, and then the other girl stepped in and got punched. If that’s the case, the girls shouldn’t have been resisting arrest (even though being arrested for jaywalking is stupid), and the one girl should not have jumped in. BUT, the officer should definitely not have handled those girls like that, and he especially should not have punched the underage girl in the face like she was a grown man who robbed a bank. Crazy. Like I said, I don’t really know exactly what was going on, but it’s just not cool in any regard. What do you think about this? Leave a comment with your opinion. I think both the girls and the officer need to be reprimanded.

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greetings from: the sky!

June 11, 2010

Hey Kids!

Guess what I’m doing! Yeah, just chillin on the 21st floor of the Flagship in Atlantic City. This was supposed to be a reunion for me and some of my friends from college, but they all canceled, so I’m here alone. I might have cried and/or slit my wrists, but I got over it. I couldn’t let anything stop me from enjoying my free hotel room for a whole weekend. It’s really nice, and I have it all to myself, except when I invite people over. Speaking of having people over, come visit me.

I have two beds, a fridge, a stove, a sink, a dishwasher, a microwave, a balcony, a big flat screen, everything! I’m taking advantage of this, because I don’t know the next time I’ll have a room to myself. I am excited to have friends come over and just have fun, though. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this view of Brigantine and the ocean as much as I did.

Since my mom has a timeshare here, I know there are some free activities/meal/something that I need to be taking advantage of. I also feel like I should get out and explore the city, but um… I live right here. It’s not like I’m visiting Miami or some place that I’ve never been, and I should go be a tourist. I’d rather be a tourist in this hotel room.

the early show: summer concert series!

June 10, 2010

Yesterday I took a trip back to the city I called home for the past 9 months, New York! The occasion was The Early Show Summer Concert Series. The artist performing: none other than Christina Aguilera. If you know me, you know this was my third time seeing Ms. Aguilera perform live and you know I was very excited. I never slept Tuesday night and just got on the 4:15 NJ Transit bus at 4:15 am on Wednesday morning. My little sister, cousin, and I got to New York around 7, I think. Since we were there so early, the wasn’t bad at all. Downside was we had to wait until nearly 12 pm to see her perform, so we were in line, tired and hungry.

Look at me striking my Xtina pose!

After about an hour waiting in line, Joan Rivers and her plastic face paid us a random visit! She even threw plastic coins at us. I don’t know why this happened, but it was fierce and so was she.

Around 11 am, we checked in and received our wristbands. We were then escorted into the “arena” if you will. The stage was set up on Fifth Ave, between 58th and 59th, right next to the Apple Store and across from the Plaza Hotel. We had to wait again as the prepped the stage and the equipment. Since I was sleep deprived and hungry, I thought I was gonna pass out, so I kneeled down. Soon enough her dancers appeared, which got me excited. Then XTINA came! She rehearsed a little of Not Myselt Tonight, then disappeared somewhere. I don’t know if it was because of the rain or what. Tease!

Before I passed out again, she came back in a fierce see-through rain jacket (same as the Not Myself Tonight music video). Julie Chen, host of Big Brother, The Early Show, and friend in my head, introduced Christina! I was so excited to see Julie. I forgot her name for a few seconds, but then I remembered and screamed “Julie Chen! Julie Chen! Julie Chen!” like I had tourette’s. She turned and waved to me. I could’ve died then. But I didn’t, because I came to see Xtina.

Christina started off with a teaser of one of her signature songs, Fighter. She then performed current single Not Myself Tonight. She followed that with classics, Genie In A Bottle and What a Girl Wants. I believe the last song she performed was You Lost Me from the new album, and she sounded great!

Overall, I enjoyed myself and was very impressed by her live. It was my third time seeing her live, and the closest I’ve ever been. She definitely saw me and I saw her up close for the first time. I felt like I was dreaming. My love for her as an entertainer and artist grew so much yesterday! I had a great time. It wasn’t live and it will air tomorrow (Friday) at… um, I don’t know the time, just early!

the saga: continues!

