Remembering Johnny Carson

Yes, I managed to catch some parts of last night’s Emmy Awards, particularly David Letterman’s tribute to Johnny Carson. 

I first got introduced to the Tonight Show when we got hooked up to the Far Eastern Network of the then US Bases in the Philippines through a special antenna we had installed to enable us to get their television feed.  I used to stay up late at night and laugh my heart out, and I believe I even caught his farewell in 1992.

Truly, his brand of comedy is one of a kind and sorely missed despite our crop of accomplished comedians who now grace the television screen.

Bus Games – back to the Q88

Photo originally taken on board a Q27 bus on the way home on August 21, 2005

I didn’t have any reason to rush out of the house this morning because the boss was away.  Still, I didn’t quite expect to be so late.  I stood by the regular bus stop for the Q27 Limited plying the Springfield Blvd-Main Street/Flushing route and saw two of the buses I needed whiz by full of people, and opting to go local, the one I was hoping to hail didn’t stop either for the same reason.

Running out of time, I walked to my old bus stop and decided to take the Q88 again.  It got me to work — very late — but got me here anyway.

School’s on again, that’s why.  I live very near the Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside and students from and around the district all rush to school at this hour.  (Now I know better than to try and catch a bus before 9AM.)  It was such a breeze when summer was here and we, the working people, had the bus pretty much to ourselves, except for the occasional summer school attendees and those very industrious ones who took advance programs.

So tomorrow, I’m off early.  Either that or I bite the bullet and take the longer route through the Q88, or treat myself to an express ride into the city.

Kipling's Wisdom

Some 23 years ago when I was a junior in high school, I joined the Cadet Officer Candidate Course or COCC which made me an officer when I became a Senior in the training corps which was a part of our curriculum, and part of the very rigorous training we had to undergo had to do with memorizing these maxims and poems, one of which was Rudyard Kipling’s work below which I’d like to share with those who come upon this blog:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

I guess it was one of those maxims which we were expected to find inspiration in.  My batchmates and I memorized each and every line and were expected to recite the whole poem with conviction when commanded to.  To this day, I find solace and strength in the words of Rudyard Kipling.

It’s officially Monday and I just can’t sleep yet.

So I didn't win the New York lotto either..

The pot was just $11 Million or so — and between Alan and me, we didn’t even bet $10 into this weekend’s lotto.  But we wanted to have our bets in “just in case” as they say.  But no, this weekend wasn’t ours.

Maybe next draw (on Wednesday).. it’s a favorite point of conversation for us thinking about what we would actually do if we won. 

It would also come in handy during times like this with emergencies outside the family are knocking on our door.  A solution was reached but money isn’t always easy to come by. 

Now if we only won the next lotto jackpot.

Another weekend

It’s another one of those weekends that have flitted by so fast.  Angel is asleep in the living room and he is tired from a day of playing cute and just being his lively self despite a persistent cold.  He’s back as his Dad keeps saying.  Maybe it’s because he has had a break from the stress of a week in daycare.

We’re continuing to try and fix up our house.  I think I made progress in putting away some of my things in the room.  There’s still some clutter, but we’re getting there.

Meanwhile, here’s to another week.  An easy one — I hope — (keeping my fingers crossed) because the boss is away.

Rainy Saturday Night

The weather forecast midweek for Saturday was rain, but we went out and got home just around 7PM with nary a drop of rain falling.  Then in the midst of dinner it poured and thundered and all is quiet now at 10PM.

We spent a short afternoon doing errands.  We would’ve gone to the grocery but Angel started getting irritable.  I didn’t have to prepare any fancy dinner because there was pasta in the fridge and the chicken wraps from yesterday.  By 9AM, I was lulling the boy to sleep.

No, I didn’t win the Mega Lotto jackpot of $250 Million and it makes me feel bad that the actual winner took the whole pot, and he/she was from New Jersey.. !  Somewhere close by.. Well, there’s still the lotto tonight.

Meanwhile, I grabbed some more of that fancy fringe yarn from Target this afternoon lest they run out and I won’t be able to buy anymore.  I have enough for 4 more scarves at this point.  I am thinking of making scarves for two girlfriends this Christmas, but the one I’m working on will go to a friend celebrating a birthday a few weeks ahead.


