Friday, April 16, 2010

Food Network, Oyster 3.0, MY NEW BAND, some modeling

So, I had a lot of free time, and then, suddenly, I didn't any more.

A week or so ago I shot what should be the first episode of the new season of  24 hour Restaurant Challenge for The Food Network. It should start airing in July in the timeslot after "New Food Network Star". I will probably come across as a more than slightly disgruntled patron even though it was a pretty fun time. I did sign a confidentiality agreement-  so I can't release all the dirty details until my episode airs. But then, I will divulge EVERYTHING.

Oyster/Orster/Easter 3.0 took place at my friend Mandi's apartment this year.

On Mandi's blog (link posted above) just past some info on the fabulous 10th birthday party for Sunil's daughter, Marlon, you can see some pics of Angela and Mandi on their bikes during the party planning afternoon  and  the ever popular easter egg decoration segment of Oyster. Despite locking ourselves out of the apartment twice,  everyone had a grand old time! I made some punch out of various juices and rum in a giant bowl and brought my doritos/kettlecorn combo which seems to be mandatory these days.

Also, I  joined a band, YOUR CROOKED NEIGHBOUR. We recorded parts of a few songs last weekend. It was weird  to hear my voice but really great in the end. I really love singing. The people involved in the band are all such great musicians and people. I am really proud of the stuff we have recorded so far. As soon as our songs are online I will tell you where to find them!

Below is the W. H. Auden poem our  band name comes from:

As I Walked Out One Evening

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry
Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,
Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror?
O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on

I've been filling my free time with resume sending sprees, interviews and modeling gigs with hair salons and a cool make-up studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. God, it's pretty down there. Afterwards, I take the time to walk back into the city over the Brooklyn bridge. The view of the harbor is amazing from the bridge. The main thing I miss about my corporate job, besides my coworkers, is getting to look out over the harbor every day.

More soon, I promise.

See Y'all

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