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  • And then you get to wait in line to say goodbye #
  • I never thought I'd see my mom dance to Jay-Z and mostly wish I hadn't. Love you Mom. Regards to you HOVA. Never shall the twain meet again #
  • After 5 hours most things feel like a punishment. #
  • The "grandparents table" does not approve of your "music" and "dance" #
  • I think maybe it's all a dream. A nightmare involving feather boas and a stairwell to the bathroom. #
  • At least my table has moved on to setting small fires with the center piece and the candles. #
  • Ya know what's awesome? When the wedding you are attending is playing Sinatra, but you can hear Salsa Party 2010 through the walls louder. #
  • @nikkiana never tried it, but always appealed, at least in theory. in reply to nikkiana #
  • I saw there was line dancing in NYC tonight. Wishing I was there. #
  • Really?!?! Crying your way through a reading from "The Art of Marraige"? #
  • Only my family would involve themselves in a fisherman's catch during a wedding http://post.ly/eHqQ #
  • I should probably lay off on the fake over the top excitement. The night is young, don't wanna blow my load early. #
  • Terrorizing my mom from the train. Love texting technology. #
  • Snipped a forgotten tag off my dress with a nail clipper. Because I'm classy like that. #
  • Just took my 35th mugshot! http://www.dailymugshot.com/main/show/11431 #
  • By tonight, it will have been: Brooklyn – WTC – Jersey City – Liberty Island – Ellis Island – Battery Park – Brooklyn – Long Island – NJ #
  • @starmike One of my first dance recitals was that song. Sadly I think we wore ballerina tulle. REMAKE! in reply to starmike #
  • So excited to go to this wedding I can't seem to dress past stockings and a tshirt. Would be awesome if it were a Flashdance theme party. #
  • @rojopelo because you're awesome in reply to rojopelo #
  • There has been a brawl on my corner every day for the past 3. Apparently I live on the corner of Anger Avenue and Stupidity Street. #
  • @chfbrian I seriously can't get her to stop gnawing wires. She makes a scary loud purring noise now when she does it. Twisted feline. in reply to chfbrian #
  • @chfbrian If they're assholes they'll become resilient and cause more trouble just to get sprayed. Mine did. in reply to chfbrian #
  • @banannie HA! @philcampbell and @documentally might beg to differ in reply to banannie #
  • @usermac I wanted to kidnap y'all and bring you back to my island! Lovely seeing you today, have a fantastic adventure home! in reply to usermac #
  • Isle of Ellis http://post.ly/eEx8 #
  • Joe Pulitzer http://post.ly/eEFB #
  • Ms. Liberty http://post.ly/eE31 #
  • @rojopelo perfect tourist day! in reply to rojopelo #
  • On the ferry to the Statue of Liberty with @usermac http://post.ly/eDLt #
  • @deekdeekster I was. Full train of handsome men, all with caterpillars on their lips. in reply to deekdeekster #
  • And then I forgot how the PATH train works. Again. I dont get how I can cross the Hudson the same way for 6 years and now botch it everytime #
  • mustaches: they're not funny anymore #


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  • Sonic Youth / Prospect Park news via @30secondlife (didnt realize retweet strips off who's stream you see something in if not primary) #
  • OMG RT @thesonicyouth: Sonic Youth will perform free at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on July 31 as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series #
  • figures. my cat likes the taste of "chew deterrent" spray. #
  • Forgo the casket – http://cellar.org/iotd.php?threadid=22621 #
  • I feel quite suddenly awful. This better not be some sort of sick. Mainlining vitamin C. #
  • Bump Your Ass Off http://phz.in/250k #
  • @langley Ha! This was a trip a few weeks ago, we went in! Had to re-upload it, the aspect ratio was way off. in reply to langley #
  • I didn't name the ride "Bump Your Ass Off"… http://somethingfound.blip.tv/file/3555805/ #
  • cable down = inconvenient. condescending operator = enraging. #


Highly Recommended Activity for the Unemployed and Frustrated


I’m not supposed to be up here


I'm not supposed to be up here



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  • I'm sure my neighbor has her gripes with me, but why she thinks it's ok to blast music and sing along after midnight boggles my mind #
  • There is something incredibly upsetting about getting a vanity google alert to an obituary. RIP Nicole something #
  • Someone needs to shoot me. I just read this as RT NYC (as in retweet) http://post.ly/drO9 #
  • @tapps if i had property i'd plan a furniture abuse party where fire and water would win. invite in the mail :) in reply to tapps #
  • massive reorganization failure and now i don't want to clean up my mess. stupid jerk closet. asshole shelves. crapface desk. #
  • and then i knocked the shelf down with my head #ouch #
  • Au hasard Badgerzar #badgermovies #
  • I get a twisted sense of satisfaction when my cat sniffs me and sneezes. All housemates should have mutual allergies to one another. #
  • "Badger in Translation" #badgermovies #
  • Overheard in bed stuy "it's a hot dog, but a hairy one" #
  • Poor Teddy! http://post.ly/do8G #
  • random waking up thoughts: it would really suck to be hit by a truck or plane while on the toilet. #


