February 2009 Blog Posts (20)

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 26, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Save Coney Island

Below is the upper facade of Nathan's in 2003.

Here is a site nearby in 2004.

Below is the same site in 2007.

In 2004, you could still shoot Saddam.

In the summer of 2008 it was Plaza Mexico USA. Today, gone.…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 24, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Coney Island and Brighton Beach

My friend Bob was down from Maine so we went out to Coney Island. It was sad. Yet more territory was cleared away of buildings and rides. No one knows what will happen this summer. Only the Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel have been protected as historic monuments.



Bob's reverse angle shot of me.

T-shirts are still available.…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Day of Reckoning

After two weeks of daily posting with only dialup, I finally broke down and skipped yesterday and ordered a cable connection today. So in about another week, I should be able to inundate the site with more pictures and other trivia. Actually, yesterday I was busy loading running photos on to the other site. I have races and events from three years to catch up on from when my running club's webmaster was slacking off and not posting them. It reminds me… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 16, 2009 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Marilyn in Niagara



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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Femmes en extase

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 14, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Bill's Valentine's Day

Bill is back! And yes, that is Sharon Stone draped over him.



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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 14, 2009 at 12:16am — No Comments

A Valentine Gift for You from Elvis

Here is a little animated film below:



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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 13, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

I Love that Wacky Wombat!

I know I promised there would be no more small furry creatures this week but I could not resist. My friend Jonny from the wilds of Australia just joined, so this is in his honor. Hold tight guys 'cause this is going to get horribly cute but in the end maybe Jonny can regale us with some good wombat stories or maybe a joke or two about why the wombat crossed the road.…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 12, 2009 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Today is Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday

At Antietam, 1862

Log Cabin he built with his father.

Lincoln's First Inauguration in 1861.

The bloody gloves he was wearing when he was… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 12, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Kojak and "A Woman in Love"

New York in the seventies never saw a finer cop.



"You did right, kid. Any guy who shoots his wife, his girlfriend and his best friend doesn't have much to live for."



I couldn't find a good short Kojak clip but this one will do for the moment. Added May 3rd.





That was for the Guys, below is for the… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 12, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Horse is Valentine (Guess today's Saint)

We are continuing the tradition of presenting the Saints. But today, you must guess which Saint it is. No cheating (Answer is at bottom).



I have not yet figured out how to download video to my computer but I might be able to at least download here from YouTube. If it works, you will have an opportunity to witness a couple minutes of what life is really like here in New York. This clip is from Guys and… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 11, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

First Day of the Week of Love (Full Moon Tonight)

There is always a good reason to start out with Bill. He is playing Hunter S. Thompson here in the underrated Where the Buffalo Roam.* So far superior to Johnny Depp's Hunter, there is no comparison. At least Johnny paid for the funeral, but you can't buy your way into Heaven. Anyway, Hunter's best friend and neighbor was George Stranahan who is partly responsible for the reunion on this page of some old friends. George is pointing out… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 10, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Dimanche

Because this week began with Groundhog Day, the themes for the week were violence to rodents, Bill Murray and saints. As the coming week ends with Valentine's Day, I promise the themes will shift from violence and rodents to beauty, sweetness and light. The giant star-nosed mole was fun wasn't he? So I will leave you with some more rodent fun and another animated Bill Murray short.…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 9, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Bill and the Rodents

Significant highlights of Bill Murray's career have occurred when he has been matched up with rodents, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and now, just available on DVD, is City of Ember where he is the dissolute Mayor of the underground city Ember (see above). Bill encounters a giant star-nosed mole in the city's tunnels (see below).…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 8, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Vendredi (Banlieue 13)

This is not a normal weekend for me since I have to go to work in Midtown tomorrow. My visions of rodent carnage did not materialize. All quiet. So, I looked for some other diversion tonight. Last Friday I went to see the new film Taken with Liam Neeson as a retired CIA agent who goes to Paris to recover his kidnapped daughter. I enjoyed seeing a movie full of cheap thrills after so many depressing ones. So, I rented the filmmaker Pierre… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 7, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Saint Agatha's Day

The day got away from me. It has already passed from St. Agatha's Day to St. Gaston's Day but we will save Gaston for another time.



While I had dreams of waking to a scene like this:

The mice were clever and stayed away. The most effective bait I have found is peanut butter. Maybe the mice have been reading about salmonella poisoning. Anyway, I… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 6, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Saint Veronica's Day

I had planned to write about depictions of Saint Veronica, the Shroud of Turin and Photography but the pictures are so good and I have other things to do, like set traps for the mice again. Five months of peaceful co-existence since the last slaughter - eleven mice! It looked like they were all gone but the last few weeks they have been less discrete on their nocturnal rounds. The death knell rings.…

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Added by Stuart Alexander on February 4, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

It Snowed Today in Brooklyn

View from my front door

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 3, 2009 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Groundhog Day

I always liked Groundhog Day. There is something nice about feeling that our fate for the next six weeks depends on a small furry creature. In New York, a groundhog on Staten Island is traditionally consulted. This year, he bit Mayor Bloomberg's hand and drew blood. I hope that means that the mayor will not be allowed to run for a third term. Shadow or no shadow, we always have six more weeks of winter. But maybe this year the groundhog's insight is… Continue

Added by Stuart Alexander on February 3, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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