June 16, 2019

Pigeon standoff

Posted in City life, Uncategorized tagged , , at 11:53 pm by chavisory

It isn’t uncommon for me to wake to the sound of cooing or scratching pigeons–my building is bordered by alleyways on two sides–but one morning earlier this week, I was woken by that familiar sound… slightly too inside my window instead of out.

pigeon standoff
[Image description: A large, dark gray pigeon perches atop a stack of journals on top of my chest of drawers, beneath a photograph which he’s knocked askew.]

We had a little bit of a standoff while I caught my breath, figured out what to do, and naturally took a picture. Remembering a childhood incident in which a big crow had come down our chimney and gotten itself trapped in the living room, I opened the window wider and pulled the curtain aside so he could clearly see the only way out of the room, and a moment later he was …off on a different adventure for the day.

March 30, 2018

Things I never knew I desperately needed there to be a movie about until now

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 9:49 am by chavisory

This is just a short list of things that have been blowing my mind lately.  I cannot believe we never learned about some of this stuff in school…

1. The fascinating life of King Michael of Norway.

2. In a Twitter conversation about ASL and The Shape of Water, I learned there were secret/underground Deaf clubs in the 1960’s.

3. The heavily female workforce of the early days of Atari.  (Well, I can believe we never learned this in school.)

4. The completely bonkers story of the making of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.  (And this, I guess, though I did take a history of Rock and Roll class in college.)

5. Lost submarines considered to be “Still On Patrol.”

November 7, 2014

Protect your magic

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:08 pm by chavisory

protect your magic

[Image: Graffiti on a wet sidewalk with fallen leaves reads “PROTECT YOUR MAGIC.”]


October 20, 2014

Apartment wildlife

Posted in City life tagged , , at 11:55 pm by chavisory

We had a bad leak in the apartment about a week ago, followed by days of cool, humid weather that meant the walls and ceiling didn’t dry out well at all.  Heading into the bathroom this afternoon, I looked in the mirror to see this little guy right above the doorframe behind me.

little mushroom

[Image is of a tiny brown mushroom growing out of a crack in the paint of a white wall.]

Me:  It’s so cute.
Emily #2:  I could think of some different adjectives….

March 25, 2014

Unintentional spam-trap poetry

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 7:58 pm by chavisory

As I skim through my WordPress spam trap every couple weeks and delete dozens and dozens of obviously spambot-generated ads to make sure that a genuine comment hasn’t been accidentally excluded, occasionally–very occasionally–I’ll find that one of the spambots has generated something unintentionally profound.  For your amusement I thought I’d share a few of the more poetic efforts of the Louis Vuitton knockoff-selling robots…

For added enjoyment, I recommend reading in your head in the voice of either Carl Kasell, William Shatner, or Sarah Palin.


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January 3, 2014

Happy New Year of Onion-esque headlines!

Posted in Onion-esque tagged , at 1:05 am by chavisory

It’s been a while, so how about a short installment of “Headlines that should be from the Onion, but they’re not.”


“With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands.” –New York Times, 5/29/13

“Hobbits’ Size Not Likely Linked To Growth Disorders.” –New York Times, 7/15/13

“McDonald’s Can’t Figure Out How Its Workers Survive On Minimum Wage.” –The Atlantic, 7/16/13

“Tuition Aid From a Zombie Elf.” –New York Times, 9/8/13

“Ikea Spying Revelations Stir Outrage in France.” –New York Times, 12/16/13

“A Reluctant Bride Conquers Her Fears.” –New York Times, 12/30/13

“People who can still afford to live in New York praise Bloomberg.” –The New Yorker, 12/31/13


I have every faith that the coming year will continue to provide us with news that ought to be some kind of satire…but isn’t.

January 23, 2013

Danny Zuko, poetry fan

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:15 pm by chavisory

Speaking of characters who everyone gets wrong…

It’s always made me a little sad how few people appreciate that Danny Zuko is a great big poetry nerd.  Specifically, that he’s a huge fan of e.e. cummings…but that, for instance (as far as we know), his English teacher never seemed to notice this, or harness it into keeping him more engaged with his academics.

Don’t believe me?

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–e.e. cummings

January 13, 2013

Blue sky for a new year

Posted in City life tagged , , at 1:17 am by chavisory

Riverside Church belltower

Getting the hang of my new camera!  This is one of my favorite views in the whole city…the bell tower of the Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, as seen from the Great Hill in Central Park.

September 17, 2012

The Mystery of the Harmonica

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 4:54 pm by chavisory

I both enjoy and pride myself on my good memory.  It’s very good, very vivid, and very detailed.  To the extent that it often freaks other people out.

So, as my roommate and I were doing a little fall cleaning on this lovely afternoon before class for her and work for me, I am a little confused to find a harmonica of which I have no memory.

It was in my nightstand.  It has been for several years.  I have never and cannot play it, though I did try to teach myself briefly.  I almost tossed it right into the thrift store donation bag without a thought, before I noticed that it’s labeled “[My Full Name]–ASM,” in my handwriting, in pencil on the bottom of the box.

It is a Bluesband Hohner International, in the key of C.

So this was a harmonica involved with a show, and one that I assistant stage managed.  Which should narrow things down considerably; I can count on one hand the productions I’ve ASM’d.  Either it was given to me for the opening or closing of a show, or, I’m starting to vaguely suspect, it was mine to begin with (but why?) and I loaned it as a rehearsal prop to a production.

But still no solid recollection of which of my shows even involved harmonicas…to the extent that I would’ve been given one, or loaned one to the show.  Possibly one was in a show briefly but was cut early in rehearsal, explaining my negligible memory of it.

I’m going through old props lists now….

August 2, 2012

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

Posted in City life, My neighborhood, Weird stuff tagged , , at 3:24 pm by chavisory

Yes, that is a tomato plant growing out of an elm tree.

I love you, Central Park.

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