Downtown Brooklyn

Memorial Day Weekend at the Beach

You know that going to an Airshow is always great don’t you. The Thrills, The Frills, The Loud Noises, The Blue Angels, hell its Americana. But you know what is better than being at an Airshow? Being at an Airshow at the Mudda Effin Beach! So for the 3 day weekend the Murphranks collected us Saturday morning as we headed to Jones Beach on the Island of Long. We set up and chatted while waiting for the airshow to begin. It was a beautiful day as it was just warm enough to get some sun but being so close to the water it kept a chill on you. Let me type that again for you gulf coast beach fans. Being so close to the water it kept a chill on you. What do I mean you ask? The water is probably a ball chilling 50 degrees!

Now according to my work wife (the international one) who frequents Jones Beach it won’t get warm till mid to late August. I recall when we were there last summer and trust me, that water isn’t that damn warm. Anyway a good time was had by all and we enjoyed our “coffee” while the Murphranks enjoyed their “Smart Water”. No disrespect to the Millington Airshow but sitting out watching the airshow over the water and beach kicks some serious ass! *Disclaimer – I am not going to bore you with a bunch of pics of the sky as once you see one plane fly by you have seen enough.

IMG_3274The Murphranks Set Up, they be fancy with their beach chairs. Of course we brought enough stuff to sleep on the beach for a month but who is counting.

IMG_3273Our Tommy Bahama Chairs that now have 2 trips to the beach under their belt.

IMG_3275By the number of planes this tells me it is the Canadian Snowbirds. You are welcome Nova!

IMG_3279More pics of the snowbirds

IMG_3278The Snowbirds and their famous Diamond Pattern

Like I said, the airshow on the beach is really fun.

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And We Are Back – pics of the joint in Brooklyn

Whatever you do always get the Tech Support. Since my last post where we had the blue hamster wheel of death we are back in business thanks to numerous Geek Squad interfaces. Now that momma has left my ass (for work) I will have some time to get some blogging down for my 9 readers.

I have had some people reach out to me regarding the new digs and so I will post about that today. The Apartment is 99.9% done if Ikea ever gets off their ass and ships my broken component and then (because I am feeling extra Prick’ish) sends someone to install it. What can I say, now that I am living on the mean streets of Brooklyn I got get my street cred.

Anyway here are some pics of the apartment;

IMG_3305Here is the Laundry Room/Closet. Recall our laundry closet at 95 South Main back in Memphis. This is actually bigger! And we have crammed it full of our shit too!

IMG_3293Dogs Stuff and Mud Room. Note the towel hanging up. We have had like 2 weeks of consecutive rain here. Yep I am getting tired of it!

IMG_3297Since some Insensitive Bastard (I blame Maria) threw away Shobo’s magnifying make up mirror I had to get another one so I hung this one on the wall. I never saw her use the previous one but I am still getting yelled at about it!

IMG_3296I had to have a toothbrush holder

IMG_3295So a pedestal sink may be all the rage with Chip and Joanna Gaines but it doesn’t help when you got to put your make up on in the morning. Shobo improvised with a bamboo cutting board and we might as well leave it. Oh and if you are asking about the folding table my sister busted my balls about it because it was in the bathroom so we are leaving it there. Tons of space in here but none of it is viable and really usable. Who needs 11 inches on each side of a toilet that nothing will really fit.

IMG_3294Hey IKEA – you may have cheap deals but your customer service sucks! This piece to the right is supposed to have a mirrored door but that arrived broken. We still haven’t gotten the new one. #IKEAFAIL Oh and yes the toilet seat is up because that is the way we roll in Brooklyn.

IMG_3298Looking into the kitchen from the bathroom

IMG_3291We put the rolling rack in the kitchen to give us a place to put shit in the back. I have the bottom two shelves for my office.

IMG_3292The top shelves have all of our stuff that cook with.

IMG_3299Thanks To Ba for hanging all these!

IMG_3300The living room/Shobo’s office

IMG_3301We did the same configuration with the TV on a swivel so we can create a room divider.

