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I'm just ... me. And this quote, from John le Carre, really resonates with me: "Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen."


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FEBRUARY 2, 2011 1:09AM

Hey, how YOU doin'?

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(Or, how I've spent my time while on an unintentional hiatus.)

Well shit. It's been a while, hasn't it? Life took a turn for the surreal and I feel like I'm finally getting my land-legs back. In no particular order, this is what the past year has been like in my world:

  • Found my roommate bleeding, in the living room, after a suicide attempt (he's pulled through and is now seeing a psychiatrist)
  • Got dumped (and found out via Facebook status change)
  • Went out on some great dates, and some other not so great ones 
  • Rejoined a dance troupe of which I was a co-founder
  • Learned that some of my closest friends' parents were diagnosed with cancer (and Cancer? Fuck you!)
  • Lost some friends (again, fuck you Cancer and Murder/Suicide)
  • Gained some new ones
  • Woke up to a phone call from my cousin that Nana's house burned, and in doing so, almost lost part of my family (thank the universe that one particular door was closed)
  • Regained my sense of self and decided to travel more
  • Spent a day at the beach photographing my friend and her son
  • Evicted my uncle from my house (apparently telling him for months that he had to move wasn't enough, oh no! Had to tape an actual notice to the door of the bedroom ... )
  • After evicting said uncle, found out he stole my planter amongst other very random stuff (I shit you not, he stole the planter that was part of the master bedroom patio. The PLANTER! Dude jack-hammered the bricks to take them. What the ... ?) 


All in all, a jam packed year, no? By the end of 2010 I needed a break. The company I work for has mandatory time off the week between Christmas and New Years, and a friend invited me to go to NYC for New Years, so ... I went. (Hell, wouldn't you?)

I went from this:

(View from the fam's living room window on Xmas eve)

To this:

(View from the Highline on 12/26)

I was able to make it from Brooklyn to JFK on the 26th, but couldn't make the last 1.5 miles from JFK to my hotel room. (Let me just say, Terminal 5's baggage claim area was a quite cozy place to sleep. Ahem.)

After many, many, many, manymanymany hours I made it back to my hotel and then promptly passed out. The next day I went out exploring. First stop? Central Park:

(As a child, and current denizen of, Southern California, and with almost a decade spent in the SF Bay Area, I am no stranger to street art. However, the concept of snow art is new to me.)

After a while, I got the hang of the subway system:


Since I was on the East Coast, it was time to hop the train to head to Buffalo to visit my old SF roomie, Ken. (If you are a Mac lover, and a fan of podcasts, check out that link.) Ken and his wonderful girlfriend were gracious hosts and dutifully carted me, the tourist, around. Did we go to "The Falls"? OH yes, yes we did:

(I must admit, I'm quite giddy over how this photo turned out.)

Back on the train to meet up with a friend for our NYE weekend. We were dumb enough to head to Times Square:


I'm very grateful to have experienced the madness that is Times Square, and have no clue who this guy is, but for some reason he made me smile:


I'll be back in NYC in March, for more exploration, but hopefully this time without the blizzard. And after that trip, I'll also come back with more ink. And more photos.  

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Welcome back! We've missed you. I was just wondering what was up since you've been so quiet. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Love the snow art!
Anni! I missed your awesomeness and that's the God's honest!
Wow! I was wondering what happened to you. Sounds like just about everything. Welcome back.
best photos ever
glad you are back
I was just thinking about you last night. Must have been osmosis! That highline pic is awesome, reminds me of Pissaro. Glad to hear about all the updates!
Missed you. Sorry for the bad times and happy for the good things coming your way. And loved the pix Miss Annie.
Anni -- you're back! Suppose you can be forgiven for being away, given what's happened in the past year.

That's an amazing shot of the Falls. And I love the guy in Times Square.
Facebook??? Status change is NOT the way monkeys break up, we like to be up close and personal, like, "Those of us in the room in a relationship, stand up...NOT SO FAST HONEY!!"


Welcome back!!!!
Well it good to hear from a fave. You've been missed.
Bike – thank you! Yeah, the snow art is new to me, being a Southern California beach person.

Major – Heh. Thanks.

Emma – yeah, pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. (Universe? I’m not daring you to throw that at me, mmkay?)

Brian – thanks, had a blast taking them.

Harry – is that why my brain went all fuzzy and itchy?

Lea – Thank you. I plan on making the upcoming year full of good things.

Boanerges – the only thing I’m upset about was that I missed it during the colour change.

Monkey – I nazed my coffee reading your response! However, I think I want to steal that line for my use if ever I need it again.

OES – missed youse guys too. Heading to Austin this weekend, so hopefully that will provide me with some story fodder.