Mush!

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:21 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] lillibet got Aaron and myself gift certificates for a mushing lesson with Hilltown Wilderness Adventures as a Chanukah present, and we finally managed to schedule that for this weekend.Read more... )
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Got to go on a tour of the Central Square farmer's market with Chef Chris Schlesinger of the East Coast Grill, thanks to the Mass Farmer's Market Facebook page.  I've never actually eaten at East Coast, but I'm thinking I might try their brunch some time now.

I ended up buying more than I normally do at a farmer's market, and more adventurously as well. My haul:
  • Hen of the woods mushrooms
  • Calabash squash
  • Yellow carrots (very sweet!)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Cortland apple (for baking with bleu cheese)
  • Honeycrisp apple (for nomming)
They're trying to get Tony Maws, from Craigie St, to do a tour before market season ends -- man, would I love to be along for that one!
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Got to go on a tour of the Central Square farmer's market with Chef Chris Schlesinger of the East Coast Grill, thanks to the Mass Farmer's Market Facebook page.  I've never actually eaten at East Coast, but I'm thinking I might try their brunch some time now.

I ended up buying more than I normally do at a farmer's market, and more adventurously as well. My haul:
  • Hen of the woods mushrooms
  • Calabash squash
  • Yellow carrots (very sweet!)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Cortland apple (for baking with bleu cheese)
  • Honeycrisp apple (for nomming)
They're trying to get Tony Maws, from Craigie St, to do a tour before market season ends -- man, would I love to be along for that one!

New York

Nov. 11th, 2009 10:16 pm
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I left on the 10am Bolt bus yesterday, and came back on the 3pm bus today. In between, I:

  • Had the fastest trip through TKTS I can remember -- pretty much no line! And I had done my research beforehand, which made picking a show easier.
  • Had two short visits with my cousin and her 14-month-old son, the first time I've made it in to meet him
  • Had delicious sushi for dinner with Dana & Nick in their fabulous apartment
  • Saw the incomparable Rosemary Harris in a very nice production of The Royal Family (in a theatre smaller than the Somerville!)
  • Poked my head into Colony Music to look at sheet music
  • Spent the night at Nick & Dana's, and enjoyed hot coffee and freshly-made muffins with them in the morning
  • Was lured into two different Ricky's (OMG! you can buy from them online! Oh, I'm in trouble now...) for another fabulous pair of sparkly false eyelashes and some bright turquoise eye shadow for disco purposes
  • Met up with Jess for lunch at the 2nd Ave Deli, where we enjoyed the gribenes (fried chicken skin with onions) and sour pickles a little too much. I met my match in a triple-decker sandwich with warm corned beef, tongue, salami, cole slaw and Russian dressing. I could not actually fit my mouth around the entire stack at once. The meal concluded with an amuse-bouche of chocolate soda. Yum. And half of my sandwich made it home with me, along with some more sour pickles.
  • I failed to do the Walkin' Broadway tour I had downloaded at home, in favor of stopping into a Judaica store with Jess, running into the Veteran's Day parade, and then picking just the right eyeshadow at Ricky's. Ah well, next time. I've got a list I'm compiling... definitely don't want to wait another two years before I go again!


All in all, not bad for just over 24 hours in the city!

New York

Nov. 11th, 2009 10:16 pm
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I left on the 10am Bolt bus yesterday, and came back on the 3pm bus today. In between, I:

  • Had the fastest trip through TKTS I can remember -- pretty much no line! And I had done my research beforehand, which made picking a show easier.
  • Had two short visits with my cousin and her 14-month-old son, the first time I've made it in to meet him
  • Had delicious sushi for dinner with Dana & Nick in their fabulous apartment
  • Saw the incomparable Rosemary Harris in a very nice production of The Royal Family (in a theatre smaller than the Somerville!)
  • Poked my head into Colony Music to look at sheet music
  • Spent the night at Nick & Dana's, and enjoyed hot coffee and freshly-made muffins with them in the morning
  • Was lured into two different Ricky's (OMG! you can buy from them online! Oh, I'm in trouble now...) for another fabulous pair of sparkly false eyelashes and some bright turquoise eye shadow for disco purposes
  • Met up with Jess for lunch at the 2nd Ave Deli, where we enjoyed the gribenes (fried chicken skin with onions) and sour pickles a little too much. I met my match in a triple-decker sandwich with warm corned beef, tongue, salami, cole slaw and Russian dressing. I could not actually fit my mouth around the entire stack at once. The meal concluded with an amuse-bouche of chocolate soda. Yum. And half of my sandwich made it home with me, along with some more sour pickles.
  • I failed to do the Walkin' Broadway tour I had downloaded at home, in favor of stopping into a Judaica store with Jess, running into the Veteran's Day parade, and then picking just the right eyeshadow at Ricky's. Ah well, next time. I've got a list I'm compiling... definitely don't want to wait another two years before I go again!