IMG_3302Doty’s Pictures and my side of the bed. Pretty much I better not gain any weight or I won’t be able to fit in the space between the bed and the closet.

IMG_3303Still a work in progress. It is rolling rack with wire mesh that we put our ‘closet’ stuff in.

IMG_3304Shobo’s side of the bed and the main bookcases – also a work in progress

IMG_3306Of course the view really doesn’t suck at all!

I will be better at blogging on this thing, I promise.

Welp our marriage is now legal to drink – Pictures from the week

Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary to Mrs. Trumpet for putting up with me. I knew that today was an important one because it is the code for my ATM, Credit Cards and luggage. We have some dinner reservations this evening before the 3 day weekend. Hope you all have a great holiday and I will have some new material next week. I promise.

IMG_3267Man we were children back in the day!

IMG_3212Since he posted it on the Book of Face, I figured that I could post this. Looks like my favorite Memphis Tavern is now a Rock n Roll bar. Hopefully they didn’t have to go find a Vidalia Onion like the did for Don Henley.

IMG_3209Here is where Mr. 3 First Names butt is going to twitch. Yep I am embracing my Hipster Roots here in Brooklyn

IMG_3205FYI – Target needs to restock because some asshole cleaned them out of cabinet door racks.

IMG_3217This monkey head is a riot! Scared to death when in the company of strangers but leave her alone and she wants to play.

We head to Jones Beach tomorrow to watch the Airshow tomorrow. Hopefully we will have good weather.

Do we live in Downtown Brooklyn or Boerum Hill? Another Seinfeld Episode Comes To Life

If I have said it once, I have said it a dozen times. Until you move to New York you don’t really appreciate the subtleness of Seinfeld episodes. I realize this post may go over the heads of some of my Memphis readers but here is a good analogy for you. How many times do you get defensive when the media says that there was a shooting in Downtown Memphis when it was actually in North or South Memphis?

Remember the Seinfeld “The Pothole” episode when Elaine was trying to order a specific Chinese dish but was outside of the delivery zone? Even though she was on the other side of the street they still wouldn’t deliver it. Welcome to our life folks. When we were moving in our new dog walker came up to us and was doing her best sell job. When she was walking off she said “You will love living in Boerum Hill it is so different than living anywhere else.” I didn’t really give it much thought but later I started thinking; “I thought we lived in Downtown Brooklyn.” I asked Maria about it and she said that the other side of the street is considered the Boerum Hill neighborhood.

When we lived in the Upper East Side we had a similar situation because how you looked at it we could have lived in the; Upper East Side, Lenox Hill Neighborhood, or even  Yorkville. Not that it is a big deal but I have had to explain a couple of times where we live to native New Yorkers as they can’t identify the area. Normally when I say that we aren’t too far from Juniors Cheesecake they know exactly where we live.

The past week we have done some walking around Downtown Brooklyn and it is all good. We have the Fulton Street Mall (think Main Street Mall in Downtown Memphis) where we can get us a late night Papaya Dog and also shop for a new wig. We have the DeKalb (You don’t pronounce it like the owner of The Vault) Food Court and Mall where we can visit Target, Century 21, Trader Joes and have all kinds of food choices. And let’s don’t forget Smith Street where it is a cross between Overton Square with a Cooper Young Neighborhood feel and Brownstones. Oh did I mention that we have Liquor Store in our building, a stones throw from a Fresh Market and are one subway stop from killer bagels.

More on this later.

where we liveSo the Red Shaded Area is Boerum Hill and the Crude X is our building. Oh and for those wondering Cobble Hill is where the Gnome Lover lives. Wait till he gets back from BBQ Fest and then we start doing some drinking.

IMG_3151Look for the Birdsnest atop the tall ass building and that is our building.

IMG_3157Kind of refreshing to know that there isn’t a CVS or Duane Reade on every corner here. Shop Local!

IMG_3128Not Photo shopped folks, I took this last weekend on my way to….wait for it….a bar!

IMG_3108LVD when should we anticipate your arrival? Oh by the way Lauren 2.0 is heading your way this weekend for WCBCC.

IMG_3159Cannonball!

