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My friend, Gail, sent me a link to a website called Collector’s Weekly.   In particular, the link related to the popular tradition of the 1950’s of individual town and state postcards.  Those were the days when the average person did NOT log onto Cheapair and find tickets to fly to Yellowstone Park or to Grandma’s house in Texas.  People drove!  I remember the trips my parents took sightseeing to Canada and to Florida and elsewhere.  My Dad was fond of the practice of putting decals on the windows of the car depicting a place or town or state. Photos of those collectibles another day.  

I scrolled through the many beautiful and colorful postcards, what a sweet trip down nostalgia lane.  It was hard to pick out only 10, they were so creative and cute.  

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “From the 1930s through the 1950s, tourists taking their first road trips in their newfangled automobiles would frequently stop along the way to pick up a few colorful postcards to mail to the folks back home. The most popular form of eat-your-heart-out greeting was the large-letter postcard, which had been around since the first part of the 20th century but whose heyday was during what we know today as the linen-postcard era. Made of textured paper rather than actual cloth, linen postcards were printed by companies such as Curt Teich & Company of Chicago, Tichnor Brothers and Colourpicture of Boston, E.C. Kropp of Milwaukee, Beals Litho & Printing of Des Moines, and Dexter Press of Pearl River, New York, among many others. Their souvenir postcards for states, cities, military bases, and tourist attractions were usually heralded at the top by the words “Greetings From,” below which were large, blocky, dimensional letters filled in with illustrations or photographs of the destination’s most scenic or noteworthy sights.”

I actually picked 11 and here they are:

Alaska

The 1942 Cards Were Not Big Sellers, So The Retailer Threw Them Out Creating Instant Scarcity

The Bigger The Letters The More Graphic The Depiction Could Be Inside and Out

The Bigger The Letters The More Graphic The Depiction Could Be Inside and Out

Early On Sun Valley Was Promoted As A Ski Destination

Early On Sun Valley Was Promoted As A Ski Destination

It's Not Clear That Rawlins Was A Metropolis But The Rope Borders On The Letters  Is A Nice Touch

It’s Not Clear That Rawlins Was A Metropolis But The Rope Borders On The Letters Is A Nice Touch

The City of Pontiac Michigan Takes Its Name From the Native American Tribe Who Lived There Before the Arrival of the Europeans

The City of Pontiac Michigan Takes Its Name From the Native American Tribe Who Lived There Before the Arrival of the Europeans

Here The Letters Of Niagra Falls Appear About To Tumble To Their Doom

Here The Letters Of Niagra Falls Appear About To Tumble To Their Doom

If This Card Had A Yellow Top and Blue Horses It Would Be Rare

If This Card Had A Yellow Top and Blue Horses It Would Be Rare

Big-Basin-

State Parks were popular destinations and cards such as this one could be sold in the Park gift shop.

There's No Question As To What Gulfport Has To Offer

There’s No Question As To What Gulfport Has To Offer

Quick - Name A Vegetable That's Grown In Iowa

Quick – Name A Vegetable That’s Grown In Iowa

Radiating  Bands of Color Were A Common Background

Radiating Bands of Color Were A Common Background

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The Action of New York City

The Action of New York City (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs)

One of my most popular and consistently viewed blog posts is the one I did on the Top Ten Things To Do in New York City during Christmas.   If you haven’t read it, here’s the link to that one: https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4694&action=edit.

New York City is the capital of the world, a tourist magnet and the home to over 8 million residents which can sometimes make our streets and sidewalks very, very busy!  People from all over the world come here;  We invite them, you know – haven’t you ever seen the I Love New York ads on TV?  So you’re welcome to visit and see and experience this amazing place we call home BUT there are few things you sometimes (often) do while you’re here and they just annoy the s___ out of us!  Summertime is also a BIG time for tourists in the City (could be why so many residents head to the Hamptons) and if you don’t want to be a persona non grata, you will find this list helpful – and we will be grateful and welcome you back with open arms.  These are definite NO-NO’s

1. No need to avoid walking on the grates in the sidewalks when you are wearing sneakers (that’s how we know who is a visitor and who is a resident).  When you walk around the grate it forces others, who may be wearing heels, to walk over them.  Don’t be afraid of the grate;  What’s the worse that could happen?  It caves in and you drop 10 feet, maybe break your arm, just think of how much you can sue the City for!

2.  PLEASE do not walk holding hands;  You’re strolling, we’re walking behind you and we have to be somewhere soon!  Also trying to pass you is like trying to get around a tractor trailer and a solid white line.