All in all, not bad for just over 24 hours in the city!
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I happened to be near Park Street last night, and there was a crowd around a Dunkin Donuts there, where Ben Affleck was inside filming The Town. There were crowds of people trying to see inside to spot the stars, but I wandered over to the side and watched the crew and started looking at all the equipment, trying to see if I could learn anything new. I had a nice chat with a wardrobe woman -- there were extras in the scene just walking past the window outside the shot, but since the movie is set in the summer, they kept having to take their coats off and try not to shiver too badly as they walked past.

I started looking at some boxes of lighting equipment, and when a gaffer came by I got to ask him about the drawer marked "magic gadgets". (Turns out it's a company that makes dimmers.) I got points with him for correctly identifying (and pronouncing) a Fresnell lamp, so after that he made a point of telling me what the other lamps he was working on were. And he showed me the "C-47"s he used to hold a gel on a lamp, very technical devices that I've always known as clothespins. Had a nice long chat with a grip who was local to here, and with a very friendly cameraman from LA, who's worked with the DP (Robert Elswit, who just won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood), on many films now. He was really great about telling me about cameras and showing me some of the functions on his.

I spent a while looking at a table full of cases that I inferred contained film; they were marked by length in feet, and I wondered why you would want different lengths, instead of always using the longest possible. But when I asked someone wandering by, he explained that if you're doing a shot in a car and space is limited, you're using a different camera and you want to use the 200' reel to keep things small. If you're using a steadycam, you might choose the 400' reel, so it's not too heavy. And the 1000' reel is only 10 minutes worth, although I don't think you see a lot of shots that long in a movie. Still, I never realized how many reels they must go through! I assumed you'd do many shots on one reel of film.

I stayed until the wrapped the shot, and watched as they went into what is usually a real Dunkin' Donuts and started tearing it apart -- changing out the posters on the wall, but mostly taking down ceiling panels and taking out the huge cables and electrical equipment they had hidden up there to keep it out of the shots. When I had first arrived at the location, I noticed how many cables there were in the streets, and followed them around the block to a portable generator -- I can't even imagine how much electricity everything used, especially the ginormous lights they had set up on lifts out across the street shining in to the Dunkin Donuts.

Anyway. Very nifty night, and if you come across them filming anywhere, as long as you stay out of the way and are respectful, are are clearly not star-hunting, most of the crew seems happy to answer questions. I highly recommend poking around a bit, there's a lot to learn!

Oh, and Ben Affleck was there inside the Dunkie's, but I did not see him. I could have -- plenty of people walked past and peeked in between shots, or stood in just the right spot across the street to get a peek -- and I briefly thought about it, but decided I just didn't care that much. I already know what he looks like, what's the point? And keeping the respect of the crew was much more important to me. Not that there aren't celebs I would go out of my way to catch a glimpse of, but Ben just didn't seem to be one last night.
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I happened to be near Park Street last night, and there was a crowd around a Dunkin Donuts there, where Ben Affleck was inside filming The Town. There were crowds of people trying to see inside to spot the stars, but I wandered over to the side and watched the crew and started looking at all the equipment, trying to see if I could learn anything new. I had a nice chat with a wardrobe woman -- there were extras in the scene just walking past the window outside the shot, but since the movie is set in the summer, they kept having to take their coats off and try not to shiver too badly as they walked past.

I started looking at some boxes of lighting equipment, and when a gaffer came by I got to ask him about the drawer marked "magic gadgets". (Turns out it's a company that makes dimmers.) I got points with him for correctly identifying (and pronouncing) a Fresnell lamp, so after that he made a point of telling me what the other lamps he was working on were. And he showed me the "C-47"s he used to hold a gel on a lamp, very technical devices that I've always known as clothespins. Had a nice long chat with a grip who was local to here, and with a very friendly cameraman from LA, who's worked with the DP (Robert Elswit, who just won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood), on many films now. He was really great about telling me about cameras and showing me some of the functions on his.

