Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's the Late Show

Ever since uni days, I have loved the Late Show.

David Letterman's sense of humour is strangely appealing to me. His irreverence and sarcasm in particular have always been something I've found to match my own personality and tastes.

Many a night, I found myself slowly fading into my sleep in my university dorm whilst listening to Letterman's opening monologue and finally switching the television off once he had finished with the nightly top ten.

To find myself standing in line out front of the Ed Sullivan Theatre was something else.

Waiting to go in to see the Late Show LIVE sent shivers down my spine.

As I slowly went inside, I felt almost like a little kid again, waiting to open my Christmas presents.
The guests for the evening were Nathan Fillion and Larry Miller which was pretty great. The musical item at the end was played by the Jayhawks.

Just seeing Dave in person and his interactions had made the trip to New York completely worth it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The High Line

One of the first things I found on my wanderings in New York was the famous High Line.
This is the culmination of a modernisation project of the old raised railway tracks that ran through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

Instead of demolishing these old railway tracks, they have been converted into a raised public walkway and gardens.
I think it's a fantastic idea.
The area has been transformed by the High Line. An area that was once industrial and run down has become a focus for development, with the High Line drawing people in.
It's just such a New York thing, something so out of place in the a bustling city that seems to fit in so perfectly.

Friday, September 23, 2011

New York state of mind

As a child, New York was a place that I always wanted to live. It seemed to be a place so full of life and activity that never stopped.

Even through uni, it all seemed a likely possibility.

Changes in the global economic situation have now made this seem far less likely.

Instead, trips like this may have to suffice.
I was in New York!

The greatest city in the world, the centre of the universe... etc etc!
It was not disappointing me at all.
The vibe from walking in this city, the activity and the constant rush of people can be immediately felt.

So much so in fact, that I don't think that I've ever been to a place that has created this much immediate excitement in me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


It's very nice to be flying off again.

The rush of knowing that I would soon be in new surrounds and out of my comfort zone was exhilarating.
Even a bit of industrial action resulting in some delays couldn't shake me.
I was more than content to merely relax in the airport and wait for the call to come through.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cheap shot

My theory on how to win any form of bake sale or bake off is to keep it simple and appeal to people's base desires.

None of these fancy dishes, with lah di dah techniques to really do anything special other than to confuse the paying public who are really just trying to satisfy the 4:00pm sugar craving
Something with chocolate in it.

That's usually the answer, and there much that is more tantalising to the hungry eyes of an office worker than a nice, thick, slice of brownie.