Tuesday, April 29, 2008

not camera ready

We take a lot of pictures. Inevitably, one of us is not paying attention. 9 out of 10 times, it is me.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

becoming brand loyal

I work for a coffee company- and this note went out in a weekly blog (usually done by the CAO, but guest written by the Frank, the front desk guy / Mayor of "Brand Central").

Note to orientation employees: If the hotel you’re staying in doesn’t have our coffee then don’t bring in another brand. It won’t get by me. Wait until you get here and I’ll get you a good cup.

I wonder if they actually didn't think twice and brought the competitor?!

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Pope comes to NYC

The Pope was in NYC this weekend, as was I. I went to visit a friend, and didn't really consider the Pope's presence, or consider the additional crowd that would be in the city to see (stalk) him.

NYC is full on a normal day. Then, on the weekends, there are plenty of tourists. Add on to that gorgeous weather that brings everyone out of the house, and a visit from the Pope, which is a pretty big deal to some people. I think one of my favorite sights was the group of about 15 nuns parading down 5th ave. . attempting to keep some semblance of a line, like the rows of little girls in the Madeline books.

We were fighting the crowds within a 10 block radius of 72nd street. Roads from E. 72nd Street, Madison to Fifth Avenue were shut down, even to pedestrians. You could still go to certain places, such as the MOMA, but if you didn't go in that museum door, turn around and go back because you couldn't go past the museum entrance. It got a bit frustrating when we found we couldn't cross the street to get to Central Park. Every police officer we asked said we could turn down a different street. I was beginning to think it was an inside joke they all were in on.
Us: "At what street can we turn to get to Central Park?"
Cop: "Hm, 68th."
Us: "Great, thanks."
@ 68th St.
Us:"Looks like this is blocked too.. excuse me, officer, where can we turn to get to Central Park? Another cop told us 68th.."
Cop: "Ha, I don't know who told you that!" (and so on...)

Anyway, we passed by many entrepreneurs selling Pope merchandise. . t-shirts, buttons/pins, even flags. (What do you do with a Pope flag? ) Finally we made it to the park. (My first time there! Crazy, I know.)
It was much calmer on the inside paths of 'The Ramble' and we breathed a sigh of relief to be out of the craziness. We wandered around, and wondered why Central Park didn't have a lot of signage, or why the map given to us at the Belveldere Castle was missing so much information. We listened to stage performer violently strum his guitar and sing unintelligible lyrics, then continued on to find the elusive Strawberry Fields section.

After a ton of walking in what I've determined are not the best walking shoes (but they are so cute!), we headed back to the Bronx for our favorite snack (chips & salsa), Corona, and finally a fabulous hibatchi dinner at Ohana in City Island.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Big Papi's jersey fetches $175K

Big Papi's jersey fetches $175K

April 24, 2008 11:05 AM
(Frances Roberts/AP)
Frank Gramarossa, project executive for the new Yankee Stadium, removed the jersey from the floor of a service corridor 10 days ago.
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
It’s not much of a shirt, it’s true. It’s torn. It’s dirty. Being buried in the concrete under a stadium construction project and then being drilled out by jackhammers will do that to you.
But the David Ortiz jersey that a construction worker buried under the site of the new Yankee Stadium is a quirky piece of baseball history -- and it sold this afternoon for $175,100 on eBay.
The Yankees, despite being the targets of the would-be curse, donated the jersey to the Jimmy Fund, which
auctioned it off to raise funds for cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The website says that 282 people placed bids before the auction ended at 12:30 p.m.

people love to overreact


So - a construction worker/Red Sox fan in NY buried a Red Sox Jersey in the foundation of the new baseball stadium, and all hell is breaking loose. The Yankees' president and COO were on site as two workers dug through concrete to get the jersey out of the ground.

Radio DJ's in Boston (WBCN) thought this was mildly ridiculous, because people were saying that removing the jersey will eliminate the risk of a curse on the team. Red Sox fans were calling in saying that the construction worker was attempting to actually 'reverse the curse' and put it on the Yankees. I laughed out loud as I was driving home listening to the DJ's (Toucher and Rich) go off about how insane this was.
"OOh he put a curse on us! What is this, a witch trial?"
"Put him in a tank of water and if he drowns, he wasn't a witch"
"You cannot curse people! There are no such things as curses!'

But people love to overreact... and this dude might have charges against him for ..... burying a shirt?

April 14, 2008
The Big Dig: The Yanks Uncover a Red Sox Jersey
With dust swirling around them on Sunday afternoon, Frank Gramarossa and Rich Corrado extracted a Red Sox jersey that a construction worker had buried at the site of the new Yankee Stadium. After workers used jackhammers to break through about two and a half feet of concrete, Gramarossa and Corrado pulled out a dusty, torn David Ortiz jersey.
Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, and Lonn Trost, the team’s chief operating officer, presided over what Levine called an “excavation ceremony.” The New York Post had reported Friday that a Red Sox-rooting construction worker hoping to curse the Yankees’ new stadium had buried a Red Sox jersey at the site last week.
But Levine said the team knew the location that was initially reported was inaccurate, because workers did not pour concrete in that area on the day the jersey was said to have been added to the mix. On Saturday morning, the Yankees got a tip from two other construction workers on the location of the jersey.
“Two thoughts occurred to us,” Levine said. “One is that it’s never a good thing to be buried in cement in New York, so we thought about just pouring more cement on it.”
Instead, the Yankees decided to turn what Levine called a “bad, dastardly act” into a good one.
Levine said the extracted jersey would be cleaned up, put in a display case along with a Yankees Universe T-shirt and sent to Boston. There, the Ortiz jersey and Yankee T-shirt will be auctioned to benefit the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox’ primary charity, which is affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Trost said that the Yankees were speaking with the Bronx district attorney’s office about whether there was any criminality involved in the act and that the team was considering filing charges against the construction worker, identified by The Associated Press as Gino Castignoli, a Bronx resident.
“We take great pride in hiring Bronx residents,” Levine said. “He abused the privilege.”
Like many of the workers at the site, Gramarossa said he was a big Yankee fan. “A lot of construction workers are proud of this job and were upset it was in there,” he said.