Are we on our own now? Americans cheer for letting an uninsured fellow citizen die

This is just terrible!  Audience members at the CNN/Tea Party debate last night cheered after Ron Paul was asked by Wolf Blitzer if he would let a healthy 30 year old American male who is a valued part of society die,if the situation arose, because of his personal decision not to purchase over priced health insurance.   Not only does this reaction from the audience (and the candidate) show the lack of respect that we as people have for each other, but it makes me very nervous to be part of such an animalistic society where don’t give a damn about one other.  Now I do not follow politics on a day to day basis and I’d even go as far to say that I feel I fall into a particular political party , but I try to tune in on important issues from time to time when I feel I can relate.  Although Ron Paul responded with a few key words such as “freedom” and “American”, I do not think counter dismisses the fact that our country needs a leader we can ultimately rely on, not leave us behind.  And for all of those who feel this question was a set up to make the Republicans look bad, it is questions like this that give us important information when making decisions for millions of people.   Whatever happened to the UNITED States of America?

Photo Op of the Day is here!!

I feel like I’ve been slacking on keeping up with my blog and not because I don’t want to, I just have too much to do for SHAW PROMOTION site that I ultimately feel uncreative when I come over to the Sensation collective side.  In order to fix that, I’ve decided to post a “Photo Op of the Day”  that I’ve taken at some point onto the Sensation Collective to keep it moving and shaking; and to remind us why life is fun. Besides, silly photos are the reason I continue take my camera everywhere, sorting through hundreds of photos almost every night.  To really kick things off, I’m going to throw up THREE amazing shots today.  I do apologize in advance to anyone offended by these photos (especially the people in them!), however just remember it’s all in good fun. Enjoy!

Ah, nostalgia

My first bondage pants!
(my Dad was taking a nap, guys.)

I was sorting through some old photographs today looking for a few good ones of my cousin/adopted sister who passed away on this day in 2002, and came across a bunch of really fun old pictures that reminded me of good times in my unruly past. Looking through old photos and memories is a great way to celebrate life and give you a few laughs.

Stacey Christine
04/27/78 – 09/02/02

Drive safe and buckle up.

Brooklyn loses a landmark to Hurricane Irene

(The “Vagina Tree”)

My apologies for the radio silence, but these past 2 weeks have been filled with weddings, breaking a Guinness Book record, experiencing earthquakes for the first time, and of course, overly preparing for Hurricane Irene out here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – which also happens to be located in Evacuation Zones A and B.  I didn’t evacuate, but I did follow the advice of Blooomberg and filled up my bathtub, taped the windows, and, like every other New Yorker, stocked up on tons of booze and snacks. Luckily, everything went very smoothly out here and it almost felt as if NYC got a free pass to camp out in living rooms and watch chick flicks (our so I did!).  The hardest part seemed to be trying to avoid the scary news channels, which were so addictive to watch, but made me feel crazy and paranoid after a while.  After the “eye” of the storm passed (i.e. 11am), we went for a walk to survey the damage along West End Street and down Kent Avenue towards the East River Park.  Besides some flooded apartments and clogged sewers, I’d say the broken trees were the highlight of our quasi-adventure.  Speaking of trees, Brooklyn lost a good one today due to Irene, one in particular who has been a Williamsburg landmark for as long as I can remember, situated in McCarren park and best known as “The Vagina Tree”.  It was most commonly used as a meeting point and I can remember many sunny days sitting under it drinking “liquid gasoline” (frozen margarita’s) from the Turkey’s Nest.  There were quite a few people gathering around it today taking pictures and sharing their favorite vagina tree story, a few even created a candle shrine on it’s freshly cut stump.  It will surely be missed.  I hope you survived this past week with minimal damage, I’m wishing for a sunny Labor Day weekend where I’ll be sharing good times with my beautiful extended family, living up what will be the last few warm weekends of the season.

My favorite things about yesterday

With summer nearly over and all of my seasonal vacations taken, I’m trying to still find fun things to do before it gets cold and snowy again.  Summer Screen at McCarren Park is not only free, but has tons of local vendors, such as Mexicule, serving up amazing food and beer for extremely reasonable prices (hello $4 tall cans of  Six Point!).  If you’re like me and like to pack an old fashion picnic, the security there seems to turn a blind eye to bringing in outside food and beverages (and herbal refreshments).   This week they showed Jurassic Park (and tons of people showed up in dinosaur/ranger costumes!) and the next two Wednesdays will be Wayne’s World and Clueless, so pack a bottle and a sandwich, bring a blanket and a friend, dress up if you dare, and please remember to clean up after yourself!  Did I mention it’s dog friendly?  Pictures of other a favorite things that happened later that night included below.

Friends I see only a few times a year, mostly at Summer Screen

People who know how to have a good time

Dogs that look exactly like my Elvis

Emily and empanadas, mmm

Random group shots with dinosaurs

Thea doesn’t love petting snakes

Friends in love

Friends in love with Marc Jacobs purses

Friends in love with getting their pictures taken

Recently married lovers

Friends in love with with hugs

Why so much trash, Williamsburg?

I’m no saint, that’s for damn sure, however I do believe in not using public space (or even personal) as one giant trash reciprocal.  This was a shot taken from the McCarren Summer Screen movie nights in McCarren tennis courts and let’s just say I’m honestly disgusted.  Why would you leave ALL of your trash behind?! It amazes me how selfish, thoughtless, ignorant, and/or spoiled New Yorkers can be; I’ve never been to a dirtier city in my life.  Sure people come by afterwards to clean it all up, however wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient to just walk over to the garbage can and dispose of your waste?  Just a thought.

(Death From Above 1979 @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2011)