Friday, June 25, 2010

In The Ocean of the Stars

Peter Salett, last night at Joe's Pub.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Yesterday, Pascal, Bernie, Chris and I watched America vs. Algeria under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. There might have been a better place in the city to watch, but I couldn't say where it would be.

I'm learning more and more about the game as the stakes get higher and higher. When the winning goal went in, everyone leaped to their feet and cheered so loud I expect folks riding the rumbling Q train in to Manhattan 200 feet or so above us probably looked around to see where the noise was coming from.

Later, Chris and I sipped a vodka lemonade in Brooklyn Heights and watched an Algerian soccer fan wrapped in his flag at the bar.

"He's gotta be bummed." Chris said.

"It's a lose-win for him," I pointed out.

"How so?"

"He's bummed as an Algerian, but he's an American too. He wins."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Chris knew this place. He always knows these places.

It was late last night, and we were wandering the West Village after watching the Celtics fall apart in game six. The air inside was thick with the smell of cigars and cigarettes. I ordered a scotch because it seemed like the sort of thing one was expected to drink in a place like this and we found some space in the back to reminisce about Tweet and the nooks she always found to hold her candy.

"I wonder how they get away with smoking in here?" Chris mused as he sipped his boxcar.

"They probably wouldn't tell us if we asked," I replied as I pulled out my pen and paper.

On the other side of Chris's head was a row of lamps I couldn't see. "Why didn't you draw the lamps?" Chris asked. "They're my favorite thing about this place."

The waitress brought us another drink, I turned the page and watched the smoke curl around the lampshades like a past that was no more.