Snapping away on the subway

I left work earlier Thursday because the boss decided she had had enough of the late evenings and wanted to leave by 5 PM (!).. Perhaps it was largely because I wasn’t trying to push the subway on mentally so I could make it in time to get Angel that I actually found the time to snap some pictures in the subway.


The people on the subway can be a fascinating study in human nature.  You see all types and all colors, all ages and professions.  While there may be predominant groups in certain routes, the common thread that weaves the experience of local transportation in New York City together is the rhythm that this continually evolving mode of getting from place to place plays.

People can harp on about the inadequacy or faults of the system but it’s a pretty convenient way to get from place to place in the big apple.  The subway system is New York personified — fast-paced, always on the go, moving 24 hours a day, dynamic as the city it serves.


So I didn't win the Mega Lotto..

Last night’s Mega Lotto jackpot was $200 Million.  So even if Alan and I have made a resolution to just stick to the regular New York Lotto which gives us a better chance of hitting the jackpot, we both threw in a dollar or two.  I figured there was no sense in trying to increase my chances of winning by betting large, because no matter how you played it unless you bet something like $100,000 — it was one in a million literally.

So I didn’t win.. I guess I’ll just have to pin my hopes on the simpler New York Lottery.  As they say, it takes a dollar and a dream — and don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it.

What would I do if I won the lotto?

1 – We’re not selling our co-op, we are paying it in full and keeping it to rent.

2 – We will probably find a brownstone in Manhattan and take a weekend home in the Hamptons.  (Talk about living rich!)

3 – We are going to get a unit in Manila so we can go home at leisure.

4 – Alan and I will take Angel for an extended vacation in Europe.. follow the seasons where it is dry and warm and return to New York in the summer.

5 – I think it will be a good idea to establish scholarships for indigent students in my father -in-law’s name in the Philippines, specifically in La Salle Taft and in Ateneo, where he attended school.  At the same time, I would want to help my Mom with her charitable projects in her hometown in Bicol.

6 – We will find a good financial investment that will enable us to live comfortably off the interest of our winnings.

7 – Maybe I will finally get to set up that boutique in the Village showcasing one of a kind pieces from Filipino designers.  (Since I won the lotto, I wouldn’t have to worry about making a profit so it will be for the fun of it and to showcase the works of our talented brothers back home.)

And on and on and on..

U.N. Week in Manhattan

Every year, the heads of state of most UN Member countries and a host of dignitaries from each congregate in New York for UN Week.  Until this week, we really didn’t feel the hassle of the delay, the street closures and the aggravation of doubling the travel time to Manhattan.  Add to that Dubya’s visit (which is always a given) and you know there’s going to be major traffic jams.

I guess it’s part of New York’s make up already and is a fact of life.  I just wish it didn’t coincide with us having to drive in to bring Angel to daycare. *SIGH*

As those who are familiar with the way of life here in New York, driving is not a good option as it is down West where one MUST drive.  Here, everyone commutes — even our billionaire Mayor who takes the subway from his posh apartment on the Upper East Side to his offices downtown.  So it’s really a hassle parking fee wise and traffic wise to brave the city streets — but it’s something we must do for the love of Angel.

Craft Report: Some Fancy Yarn from Target (!)

I’m not too sure but I think I’ve written a post or two about the dollar stores here — well, Target isn’t a dollar store, but it’s a store that’s got a dollar corner.  I fancy checking out the items there because sometimes you find some non-essentials which you can afford to waste money on at $1 a piece or so.  This weekend we went to Target to get under the bed storage bins to help with the clutter in the bedroom, and some crates for Angel’s toys.  (He already has 2 but he has since acquired more toys hence the need for additional storage.)

I found small balls of fancy yarn which I just couldn’t resist.  I picked up 5 of one type and decided I would try to knit some fancy scarves and maybe even a shawl.  The gold was enticing but I wanted to try the pastel multi first.

Knitting with a huge pair of needles like the recommended size 13 was a challenge — I actually worked with a size 15.  It can be made into something really pretty like a shawl — something I intend to do beginning this week.  So all other projects are on hold until I complete the first project and I actually succeed in getting more next weekend.

Time for me to hit the sack!