Posted 2 days ago

Yep, total selfie of me hanging out by my fire escape. Almost about to rain, but I still need to do this more often.

And of course, LGR.

Posted 3 days ago

Sitting on the windowsill of my apartment with the fire escape. This is my view outside my window on a beautiful spring day.

I will sorta miss this place when I move.

Posted 3 days ago

Totally writing an e-mail to take myself off of a summer softball team because one of the random teammates being put on that particular team called me “retarded” numerous times a few years back on another softball team.

That word is pure sin to me.

I’m making the right decision.

Posted 5 days ago

Sunset. Deer. This is New Jersey.

Very pretty, but not falling for it, nope.

Posted 6 days ago

My activities last night. Softball. Poutine. Yes.

Posted 6 days ago

That time a madman almost hit me with a stick off a tree in the face…

Okay, let’s start this off by giving a quick disclaimer…

Family, I am perfectly fine! Perfectly fine! I had witnesses and a good friend with me! I know what to do if I am in danger! So yes, I’m perfectly fine!

Alright, with that out of the way, here’s a story about how I almost got hit in the face with a stick from a Spanish-screaming madman on the D train going home tonight.

Well, I think that explains the story right there!

Okay, okay, so I got on the train with my friend, saw a guy with a 3-foot stick that looked like he got it off of a tree with a broken branch, ratty clothes, sideways dirty baseball cap, and a look that he was in his own little world.

I was the only person who sat a few seats away from him and while I talked to my friend for the 25+ minute subway ride, I heard him yelling some things towards my direction. A lot of Spanish I didn’t understand, but I just turned my body away from him for most of the ride, talking with my friend.

At times though, he would clearly say something in Spanish at me and, well, my friend and I tried laughing it off. Inside, of course, I was thinking to myself, “please don’t touch me, I don’t want to have to defend myself…” but I played it off calmly because, well, I’m a New Yorker and at this point, crazy stuff happens to me? I protect myself.

However, there came a point where I look down at my NY Rangers jersey I had (customized with my last name on it) and I saw dirt from the softball field I just played on a few hours ago (a win, btw!) on my sleeve.

Almost instantaneously, I heard the madman yell at me, “Sucio! Sucio! Sucio! Sucio! Sucio!" while picking up his stick! For those not in the know, "sucio" means "dirty" in Spanish. As he picks up his stick, he is speaking some more Spanish gibberish and swung his wooden stick slowly and softly at my face, stopping 6 inches away from the tip of my nose.

What did I do?

I looked at the madman, turning my head to face his face and…

I smiled, laughed really loudly, and stood up to sit down at a seat about 10 feet away from him.

He laughed as well and that was that.

Before the last stop, I walked from my end of the subway car to the other end, giving myself some hundreds of feet of space away from the madman.

One onlooker saw me and the entire incident go down and as I looked up to see that the madman was on his own without wanting to charge me or whatever, I looked at her, smiled, and giggled to myself twice.

I got off the subway, laughed once more, saw he wasn’t getting off with me, and went home.

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The last few months have been kinda weird on the subway. Combine this with another incident in which a hysterical man crying and slamming himself against the subway cars tried to pick a fight with me while I was sitting calmly on Super Bowl Sunday going home and… yea.

Yes, that happened: apparently, when we both transferred trains across the platform, I was “supposed” to let him go ahead of me, despite the fact that I waited for him to go initially and he never did. He got close to my face on the new train and confronted me with those pieces of non-sense. When I calmly told him that I gave him space, he then started to hysterical cries, slamming himself against the subway, and proceeded up through the platform outside the subway car doing the same for 10 minutes.

People, man.

It’s NYC though. It’s NYC.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hannibal Buress: It's A Rap : NPR

So, for my 1,000th POST!!!!, I wanted to post a link to the episode I was on with Hannibal Buress since it has gone live on NPR and on iTunes (I believe). My portion was #6 It’s a Rap and, well, with everything edited and cut, it sounded fantastic! There was also a Vulture blog clip that stated Hannibal “schooled” me in old-school rap (HA, please), but since this is live now, a couple of thoughts:

  1. Hannibal was absolutely hilarious on and off stage. We talked a little bit and he seemed to be both a really cool and chill guy… but also, absolutely high off his behind.

  2. The portion was edited to remove the only song I got wrong (Missy Elliott’s “Work It”). Thank you, NPR, for making me sound smarter than I was, ha.

  3. About the Vulture clip, it was claimed that I was “schooled”, but then, got a last-sentence kudos about me sweeping the rap game. Then again, the headline “Hannibal Buress and affable teacher swept NPR game category” wouldn’t work as well. Also, I need to use “affable” in my everyday vernacular now.

  4. Also, it is now ON. Karaoke, possibly Sunday afternoon and so on from there, it is ON.

Thank you to those who made this happen and those who supported me there and afterwards, including YOU, who is reading this right now!

Posted 2 weeks ago

Ugh.

Sore throat mixed with artifact gatherings for the new teacher evaluation system mixed with apathy for said artifacts, despite them being due on Friday and just realizing now that most of them are only gatherable at school (UGH) mixed with a very crazy day at my school.

I’m not even tired, that’s so sad.

Ugh.

Oh well, two more days.

Posted 2 weeks ago

If you’re a baseball fan and you don’t love this song, you’re doing life wrong.

Can’t wait for June, SI Yankee games, and maybe a Cyclones game or two too.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Today has been quite an absurdly crazy day. In the span of one day, I have pre-ordered the new Samsung Galaxy S5, FINALLY purchased renter’s insurance, helped my team win its first softball game of the season (yes, I’m too excited about it!), and most importantly, acquired a new roommate!

Thank you all who were able to help out with the roommate search! Very few things beat getting a new roommate who is friends with someone you know already.

Posted 2 weeks ago
I am in Charlotte, waiting for my flight to NYC. As you can probably tell, I am exhausted. Hard to keep up with the bride and groom as well as all their friends, ha.

Thank you to Al and Chelsea for an incredible wedding and wonderful times hanging out. It was a blast, an absolute blast.

Also, thank you to exhaustive-wit for a fantastic Friday. Maybe next time, we could actually take a picture!

Time to slepzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

I am in Charlotte, waiting for my flight to NYC. As you can probably tell, I am exhausted. Hard to keep up with the bride and groom as well as all their friends, ha.

Thank you to Al and Chelsea for an incredible wedding and wonderful times hanging out. It was a blast, an absolute blast.

Also, thank you to exhaustive-wit for a fantastic Friday. Maybe next time, we could actually take a picture!

Time to slepzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Posted 2 weeks ago

Guess where I’m sitting at? ;-) check more #BriggsWedding2014 pics at my Facebook profile!

Posted 2 weeks ago

A mix of a selfie (with Mariano Rivera’s jersey underneath), gifts to guests (with A League of Their Own themed tissues), and the married couple! #BriggsWedding2014

Posted 2 weeks ago

Me in my hotel lobby, trying to be productive and obviously failing. #BriggsWedding2014

Posted 2 weeks ago

Flip the roles and reversed roles.