Where Am I Going Next Really?

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Where I Am Going Next Really?

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Joni Mitchell

Before the corona virus became a thing, I had written a blog about where I am going next. I hadn’t posted it yet. It doesn’t seem very postable at this moment.   I will probably be going to the place I should have been now. Traveling seems very far away.  So instead I started to think about what I would really want to be doing next. 

I want to eat in a restaurant with a comfortable ambiance, delicious food and great service. I want to be having an interesting conversation that doesn’t involve who is doing the dishes and what protein do I want to eat tomorrow. 

I miss museums, art galleries and street art. The white walls filled with art are as calming to me now as they were in my childhood. I miss seeing the city as an open canvas for urban street artists. 

As much as I love being able to go through all of Netflix, I want to go to the movies. There is nothing I like better than sitting in a dark theatre with subtitles. It combines some of my favorite things –  reading, movies and foreign countries.  The best thing is to be sharing a large tub of movie popcorn. I believe it has less calories if you are not the one who has actually bought it. I bring my own water because buying water at the movie theater is a rip off.  

I want to hang out with my girlfriends.The hour long phone conversations and daily texts are not enough. Most of my emotional and mental strength comes from deep bonds with the strong females in my life. I treasure the long conversations we have over lunches and dinners.

I miss shopping. I miss wandering into stores, picking up and putting down items I can’t possibly afford, talking to salespeople, and eventually settling on the item I had to have at that moment. I want to focus on a new lipstick or a beautiful dress to wear somewhere fabulous. 

I love theater. My mother is to blame for this. I normally prefer plays but with all this real life drama I miss going to see a musical. The very premise of  musical theatre defies all reality.  It attempts to imitate life (as theatre tends to do) and then suddenly, a character bursts out in song and everyone on the street knows the words.  Secretly, I  have always clung to the hope that I will someday be able to break into song at the market, department store, a parent-teacher conference,  a restaurant or during a mammogram and everyone will know the words.

Basically, I miss my boring life – the one I am always leaving to go somewhere different.

Stay safe,

JAZ

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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25 Things You Don’t  Know About Me

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” Plato,The Republic

One of the tabloid magazines does a  column called 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me  featuring celebrities. They list things that you don’t need to know about them. Here is my list that you probably don’t need to know about either. I feel that I was a lot more honest than they were.

My Ny/Brooklyn accent was much worse before I lived in LA. Think Rosie Perez times ten.

I hate the sight of blood.

I still wear a retainer. If you have ever worn braces your teeth will move, people.

I love scarves. I have too many.

I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid. I spent my childhood and teen years pretending that I watched the same shows that my friends did. Sometimes, when people mention a movie or TV show that I haven’t seen, I still pretend I saw it. Old habits are hard to break.

I have ugly feet.

I dislike beets, pea soup and meat that is cooked for a long time (brisket, pork belly, goulash, short ribs etc).

Chances are good that if you need something, you will find it in my purse. It is a bit of a black hole at all times.

I hate New Years Eve.  

I know all the words to most musicals that came out before 1980 plus anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron MacIntosh. Also Gilbert and Sullivan – which I don’t particularly like but was forced to listen to as a kid. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General is forever stuck in my head. 

I use coconut oil for everything.

I have worn one earring or two different ones since I was 12 years old. I lost one of my grandmother’s earrings and I did not want my mother to know so I told her that it was the style. I started that. 

I like eating in bed.

I’m germaphobic. I truly believe if I talk on the phone to someone who is sick, I will get it.

I always wear heels except when I am traveling.

I have a fear of indoor parking lots that go down..and down..and down.

I don’t cook but I watch the Food Network when I am on the treadmill. I am really great at takeout and restaurant recommendations. 

I am a shopper and nothing makes me happier than the word sale. I specifically have a Cosco problem. Everything is so much cheaper there that it causes my brain to go numb. Why did I buy power tools and a trampoline? 

I always have two different nail polish colors on my nails. I think I started that style also.

I am a terrible driver.

I excel at speed shopping in foreign countries.

I can’t have too many white shirts, T-shirts or tank tops. This means that I have too many and probably a uniform.

Jayne After Dark is everything I do after the BF falls asleep. 

I watch TV Christmas movies in December. No Lifetime, Hallmark, Netflix or Amazon selection is too dumb or predictable for me to miss. 

My most embarrassing moment happens almost every day. Between saying whatever comes into my head and being a klutz, anything can happen.

Fly safe,

JAZ

Ten Things That I Want To Do In NYC

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Ten Things at That I Want To Do In NYC

“New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner stabilizer.’ Henry Miller

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million people entered the United States through the Ellis Island Immigration Center. This place was the first point of entry for most immigrants, My Grandparents came through there. Its’ a good time to see and contemplate an era when the United States answered the pleas of refugees for a better a life.

Big museum plans. The Whitney Museum has moved downtown to a cool  space in the Meatpacking District. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art  is leasing the space for its Modern Art call the Met Breuer. Giacometti is  at the Guggenheim and a there is a great  photography exhibit at MOMA. Henri Cartier Bresson is at the International Center For Photography.

NY is a city of foodies and chefs. There are so many  restaurants to try. I will let you know how I do.

Take a walk through Central Park. It was always our bit of nature in the city.

There is the best shopping in NY. I want to visit my favorite department stores, Bergdorf Goodmans, Barneys and Henri Bendels. I also loved shopping in Nolita, Chelsea and the Lower East Side.

There are so many Street Art  Walking Tours  to choose from. Painted murals, graffiti, mosaic installations, sculpture, art embedded in the pavement, stencils and stickers are found all over the city. 

I grew up seeing  Broadway and Off Broadway Theatre in NY several nights a week. We have our tickets and I can’t wait.

How cool is this? Apparently they built Highline Park on an  unused elevated subway line on the  West Side. 

I’m glad to have the opportunity  and privilege to finally visit the 9/11 Memorial. 9/11 is not a past event; terrorism and acts of violence continue to be a current part of our everyday life.  So, the museum is a visit to a horrible act of the past, but one that continues to persist and be a part of the modern world. 

Visiting Lincoln Center and my mom. My mom asked that her ashes be strewn over Lincoln Center so she didn’t miss anything-especially the opera. She said that she wanted us to stop by and visit her and see a show in NY. 

Fly safe,
JAZ