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  • "prototypes are being leaked like paris hilton sex tapes" via @semipermgirl #
  • just the tip (of the Chrysler Building) http://post.ly/dck2 #
  • random train thinking: I find the letters in the second half of the alphabet sexier #
  • I went with flats today. A return to being sensible. #


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  • What's up with Jessica McClure these days? I wonder if she's on twitter under an assumed name #


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  • Au hasard Balthazar basically made me want to vomit. Thanks a lot Mr. Bresson. #


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  • @IEatMousetraps with #coatcheck now but a distant memory, I'd say thats about right. Though my view was the upper halves of the monsters. in reply to IEatMousetraps #
  • Another night, another FDNY and NYPD emergency on my block. The fire engine has a pirate flag, which amuses me though. #
  • @jeffpulver I'd have to summarize it as a celebration of twitter origami. Big thanks for the live feed, was great to tune in remotely. in reply to jeffpulver #
  • "All I want is the "like" button on porn sites" Facebookle http://bit.ly/9EmGmp #
  • People who are obviously germ-phobic make me want to behave grossly just to taunt them. #
  • C'mon in, sit down, if you are so obliged http://post.ly/cNyG #
  • Not sure if my landlord just said "I'm refreshed" or "You look fresh." Both odd and either way, my blank stare and lack of response =awkward #
  • @dfrw your country's politics confuse me more than my own :) in reply to dfrw #
  • trousers. the word is upsetting me today for no particular reason. #
  • Had to google Nick Clegg #twittersfault #


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  • I'd really seemed to master sleep for awhile there…c'mon c'mon c'mon, bring on the zzzzzzzs dagnabbit #
  • I feel horribly cheesy admitting this, but the most recent episode of #Glee might be my favorite hour of television EVER aired #
  • I've been drafting and redrafting this one, now I set it free http://somethingfound.net/?p=3125 #
  • I far prefer volunteering to help people look for jobs and do mock interviews over actually searching and being interviewed myself. #
  • Tourists and mouth breathers a plenty on the narrow Murray Hill sidewalks. C'mon! #
  • @Documentally Perfect! Though I'd rather a friend pick my lock over pooping on my lawn #onrecord in reply to Documentally #
  • @Documentally surely you can pick a lock… in reply to Documentally #
  • special thanks to the person who called a car service and gave my # and dispatcher who called twice. can't find my way back to sleepland :( #


three branches


My Mother was shocked when I told her I always feared falling in love with a blood relative.  When you grow up knowing little about your ancestry, you find yourself questioning the the big things like, where do I come from, but there a lot of other little details your heart and mind grasp at.

 

I grew up having a relationship with my Mother's birth-Mother's family, as well as her/my family who raised her.  My family tree had three branches, despite the taboos my Mother and her family had to relive as I acknowledged that third branch a generation later.  “You will always be my Grandparents” I assured my Grandmother and Grandfather, “I'm just lucky, I have a whole other family too”.  It came up in school assignments and every time someone asked “What are you”?, which came up a lot where  I lived in Long Island.  “I am Italian-by-proxy,” I'd  answer; the short explanation was always very clumsy and it's a bit like when someone asks you how you are, they only want to hear “Good/Great/Fine/Awesome”.

 

I grew up in the same town as my Mother, along with her 8 siblings.  Many of my Grammar school teachers also taught my Mom, I even attended high school concurrently with one of my Uncles.  I don't specify, when I talk about my family, who is a blood-relative, because for most of my childhood I didn't really know the difference and those designations have little value to me.  My Grandfather once told me I looked a lot like my Mother's birth-mother.  My Grandparent's met her shortly before she passed;  he recalled her hair was auburn and curly like mine, and like me, she was also vertically challenged.  Not a lot to imagine, but those details stuck with me.

