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Long Overdue Sandy Blog

It was about a month ago, that hurricane Sandy hit. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. They overreacted with Irene in my opinion, and I figured this would be the same. I thought it was bullshit that they shut down the MTA and closed all the schools. I still believe I could’ve gone to school that Monday, it was just really windy… but what followed Monday night, I was not expecting at all.

I was doing fine, but Minnie was freaking out and Zelda was calm. Zelda usually freaks out during thunder storms and Minnie is calm, but I guess this was different. We had to get a box for Minnie.. she kept trying to hide in the most random places. She liked the box for a while, then left, then liked it again.

 

I couldn’t sleep because of the wind, and my dogs walking around so I stayed up pretty late. I started freaking out when news reports came in of trees killing people in Queens. Then a tree fell and took out half of my block’s power. My mom forced me to sleep in her room since my room had risk of a giant tree falling on it, I obliged, but didn’t get much sleep that night.

Next morning was time for the surveying. It turned out two trees took out the power on my block, one fell on top of the other. I guess you could say they’d been staring at each other for all these years and one finally decided to hug the other 😀  There were a lot of other down trees. It would have been amazing, but I had already seen stuff of the like when we had that tornado a few years ago. I like to think the damage in Manhattan is their karma for not giving a shit about Brooklyn and Queens when the tornado destroyed a few of our neighborhoods (and in only 15 minutes, not 30 hours like it took Sandy).  Here are a few pictures, if you know me personally, you can see the rest on my facebook.

it’s hard to see, but these are the hugging trees

Things were ok, but then Halloween came, first they said they were postponing the parade. I later learned it was canceled for this year 😦  But I had no school, so I happily carved my pumpkin. Then sometime in the middle of the day we lost power. We had half power, and it was pretty awesome. We had internet and the refrigerator which was more than enough for me. But then Con Ed decided to shut everything off. And day 1 without power began. (rest of this post is gonna get long, but it’s an accurate description of post-apocalyptic hurricane life)

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I Wish It Was October

Living in New York, I’ve learned that there aren’t many constants. Even in the outer boros, they’re hell bent on developing neighborhoods and destroying the character they once had. You find places you used to like go out of business or move or something else. There’s hardly anything you can get attached to without having the fear of it being ripped away. I know, there are countless things and places I’ve seen vanish, but I will not dwell on them now. But there are a few constants, each has a dear place in my heart, one of them, is New York Comic Con.

Any comic convention is a place of safehaven for nerds. They’re places where you can be whatever you want to be and for once feel like you truly belong. But NYCC has a special extra factor. Friends and acquaintances a like go, seeing the flood of facebook statuses leading up to the event build the anticipation. It’s our local event, I guess you could compare it to your home team (but we hardly have that in NY, seeing  as how many Queens people I know that support the Yankees), it doesn’t just bring one boruough together, but the whole city. Sure hoards from Jersey probably go, but that is beyond the point. It’s a reunion for geeks and more than that. Even if you don’t see all of your friends there you look though each others facebook photos, it’s like going to the convention for a second time.

Then there’s the magnet effect. I love leaving the house in cosplay to take public transport there. Getting on the bus I get stares, less on the first train, even less on the second train. The closer you get to the Javits center, you see other people who you know are going to the convention. Even if they aren’t in costume, there’s something about their state of dress… not even, you can just feel it. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. After you emerge from the subway, there are way more people in costume. It’s great, if you forget your way to the convention, you can always just follow people that you *know* are going.

Now of course the convention is totally disorganized, and people are assholes and it gets way overcrowded, but even I have hope that they’ll improve. They seem to be trying to compete with SDCC, and they’ll have to get more organized in order to do so.

I love NYCC, the things you can see there that you can’t see anywhere else. The only downside is that it comes but once a year and post convention depression always follows.  Of course, that depression fades with anticipation for the next convention, where ever it may be. But there’s nothing quite like riding the subway in cosplay, and overcoming the awkwardness and feeling more empowered than you’ve ever felt before. I wish it was October.

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Review: The Amazing Spider-man

Disclaimer: You should know I find problems with everything, but seeing as I’ve actually read these comics and am a die hard fan, you should expect me to find A LOT. I also think I did a pretty good job with keeping this spoiler-free.

Where do I even begin? I guess I will tell you what I enjoyed.

Stan Lee had the most awesome cameo ever. I love him. Also, they did a great job with the Lizard, and the Lizard was an excellent choice of villain. Flash Thompson was in this movie which I liked. They also get props for getting a skinnier guy to play Peter Parker. Also they fixed the problem the last movies had with the web-shooters. I’m not totally happy with it, but it is much more acceptable.

