Pics from the weekend

Whiskey Washback was terrific! My friends Courtney, Caroline and I had a great time drinking and eating (and drinking some more).

We drank Manhattans, and Bushmills with iced espresso and whipped cream.

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There was also hot apple cider with your choice of Jack Daniels, Bulleit bourbon or apple moonshine. Continue reading

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Today at the coffee shop…

Australians ordering flat whites.

The guy I pretend not to see, and not to know.

Two people, one male and one female, who look like troll dolls come to life. Maybe it’s the beanies.

Lounging long-haired lesbians

The man who looks like Val from Dancing with the Stars (but only in profile)

A photographer, and a stylist and an artfully rumpled model looking bored

A woman resembling grown up Lorde

Me listening to Sia on repeat while writing a handful of proposals, booking business trips to Nashville and London, and marveling at this tweet:

 

Twitter Spotlight: Courtney Rubin

We should have met years ago–Courtney and I graduated from the same university in the same year. I knew her name from alumni magazine columns. Courtney handled our class notes some months.

I had read her writing in publications like Self, Fast Company, People and the New York Times and wondered if it was the same Courtney. Indeed it was.

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But it was only through Twitter that Courtney and I finally met in person. Thanks Twitter!

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest Continue reading

“Thank you for being kind.”

“Are you sisters? Twins?”

“Yes,” said one of the almost-matching tiny brown-haired girls who sat down next to me.

“No, they’re best friends,” said the older man accompanying them on the downtown M15 bus. “I hope they’re not bothering you.”

BEST friends,” added one while the other nodded.

“What are you playing?” asked one (I don’t remember which) nodding in the direction of my phone.

“A word game,” I answered. “I love it.”

“I love pink!” one of the girls said excitedly. She was wearing a shiny fuchsia coat.

“Me too!” I responded with great sincerity. “You both have pink coats on with your school uniforms I see.”

“I love HOT PINK,” said the little girl closer to me.

“Oh, me too.” I said. “It’s truly my favorite.”

But then I felt bad because the other little girl was wearing a medium pink jacket with white hearts.

“Yours is awesome too,” I said before changing the subject. “What will you dress up as for Halloween?”

Their guardian gave me a look I interpreted as Stupid Question.

“ELSA!” both girls said before the one closer to me turned to the other and exclaimed “I thought you were going to be ANNA!”

“I changed my mind.”

Uh-oh.

“What grade are you in?”

“Sixth!” said one. “Pre-K” said the man.

“This is my stop. I hope you have lots of fun on Halloween!”

“Thank you for being kind,” the man said as I made my way to the door.

From the sidewalk, I waved back at two sweet little girls who love pink and the chaperone who made my day.

I lost a friend

We were sitting at the bar at Palena, my friend Joanne and me, when the couple arrived. Most likely, I was drinking one of Derek‘s sidecars while deciding what to order to eat. I probably had Chef Frank Ruta’s fantastic burger.

Sidecar

A man and a woman came to stand behind us at our end of the bar. I think I sighed and gave Joanne a look to say “oh great, people crowding us while we try to enjoy our dinner and girl talk.” Continue reading

Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart

One of my favorite things about life in New York City is the regular availability of really special events. Recently I attended a screening of Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming movie, Camp X-Ray at NYU Law School.

The film is about the relationship that Stewart‘s Army Private First Class develops with longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali, played by Peyman Moaadi.

This is the official trailer:

I saw a few tweets about Stewart and/or the movie being anti-U.S. military. I didn’t take that away from Camp X-Ray at all. On the contrary, I thought the film was sympathetic toward those stationed in places like Gitmo showing the monotony, isolation and challenge of policing the detainees while also keeping them safe.

Of course, Camp X-Ray also reminds viewers of the horrible situation that exists to this day in Guantanamo: detainees held for years without trial and almost certainly without hope of freedom. This is a timely and affecting movie with strong performances across the board. Don’t miss it.

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Post-screening, we were treated by discussion with Stewart, Sattler and [an odd] moderator from NYU. It was terrific to hear about the filmmaking process. Less terrific to hear the moderator opine about romantic vibes between Stewart’s and Moaadi’s characters.

Still, excellent film and cool experience. What movie should I see next?