DC Is Not NYC

Not NYC.jpeg

This is a funny sticker on the streets of Washington, D.C.


It says, “This is not New York.”


And it advertises a website called StuckInDC.com.


“Formed by a few friends who’ve probably lived in the capital long enough, but lack the wherewithal to move elsewhere.”


Having come from NYC, I can empathize in many ways. 


The DC metro area is great if you are interested in working in some very cool jobs for the Federal government, and it has a fairly nice lifestyle for families here (clean and green). 


While not as exciting as NYC (it doesn’t have the vibe), it’s also not as dirty, congested, or generally dangerous (in DC, there are lots of gun-totting federal agents everywhere).


If you yearn for someplace nicer to live, maybe Florida for the Caribbean climate, beautiful nature, slower lifestyle, and fun atmosphere or then again, there is always the awesome Holy Land!


For now stuck in DC, after retirement who knows. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Quickie But Goodie

Gorgeous

So in the office, one person says to another that they need to have a meeting to catch up on some things. 


The other person is obviously very busy, and so the first person trying to accommodate and be mindful of people’s time says, “We can do a quickie.”


At which point, the kindergarden personalities take over in the office, and the person responds cracking up, “I am begging you never to say that again!”


It funny how despite people growing up on the outside (in years), people are still always sort of just kids on the inside. 


Maybe in a way that is a good thing that part of ourselves retains the carefree innocence and jovialness of our youth.


We may not be sooo gorgeous anymore, but we are still the same person on the inside–just a little more experience behind us. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Flaming Bus

Flame Bus

I took this photo today in Washington, D.C.


This cool bus is painted with flames on the hood and has a guitar at the top. 


No, it’s not the bus from The Partridge Family although it has similar colors!


On this bus, the guitar has the name “Sailing Conductors Jack Mantis” on it. 


When I looked this up online, I found that these are some “music loving dudes” who travel (sail and bus) the world and record musicians across dozen of countries and 5 continents. 


They have music, videos, and a 4-part TV series from their global talent search–although there is only limited material at their site (so not sure where all the recordings from the “hundreds of local musicians” is available for consumption).


Anyway, this is a fascinating experiment in discovering diversity, music and the arts, and culture along their travels. 


As to the specific music–beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lady You Bring Me Up When I’m Down

Lady
I’m been wanting to post this gallery photo for a while now. 



I think this is a great expression of the beauty that some women possess. 



The hair, eyes, lips, shape of the face…G-d is a terrific creator!



This makes me think of the song by the Commodores, Lady You Bring Me Up When I Am Down.



BTW, my wife is even more gorgeous (true)! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Many Issues Do You Have?

More Issues Than Vogue
I saw someone with this funny iPhone case in Starbucks.



It says, “More Issues Than Vogue.”



So I was curious how many issues of Vogue have there been…



And I learned that they have published this fashion, beauty, and culture magazine since 1892–more than 120 years!



And in the Vogue archive, they claim to have “more than 400,000 pages in full color.”



I suppose even some of the biggest nuts out there rarely have more “issues” (and pages)…although maybe many would certainly come close. 



But Vogue wins! 😉

Respect The Legs

Legs
I took this photo of this statue of a lady perched up high on a column.



It’s an interesting (yet in my estimation a somewhat demeaning) view of femininity as demonstrated by the relatively small body, but oversized crossed-over legs. 



Perhaps the artist thinks this is sexy or provocative…



Or maybe it’s just a relaxing pose with head high and back and arm behind her head.



Either way, you’ve got to respect those legs, and of course, the woman. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Tree Transplant

Tree Transplant
Getting a little tree transplant in cold, grey Washington, D.C. today. 



Sadly, the new trees, without any leaves, look more dead than alive. 



Sort of funny (-sad) how we pour infinite amounts of concrete and build up our cities, until there is little to no natural green spaces anymore (unless you go get yourself to the neighborhood park or run on weekends to burbs). 



We call in the tree transplant folks to line that narrow strip around our sidewalks with a few trees and we call it a day.



Urban sprawl is leaving us with stoic concrete and steel, but very little natural warmth and beauty. 



A few sad looking sapplings can’t make up for the lush forests and living landscape that we’re destroying. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What Will You Regret?

Three Eyes
My friend used to tell me from his learning that no one on their death bed regrets not working more, instead what they regret is not spending more time with their loved ones (family and friends).



Think about it, could you imagine someone hooked up to IVs and palliative medicines saying, “Listen to me, one thing I’ve learned in this life is that work is it!”


Sure we should work hard and do a good job, but usually, it’s the other way around, where people endlessly chase material things, wealth, power, and prestige…they work days, nights, weekends…and almost to hell with everyone and everything else.



Hey they say, with this beautiful excuse, “I’ve got to make a [good] living!”



So the people we love and should be caring about suffer, needlessly. 



So of course, it goes without saying that we regret the mistakes we made, the opportunities to do good that we missed, and the hurt we caused others. 



I have some colleagues though that I really admire…who work hard and do a damn good job–they are some of my best people, yet the funny thing is they put family first!



How can that be you say?



I don’t know for sure, but perhaps because they know their real purpose in life, and live with balance (work-life, materialism-spiritualism, etc.) and true caring for others, they are able to be more sensible and balanced in getting their jobs done. 



Honestly, these are the people that are able to get things done–presumably at home and with community–but I see it with my own eyes, at work.



Another thing…



My older daughter the other day sent me an article about people sick (with cancer etc.) and dying and how they look back at life and one thing they wish is that they had appreciated their bodies more. 



I guess now that their bodies are sort of degrading with illness and age, they appreciate what they should’ve appreciated, but likely didn’t before, their physical health.



Some of them said things like they wished they had exercised more, enjoyed sex more, spent time outside enjoying the beauty of the world more, and so on.



I’ve been thinking about this, about my body and my physical senses and what they mean to me.



What is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, the sweetest smell, the best voice or music I’ve ever heard, the most luscious taste, or the softest thing I’ve touched. 



It really is amazing the senses that G-d gave us and the beauty all around us that cradles us in this world.



We need to savor the great creation that G-d has bestowed on us and take care of those we love around us. 



Maybe that’s why we fight for life, until we can’t any longer. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

More Than Just Legs

More Than Just Legs

This was a funny photo that I took of a sculpture of legs sitting in the arm chair–and it is supposed to represent minimalism.

No need to show the body, because the legs alone convey the message.

To me though, this reminds me of the opposite of minimalism, where instead of showy, sexy legs–these are covered fully and crossed respectfully–overall sitting upright and quite modestly.

It reminded me of beautiful Jewish concept called Tzniut, which refers to people dressing and acting modestly and in private.

There is no need to show it all–but rather, to be someone, it’s what you do, not what you look like and expose.

In this way, these legs are enough to convey the concept of modesty–of man or women–if you can just see the whole person and not just their sexuality. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)