Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wild About Music on CNN

As many of you know, I am an artist and have had my works represented by Wild About Music in Austin, Texas since they opened in 1996.  I am including a link to the first of two segments CNN has done on Wild About Music.  I will post the second link as soon as it becomes available.


I am always glad to talk about all the folks at WAM whenever I get the chance.  They are absolutely wonderful people!  Not only as gallery business owners, but in general.  They are like family to us.  

If you visit Austin make sure you stop by and see them.  They Rock!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

One month anniversary in NYC

It's almost hard to believe that we have been in NYC for a whole month, but alas, we have.  We seemed to finally be settling in to some kind of routine, and now trying to get caught up on all sorts of "stuff"  that has taken a back seat to getting established here.

So after a month, I have realized that I can generally find may way around town using the subway system.  However, I continue to be perplexed by recognizing north, south, east, and west once I emerge from the underground world.  Eventually I will figure this out.  Also, my big discovery is that the #6 line is woefully overcrowded and is a real cattle experience.  Almost all aspects of my personal space were violated.  But that is a story for another day.

Teaching seems to be going well.  Hunter College is a fascinating, funky place.  I wonder if all those students know what a great place they are attending?  College in the middle of NYC!  The Psychology department is full of amazing people.  I am very excited to be taking my class to Central Park for a class on Naturalistic Observation.  I'm not certain that my students are as excited about this trip as I am.  Something about it being "winter".

We continue to find new and wonderful restaurants, receive many recommendations for cool adventures in the city, and meet new people.  And although we know this is not going to hold true everywhere in NYC, the people we have been meeting are absolutely wonderful.  This is a wonderful "world" city.  There is a little bit of everyplace here.  Just wish is wasn't so darn expensive.

So today, finds Kathy "on call" and Emma and I heading to Chelsea Piers for some ice skating (Emma, not me).  Yes, I can ice skate.  I just have trouble with the whole stopping, turning,and  staying away from situations that could require use of our health insurance and rehabilitation.  As I get older, all my activities are previewed through the lens of whether or not I could be injured and require lengthy periods healthcare.  

On a final note, Jayson at "Flyover" recently posted a very thorough account of our expedition from Austin to NYC.  If you're interested in that information you can read his account of Monday Feb 2, 2009 "NY, NY it's a hellava town"  http://www.flyoverillinois.blogspot.com/


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Home Sweet Home

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Here is a video tour of our new digs.

A Long Overdue "Thank You"

I must admit that I did not anticipate it taking a full month from the time we arrived in NYC to actually set up this blog.  But, now that it is set up I do need to get caught up.  Therefore, this is my long overdue "Thank You!" to Jayson Hansen for all of his help with moving from Austin to NYC.  

So Jayson, "Thank You!"  I appreciate all the help you provided.  You are a true friend and a wonderful person.  of course, this should not come as news to anyone who knows you.

And if there is any way whatsoever that I can exploit your NYC driving personality, "Johnny Nyack", for financial gain I will!


Post Numero Uno

So I have decided to join the digital age and have a blog.  Now that we have picked up and moved to NYC for a year, I figured this would be a good way to keep in touch without keeping in touch.  So, we've moved to NYC from Austin, TX because Kathy has a one year Nurse Practitioner Fellowship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  We miss Austin but NYC has been a wonderful experience so far.  

We have given up our cars and are now considered "straphangers" which, as far as we can figure out means that we are subway riders.  We either walk or take public transportation and have not really missed our cars yet.  I teach a class at Hunter College two days a week and Emma is getting used to attending the nearby public school.  Murphy the dog doesn't appear to like the cold weather.

I'm quite sure that I'll be posting frequently, as there are all sorts of things I think I have tell other people, whether it's important to other people or only important in my mind.