IMG_3158Smith Street on my way to get a bagel

IMG_310937:03 – that is the time it takes me to get from the UES (more specifically The Cigar Inn) to our new joint. Sadly cigar smoking parlors is frowned upon in Brooklyn. They don’t have any joints like they do in Manhattan.

IMG_3130First Sunday Funday we went to this establishment thanks to Mr. 3 First Names

IMG_3129I have to stay close to my Budlight roots, I do enjoy a good craft beer but when you are going to drink a ton of something it helps having something familiar.

I have about 3 blog entries just about dive bars still in the que.

 

Move to Brooklyn they said….

It will be fun they said!

I am kidding, now that we are one full week and two weekends into the Hipster Vibe and it isn’t that bad. I realize that I am way behind as I have trips to Memphis, Philly and this silly move as well as other things to report on this worthless dribble of a blog. I plan to report on all those doings this like old people drive; all over the fucking place! Don’t be surprised if you see multiple entries on the same day and some back dated posts. It isn’t like my advertisers are going to be pulling those million dollar ad deals.

First of all and let me be perfectly clear, if you have anyone who tells you that you that moving isn’t all that bad or they actually enjoy it you need to unfriend their ass right then and there. You don’t need to be friends with someone who is clearly out of their fucking mind. Now that we are in the new space and have made numerous trips to the trash compactor and the Goodwill donations center we get it. Moving into a studio apartment in New York is best done like you are coming into the world – Naked and screaming!

  • Rule # 1 of moving into a studio – Less Furniture is best!
  • Rule # 2 of moving into a studio – Purge, Purge, Purge and Purge to the point of a possible divorce. Who knew that my wife had a fetish for colored pencils and pens. The other side of the coin do I really need 6 pair of black lace up dress shoes?
  • Rule # 3 of moving into a studio – Having an extra C-Note in your pocket works wonders when things can go sideways. Welcome to the New York shakedown baby! So we may have had 7 more boxes and a shoe cabinet that wasn’t originally quoted (mistake on my part) rather than making a big deal about it giving someone an extra Ben Franklin makes the issues go away.
  • Rule #4  of moving into a studio – Purge, Purge, Purge and Purge to the point that your spouse is asking for divorce lawyer representation from friends. *Hint – you think that either one of us wants to go through this shit again, its cheaper to stay together*
  • Rule #5 of moving into a studio – Having friends who can help provide moral support helps. NO I didn’t say help you move, you are a fucking adult and not in college anymore. Pay someone to move your stuff. On that note a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Maria, Mr. 3 First Names and Lady Barrister. I also would like to thank the Brewmaster of Budweiser Light and Tito’s Vodka for their help in dulling the pain too.
  • Rule #6 of moving into a studio – In the heat of the moment try to take a moment of pause and think “Before we throw this out, can it really fit?” Right now we have all of our art still in the boxes and crates and it is creating a disturbance in our chi. We were able to move some stuff around this weekend and now are glad we didn’t do some serious purging.
  • Rule #7 of moving into a studio – It may hurt your pocketbook or liver but get out of the house on a daily basis. Currently we are supposed to have Internet and TV hooked up this Wednesday between 10 and 12 and working on a mobile hotspot sucks. We found that getting out of the apartment on a nightly basis helps from losing your mind. Downside to that is that we now know every bartender in a 5 block radius and boy are they going to be pissed when they find out that we don’t normally go out on a Monday – Thursday night.
  • Rule #8 of moving into a studio – Purge, Purge, Purge, Purge – did I mention that enough? Seriously we looked like we could have been on Hoarders.

38RSo here is our space. We learned that having an “open kitchen” can actually hurt you when needing space but we think we can make it work.

IMG_3120White dog (who is blind) is not happy at all! Red Dog has been very needy and is scared to death that we are going to leave her ass somewhere.

IMG_3155After a week of sleeping on the ground with the mattress on the floor we got a new bed. Thankfully we don’t need a stepladder to get into this one like the old bed in the UES.

IMG_3156Maya is happy now that she can go from floor to couch to bed without needing help.

