Friday, July 25, 2008

Siskel & Ebert review The Hills

Thanks to Richard from Gawker for directing us to this hilarious Siskel & Ebert/The Hills YouTube mashup.

Should I toilet train Dusty?

There is this really freaky looking device that apparently will teach your cat to use your toilet, relieving you of 15-20 years of shoveling cat shit. If you can see the upshot of freaking out your friends with a cat who shits like a human, it's a win-win!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Layabout summer about to become much less layabout

So I took a consulting gig. After striking out in my attempts to get low-paid "fun" night time work with interesting/crazy people, I was offered something I can't refuse at Scholastic. What the fuck. How bad could it be? Plus, it's only for 2 or 3 months and I don't start till August 4.

After that, layabout autumn (I hope).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I got a bite!

I got a reply to my craigslist post looking for part-time work! Unfortunately it was a link to some blog about how to make money at home with only a $3,000 to $5,000 initial investment :-(

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wow, no responses

Well, it's after 5pm now and I have officially had no responses to my somewhat, er, entitled job seeking post on craigslist (see below). Are we in a bad economy or something?

Xavier in the park

Took the dog to Tompkins Square Park this afternoon. I ran into Xavier and he was talking about how he remembers too much. Like when this woman hit him when he was a child. "She was one of those black people who think they can discipline everyone else's child," he said.

Anyway, the thing about the park during a workday in the middle of the summer is that you really see what the East Village is about. Not what real estate ads say it's about, or what disgruntled Brooklyn people say it's about ("it's all baby carriages and high rises now"); it's still really fucking trashy. Take a tour with me:

Enter at 7th & B, and the Chinese people are doing Tai Chi in the entry walk to one of the children's playgrounds. Why in this park, I don't know, but there's a reliable stream of Chinese doing their unusual poses, then hopping the M9 at 8th & B to go back to Chinatown afterwards. It's sort of odd. Maybe Tompkins has some desirable properties.

Saunter over to "The Hill", that grassy area in the center of the park. Here we encounter East Village layabouts like myself with a heavy dose of gay cruisey-ness (hint: the shirtless men are usually looking).

Wander around to the walkway just to the west of the makeshift dog run (the real one is being renovated - for the last year now, we don't really know why), and we encounter the summer punks. In the afternoon they are very docile: taking healthy afternoon naps, staring into space, generally relaxing A LOT. They have dogs on leashes, cats on leashes, dogs off leashes and any number of disposable possessions.

The summer punks really make you question your layabout lifestyle: on the one hand you totally hate working, but their lifestyle seems like more work than your yuppie job you had at your office. Like, sure you are chained to your cubicle or counter or whatevs but you can run off to the drugstore or pub (ahem) or somewhere and people don't generally notice. These summer punks scrounge for every penny every second of the day. Sure they don't have to be anywhere, but they can't really be anywhere either. Unless of course they have smack. Then they can just be wherever they are.

True layabouts, but in a bad way.

The layabout summer just got less layabout

So I'm officially looking for a part-time job. Or something. Here is what I posted on craigslist this morning:

Man of Many Talents Looking for Part Time Gig (East Village)
Reply to:
Date: 2008-07-08, 9:15AM EDT


I am taking a breather from the computer work that I have done relentlessly for a decade or so to pursue creative projects and "me time" so to speak. That said, I would love to pick up some part time work lending a hand at a store, restaurant, bar, renovation project, photo shoot or just about anything that doesn't involve sitting in front of a computer all day (I could probably help out with some computer problems/tasks if needed though).

I do have prior restaurant experience: I worked at Angelica Kitchen (the organic restaurant on E 12th Street) for about three years, so I know what it's like working in a high volume service environment.

What you got? Try me.

* it's ok to contact this poster if you are a potential employer or other principal
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 746714795

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dusty pics

This kitty is pretty damn cute. He kept fucking with my USB cable as I was trying to transfer these pics.