Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

Happy Thanksgiving! As you no doubt know, every year New York City hosts the Macy's Day Parade, a televised event which consists of huge helium-filled balloons floating down Broadway for like 40 blocks. Well, we will not be here (read: awake) tomorrow morning to attend the parade itself, but I got a more intimate experience with the balloons today. Turns out they inflate the balloons with helium the day before the parade in the middle of W. 77th Street (for those of you that don't remember, we live on W. 76th, so this happened in our 'hood.) Check out my pictures of the big "blow-up"!
This pic of Ronald's four-story shoe should give you an idea of the ginormousness of these balloons. 

Here's Pokemon's hand (or paw).
Here's a face-down Smurf. (He's not fully inflated yet.)
And my favorite, the Energizer Bunny series! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fall Foliage

Here we are in that beautiful but fleeting time of year when the leaves turn vivid colors before falling off for the winter. And wow! I've never seen leaves this pretty before. I took my camera to Central Park and captured some of the trees in their fall glory.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween Night

OK, OK--I promise this is the last Halloween-related entry I'm posting (at least till next year). 
On Halloween night, Burke, Jeff, and I dressed up and attended the world-famous Village Halloween Parade. According to their official website, this parade is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and is attended by over 2 million people. Anyway, here are our costumes. Can you guess who we are??

Yep, I'm Axl Rose, Jeff is Slash, and Burke is Buckethead: members of the seminal rock band Guns n' Roses!
As original as I thought this idea was, when we got on the subway to go downtown, we sat right across the aisle from the couple below. Another Axl and Slash!!!! (Grrrr. I thought we looked better.)

Anyway, we got down to the parade and waited in a line (read: mob) of people in costume for our turn to walk up 6th Avenue. I am happy to report that people in New York really take this holiday seriously. The costumes were pretty elaborate.

There were definitely a few drag queens in the crowd. (There's something you don't see in Texas!) This guy could've at least waxed his chest.

Even though the following shot is kinda blurry, I wanted to post it so you could get a feel for the crowd and the street. (Also, notice the spider puppet on the clock tower! It was awesome.) We marched up 25 blocks!!!
Here's Buckethead and Slash in Times Square! 
And finally, here's a pic of us in the subway on the way home.

What can I say? Our first Halloween in New York totally rocked.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Great Pumpkin Sail

Every October, Central Park has an event called "The Great Pumpkin Sail." To participate, you bring a carved pumpkin with you (it has to weigh under 10 pounds) and meet at a large pond on the northeast corner of the park. At dusk, the organizers put everybody's pumpkins on little floats, light them, and send them off to sail on the pond. Cool, huh? Here's the pumpkin we carved that day and brought with us. (It's supposed to look like a deranged lunatic, but it ended up just looking kinda goofy.)
Here's the pond where we met for the event. It's called the Harlem Meer.
And here they are putting the pumpkins in the water!

They all looked so pretty, like luminaries, and their light reflected on the surface of the pond. 

And then we found our pumpkin in the crowd! Here he is, in the center of the frame below.