 

As I have learned more about my maternal family, and only recently really saw the first clear photo of my Mother's birth-Mother, it's shocking to take in those still images.  “So…that's where your dimples come and  from” and “her eyes sparkle like yours.” said my Mom as we looked at the photos.  She was 24 when she died.  I am 31 now, my Mother is 52.  One can't help but do the math; there is a sorrow and tenderness to think about her, I love the two Grandmothers I've known, and she is also my Grandmother, even though I never got to hug her or hear her voice.

 

My Maternal GrandmotherMy Maternal Grandmother

 

I wouldn't change a thing about my family, but to die so young of skin cancer seems patently absurd and just a more than a little unfair…if only it hadn't been the 50's, if only chemotherapy was what it was today… but then I wouldn't have that third branch on my family tree, I wouldn't be Italian-by-proxy,  I wouldn't have the family I do…but, I might have known her.  My Mother and her Brother might have grown up with their birth-parents, but a lot of “what ifs” never do a person much good.

 

I've always looked to my Father's family for personal resemblance.  After my Father's Mother, my beloved Grandmother passed away, a box of photos fell into my possession.  I found one of a Great-Aunt where I saw the first most obvious personal resemblance.  I knew I had my Dad's family's stature and build.  His family's gene-pool is strong and family reunions are almost eerie in the way I always see my Father in his Uncles and my Brother's face in his Second Cousins, my Aunt in my Grandmother, but maybe because I've only had one side to look to, I look so closely.

 

 

And what of my Mother's birth father?  Well, less and less of that story remains a mystery.  I may never know how a man could leave his dying wife and his children, but I  have found the names of his second and third wife.  Many of the stories they told us about my birth-Grandfather turned out to be fiction.  I believed his ancestry was Native American until this year, even dressing the part in Girl Scouts, celebrating what turned to be a fictional heritage.  It's hard not to fantasize the less than savory bits might also not be true.  We may never know, but I choose to believe the truth always lies somewhere in between.

 

Family is not something I've ever felt I've missed out on, and so because of that, I don't initiate getting in touch with long-lost relatives, I'm not searching for family so much as part of my history.  I don't feel as though I've ever gone without a smidgen of love or family, but I've always wanted to know, with some certainty where I “come from”.  I started to ask  questions when I was around 12 years old which I later found out was around the same age my Mother was when she started to ask her own Mom, only she found out her birth-Parents were long gone and not her Grandparents, as in my case.  I am always just a bit overwhelmed when I think of how if it affects me as it does, how it must have been for my Mom growing up.

 

Family is complicated.  I admire my Mother for her gratitude for all that she has, but I know it has not been easy, she is a hero in every sense of the word.  In entering the labyrinth of researching one's ancestry, you can find out paper facts, but facts alone don't fill in the blanks or subtleties of lives lived.  I realize because of the gaps I've always felt needed filling, I probably dig harder than most might, but I do it for my Mom, and for her Mom and all the ancestors who's faces I never got to kiss and who's stories I've never had a chance to learn.



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  • Apparently the Böögg burned for 12 minutes and 54 seconds, thus Zurich should have a long Summer. Happy Sechseläuten! #
  • el gato seems to have declared war on her surroundings today. so far she's battled the printer, books, a chair, and silverware. #


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  • @StevenAlleyn oh no! Say it ain't so…my neighbors opened up the portal to hell this month with the same problem. in reply to StevenAlleyn #
  • my sink is singing the crazy gurgle song it usually reserves for more showery times of day. yikes! #
  • Lovely LI visit, now back to the dirty city #
  • I'm not exactly blaming the baby for my headache, but he may have played a part. #
  • Long Beach http://post.ly/bOzR #
  • Passing through the towns I grew up in. At times, I feel quite literally on the periphery of my childhood. #
  • everyone on the train wants my kumquat cupcakes http://post.ly/bNru #
  • Dashed into Brooklyn Flea to grab cupcakes 10 minutes before LIRR left station. If this was a video game I'd go to next level or get bonus #
  • @RickWeiss Fishing.One of the lesser known details of the healthcare bill outlawed twitter babytalk, suffixes and prefixes internationally in reply to RickWeiss #


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  • Hey dreams, friendly nudge – you don't have to be so dark all the time #Cheerful Unicorn#Reminder #
  • I never quite know what to do with pre-marinated chicken. Eating a curry chicken travesty. #
  • hoarders are the new cutters #
  • The most ill-intended finger to a store that gives me my change in dimes. I would be giving YOU small change, hello, laundry, want quarters #
  • NYPD bust on the deli I was just planning to patronize. #bodegafail #
  • @rojopelo the local dollar stores have all your confetti and water gun needs covered. :) in reply to rojopelo #
  • @ChrisCavs hehehehe, now I feel like I've seen your O face in reply to ChrisCavs #