IMG_3152Like I said, we did some “recon” on the local drinking establishments this past week.

Hope you had a laugh.

Hey CBT, I got something for you….

That was a text message that I got from LJZ last week.

****Disclaimer, I was in a foul mood that afternoon. Seriously, I would have just as soon masturbated with a cheese grater than visit the home office during business hours that day. Regardless, I pulled up my socks, put on a fresh smile, and agreed to swing by to get “said gift.” When I arrived I found out that my boss was there…..I found out that her boss was there……I found out that her wanted-her-to-be boss was there..

Seriously, I would have just as soon sat in the backseat of an un-air conditioned station wagon between two 15 month olds kids in car seats sucking on pixie sticks of sugar than be there. Did I mention that I was on a 14 hour road trip to Florida and said kids hadn’t been out of those chairs for 7 hours? It was that bad of a day for me.

Hopefully I have given you enough imagery to tell you how pissed I was that fateful day when LJZ asked me to come to the home office for a gift she made for me.

IMG_2953This was the gift that LJZ gave me. *SECOND DISCLAIMER – No I don’t use elicit drugs, I got 99 other problems than this one. (booze, beer and cigars are still ok right?)

IMG_2962I was floored. I loved it!

The fact that LJZ cross-stitched this in the airport on a work trip makes gift so much more special. Oh what is the big deal about “Not Doing Coke in our Bathroom” you ask? (see next picture and comment)

img_0267This is the original cross-stitch that sits at a bar a couple of steps away from our soon to be former apartment and we have a funny story about it. I guess Shobo and I need to go back into the bar business.

HEY RJ – You listening…… #NextYearCoozie

For those of you who are wondering what storyline you missed please don’t read to much into this post. I appreciate this gift for a many reasons.

Thank you LJZ you really are a treat!

 

Spring Like Weather and Then Hurricane Tucker

Hope you guys had a fun weekend. I am sure that there a some of you in Memphis who didn’t heed my warning on Twitter and blew it out hard at Rajun Cajun yesterday. Here is to hoping that your hands aren’t shaking too bad as you read this. Finally the weather broke on Friday and Saturday till 5PM. It actually was ‘bead of sweat’ warm on Friday as I joked with the doormen that people will probably be bitching about the heat. Saturday didn’t disappoint until the front moved in and it got chilly on our ride home from Brooklyn.

Friday I got home and we had our Midwestern friend Tucker heading in from New Jersey. She was across the Hudson for work training and decided to spend an evening with us and fly out Saturday. This was just fine with us as we knew we were in for a full fun night. Since she was rolling into town I was able to find 3 tickets to Losers Lounge Friday night as they were giving tribute to “The Last Waltz.” We met up at the apartment and then had dinner at a Geoffrey Zakarian joint in Midtown East.

If you have been paying attention you will know that I have been doing some juice cleansing and clean eating. Well that shit came to a tumbling halt on Friday as I switched over from green grass and tree bark drinks to Potato based liquid and what the hell. I got me a GZ burger and added bacon to it too! The show didn’t disappoint and the post show drinks were good (?) and before Tucker’s hair could deflate she was headed to LGA.

Saturday we went over to Downtown Brooklyn to check out apartments and had drinks with lady barrister since Mr. 3 First Names was out of town.  Walking into The Commissioner was warm and sunny and temps in the 70’s. Walking out the bottom dropped out of the bottom and it was around 50 with a good wind. Thankfully we had some jet fuel in us but that walk to the subway was brutal!

IMG_2970Sadly I never saw the movie and the second act didn’t dissapoint

IMG_2968Yep all the favorite were preforming tonight

IMG_2965But first lets take a selfie!

IMG_2980Yep he did a Van Morrison song and for those of you wondering that is the same person who sang George Micheal

national-gallery-images-7The interior of GZ’s National – Nice dinner

untitledPretty much it starts out nice here then goes downhill very soon afterwards!

IMG_2986More on this later but we went to Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday

 

Thanks for a fun weekend Tucker and hope everyone behaved this weekend. Its going to be a shitty couple of days up here weather wise.