Going out of town..

August 25, 2010

Well, here I am again checking on my blog in which I haven’t put enough time into lately.  I am settled into a new apartment in New York City and have just finished getting some furnished and now I feel comfortable.  I’m in a great location, within walking distance of most things and even only one block away from the subway when I need to go longer distances.  I am extremely grateful for these opportunities that I’ve been given this summer, and I love doing the work I do because I am learning far more than college could ever teach me.

Anyway, I just wanted to give a quick update and I will be going out of town for the first time since getting to NYC 2 and a half months ago.  Right now I have my car in the city, which is convenient at times, but mostly an inconvenience about 95% of the time, therefore I need to take my car back to Florida as soon as possible.  Since next weekend is Labor Day weekend, I’m going to drive back to FL after work on Friday and fly back up to NYC on Monday, with a stop in North Carolina on the way home.  This will be a fun trip, I’m really looking forward to it.

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Random

August 17, 2010

In New York, there are over 9,000 pizzerias.  DAMN that’s a lot.

Americans eat around 350 slices of pizza per second.


Northern Lights

August 7, 2010

A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field creating a polar geomagnetic storm on August 3rd.  The result was an amazing light show in some parts of the world.


This first picture was taken Kristiasand, Norway by Sebastian Grzywacz who admits his expectations were a bit higher than the experience he had seeing the Northern Lights.


This next picture was taken by Vidar Kolstad in the southern town of Fredrikstad, Norway.


Jesper Gronne snapped this last photo outside of his home in Silkeborg, Denmark.  He also put together a time-lapse video of over 100 photographs.  Be sure to check it out here, I wasn’t able to embed it into this post.

To view the entire article on CNN where I got this information, be sure to check out this link here.



Weekend Activities in NYC

August 4, 2010

In the amNewYork paper (http://www.amny.com) that I read most mornings, since it’s conveniently placed at the subway stop and it’s free, there’s a section of outdoor activities around town.  Every time I read the section I think to myself how I’d like to do one of these things one day so this weekend my goal is to accomplish that.

The activities that I’m interested in (and there are many more) are:

Ongoing — Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, Brooklyn Bridge, 646-354-0039, $15 for first-timers.  This boot camp workout prides itself on being NYC’s toughest and promises to change your body in five sessions.  Classes take place mornings, evenings, and weekends.  Sign up at http://www.brooklynbridgebootcamp.com.

Today — Kayaking on the Hudson, Pier 96, at 56th Street, 6pm August 4th.  FREE.  Join the Downtown Boathouse for instructional paddles and explore the Hudson River firsthand.  Wear a bathing suit or shorts and a T-shirt and know how to swim.  Bring your own kayak or use one of theirs.  No registration required.

Saturday — Early Morning Birding, Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, E. 33rd St. and Ave. U, Brooklyn, 8am, FREE.  Get fit and check out birds in their natural habitat at this ranger-led birding walk.

Sunday — Alley Pond Park Adventure Course, Alley Pond Park, Queens, 10am and 1:30pm.  This challenge course features low- and high-ropes-course activities.  Free programs are available on Sundays for ages 8 and up.

The bird watching, although at first it may sound boring or mundane, is something I see offered often and I really want to do it because it’ll give me a chance to take some photos and especially use my large lens.  It’ll also be cool to spend time outside very early in the morning and to have a guide to lead the way.