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May 30, 2008


In ‘Sex and the City,’ number of sex partners true to New York life (via Hot Air headlines):

Of the four women, public relations exec Samantha racked up the most sexual partners. She bedded 41 men and one woman, while Carrie hooked up with 18, Charlotte 18 and Miranda 17.

As the show begins with them in their early to mid-thirties, I imagine there is at least a decade’s worth of Sex in the City that we didn’t even see.

While women with digits like Samantha may keep their number to themselves, Zdrok makes the case that it’s something to be proud of. “Women with higher numbers tend to be more educated, have more liberal views and higher self-esteem,” she says.

I’ve got a Master’s degree and my self-esteem level borders on “too high”, so I guess it’s the liberal views that separate me from women whose partners number in the triple digits.

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Dawn Summers and I might have different politics…

but we both hate Fake Brooklyn hipsters:

Fred lead me to the edge of Hipsterville: Williamsburgh. And this bar was clearly Hipsterville Central. It’s called “the candy store” — but there is no candy to be found anywhere. Like that equally fruity “Grocery Store” place in Manhattan that is really just a bar.
I walked inside and there were hipsters EVERYWHERE. Jeans and ironic white T-shirts and buttons with sayings on them. OMG. How is there not been a task force commissioned to study how to control this scourge? I walked inside where a hipster announced that this was the last reading series of the year and encouraged us to buy the books being read at some hipster selling them in the foyer and our purchases probably went to some hipster cause like saving the dying chalupas in the Amazon rainforest. Or is that a taco bell sandwich?

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Things that make my day

“You know this is a ‘large’, right?”- Loehmann’s check-out girl
“Yeah, think it’s too big for me?”-Me
“Uh, yeah, girl, go get yourself a small or medium, I’ll wait.”

I almost start blabbering about having randomly lost a whole bunch of weight and so have no idea what size I am now, but instead just stood there grinning.

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May 29, 2008

Eat this

If you’d think there is no way to get into a flame war on a food blog, you’d be wrong.

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May 28, 2008

I really can’t tell if she hates Obama or Hillary

Maureen Dowd has been downright vicious lately. It’s fun when it’s not directed at Republicans.

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Other update

A bed has been bought. It is the Kluft Royal Sovereign Overture Firm to be delivered in a week.

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Back in September, I decided I was going to learn how to cook. So, of course, I turned to my awesome commenters for direction and inspiration. You guys were, as always, the best.

I’ve updated some here about my various cooking expeditions but just put together a photo set of most of my attempts on flickr (including the cutie apron IC bought me…though I’m confident it’s his assistant–hi Barb!– who probably deserves most of the credit for the purchase) and thought I’d share.

Things I’ve made in the last 24 hours (both of which came out fairly phenomenal):

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe from Smitten Kitchen):
Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft shell crabs:

Soft shell crabs

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Lapse in Bush hatred alert

Gawker does a rundown of the Bush-is-still-drinking-and-may-have-done-cocaine-in-his-youth rumors, which have resurfaced because of the Scott McClellan book. If I didn’t know better (I don’t actually know better) I’d think the writer is a Republican because the post is quite fair.

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Say what?

I just placed an order at and got this message:

Due to a new law recently passed by the State of New York we are required to collect NY sales taxes on taxable items sold by on or after June 1st, 2008. If your order is placed prior to June 1st, your Order Total may not include an estimate of NY sales taxes, but those taxes may still be charged if your order is readied for shipment on or after that date.


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I like Will Smith’s take on marriage, it is much like mine:

“What I found is divorce just can’t be an option,” he said. “It’s really that simple. And I think that’s the problem with L.A. — there are so many options. So a huge part of the success for [Jada] and I is that we just removed the other options.”

Imagine if Pam Anderson couldn’t have her yearly 3-month marriage, if Britney had no choice but to stay married to Jason Alexander and if people in general got married with the idea that they had to stay together forever, come what may.

It’s a misconception about me, being 31 and unmarried, and being seen in my day-to-day life as something of a free-spirit, that I never married because I disapprove of the institution. Regular readers of my blog probably know this is not so, but I felt it should be stated. I take marriage very seriously, don’t see divorce as an option, and believe that when you make a promise to your partner in front of G-d and your family, you better keep that promise.

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Quote of the Day

Gawker funny:

Hip hop, as a business, is on the slow downward slope of its peak of several years ago. The traditional music industry as a whole is crumbling under assault from online distribution. And print magazines, of course, are one of the most perilous business ventures in all media. So the launch this month of the print-based Hip Hop Business Journal is truly an idea that takes after one of its cultural heroes; it combines Tupac Shakur’s heedless, go-for-it bravery, his headstrong pride, and his inevitable tendency to die young.

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May 27, 2008

There’s something happening here

West 69th street between Broadway+Amsterdam in Manhattan:


Valley Stream train station, Long Island, New York:

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Song of the Day

“At my most beautiful” by R.E.M.

Put on to this song by the aforementioned David, I thought of it this weekend when I.C. thanked me for letting him sleep. A beautiful song, easily one of R.E.M’s best and happiest. Sounds best when it’s Spring outside and you’re in love.

And, while on the subject of R.E.M., this song once put a lump in my throat (I have previously admitted to several songs that have made me cry. The worst, which featured actual tears down my cheeks instead of just wet eyes, was the Tom Petty one):

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Jenna Bush never says no to Ellen

First Ellen gets her to call her dad live on the show, now Jenna agrees to Ellen holding her wedding at the Crawford ranch.

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I heart Malcolm Gladwell

And can’t wait for his next book:

Seat belt use, chemical company compliance and same-sex marriage legalization were raised by Gladwell as three examples where “awareness and engagement” had nothing to do with their adoption. “We have come to fetishize the knowing part when we should pay more attention to the mechanics of doing.”

And which figure does Gladwell consider the biggest hypocrite in that regard? Al Gore, who did nothing to raise environmental awareness during eight years as vice-president. Not long after he’s no longer able to affect policy, he makes a movie. “Then we put him up on a pedestal,” sneers Gladwell. “And that represents everything that’s wrong with the way we view social change.”

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I love an empty NY on a 3-day weekend

Park Avenue, circa 4:30pm, Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.

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May 26, 2008

It’s a vast left-wing conspiracy

Bill Clinton: ‘Cover up’ hiding Hillary Clinton’s chances

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