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  • @orchid8 OMG, I know!!?!! in reply to orchid8 #
  • shutters akimbo http://post.ly/aG6e #
  • all tucked in to read a trashy romance novel, but it's not summer yet, and this isn't the beach… bet I can dream up more amusing fiction #
  • @ChazFrench the sheets and duvet are of a high thread count :) in reply to ChazFrench #
  • My favorite nights of the year are those which I don't need a fan or a/c. Just a slightly open window and my down comforter. #
  • let myself think for a second, it's all been crap since 20XX, I'm so gonna kick your ass 2010! #
  • I need a massage, like in a serious clinical way. Owwwww, must start strettccchhhiiing. #
  • I can only aptly describe the Restoration Plaza post office as post apocalyptic #
  • I know better than to say "Sorry I haven't returned your call sooner, my crazy cat has been going ballistic and making a lot of noise" #
  • @dfrw I am tweeting, perhaps competing with the birds ;) in reply to dfrw #
  • The birds are awake. I remain in a sort of limbo. #
  • @dissomator Chastised by a spam bot? Fuck off! in reply to dissomator #
  • Woke up at 3:30. If I was an asshole, like my cat, I'd be trashing the apartment. #


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Amber’s Sing-A-Long


I'll be the first to admit, I was pretty intimidated by the call @theambershow put out for friends and strangers to join her in a public sing-a-long.  I don't sing in the shower, I try not to even expose my cat to my lack of harmonic stylings, but Amber is a dear friend and her Life List and enthusiasm to pursue each item is an inspiration.

 

I head out to the meeting point at Grand Army Plaza planning to lip-sync and quite honestly not very enthused to do it in front of strangers, in the light of the 40 something degree day. 

 

The spirit Amber created, along with her husband Rob, and the awesome group of friends who amassed to sing was giddy and contagious.  I let go, it was about the random burst of happiness that us sing-a-longers and the strangers who joined us felt.  Such an amazingly fun morning I was so glad to be a part of. 

 



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  • @StevenAlleyn shut your mouf :) in reply to StevenAlleyn #
  • Would happily give a battery to the schmuck in my building who prefers the incessant beeping to replacing their fire alarm with a fresh one #
  • @CocteauBoy ha! yeah, this keeps up and it will be a sweaty and miserable summer of bitching. in reply to CocteauBoy #
  • Almost 11pm and still over 80 degrees out. This does not bode well for what's to come. #
  • @charmcitygavin dude, you're coming?! you will indeed see me, but your ears will be scarred for life. in reply to charmcitygavin #
  • @charmcitygavin likely cuz it's 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999° out in reply to charmcitygavin #
  • I can now add laundromat flirting to the list of things I never thought I'd do but found quite amusing. #
  • Goldilocks Principle #
  • If you're in the NY area you should come to @theambershow 's sing-a-long on Saturday at Prospect Park http://bit.ly/97q5Q3 #


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  • I wonder if all the contestants on the Biggest Loser have athlete's foot. #barefootscale #communalshowers #
  • Feeling entirely too clever for putting frozen blueberries in my glass of tang in the absence of ice #
  • for a lot more than fuck's sake #
  • For fuck's sake, I sure hope all humans can marry by then. Will robots get married? http://is.gd/bhnjI (via @GuyKawasaki ) in reply to GuyKawasaki #
  • I feel like my flip flops could use training wheels today #
  • Confession: I often freeze on the sidewalk when I see a low flying plane or one making a sharp turn. Sorry for anyone walking behind me. #
  • I wonder if this lady I just passed is as complicated as her wardrobe decision to wear a wool coat with shorts. #
  • Digging the Weird Worm podcast, it's a bit like your ears get to surf the web while you can actually get work done http://www.weirdworm.com #
  • @charleshope OMG, that is fantastic. It appears they are actually digging a portal to just off the coast of Australia in reply to charleshope #
  • The only logical conclusion: they are not going to stop digging the road in front of my apartment until they reach China. #
  • Dear Spring, I await your return. #


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  • @sukhjit Yikes! Still with the tremors? Suddenly grateful for terre firma! Well, as firm as swiss cheese with subways passing underneath in reply to sukhjit #
  • @sukhjit hang in there (and hold on tight) :) in reply to sukhjit #
  • Hola tunnel of Lincoln and river of Hudson. I missed you lovely, sexy, dirty city. #
  • My mother isn't buying the "implied animal print" defense for why these dresses do not work #