I spent a while looking at a table full of cases that I inferred contained film; they were marked by length in feet, and I wondered why you would want different lengths, instead of always using the longest possible. But when I asked someone wandering by, he explained that if you're doing a shot in a car and space is limited, you're using a different camera and you want to use the 200' reel to keep things small. If you're using a steadycam, you might choose the 400' reel, so it's not too heavy. And the 1000' reel is only 10 minutes worth, although I don't think you see a lot of shots that long in a movie. Still, I never realized how many reels they must go through! I assumed you'd do many shots on one reel of film.

I stayed until the wrapped the shot, and watched as they went into what is usually a real Dunkin' Donuts and started tearing it apart -- changing out the posters on the wall, but mostly taking down ceiling panels and taking out the huge cables and electrical equipment they had hidden up there to keep it out of the shots. When I had first arrived at the location, I noticed how many cables there were in the streets, and followed them around the block to a portable generator -- I can't even imagine how much electricity everything used, especially the ginormous lights they had set up on lifts out across the street shining in to the Dunkin Donuts.

Anyway. Very nifty night, and if you come across them filming anywhere, as long as you stay out of the way and are respectful, are are clearly not star-hunting, most of the crew seems happy to answer questions. I highly recommend poking around a bit, there's a lot to learn!

Oh, and Ben Affleck was there inside the Dunkie's, but I did not see him. I could have -- plenty of people walked past and peeked in between shots, or stood in just the right spot across the street to get a peek -- and I briefly thought about it, but decided I just didn't care that much. I already know what he looks like, what's the point? And keeping the respect of the crew was much more important to me. Not that there aren't celebs I would go out of my way to catch a glimpse of, but Ben just didn't seem to be one last night.
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Friday afternoon I took the ferry to Salem, where [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong was kind enough to provide his wonderful hospitality for shabbos so I could walk to [livejournal.com profile] ayelle and [livejournal.com profile] zendzian's fabulous wedding. Saturday we did the quickie tour of Salem, which is a really cool town -- I'd love to go back and spend some more time there soon! And I'm sure you've heard by now how great the wedding was. Very much *them*, which always makes for the best weddings, and we all had a lovely time.

Got back late Saturday night, finished packing and reading email, and then got up early Sunday morning to catch my flight to Atlantic City, where I spent three days with my parents and my sister and her husband and 3 kids. Sadly my brother couldn't make it, but he spent shabbos in Philly along with everyone else, so at least my mom got to see all of her kids in the same weekend, if not the same time.

We spent a lot of time on the beach taking advantage of the free chaises and umbrella the hotel offers, checked out the hotel's two pools (one of which was very much a swinging singles scene until we arrived with 5 kids in tow -- my aunt came up for the day with my cousin's two kids, as well), walking the Boardwalk (I got my required fudge, and we found the one remaining arcade to teach the kids to play Ski-ball).

There had been a storm system a few weeks ago that tore up the local mussel beds, so the beaches were covered inches deep near the water line with piles of tiny mussel shells, which was interesting although a little weird to walk through and rather smelly. But once I got out past the breakers into the gentle rolling swells, the bottom was clear, and the water felt heavenly. I took my younger niece out there on my back for a while, and we enjoyed jumping the waves together, and then I took her back in, went back, and spent some time floating alone on my back, feeling the hot sun on my face and the cool water on my body, letting the waves gently rock me, trying to store up the sensations to get through the winter.

I had a flight back at 5:20pm yesterday, and we were on the plane and about to take off when word came in of fog in Boston, so we all had to get off the plane and wait around until 8pm when we got a clear window and made a run for it. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] bex77 had already planned to pick me up to whisk me to my first Never After rehearsal (which I totally missed, of course) but she was kind enough to pick me up at the new time and drop my exhausted carcass and luggage home so I didn't have to brave the rain and the subway. And now I'm slogging through way too much email, LJ, and unpacking. But at least I'm tan :)
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Friday afternoon I took the ferry to Salem, where [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong was kind enough to provide his wonderful hospitality for shabbos so I could walk to [livejournal.com profile] ayelle and [livejournal.com profile] zendzian's fabulous wedding. Saturday we did the quickie tour of Salem, which is a really cool town -- I'd love to go back and spend some more time there soon! And I'm sure you've heard by now how great the wedding was. Very much *them*, which always makes for the best weddings, and we all had a lovely time.

