Summing up a Life

It’s been a while, and a lot has happened. My mom has come and gone, work has gone by turns crazy and quiet, and is now crazy again, with lots of opportunities on the horizon that I don’t even want to talk about for fear of jinxing them.

I just got a new computer, and in an effort to gather together what, sadly, seems like my entire persona and move it from one virtual place to another, I put together a PDF file of all my Stickies–those little notes that approximate yellow post-its that I just can’t seem to stop pasting on top of each other on my desktop. The result was an amusingly eclectic mix of all the little bits of information that have made up my last couple of years, and I just wanted to stop for a seecond, take a look at them, and appreciate them for the picture they paint of a life.

Think of this as “25 Things About Me” without the annoying Facebook chain-letter aspect to it.

Films to buy:
Top Hat
Royal Wedding
The Brave Little Toaster
The Thomas Crown Affair
Die Hard with a Vengeance
The Shawshank Redemption
Rivers and Tides (Andy Goldsworthy)
Man on Wire (Philippe Petit)
Looking for Richard

Alles Gute (all the best)
Nette Grüße (nice greetings)
Viele Grüße (many greetings)
Mit freundlichen Grüßen (Yours sincerely – I wouldn’t write this to a friend)
Bis bald (Talk to you soon)
Bis dann. (same as above)
Tschüss (Bye)

Great mb thread:
Elixia and American Fitness in Neukolln (rides around DE)

Stuff in the apt that’s yours:
2 towels
spoon/ladle/spatula set
4 knife-set + block
4 pillows
pillow and comforter cases
2 bird glasses 1 russian train glass from flohmarkt
shoe shine, brush, waterproofing stuff
tea and spices
Spongebob Kinderservice!
At old WG: comforter, cover and pillow case
400 Kaution

Restaurants – Wish List:
Sfoglia (UES)

Sasabune (E 70′s)
Eleven Madison Park
The Modern

Blue Hill
15 East
Ramen Setagaya
Ramen Ippudo
26 Seats

Outer boroughs
Sapori d’Ischia (55-15 37th Ave.)
Spicy & Tasty (39-07 Prince St., Flushing)
The Farm on Adderley (Ditmas Park)
The General Greene (DeKalb)
Vinegar Hill House (72 Hudson Ave)

Outside NY
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills)
Alinea (Chicago, IL)
French Laundry (Napa Valley, CA)
El Bulli (Spain)

Chez Prosper (11)
Extra-Old (11)
Le Baron Rouge (12)

Zimt und Zucker
Kuchen Kaiser
St. Jacques (Maybachufer)
Guggelhof (Kollwitz)
Musashi (S of Kotti)
Bateau Ivre (Oranienstr. u Mariennenstr.)
Kirk Royal (Paul-Lincke-Ufer)
Horvath (Paul-Lincke-Ufer)
Becketts Kopf (Pappelallee 64)
Der goldene Hahn (Pucklerstr. 20)

“We each have an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room.” – Elizabeth Bennet, from “Pride and Prejudice”

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” – George Eliot “Middlemarch”

Movies Adrienne needs to see:
Donnie Darko
Eddie Izzard – Dress to Kill
My Left Foot
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Singing in the Rain

Being a waterspout and a paramour keeps life fulfilling for me. – The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed

Movies to see:
King of New York
Panic in Needle Park
Smoke & Blue in the Face
Czech Dream
Pan’s Labyrinth
Killer of Sheep
Il Gattopardo
Il Postino
Notte Prima Degli Esami
Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo
The Chumscrubber
Run Lola Run
Buongiorno, Notte
Funny Games (De)
The Warriors
In the Name of the Father
The Last of the Mohicans Paris Je T’Aime
Inside Paris
Portrait of a Lady
The Quiet American
The Sheltering Sky
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Dark Days (doc)
Covered Tracks (doc)
Escape from Alcatraz
La Cite des Enfants Perdus
Le Peril Jeun
Wall Street

Cowboy Shoe Repair
4 Prince St.

Speak, Hoyt-Schermerhorn: Doom and Romance on a Subway Platform – Jonathan Lethem, Harper’s Magazine, 2004
Charles Mackay – Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

Zac has 2 or 3 of your CDs and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”
Jon & Janet have Grey’s Anatomy
Ashley: The Best of Youth, The 39 Steps
Margaret: Cinema Paradiso

There’s No Right Time to See “Losing Louie”
Overdressed ticket agent: So, Losing Louie got awful reviews, but if we’ve learned nothing else, it’s to never see a show about a funeral the day after a funeral.
Appropriately dressed ticket agent: Yeah, that must be rough… Like that time I saw Wicked right after my friend melted.

Best Book Titles:
Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
Thus Spake Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
Rise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters – J.D. Salinger

Vintage Stores, NYC:
Edith Machinist
Daha Project
Exquisite Costume
New World Order (Broome btw. Mulberry and Mott)
Fox and Fawn
Honey in the Rough

“Me have craaazy times in 70′s and 80′s. Me like the Robert Downey Jr. of cookies.” – Cookie Monster on The Colbert Report, 6/19/08

“Alst ist in ordnung. I’m home mit dem woofers and soon preparing essen will I be. See you soon, love JP” – My dad via text, after I told him I wouldn’t be home for dinner.

British Modernists:
Evelyn Waugh
E.M. Forster
Joseph Conrad
Robert Graves
Graham Greene
Arthur Conan Doyle
H.G. Wells
Wilfred Owen
Siegfried Sassoon

Exhibitions – Berlin ’09:
Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film – Jan 29 – May 5 – Museum für Film und Fernsehen
Berlin Aquarium
Berlin Museum of Natural History