3.  PLEASE do NOT stop in the middle of the sidewalk, the top of the escalator, just outside the revolving door!  I mean really, really?

4.  Renting a Citibike?  Don’t pull an Alec Baldwin and peddle down the wrong way on a one-way street.

5. Whispering on the subway, we can hear you!  

6. It’s not funny when you tawk with a fake New York accent!

7.  Acting like  we might hurt you!  This ain’t the 70’s anymore!

8. You drive your car into town and then complain about the traffic.

9. Asking for directions and not telling us where your ultimate destination is.  How can we help if we don’t know where you’re going.

10.  Umbrellas!  Yes the sidewalks are crowded so please remember you are not the only one with walking here and that thing is a weapon when you’re not careful.

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English: The western ramp and pylon of Brookly...

 The western ramp and pylon of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I live in a strange and wondrous place.  My City never sleeps which means should I get a craving for anything in the middle of the night, I can either go downstairs to the 24 hour Duane Reade (drugstore++) or across the street to the 24 hour diner and eat another dinner or breakfast.  I can go to the Opera, the Philarmonic or the theater any night of the week. I can eat any ethnic food any day and visit at least 10 museums anytime.  I can see wonderful, colorful parades on most Sundays in the Spring, and Summer and watch the world go by as Israelis, Pakistanis, Irish, Indians and more walk along Fifth Ave.  That’s just a tiny bit of what makes New York City a wonderful place to experience life. BUT there’s so many things about this city that I didn’t know and here are some of those strange and interesting facts.

  1. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
  2. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
  3. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
  4. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978.  The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
  5. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
  6. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts.  Men used to gather outside the Flat Iron building to watch.
  7. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in U.S.
  8. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  9. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
  10. PONY means Product of New York.
  11. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
  12. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  13. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  14. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, and it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
  15. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
  16. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.
  17. Chernobyl is closer to New York than Fukushima is to L.A.
  18. The Empire State building has its own zip code.
  19. The East River is not a river, it’s a tidal estuary.
  20. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
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Mother Nature is two-faced, there’s no question about it. I’m still wearing winter coats and scarves on my way to work, I’m putting the heat on in the den at night. On Sunday, my friend Susan sent me a photo of the falling snow in her backyard and my friend Kim posted the all too familiar picture of the stabbed snowman because in upstate New York where she lives, they got almost a foot of snow.

Even though the temperature keeps fluctuating, there are other greater rituals in place. Regardless of snow or wind or ice, the daffodils send up their bright shoots, the crocuses blossom and many of the birds who wintered elsewhere come home. These photos were taken in Central Park this past weekend.

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Behold the magnificent Blue Heron captured in flight!

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

There’s no more snow in the park BUT we do have Snow Drops!  Aren’t they pretty?

Spring Snow Drops

Spring Snow Drops

Even though Cardinals hang around all year, they are so beautiful and regal, how could I not include him in this array of seasonal color?

Regal Red Cardinal

Regal Red Cardinal

A splash of sunshine in your garden. 

A Bit of Sunshine

A Bit of Sunshine

I love it when I hear the first Red Wing Blackbird arrive at our feeder.  They have a very distinct and melodic trill.

Love His Epaulets

Love His Epaulets

The first purple crocus each year reminds me that Spring is truly on my doorstep.

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

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English: Syracuse Logo

 Syracuse Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today begins the official, unofficial beginning of March Madness.  Well,  actually it is official, what used to be called Play-In Games are now known as First Four which is certainly not to be confused with the Final Four!  Having spent most of life in Connecticut, I have always been a Huskies fan and there was a point in my life (read in between marriages) when I would spend several evenings and Saturdays  in my town’s local bar and pizzeria, drinking and cheering along with recent and not so recent alumni of UCONN and fellow fans.

That was then, and that was a long time ago!  I casually name-dropped  Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and the Final Four but the First Four? Oh well, today is the day that the Madness begins and unless I’ve misunderstood this term (and that is SO POSSIBLE) I think in the next two days, 8 teams are going to play off or Play-In and then there will be 4 and they will be the First Four.  Okay, so who cares?  The real question is will the Orangemen defeat Dayton in the second round?  Many of the brackets I’ve looked at have predicted Syracuse will lose!  Oooohhh is it really all about momentum? They had a phenomenal early season and maybe if we all pray hard enough, wish hard enough, send enough positive thoughts their way and light a few candles AND wear orange (of course), maybe we will see them in the Regional Semi Finals.  And from there, well Dallas here we come!

