Much a-do in NYC

For those of you who have employers who give a damn about Columbus Day, congratulations. I get to work on Monday while you sleep in and somewhere in your subconscious thank Mr. Columbus for doing what he did and giving you another day off in the year.

On that note, it’s Friday! And I’ve decided to start a weekly tribute on fun/exciting/different things to do in NYC each weekend. This is an amazing city filled with so much culture, food, and spontaneity… and there’s always a ton of events happening around town. It’s a happenin’ place ya know. You just need to see your options!

And here they are in no particular order…

1. NYC Wine & Food Festival
Celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, and many more put on a display of culinary demonstrations, discussion panels, book signings, etc… If you get lucky, maybe they’ll let you taste their More details at http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2010/

2. Park Avenue Armory‘s Indoor Carnival I haven’t been to an actual carnival in years! And this just sounds bloody brilliant. Carnival junk food, carnival games, rides, and theatrics! What more do you need? Oh yeah, and it’s in New York City. Pow. Take a date on a ferris wheel ride, watch some magic tricks, and top it off with some cotton candy or funnel cake. Admission is only $5 for adults, but rides are additional. I recommend to get an unlimited ride wrist band for $20! You can’t go wrong with that. I convinced my husband to go check this out this weekend! Woohoo! More details at http://www.armoryonpark.org/index.php/programs_events/detail/carnival/

3. The Wizard of Oz
For the kids this weekend, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan lets you and your kids experience the wonders of the classic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. First of all, 1939?! Wow! I still remember where I was when I first saw this movie. It was a “lock in” (you guys remember those right?!) at the YMCA with my entire 4th grade class. The entire gym floor was filled with sleeping bags and they put up a giant projector screen and played the Wizard of Oz! LOVED IT! Anyway, the museum has setup a tornado making machine, The Wicked Witch’s Castle, and even the man behind the curtain. Super cool! Check out more details at cmom.org

4. New York Comic Con/Anime Festival
Calling all geeks! Who needs Halloween when you can dress up in your favorite fictional comic and anime characters for an entire weekend? Riiiight. More details at newyorkcomiccon.com.

Alright New Yorkers… go get em! And have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday!! Dance with me!

It’s 5pm. I needed the weekend to get here SO BADLY this week.

Therefore I decided to search for something that really truly portrayed how I feel right now…

1:45 through 1:57 – I kid you not, I was at the edge of my chair wondering when/how he would reappear!

Not to mention the kicking. Oh the kicking.

The Rally to Restore Sanity

I’ve never ever in my life attended any sort of a rally, or protest, or anything political. But this, folks, is going to be phenomenal. I just have a feeling. My husband is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of the Daily Show, and of Jon Stewart in general.

Did I mention he’s a huge fan? Huge.

I spent 3 months trying to get tickets to the show for his birthday earlier this year and finally succeeded. And a week ago, I just happened to browse on over to the Daily Show website, and right there on the home page, there happened to be extra tickets left for a show next week, and just like that, I got 4 tickets!! Love it.

The rally just goes to show that the small percentage of extremist Americans who are just freaking wacky, are the ones who happen to get the most publicity and it’s driving people nuts.

I watched Stewart on Oprah last week, it was such an amazing segment. This guy is hilarious! I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s constantly entertaining.

I plan on taking tons of pictures and submitting a post of the whole thing to share with my loyal readers 🙂 I’m really really excited!

Where are they now?

I don’t know why it occurred to me yesterday, but it did. Where are all those childhood TV/Movie stars that I was addicted to watching back in the 80s and 90s ALL the freakin time??? And I don’t mean the ones that are still in the limelight (good or bad). I had to dig and find my favorites….

Well hello Topanga

Topanga (Boy Meets World): um wow. Ok didn’t mean to start it off this way, she was just at the top of my list originally, but not because of what I thought I would find. Well who am I kidding, she looked like she was a bad girl hiding behind those frumpy clothes the entire show, am I right?! Ms. Danielle Fishel‘s work most recently can be found on TV shows such as The Dish and The Fuse 20.

Kimmy Gibler (Full House): The annoying best friend of DJ Tanner, Andrea Barber, decided to live a nice normal life after the showbiz business. Married with two kids and a college education behind her, she seems happy. Good for you Kimmy!

Rudy all grown up

Rudy Huxtable (The Cosby Show): Our lovable little Rudy, or Keshia Knight Pulliam, is still somewhat in the spotlight, doing TV shows such as House of Payne, and films such as Madea Goes to Jail.

Randy Taylor (Home Improvement) – the heart throb of the show, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was definitely one of my favorite teen stars growing up.  He’s definitely done his fair share of movies and appearances on TV shows here and there since his run on Home Improvement, and has managed to stay out of trouble and away from any major headlines.

Chunk (Goonies) – This guy was my FAVORITE out of the classic Goonies clan. Maybe it was his simple hearted nature, or the fact that his name was Chunk 🙂 Regardless, Jeff Cohen definitely can’t go by the name “Chunk” anymore. Talk about toooooootally different!!

Jeff is pretty successful lawyer in Beverly Hills now. They had a 20 year Goonies reunion in 2005 which is crazy and cool at the same time.

What Not to Wear... yikes!

Today is my Friday. Sort of.