May 26, 2010

I had a few opportunities to stay in New York City. For different reasons, spending the summer back home in New Jersey ended up being my fate. I’m not complaining. It actually feels good to be home, not having to worry about all dormitory living and all of its woes. I have my room to myself (most of the time), don’t have to worry about my food being eaten (for the most part), and I can drive around (when I have gas money). I guess the only thing that sucks about spending my summer home in Jersey compared to being back in Manhattan is that boredom is not so easily remedied. Hardly anything except Wawa is open all night, which sucks for a night owl like me. The first few days of my summer vacation haven’t been too eventful. I could be calling up all my friends and constantly making plans, but honestly, I’m living off of a $90 Pinkberry paycheck until I find a summer job down here. Times are hard, and gas is not cheap. I’m burning my fuel wisely.

Speaking of a summer job, I need one. That is my main objective at the moment. As if finding a summer job after most of the college students probably took them all before I came back home weren’t hard enough, I have another self-inflicted obstacle. We won’t speak of that obstacle, but I’ll just say that it’s highly unlikely that this job hunt will be easy. Regardless, I’ll put on my grown man long johns and do what I gotta do to get my money. After spending last summer making my own money and being independent for the first time, I can’t revert back to begging my mom for money.

If worse comes to work, I’ll probably just work out a way to work a few days of the week up in New York, at Pinkberry. Manhattan’s not that far from me, and my mom and her fiancee work for NJ Transit, so getting up there 3 or 4 times a week to work wouldn’t be that much of a hassle. People make a living by traveling to NYC from Jersey and Delaware every day, so it’s definitely a possibility. Plus, it’ll give me a way to feel like I am living in the city this summer, without really living there. The more I type, the more I like this idea. Of course, if this happens, I will only work late shifts.

No matter where I work this summer, I just need a job. We’re in a recession, and me begging for me is not going to be cute at all. And I know I will need it, because I’m trying to be fly this summer! I want to go shopping for clothes. I haven’t went clothes shopping since Black Friday. That was last year! I need new clothes. I need accessories! I want to go to the movies. I love going out to eat. You know I gotta party, too. And I need gas in my car to make all of this stuff happen to ensure a good summer for myself.

i love: ketchup!

May 12, 2010

Just playing. I do love ketchup, but this post has nothing to do with that at all. Let’s catch up anyway.

Since I last posted, a lot has happened. Maybe not a lot, but it feels like it. I made a new playlist, my May Playlist. To be posted soon. It’s a long one, but has some great songs and great artists. Sia, being one of them, played a show last week on Thursday. I went with Chelsea, Herbert and Jessica. The venue was Terminal 5, which had no seats. I was not prepared for standing up for 3 hours in a crowded space, but I dealt. Sia was really good. Very quirky and down to earth. Her opening act Girl in a Coma was good, too!

The next morning was dedicated to Christina Aguilera and her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show! As I believe I posted before, I got tickets to go to a special NYC taping of Oprah in which Christina would perform. I had my Sia concert crew, with the addition of my mom and her boyfriend. Outside of the show, we were interviewed for the New York Post. Before we went in, we were lined up against side of Radio City Music Hall. A black car pulled up next the curb and out walked Oprah Winfrey, like a boss! She waved and the soccer moms went crazy! I kinda did, too, but it was not until Christina Aguilera took the stage that I went crazy. Watch her performance below.

That was exciting. This is my second to last week of school. I am ready to leave!! Today, my acting partner Jaytee and I graduated our Acting I class. We did Prior and Belize’s first scene from Angels In America, and we passed. I am so relieved and I feel good. I’m going out tonight to celebrate with my acting class. Still have to write a research paper, and take two finals, but that’s okay.

first week of: work!

April 27, 2010

Hey Kids!

As we all know, I’ve recently been hired at Pinkberry. 43rd & 9th is the location. Right in Hell’s Kitchen.. I was amazed by our proximity to Times Square when I finished my first night shift. All the lights hit me when I turned onto 42nd Street. I decided to walk home that night. Bad idea, so many tourists. I forgot that’s why I don’t go to Times Square. Regardless, it’s a cool spot to work.

As for the actual job, it’s pretty easy. Not at first it wasn’t. I could not get the hang of the swirl. I didn’t even know there was a swirling technique, but there is. It took me about two days to get it right. I am doing well now. There are definitely sloppy moments, though. Much to the customer’s delight, I get a little heavy handed. Hope they enjoy the extra few ounces of premium nonfat frozen yogurt they’re getting.

I love it when it’s slow. Some people like it to be busy, because time goes by faster. Yeah, that’s great and all, but the less work I do the better. Let’s keep it real. The other day was a really slow Sunday. It was raining outside. Very calm. Then for some reason, once it got dark, all the yogurt freaks came out of hiding. I don’t like to be surprised.