Now for all of my problems. And I’m not even going to touch scientific inaccuracies.

Problems With the Origin: 

I knew I would find problems, but I still had to see it because Spider-man. The *very* first thing I noticed were the liberties they took with his origin story. What was the most irritating was the “new” stuff they added in, and their rewriting of how Uncle Ben died. And of course they *had* to rewrite the spider bite. Because a nerd going to a museum to watch a radioactive laser by himself is too lame.

Problems with the Characters:

They got a smaller guy to play Peter Parker which was a plus, but they made him, well, hipster like almost. They made him a cool nerd that started off wearing contacts who’s into photography. There’s really no mention of him being into science, except for when he comes off as a “cool” techie.

Aunt May and Uncle Ben were crummy. The last two were better. They even had Uncle Ben slip in some liberal agenda about how if you have the ability to do good for others, you are morally obligated to do so. Ayn Rand disagrees.

J.J.J was completely absent.

In the first movies, it would have made more sense to use Gwen Stacy since the Green Goblin was the main villain. In this movie it would have made more sense to use Betty Brant because the Lizard was the villain. Goblin kills Gwen, Lizard kills Betty’s brother.

Problems With the Setting: 

In general, the movie didn’t have a strong New York City feel like the comics always did, but let’s talk about Queens.

Wherever Peter lived did not look like Forest Hills. Hell, they only even mentioned “Queens” once. In one scene he was riding the Q train home, that train does not go to Forest Hills, that train goes to Astoria. Yes, he could have transferred but given his state at the time I don’t think he was capable.I have always taken great pride that Spider-man hails from Queens and these idiots had to ruin that. It’s almost like he’s one of our local wackos, sort of like the Flushing Pimp (R.I.P), or that gay old rainbow guy with the poodles who shows up at every parade in the city, or the happy train man in Brooklyn, except that Spider-man is sane. Maybe that wasn’t the best example, but as those wackos are a part of the city, Spider-man is a part of the city in my heart. I am honored we are natives of the same borough.

I honestly do not think the people involved with making the movie came from New York, or were die hard fans of the comics, if they were, shit like this wouldn’t happen.

Problems With Everything Else:

I saw this movie in 2D, because 3D is stupid, but I could tell which scenes were supposed to be in 3D. Some of the action parts may have looked cool, but they went overboard with the 3D science hologram computers. Seriously, they aren’t that cool.

There was also a part of the movie towards the end that was *really* contrived. Won’t go into detail because it is a spoiler, but when you see it you will know because it’s really damn contrived.

And That’s it.

Now I’m just left with a hole in my heart, mourning the fact that they will never make a Spider-man movie set in 1963.

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Fabric Shopping Haul

So yesterday, Scott and I went to Jamaica Avenue to go fabric shopping. Stores in Manhattan were too damn expensive, and Corona/Jackson Heights has more polyesters and prints than solid cottons.  Needless to say it was an epic success, aside from being accosted by 40/50 something white people that wanted “a socialist alternative to Obama and Romney.” I really don’t understand why these people just don’t move to Canada or Europe and quit their bitching. Anyway, onto my haul!

The colors didn’t come out too well in the pictures I just took (with or without flash), but you get the idea. Anyway, details of our haul.

Maroon and pink cotton – $4 a yard, got it at a fabric store that was going out of business. Spent: $12

Ribbons – purple was $1 for 3 yards,  beige was $1 for 5 yards. Spent: $3

Fake Fur – $10 a yard. Spent: $10

Not pictured was a pink v-neck shirt I got for $1 that I can probably mod into Holo’s season 2 top if I have a panic attack trying to make it myself. Also not pictured was the awesome green corduroy Scott got for Lawrence’s vest (spent $3), and some matching thread (spent $1).

In total we spent around $30. Feels awesome. I still need to get some more matching thread, and some sort of white felt for the inside of Holo’s ears. Wasn’t gonna spend $10 on a yard of white furn when I need so little of it. I’m planning on painting those parts white or using white hair spray if I can’t find a small piece of white fur at a craft store or something.

Now the challenge is to churn out as much as possible in the next two weeks 😀

Edit: My ears should be done soon! Hell yeas!

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Bourbon Street

As a member of MyPoints, I earn points for buying things online, taking online surveys,  and being a good bzzagent. I can then redeem the points I’ve earned on a huge selection of gift cards! Most recently I got myself a $25 gift card for restaurant.com, which I then used to get a $25 gift certificate for a restaurant that I’ve always seen in Bayside but have never ventured into until now, Bourbon Street.