So what is a UCONN Huskies fan doing promoting the Orangemen? Well you just gotta listen to BRACKETOLOGY as interpreted and sung by TWO ABSURD.  Dick and Bob Chancia are identical twins who grew up in Utica, New York, both attended Syracuse University and both had careers in Advertising and Art Direction (each on separate coasts)!  AND NOW, these two extraordinarily talented guys have turned to writing and performing some really crazy, or let’s just say absurd songs!  Now how or why two Italian guys from upstate New York are writing and singing RAP songs is….well absurd!

Syracuse fans are ageless and seasonless; so although they wrote this unbelievably-rhymed RAP called BRACKETOLGY in 2012, it is still spot-on in 2014!  I hope you’ll enjoy it, the link is below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8zyS07IGyY

If you enjoyed this little ditty, you should check out their web site: http://www.twoabsurd.com

 

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Ambrose Lightship, South Street Seaport, Manha...

Ambrose Lightship, South Street Seaport, Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday’s Top Ten

The following is a sardonic bordering on sarcastic list of things we New Yorkers feel the need to explain to the visitors, tourists and out of towers who venture into our metropolis!   This list goes beyond my byline of “Oops I bit my tongue in chic”;  I gleaned this information from Thrillst NY. Some things just have to be ‘splained!

  1. We don’t call it “The Big Apple”, “New York” or even “NYC” – It’s The City.
  2. Everybody jaywalks – Go ahead, don’t be afraid, chances are you won’t get hit.
  3. The Italian food in Little Italy sucks – Probably because hardly any Italians live there.
  4. Cabbies don’t take advantage of tourists – They take advantage of ANYONE who doesn’t pay attention.  The answer to “Do you want to take the FDR”? is always NO.
  5. YES, it’s always this loud and NO it doesn’t bother us – For the love of God, stop covering your ears every time a subway screeches or an ambulance goes by.
  6. You have to walk faster than that – We don’t have highways, we have sidewalks.  Would you stop dead in the middle of the Interstate to take a photo of some random tall building? No? Then sweet Jesus don’t do it here.
  7. South Street Seaport is totally irrelevant – We don’t set foot on this anachronistic hell-dock unless we’re going to Beekman’s Beer Garden.  Even then we go in the back entrance to avoid the crowds of people taking photos of the man o’ war.
  8. The streets are short, the avenues are long and it’s a grid – Unless you’re in the West Village; that place is essentially a maze.
  9. That annoying TV in the back of the cab – You can turn it off, and if the credit card swipe below it doesn’t work, use the one above it.
  10. Our bars close at 4 am every nightNone of this 1 am or 2 am nonsense or “4 am on Saturdays only” – We booze it up every night till 4 am and still make it to brunch then next day.

A shout-out to Gail, who is my constant resource for  funny, weird, bizarre, interesting, and informative articles.  This one from Thrillist was a doozy!

 

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YES this is one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK experiences!  Every year I look forward to February….no I don’t love the gray days, or the ice and snow piled up at the bus stops, or the black slimy slush on the subway stairs.  BUT February brings City Bakery’s Annual Hot Chocolate Festival.  

Every day of the month, St. Maury Rubin (not to be confused with St. Valentine who only has one feast day) celebrates February with a different delicious blend of his famous hot chocolate every day.  I really don’t have the words to describe this liquid orgasmic treat.  It’s creamy, feels thick in your mouth, the hot steam sends chocolate thrills up your nose while a smooth molten very chocolatey, chocolate slithers down your throat.  I swear my eyes roll back in my head when I drink, no sip, this heavenly concoction.

See for yourself just what can be had this month! 

Oh Heavenly Days!

Oh Heavenly Days!

Once a chocoholic, kind of a hard to get over this particular addiction since the only 12 Step Program I know goes like this: “Never Be More Than 12 Steps Away From Chocolate”.  In 2012 I posted this: HOT CHOCOLATE on Steroids!

I’m not alone in my devotion to the February rite of steaming delight – No, City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate has a cult following.  This year I noted that another blogger who I follow, FOOD BY SKYLAR, posted an homage to City Bakery and Maury’s Hot Chocolate and I am adding the link to her blog post below.  Maybe I’ll run into her on Malted  Milk Hot Chocolate day! A Hot Chocolate a Day Makes February the Best Month Ever

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