Got back late Saturday night, finished packing and reading email, and then got up early Sunday morning to catch my flight to Atlantic City, where I spent three days with my parents and my sister and her husband and 3 kids. Sadly my brother couldn't make it, but he spent shabbos in Philly along with everyone else, so at least my mom got to see all of her kids in the same weekend, if not the same time.

We spent a lot of time on the beach taking advantage of the free chaises and umbrella the hotel offers, checked out the hotel's two pools (one of which was very much a swinging singles scene until we arrived with 5 kids in tow -- my aunt came up for the day with my cousin's two kids, as well), walking the Boardwalk (I got my required fudge, and we found the one remaining arcade to teach the kids to play Ski-ball).

There had been a storm system a few weeks ago that tore up the local mussel beds, so the beaches were covered inches deep near the water line with piles of tiny mussel shells, which was interesting although a little weird to walk through and rather smelly. But once I got out past the breakers into the gentle rolling swells, the bottom was clear, and the water felt heavenly. I took my younger niece out there on my back for a while, and we enjoyed jumping the waves together, and then I took her back in, went back, and spent some time floating alone on my back, feeling the hot sun on my face and the cool water on my body, letting the waves gently rock me, trying to store up the sensations to get through the winter.

I had a flight back at 5:20pm yesterday, and we were on the plane and about to take off when word came in of fog in Boston, so we all had to get off the plane and wait around until 8pm when we got a clear window and made a run for it. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] bex77 had already planned to pick me up to whisk me to my first Never After rehearsal (which I totally missed, of course) but she was kind enough to pick me up at the new time and drop my exhausted carcass and luggage home so I didn't have to brave the rain and the subway. And now I'm slogging through way too much email, LJ, and unpacking. But at least I'm tan :)
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Went caroling with Random Chants last Thursday, and we ended up at the Green Tomato II in Davis (former site of Boloco, O'Natural's, Carberry, and I forget what all else.) They gave us free meatballs, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, pasta, and garlic bread. I had about 4 helpings of the eggplant -- and I don't like eggplant. The owner seems really nice, and he's being great about helping out the Davis community, so please go there and try to keep them in business!

Saturday night we had our first hands-on foley rehearsal for the PMRP New Year's Eve Orpheum show. I get to play with the jell-o, whee! And we came up with a really great new way to make the "great big squishy splat" noise the script calls for.

Yesterday Kerri and I went to the Bazaar Bizarre. We spent over half an hour waiting in line to get in, but it wasn't *too* cold out, and in addition to our own fabulous company we chatted with a fun Canadian woman in line behind us, who told us how her tramp stamp of a maple leaf has more than paid for itself in free beer. One we got in, we spent about 3 hours wandering around the 148 vendors. Wow. We both collected a huge stack of business cards for places we want to remember. I didn't buy much, just a set of ligature trading cards (it's a font geek thing), a masala chai-flavored lip balm (which smells so amazing I wish I had someone to kiss!), and a small button as a gift for a friend. Oh, and we got to see the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] missmhart shilling for the Derby Dames. I'm really hoping to make it to her match on March 21, must mark my calendar now.
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Went caroling with Random Chants last Thursday, and we ended up at the Green Tomato II in Davis (former site of Boloco, O'Natural's, Carberry, and I forget what all else.) They gave us free meatballs, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, pasta, and garlic bread. I had about 4 helpings of the eggplant -- and I don't like eggplant. The owner seems really nice, and he's being great about helping out the Davis community, so please go there and try to keep them in business!

Saturday night we had our first hands-on foley rehearsal for the PMRP New Year's Eve Orpheum show. I get to play with the jell-o, whee! And we came up with a really great new way to make the "great big squishy splat" noise the script calls for.

Yesterday Kerri and I went to the Bazaar Bizarre. We spent over half an hour waiting in line to get in, but it wasn't *too* cold out, and in addition to our own fabulous company we chatted with a fun Canadian woman in line behind us, who told us how her tramp stamp of a maple leaf has more than paid for itself in free beer. One we got in, we spent about 3 hours wandering around the 148 vendors. Wow. We both collected a huge stack of business cards for places we want to remember. I didn't buy much, just a set of ligature trading cards (it's a font geek thing), a masala chai-flavored lip balm (which smells so amazing I wish I had someone to kiss!), and a small button as a gift for a friend. Oh, and we got to see the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] missmhart shilling for the Derby Dames. I'm really hoping to make it to her match on March 21, must mark my calendar now.

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