Monday, November 17, 2008

Thankful... (11/17/08)

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Today I am thankful for...

... the clear... bright... golden awesomeness of the late-autumn-morning Sun, shining upon ME...

... two gloved hands (each smaller than my own) holding my gloved hands - as we walk toward the school bus and the morning cold catches our breath and carries it away...

... the rush of warmth upon the opening of the door of home...

... and hearing the love of my life singing in the shower.


Today I am thankful for...

... rainy Saturday trips to Manhattan...

... the click of Mr Conductor's hole punch meeting tickets...

... the two-tone chime of train doors closing...

... a near "empty" Grand Central Terminal...

... a single MetroCard shared by a half-dozen people...

... near "empty" subway cars...

... really long lines outside of museums...

... Museum Membership...

... getting to skip said "really long line"...

... waving a card to get in to see van Gogh...

... van Gogh...

... Vincent van Gogh...

... speaking to ME.

... "The Sower"...

... "The Potato Eaters"...

(and being able to find the faint "Vincent" signature... hidden on the back of the chair to the left)

... "The Poet"...

... "The Night Café"...

... "Gauguin's Chair"...

... "The Starry Night Over The Rhône"...

... "STARRY NIGHT"...

... all there... for me...

... all there for us...

... ours for a few hours.


Today I am thankful for...

... women in subway stations, talking to the air and enjoying the conversation...

... emerging from the Subway again... to find the Sun...

... another "Recession Special" at Gray's Papaya...

... wandering over to Dojo's West for lunch...

... the happiness of Chicken Yakimeshi... Hommus... and Guacamole...

... watching my children spin "The Cube" in the East Village...

... The MUD Truck...

... finding a new thumb ring on St Mark's...

... Jimmy Webb STILL walking around Trash & Vaudeville like he's on speed...

... (and STILL looking like C.C. DeVille - after all these years)...

... Pommes Frites being on Second Ave...

... "Love Saves The Day" still being the best store ever...

... the intense heat of wandering through 18 miles of books at The Strand...

... coffee in Greek paper cups...

... the return of the rain...

... dinner at Scotty's...

... guys who annoyingly drop names of famous poets as if they know them...

... the Chrysler building stretching toward the foggy night sky...

... getting to Grand Central just in time to catch the train home...

... my iPod playing Miles Davis as we pull away from Manhattan...

... the warmth of friendship...

... of wonderful days spent with wonderful people...

... of Lenny hugs...

... and Police State conversations...

... of silly Kristin faces when she realizes I've stolen her soul via my camera... again...

... and "British Pinkies" putting holes in Chuck Taylors...

... of the happiness of being with "family".


Today I am thankful for...

... silly things.

... for the Colts beating the Texans...
... the Steelers beating the Chargers...
... the Giants beating the Ravens...
... and the Cowboys beating the Redskins.

... for Jimmie Johnson making NASCAR history...

... for the NASCAR season being over (meaning that for the rest of the NFL season I don't have to do the "two TV" thing to watch both at the same time).


Today I am thankful for...

... Candlewood Camera Club...

... camaraderie...

... assignments...

... testing myself.


Today I am thankful for...

... FINALLY being able to let go...

... and say "goodbye"...

(six months after).


Today I am thankful for...

... Philip Glass' "Itaipu" carrying me off into dreamland...


Today I am thankful for...

... dreams...

... possibilities...

... and miles upon miles of road stretching before me.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Thankful... (11/03/08)

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Today I am thankful for...

... the warmth of that first cup of coffee in the morning.

... the chill of the air when I throw back the covers.

... the creaks... squeaks... cracks... moans... and groans of that first real stretch of the day.

... the smile that the second cup of coffee brings.

... the chime of my Mac, when it starts up for the day.

... bowls of hot oatmeal with drizzles of pure maple syrup - on cold autumn mornings.

... the sounds of my Barred Owl calling in the night...

... and our murder of Crows... calling throughout the day.

... busy squirrels on my roof... making more noise than any of the neighbors ever could.

... strong gusts of wind pushing against the walls of the house... causing creaks and squeaks and moans and groans.

... gray days leading into dark afternoons.

... (the "quiet" of such moments).

... a small fridge full of apples and 35mm film.

... my cameras and tripod next to me... ready to go.

... 4GB compact flash cards being too small... (and thus the need for more of them).

... hundreds of photos waiting for processing in CDPP and Photoshop CS3.

... Colony Pizza on Myrtle Ave in Stamford.

... "Stinger" pizzas.

... seeing my dad for the first time in over a year.

... spending a night with a couple dozen drag-queens.

... old Golden Retrievers next to two-and-a-half month old Golden Retrievers.

... "not drinking" (it has been eight months now).

... cravings for Guinness.

... the Colts beating the Patriots.

... "House" being on every night.

... the third cup of coffee of the day.

... the writings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

... clean bedrooms.

... messy bedrooms.

... very messy bedrooms.

... missing gloves.

... this past Halloween having been Holly's and my 12th anniversary together.

... (12 amazing years).

... The Cure's new album finally being released.

... Moleskine journals.

... knowing that Election Day is tomorrow.

... knowing that in less than two weeks I'll be in NYC visiting van Gogh and Míro at the MoMA.

... Thanksgiving being just a few weeks away.

... Christmas being next month.

... "2008" drawing to a close.

... thoughts of the future.

... ideas for photo projects.

... plans to go to art school in NY - 15 years late (Hey... better 'late' than 'never').

... plans to expand...

... to grow...

... to prosper...

... in everything.

... Love.

... My family.

... My friends.

... My Self.

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