The day is almost over. Thank God. The best part about today being Thursday is that I’m working only 2 hours tomorrow. So today is sort of my Friday for this nice long Labor Day weekend. We all know that I’m going to be in vacation mode as of 7am tomorrow morning, and there really is no point in me coming to work anyway. But I digress.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to be flying out to Houston, Texas, my hometown, and then heading to a bachelorette party in the badass city of Austin. I haven’t been to Austin in years and I’m super duper pumped about it!

However, there’s a giant turd that may ruin my plans and I’m sure I’ll tweet my annoyances from the airport about it all afternoon. That turd is known as Hurricane Earl. Earl is heading straight for me and will surely do whatever he can to delay my flight tomorrow afternoon. Stupid Earl.

Courtesy of AccuWeather.com

In case my flight gets canceled and I don’t make it out to Texas, I decided to find out what’s going on around town this weekend after Earl passes through us and leaves floods and fallen trees in his trail. No no, let’s be positive now. Hopefully it’ll all blow over. No pun intended.

Since I’m cheap, I turned to one of my favorite sites to find fun events around NYC… FreeEvents.net. And here are my favorites out of the bunch:

Parked Food Truck Fest. That’s right. There’s a festival celebrating truck food. Gotta love the NYC! The ferry to Governor’s Island is free, but the food isn’t. But when you’ve got selection ranging from ice cream and dumplings to lobster rolls, you can’t go wrong!

Buns and Puns. Just the name sounds intriguing. What you probably couldn’t guess is that it’s a comedy show with free cinnamon buns and free Jello shots. Hello hangover!

The 90210 Party. You read it right!! It’s a freakin 90210 party! Although it’s short notice, the party is tonight, and I’m not gonna lie, it kinda looks rad. It’s at the Peach Pit After Dark (lol) and 90s attire is encouraged.

Brazilian Independence Weekend. Who doesn’t love a free party? Better yet, who doesn’t love a free Brazilian party? Apparently the DJ, Marcos Carnaval, is all that so you can’t go wrong. Hollerrrr.

So if I don’t make it out to Texas tomorrow, you may find me at one of these. Otherwise, I’ll report my adventures in Texas when I get back next week.

Happy Labor Day in advance! And be safe kids!

Hip Thrust, Bounce to the beat, Do the light bulb!

Ever since I was 10 years old, or possibly even younger, I’ve had a passion for dancing! Not just the usual dancing at clubs and what not, although that’s also a great time, but Bollywood dancing.

Typical families don’t teach their daughters to shake their hips at an early age, or ever for that matter. But since Indian movies were a big hit in my family, sitting up close to the TV and going to the movie theater for new releases back in India, the songs were the best part of the movie for me. Trying to copy the dance moves and imitate the actresses was the best, especially the hip thrust. That’s the main move!

The plot in these movies is always the same – girl and boy fall in love, parents of the girl say no, girl runs away with boy, parents give in, and they live happily ever after. All portrayed by song(s). The dance steps are always cheesy, but you can’t stop watching! (Nowadays, some Bollywood movies have really been amazing – great message – great songs – and great dances!) But back in the day…

And you notice how the girl turns away when the boy goes to kiss her? Yep, that’s how it works in Bollywood movies. See my previous post on this.

Chris Kattan recently did a Made for TV movie called Bollywood Hero, in which I thought he did an EXCELLENT job with his dance moves… well not initially:

But he definitely got better! 😉

So naturally, reinacting these songs at weddings is a must. At my wedding, the move that stuck with my non-Indian friends was “do the lightbulb” seen at the end of this video:

After much practice and picking up dance moves from the movies, the final result can sometimes be mind blowing… this girl is bloody amazing!

I would show you guys some of my dances, but then I’d give myself away and I can’t do that, now can I??

The Boob Tube

Why are people so drawn to the damn television? I don’t mean catching your favorite shows here and there, but just watching for the sake of watching. Having it on in the background, sleeping to it, waking up to it, and not turning it off and walking away!! Doesn’t the light and sound just get to you after a while??

Yes you should stay informed on the news and current events. Absolutely. No doubt about it there. But just zoning into the screen and not even really “watching” the show… that has GOT to be bad for your brain cells, and your eyes!

This morning, I watched my husband as he was staring at the TV and getting dressed (don’t worry kids, this is G rated). The amount of time he took to put on his pants, button his pants, put on his shirt, slowly button his shirt… it could have been cut in half if he wasn’t glued to the TV. I kid you not… I wanted to yell out “hurry up already!!” And he wasn’t watching anything super exciting – it was the news.

And on top of that, if you’re in front of your computer screen all day, how can you come home and sit in front of the TV for 2-4 hours? Just writing about the thought of it drives me insane!!! My idea of relaxation after coming home from work is curling up on the couch with a good book, or listening to some music. I don’t think about turning on the TV as soon as I get home, or as soon as I get up, or as soon as I get in bed.

I know, my husband is going to hate me for this entire post. I’m not upset about the whole thing (although I did get a little attitude-y last night about the TV constantly being on)… I just don’t understand the fascination of it all – again of the concept of constantly having the TV on – NOT about watching your favorite shows and what not, because that would be a double standard on my part as I am totally guilty of having my fav shows in the fall that are must-see-tv.

But at least now I get why they call it the boob tube.

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