My favorite part of work (besides when I get paid next week!) is getting off and getting my free Pinkberry! Serving people all day, looking at all the toppings, seeing all the different flavors of yogurt… It just makes me want some to eat it so badly. I definitely take advantage of being new by “sampling” different things when it gets slow. I have to know what these things taste like if I’m going to sell them. No?

Anyways, come visit me! I love seeing faces I know.

i’m going to see: oprah & christina!

April 20, 2010

I got tickets to go see Christina Aguilera perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show, at Radio City Music Hall on May 7th (the day after the Sia show I’m going to). Looks like I’ll be taking that weekend off from Pinkberry. This is too much for me to handle. I just can’t. My feelings can only be expressed using the following GIF:

nick just got: a job!

April 15, 2010

I’m out of character. I’m in rare form… Yeah, that’s me.

So after a dry spell, I am employed again. No longer will I be straddling the streets of The Village, looking for clients (I never really did that mom). I am legitimate now, and I will be getting that money. Said money will be coming from my new employer, Pinkberry. How exciting!

I have to thank my friend Asha for telling me about her job at Pinkberry, because she inspired me to go to Pinkberry (so did the new mango flavor) and get an application. Which I did on Tuesday. I brought the application back that night, and the cashiers told me to bring it back on Wednesday, because they were having an open house. I went to the open house on Wednesday. The lady asked me if I minded working at the Pinkberry on 43rd and 9th. I didn’t, because money is money, I love having time to walk and listen to music before work/school. Although there is one across the street from my dorm, getting to travel to the West Side for work will be nice, since I’m always in the same area.

I have orientation this weekend, then I start. I can’t to be a working man again. I love having an income. I was looking forward to working somebody’s pole this summer, but Pinkberry will have to do. Now, I have to find somewhere in the city to live this summer. There’s one month before school ends, and I don’t want to work for a month only.

i’m on: spring break!

March 27, 2010

Don’t judge me for being excited and not hiding it. I’m on Spring Break! A little later than most schools, but it makes sense, because it coincides with Easter. Easter is the reason for the season, (Holla!) so my school’s Spring Break wins! Yours fails.

I have been home for a day or so. I’m enjoying it. Besides a mini day and a half visit back in February, I have not been in New Jersey since January, when I was on my long Winter Break! This one is a little shorter, but long enough to make a couple hundred trips to Wawa, Rita’s Ice, and my favorite Chinese food place, Jiang’s. Oh, and I guess to see my friends.

I love New York City, but when I come out of the Lincoln Tunnel into my home state, I feel like a burden is being lifted. I don’t know what it is. I think it’s the burden of having to be defensive, alert, and fast-paced 24/7. You have to be like that when you’re living in the biggest city in the country, so it’s a relief to come home and relax. And for the first few minutes, it’s nice to actually see grass and trees, instead of concrete and skycrapers. Then that gets old, especially when it gets dark and there’s no streetlights to illuminate this wooded suburbia.

Well, I have a little over a week left here, and I am trying to enjoy it! If I like you and you’re in Jersey, let’s hang out! Yes, Snooki, that means you.

Meet me at the boardwalk!

happy: st. patrick’s day!

March 17, 2010

Nothing like hearing a band playing with bagpipes outside your window in the morning to wake you up and let you know, “Hey laddie, it’s St. Patrick’s Day!” Instead of frolicking happily through clovers fields in Central Park, I felt like stabbing my eyes out with shamrocks. Sorry, it’s the Oedipus in me. My day was not great, to say the least.

After dodging 16 blocks of Sloppy McSallies on my way to school, I went to my “secret” acting class. Classes were supposed to be canceled today because it was Honors Day at my school. Instead of enjoying my day off, I had to go to class. My partner and I had to show our scenes. We did it, and I got criticized for not being caring in the scene and being detached. She said I have to make it personal to me, which is a problem. I have gotten the detached thing before, and I know it’s a defense mechanism that came about growing up. Now that it’s a habit, it’s hard to break it. So I know this weekend will be a long one, with rehearsals and trying to breakthrough.

Since I’m a procrastinator, I have to spend tonight working on my philosophy essay. 8-10 pages, yay! I’m over school at this point, and I can’t wait to go back to Jersey for spring break next weekend. Hope somebody out there is enjoying their holiday!