Trips to Childhood and Foreign Countries...Without Leaving New York

4:13 PM, Monday, September 15, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I would like to give the best idea ever award to the inventor of the Treats Truck. The other day my day was brightened when I saw the big silver truck parked in my neighborhood. The treats truck is a relatively new staple in New York. There is only one truck (named Sugar) and it travels to different locations around New York City every day...sometimes it moves several times a day. It brings back the idea of the ice cream truck from childhood. In the summer, when I was little, the ice cream truck drove by my house occasionally, but I never knew when it was coming and there was a good chance of missing it. That's what made catching it such a rare and wonderful treat, even if we had ice cream right in the freezer at home. Such is the Treats Truck. You never know when or where you might see it, but when you happen to catch it, it's quite satisfying. The Treats Truck doesn't sell ice cream though. It sells home baked treats like peanut butter sandwich cookies, home made oreos, giant gooey rice krispy treats, and raspberry chocolate brownies. No wonder sometimes the line runs all the way down the block!

I've been spending some time with my boyfriend in his neighborhood in Queens lately. Just to give you some background on him, since I haven't really said much about him on this blog, here's the quick facts:

Name: Luis Eduardo Gutierrez Jimenez (he goes by Eduardo)
Age: 21
Country of Origin: Mexico
Years in U.S.: 2.5
Favorite Food: Chilies Rellenos
Occupation: Bar Back/Cook at Soldier McGee

So, given the facts about Eduardo, it might make sense to you that he lives in an area of Queens that is basically Mexico. When I go there to visit him, I feel like I'm in another country. No one speaks English. No one. Or if they do speak some English, they certainly don't lead with it. The juke boxes play Mexican music. The TVs all play Telemundo. The restaurants serve traditional Mexican food. We're not talking about Don Pablos here. Even the products they sell in stores come from Mexico from drinks to snacks to household cleaners. Here are a few visuals for you:

Finding out that there is a neighborhood in New York that is just like Mexico makes me wonder how many other hidden countries there are in this vast city. Perhaps I might find India in the far reaches of Brooklyn or Romania in the heights of The Bronx. Sometimes I forget, or maybe I take for granted, that I live in the most diverse city in the world.

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Sarah Palin and Her Tina Fey Glasses

4:14 PM, Sunday, September 14, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

In the past couple weeks, I have learned a lot about Sarah Palin. She's a mom, her son is going off to war, her teen daughter is about to give birth, she has a baby with down syndrome, she's attractive, only 2 years ago she was a small town mayor in Alaska. She seems like a pretty good mom, a nice woman, someone most women in this country would probably like to be friends with. They might think, "She's just like me!" But I personally don't anyone "just like me," or just like anyone else I am acquainted with for than matter, to run this country. The Vice President should be smarter than me, more informed than me, tougher than me, more compassionate than me. Is Sarah Palin really these things?

This weekend I saw the hilarious season opener to Saturday Night Live. Tina Fey, back just for this sketch, was spot on as always:

While this sketch was really funny, the reality it was based on really isn't:

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From the Red Carpet

6:13 PM, Saturday, September 6, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

Fashion Rocks...well...rocked! I had so much fun! All day was pretty easy. I just helped supervise crews setting up a small platform for interviews. The platform was right at the end of the red carpet. So, when the event began, the celebrities ended their walks by hopping up onto this platform to be interviewed for the Style Network by Jay Manuel of America's Next Top Model, who by the way was very nice and pretty fun to work with. They were also asked to sign a guitar for charity. While all this was going on I had a prime spot for photos: right on the red carpet and right next to the interview platform. I'd like to remind you while looking at these photos that my iPhone does not have a zoom lens. I was really this close!

Jay Manuel with another host for E! named Debbie. I'm not really familiar with her, but she was nice.

People across the street hoping to see some celebs.

Paula Abdoul signs an autograph.

Brandy (AKA Moesha) turns to sign the charity guitar

Tyra Banks strikes a pose

Mylie Cyrus stops for an autograph

Vera Wang goes rocker

Those are just a few of my best shots! I also got to see many, many more stars including Ciera, Chris Brown, John Legend, Dennis Leary, Rihanna, Vanessa Carlton, Hayden Panetierre, Leona Lewis, Hillary Swank, Vivica A. Fox, LL Cool J, Charlize Theron, Fergie, Hillary Swank, and Natasha Beddingfield. Sadly, no Nicole Kidman. Oh, well. I'm not complaining! If you want to see more photos, head over to my Facebook. I've also uploaded the photos on Flickr, but they are totally disorganized and not captioned, so I wouldn't recommend looking there at the moment.


Fashion Rocks!

6:26 PM, Thursday, September 4, 2008 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I'm so excited! I just got my first ever job in television! It's just a one-day thing, but, hey, it's a start! Tomorrow I'm going to be working on the red carpet for the kick-off concert for New York Fashion Week, Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall. E! Television is covering the event on the red carpet and I'm going to be supervising crews as they set up stages and so forth. Hopefully after a day of work, I'll get to see some stars up close! The list of performers includes Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Kid Rock, Duffy, Fergie, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban (with Nicole Kidman?? I love her!), Mariah Carey, Rihanna, One Republic, and Timbaland with special guest Lynyrd Skynyrd.

So, if you'd like to watch what I'm working on, you can tune into The Style Newtwork at around 8:00pm Monday night to see the stars arriving. Then, you can watch the concert on CBS at 9pm. Yay!

The other exciting thing that happened today is that I think I created the perfect combination at Pinkberry. Vanilla frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries, pineapple, and fruity pebbles. Yum! It was fruity goodness. But if you live in Ohio and are jelous of my ability to create such fruity deliciousness, you should check out Pinkberry knock-off Yagoot. It is almost as good as the original.

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