Monday, August 30, 2010

Lights, Camera, NKOTB!?!


  Life has a funny way of resembling a roller coaster.  No need for elaboration here w/ the roller coaster metaphor but when you lose a very dear friend in life it hurts.  One that helped you, gave you work, and even fed you when you didn't have any money.  A friend like that.  That's what I lost last week, abruptly.  It still hurts but in a day and age where we are bombarded w/ media, news, technology and others, how long do we have to mourn? Besides, the story I received from his sister just the other day was that she was flying back down South b/c her daughter was having a baby girl just days after her brothers death.  The Lord truly giveth and He taketh away.  Sorta gave me cold chills and made me smile to know that a life was being brought into a family where a tragic death had just occurred.  Ironic?  No not at all just fate and destiny and all that other meaningful stuff we hate to discuss.  BUT enough of the mushy bottom!!! Let's celebrate a celebrity!  When you have a celebrity encounter with people in New York City it's always a pretty good experience.  99% of all the celebs I meet are nice and friendly.

    You just have to know how to approach them, and when to listen and when to leave them alone.   Today I had the opportunity to shutterbug a new television series on CBS called Blue Bloods.  It's based on an entire Irish family who work for the NYPD.  Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green who produced the Sopranos are doing it from the other perspective of the life of crime here in the City.  So instead of portraying the Mafia side angle, they are now on the long-arm-of-the laws perspective.   It's going to be great and Tom Seleck is even in it.  Magnum P.I. and a New Kid on the Block playin' Irish cops in New York City, heck why not?!? Apparently Donnie, AKA Detective Reagan uses dubious tactics to solve crime in the show and Tom is his dad so it's supposed to pretty good.  It has the 10 pm time slot on CBS this fall on Friday nights.  So look out for Blue Bloods on CBS!

I didn't know that on a set the character's name is on the chair instead of their actual name.   Donnie plays Danny Reagan in the show.  I'd be so confused people calling me Donnie and Danny.  No way I could be an actor.  I ain't gonna lie though Country Boy loves the camera.  In front of it and behind.
Neighbors w/ cars in the hood become irate when film crews come, but they always give Tudor City money for allowing them access to such a wonderful facility. 

The entire crew were extremely friendly.  They had cool tool boxes w/ stickers and random lights w/ huge cords and people everywhere.  It was neat to see what all goes into the production of a television series.  It's a lot of hurry up and wait  though. 
If the vans a rockin' don't come knockin' babay!!
Below is the private tent Donnie stayed in throughout the afternoon.   Chrysler in the background. 
Looks like a seat for a country boy......

Until next time,

~Country Boy

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hail to the Redskins!

         Well we finally got to see my beloved Redskins play the New York Jets on Friday night.  I can't say that it was as amazing as I had envisioned but nonetheless it was fun and exciting.  The stadium is brand new in the Meadowlands of New Jersey but I gotta say it's bland at best.  The place has no character or identity.  The obnoxious Giants fans call it theirs and the Jets fans claim it as their own.  It's confusing to say the least.  Plus a New York team being in New Jersey just doesn't add up.
       So it's Hail to the Redskins for Country Boy and City Belle!!!  Growing up in NC before the Panthers, there were the Redskins and I have stayed loyal ever since.  My mother pulled for them and in 1991 we won the Super Bowl.  I'll never forget, I was 11 years old.  Anyway, our journey there to the stadium started at Port Authority on 42nd street and it was quite the "trip."  City Belle and I got round trip bus tickets to the stadium for 10 bucks that dropped us off right in front.  A pretty good deal in Manhattan or anywhere for that matter. Here's a good shot of the City from our bus on the way to see the Redskins.
As you can see it was a perfect day for a football game.

Die-Hards on the bus
ahh man hey!  Where ya'll going?!??! 
Ok that's better!
 Lil' Skin
Pledge of allegiance 

It may have been a preseason game but it was a packed house.
Redskins representing in NJ
I got in trouble for this shot.  (snuck up too close) 
D McSlab,  our savior.  (he's a bum)
Thee man

Haynesworth-less and D Hall
And for the grand finale!!!  11 dollar french fries!!!!!

All in all we had a great time.  Thank you City Belle for making this such a wonderful experience. 

~Country Boy

Friday, August 27, 2010

Levi's in Bryant Park

When New Yorkers find out about Free Jeans, they come out in droves!
Levi's announced on Daily Candy, that they were having an event in Bryant Park today.

Here is the Daily Candy Announcement:
Levis Wear What Fits Event:
What: Bring in something that doesn’t fit (it will go to Goodwill) for a free pair of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans.
Why: The new fits — Slight, Demi, and Bold — were designed based on shape, not size
When: Aug. 27. Fri., 10 a.m.
Where: Bryant Park.

Since Bryant Park is near my office, I thought I would go check it out! 
The lines were an Avenue long at 10:00am!

Check out the White Tents, a mini version of Fashion Week! 
I never made it inside the tents, because I couldn't wait in line for hours.
Some people have to work, you know? :)
But, I'm sure the free jeans were super cool. 

-City Belle

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grand Central Terminal

       When you think of Grand Central Terminal you think of tons of people and chaos.  We think of deadlines, trains, and confusion.  "What is this?!?! Grand Central Terminal!! After the phone rings 2 or 3 times at our house.  As one of the busiest places in the world it can be a little intimidating when you enter the place.  It's adorned with ancient Greek sculptures, a huge fleeced clock and massive columns.

Here's a midtown shuttle bus to JFK for 15 bucks.  It's one of the cheapest rides from the City to the airport you can get.   If you're alone it's a good idea, but if you're with another person just cab it up. 

The architecture outside of the Station is Elizabethan and gorgeous.

On the way there it can get quite tricky.  I always come from the East side so I find it easier to walk down obscure streets like 41st instead of 42nd and 33rd instead of 34th when walking to any destination.  City Belle taught me this.  

Grand Central Terminal is gorgeous and stunning inside; seeing is believing. 
train lines to New Haven

      Here's something you might not know about Grand Central; it's has a wonderful food market filled w/ fish from the Mediterranean to the Chesapeake Bay.  There's branzino and flounder, striper and salmon.  The food market has steak and veggies, sweets, and more.  It honestly has just about anything you could ever imagine. 

Hello Mr. Lobster, how are you?  Wonderful as I would imagine, do you have any butter?
Where's the beef?  Right there........

Fruits and veggies, steak and seafood.  It's all right here in Grand Central Terminal.   

until next time,

~ Country Boy 
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