Creativity and Ramblings from the heart of NYC and around the World

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Strike On

Yes -- I'm in NYC.

Yes, our transit union is on strike.

Yes -- I haven't yet met a single person in New York who doesn't think that this Union is made up of the MOST SELFISH individuals ever!!!

Walking 85 blocks in 19F (approx -5C) weather just to get to the office isn't anyone's idea of fun. Although good excercise, walking in the cold you must bundle up with twice the amount of clothing simply not to freeze.

May the fines be heafty, the jails be filled and the strike be over as soon as possible so that our city doens't loose any MORE money... the retailers are having a hard enough time without this crap!

Keep your fingers crossed that it ends soon!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Flight Cancelled! Date Cancelled too!

After arriving at the airport with BELLS on to get home (I had a Thursday night date on tap.)
Hit the airport running...check in, drop bags...and check out the juice spot called Lovejuice (Not sure how the name would be reguarded in the US -- but it cracked me up! Opened by a Hispanic family -- I wonder if it's a direct translation?)

I'm on hour #8 in the MAXjet lounge here at the Stansted Airport in Stansted, UK...
The grand Business class deal my boss found (which is actually wonderful, I'm just living on 4hrs of sleep and little food yet) on the new airline MAXjet...well it has a broken part and...oooop...they only have ONE PLANE in the fleet!!!
And...being the UK...I had to put my knitting in the suitcase as it's not allowed in your carry on. Only the UK!
After many hours we just got confirmation that we've gotten a flight on EOS...which was supposed to leave at 6:30pm (a 9:30pm arrival) but they've been working to make it leave a few hours sooner...except now they think they cannot because of 2 people who are Kosher and thus we'll have to wait for special food to arrive... meanwhile these two folks are complaining THE MOST about being held up in the UK...don't they have a little wiggle room?
So...looks like I'll be missing my date... I called my date and he couldn't help but laugh! Unreal my luck.

I will, once again, for SURE miss the Nanette Lapore sample sale... argh... is SO MUCH FUN!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

UK - Whirlwind for Sure

In my fog the day I left, I didn't reset the settings on iTunes and plopped my iPod into its began to over write everything on there...and then I tripped over the cord...pulling it off the cradle...and wiping out the entire memory...
...Don't worry... I have the entire library doubly backed up on external drives... But having only an hour left before my departure...I could only drag and drop some albums.

The flight was lovely. We tested out MaxJet...which just began flying in the US November 1st. We flew into Stansted and are about to take the train into London. If the train is as easy as appears, this will become my new favorite way to London! MaxJet is all Business Class seating (since our budgetary restrictions only allow coach these days...even to China!!) and they offered up a competitive flight to our usual flight via Dublin (layover)... T'was a treat to be able to lay nearly flat and sleep! Waking up to prepare for landing, the sun was rising just above the cloud line where we were floating... Just beautiful...wish I'd had my camera handy. After a few lovely minutes watching the sun rise stretch across the sky with reds and oranges, we crossed through the cloud line into the murky darkness of Stansted.

Jet lag: something which makes one completely loose ones mind and gives it up to the sleep gods (if one's lucky!)

I was lucky.

After snoozing on a settee in the hotel lobby for two hours (very attractive!) I went to my room and fell fast asleep...
I awoke STARVING to see it was 8pm! (Good sleep!) I was slightly panicked as my boss had said he'd call to wake me at 5pm because he wanted to get a jump on the set up for the following days presentation.

Called my boss who said “did you see the notes under your door?”
“No, I'm still in bed.”
“Go look & call me back.” [click]

Being able to follow directions I got the notes and burst out laughing...

Let's go back a day in the not-so-way-back machine...
“Bernard, should I bring my external drive that has the entire project upon it?”
“Nah, I've got these.” Holding up a red paper bag containing 27 printed and bound books that i'd pulled an all-nighter preparing for this trip...

The the notes, on hotel envelopes read:
Envelope #1:
“Kim. ---------- DISASTER.

Envelope #2:
Back from Stanstead
There IS a God.
(This from the worlds least religious man!)

Upon calling him back I found that his brain had been as mushy as mine.
I had asked him about his red bag upon check in and he said something about it being in his black bag, so I thought he transferred them to his luggage so he could wheel them (because they were HEAVY!)
So...for a change, I didn't have to solve the problem...he didn't wake me and voila - they are in his room.
Apparently he woke from his sleep, sitting straight up thinking “where the hell are the catalogs!!!”