Bourbon Street has a mardi gras theme and appropriately serves cajun and southern dishes. There were beads on all of the tables and for the most part they were playing good 80’s and 90’s music. The prices on their entrees are a bit expensive, but we had the gift certificate and I was assuming the stuff had to be good since that place has been around for along time in addition to being on the Zagat list.

I ordered the Pesto Crusted Salmon in Puff Pastry and Scott ordered the Blackened Catfish. Our entrees came with salads and our choice of fries or mashed potatoes. We both went with fries.

I liked that they put the dressing on the side, it helps if you’re being mindful of how many calories your taking in. It gives you the option of pouring it all over you salad or dipping each forkful into the little cup.

Scott's Blackened Catfish

My Grilled Salmon

Scott really loved his catfish dish. I tried some and it was too spicy for me, but Scott loves spicy things so he made the right choice. His dish also came with a corn muffin that was delicious. It had to have been freshly baked because of how good it was.

Now, they actually sent me the Grilled Salmon by mistake instead of what I ordered, but I didn’t realize until I ate about half of it that I ordered the other salmon dish. Had I noticed right away I would’ve said something, but the grilled salmon was awesome. I really loved the fried spinach it came with, I never had fried spinach before. It had the same texture as seaweed, but the taste of baby spinach. It was awesome. The zucchini was also cooked really well. I’ll also add now that when we got our bill they charged us for the grilled salmon rather than what I had originally ordered, which is a good thing as the grilled salmon was a few dollars cheaper.

Since I didn’t finish my salmon, I took it home. The next day I used it to make the BLT I had for dinner extremely awesome.

lettuce, bacon, salmon and spinach on toasted bread

Overall I’d have to say that I really like this place and would love to go back. However, if I didn’t have the gift certificate, I probably would have  just ordered a salad or pasta dish since those are way more affordable than their entrees.

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My Early Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, (and I have a horrible schedule on Mondays) Scott and I decided to go out for Valentine’s Day this Saturday. I honestly thought we were just going to end up going out on a “normal” date but then Scott surprised me when he found out about Simply Fondue in the Atlas Park shopping center in Glendale. It was really nice inside, but still casual dress which was nice. Also, with it being a fondue place, each table has its own hot plate on it for keeping your fondue pot hot.

They had a Valentine’s special, I was kind of iffy because of the price, but Scott had planned on it, so we went with it.  It came with salads, a shared cheese fondue, entrees, a shared chocolate fondue for dessert, unlimited soda, a $20 gift certificate, a picture of us and a rose for me ^^

I had a Caesar salad (no photo taken). It was lacking croutons, but the amazing dressing and cheese made up for it. Scott had a Strawberry Spinach salad (also no photo taken) which tasted way better than I expected it too. Ironically there weren’t many strawberries in it, but the strawberry vinaigrette and almonds almost made up for it.

Next we had our choice of cheese fondue and we went with what sounded like the tastiest option. We had a fontina cheese fondue with added tomato, pesto and garlic. They gave us mixed vaggies and bread to dip into it. It was *really* good and very filling.

After that the waiter informed us that we would get to cook our own entrees on a grill or in canola oil. He told us the oil was the easiest and tastiest way to go, so that way we went! After our oil heat up enough we had fun frying all of our bite sized pieces of meat and fish in it. We also received an assortment of sauces. The scallops were the tastiest in my opinion.. they didn’t need sauce! They were their own wonderful flavor! However, we couldn’t stomach a ton because the cheese fondue we just had was way too filling. When we got full we asked the waiter for a doggy bag, then we fried up everything else on the plate and into the bag it went!

Next we moved on to our dessert choice. We decided to go with a raspberry chocolate fondue. It was alright, I kind of wished we would have went with the reese’s peanut-butter/chocolate fondue but I think I was way too full at this point to have totally enjoyed anything.We got fruit, cookies, pretzels, brownies and pound cake bits to dip in it. I ended up taking a few of those home because we couldn’t finish.

In the end, our waiter was awesome and this place was totally awesome, but it was more expensive than Scott led me to believe >.>I think he has a secret goal of surpassing every previous Valentine’s day we had. It’s really nice considering we’ve been together for about 4 years now, and I think he knows he doesn’t need to go all out for me.. but he still wants to ^^

We’ll probably go back because of the gift certificate (excellent business scheme) but we’ll probably only get cheese fondue because how wonderfully filling it is! I think the best option would be to go here with a group of four people and split a few things. That way things are cheaper for everyone, and you get to try more.

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