Never a dull moment...
After a lovely Morrocan dinnerwith Reiko (show right) and Bernard, we had a few drinks with our salesman (who are the lot in the photos all thru this entry) and a few hours of sleep. Up at 6am (1am NYC time) for breakfast and to set up the meeting...then I talked for a few hours, presented the new collection -- which was quite well recieved (yeah!) and we had drinks at Sandra's new flat! Thanks Sandra!!!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ciao Ciao
I'm off to London for a few days of meetings!
I'll catch up a bit when I return! (Hopefully!)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Yarn Company Boycot BACK ON!

Anyone who's read my posts over time may remember my growing distaste for the yarn shop that is located closest to me...The Yarn Company. Both times that I stopped in to spend my hard earned money on needles and needs I was snapped, snipped at and made feel most unwelcome. The second time I waited 15 minutes while the two owners were teaching a class. After 15 minutes, and many a glance from them both, they snapped at me "is there something we can help you with" in a very aggrivated tone. I just needed to buy a set of $35 circs that were behind the counter... I even had cash. I was made feel awful for even ASKING...
If you aren't available to sell goods because you are teaching a class, post it on the door and you won't be bothered!

Time passes and a dear friend of mine, Juliet, and new knitter, decides to stop in and walks out having been helped by an employee (not one of the two owners) who was very nice and told her to come on back with any questions. She dropped over $200 in yarn and was on her way to her first sweater. She told me of this experience and I was SHOCKED! Bravo! Perhaps I was wrong...

Then...Last night, after a few weeks had passed, sweater parts all done, she stopped in to ask for assistance with the neck. The owner was there and told her that THIS kind of help was only available at classes. Snapped at her in a "duh" tone that "she needed to sew up the sweater FIRST and then the neck could be done." These directions hadn't been written on the pattern that was bought from this store... how was she to know?
She asked if there were any weekend classes... she was snapped at "NO! Wednesday nights."
She asked to sign-up (and pay) for this Wednesday's class... and was told they are booked for a while.
My friend told her that this was a Christmas present and with the time left before Christmas she knows she could finish it with a little explanation help.
At this point the owner started to pitch the book that she'd written...
So...she can take 15 minutes to tell you how she can't help you & try to sell you her book... while in those 15 minutes she could have been well on her way to answering the question at hand.

With all of the friendly and helpful knitting shops and knitters in NYC... I certainly won't be giving them another chance. How rude! I'd be interested in hearing other peoples take on this place. I do know that the owners are snippy while they seem to hire kind staff... I just can't justify putting money into snippy peoples pockets.

So...Tonight I'll show her how to stitch it up and put on the neck ribbing.

After properly swatching... I cast on a new project last night...a wonderful cardi!
I'll post a photo soon!!!
The photoshoot went well (Mon-Wed) and now I'm racing thru the photo selection yeowza!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Lay it on ME!

What a busy but great week!
Work kept me most busy...but I hit a number of milestones and plowed right through them! Wooo-whooo!

Went to see Gabriel Byrne (Cornelious Melody) in A Touch of the Poet (written by Eugene O'Neill) with my friend and coworker Ramona. It was heavy...much heavie than I'd expected it to be. Mr. Byrne did an alright job...until he had to change accents from his gentleman's English to a rough Irish brogue. It really stuck out until he'd been using it for a few minutes...didn't help that a number of the characters had been speaking in a very GOOD brogue for the entire show.
I really did enjoy the performance by Emily Bergl (Sarah Melody) as the strong willed daughter.
This wouldn't be the first show I'd send you to in NYC by far.

This week also included 1 very fun date, 1 night out with friends playing backgammon (and testing out my hand knit backgammon board), dinner out with friends and many a snuggle with my ever growing long-tailed boys at home. On a sad kitty note, a dear friends' cat lost her struggle with cancer this week...always hard to loose a pet.

Today I reached an encouraging milestone at the gym --- got to raise the weight amounts as they were now too easy!!! Yippee!!! I have even more energy building as the days go on (yes -- it is possible, much to my friends amazement.)

I've been reading The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century... great book --- anyone interested in continueing to roll ahead in your career -- NO MATTER what it is that you do... you should be reading this book!
I have to pick up came highly reccomended to me this week.

Reading has taken over some of the knitting I would usually have been doing...well... more likely work has taken over more of the free time for the other things!

Ahhhh...the turkey soup is on the stove and it smells GREAT!!! It'll have to be packaged up for the freezer, some for lunch tomorrow...

Tonight's girls night out!! Dinner and fun!

Photoshoot fun (WORK!) hits full swing on Monday! Here we go again!
I had best get back to my paperwork/planning on this weeks shoot!
Cheers all - Happy Weekend!