Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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What a day.

anathemad says:

Good, bad, both? *keeps fingers crossed*

13th May 2006, 03:46

befny says:

Hope you are well!!!!!!!

13th May 2006, 04:40

Pete says:

Had a wonderful visit. Your presentation was incredible and it was an absolute delight seeing you and hanging out. And that was the best goddamned bloody mary I've evr tasted --imagine that; an alcoholic beverage that can actually sober you up. Sleep soundly tonight, wonderful Avril.

13th May 2006, 04:43

Gael says:

It was great to follow the presentation on moblog, please thank your friends for blogging it for us.
well done.

13th May 2006, 08:19

daz says:


Sleep tight.

13th May 2006, 09:35

teflon says:

Hope it went well!

13th May 2006, 09:45

Geodyne says:

Sleep well, and rest. You really have earned it.


13th May 2006, 10:23

nige says:

glad you got through it :)

nice pic, too.

13th May 2006, 10:32

Viv says:

Well done - a triumphant picture to mark the occasion

13th May 2006, 10:43

Dhamaka says:

great shot

13th May 2006, 10:55

Chenav says:

let's get drunk now.

And some sleep for you after one sleepless year

13th May 2006, 13:34

autumncat says:

Hope everything went well!

13th May 2006, 14:29

yourhermione says:

been worried. hope you are ok.

13th May 2006, 14:36

bronxelf says:

You guys are the best.

I am okay. Im really, really sore and my head hurts, but Im okay. By the time I got to bed I had been awake for 62 hours.

Better living through chemistry, yo.

As for the presentation and stuff I am still sorting it all out. When I can finally get enough brain cells working I will write it all down for you and blog it, but right now my head is still fuzzy and I am still under deadlne for a host of other projects (and to get all my research together and bound).

And now, Im going to take one single afternoon and act like a real person and go watch some movies and eat crappy takeout with a friend.

13th May 2006, 17:56

silar31 says:

Yay for movies and crappy takeout with friends! I'm so glad you are now to the other side of the presentation - and thrilled for you that it went well!

13th May 2006, 18:39

Euphro says:

Enjoy your break, you've earned it :)

13th May 2006, 21:04

Dhamaka says:

hope you enjoyed it/are enjoying it
have fun!

13th May 2006, 21:13

leenah says:

happy "normal" afternoon!!!

hugs darling. :)

13th May 2006, 21:37

bronxelf says:

I did enjoy it. Went to see The Hurricane Magnet and we had takeout Chinese.. There was a half-bald cat, and music and talking and pictures and blood and screaming and a big fight* and laughing and all kinds of fun.

*Stop laughing, Geodyne.

14th May 2006, 16:28

Hurricane Magnet says:

There wasn't enough of any of that (especially the blood, screaming, and violence).

We'll have to try again.

14th May 2006, 16:37

bronxelf says:

Well you know, how it is. A day without blood is a day without sunshine.

You are a deeply, deeply twisted individual. It's one of your finer qualities.


I mean that.


(I did come close to popping you one real good there, though.)

14th May 2006, 16:40

Hurricane Magnet says:

Anytime you think you can go fifteen round with me, you get the first shot free.

But if memory serves correct, you barely survived Round Four last night.

14th May 2006, 16:43

bronxelf says:

Barely survived MY ASS.

You are in SUCH trouble,

14th May 2006, 16:45

Hurricane Magnet says:

Yes dear.


14th May 2006, 16:51

bronxelf says:

So... I assume teaching tomorrow should be interesting, huh?

Let me know how that worked out for you.

14th May 2006, 16:52

Hurricane Magnet says:

Please. That will just increase the value of my stock with the kids sevenfold.

You'll have to try better than that to get more than just mock protest and feigned concern out of me.

14th May 2006, 16:57

bronxelf says:

I love how it's all mock protest and feigned concern now, but it was "you have about three seconds to run" when it happened.


Not buying it, big man. Try again.

14th May 2006, 17:00

beth says:


14th May 2006, 17:03

Hurricane Magnet says:

And you certainly did run, didn't you?

Tough girl, hiding in the dark.


14th May 2006, 17:03

bronxelf says:

Beth -xxx

Hurricane Magnet- BITCH, PLEASE.

1. the lights were ON.
2. I wasn't hiding. I was standing RIGHT THERE, laughing.

What? You having problems getting enough blood to make it all the way up to that brain of yours?

14th May 2006, 17:05

Hurricane Magnet says:

Standing right there, on the far side of the room, and backing up as I walked toward you.

If you had the moxie, you'd have been waiting at the door. Not waiting to get thrown all over the place when I got to you.

14th May 2006, 17:13

bronxelf says:


wait, wait, Im not done.


Why bother coming to you when I KNOW you will already come to me?

14th May 2006, 17:17

Hurricane Magnet says:

Oh, poor baby...

You're in so deep already, aren't you?

14th May 2006, 17:25

bronxelf says:

Spare me.

14th May 2006, 17:27

Dhamaka says:

don't mind me

*sits back and waits for next installment

14th May 2006, 17:36

bronxelf says:

Oh you'd like him, D. He's got nerve, this one.

14th May 2006, 17:37

Dhamaka says:

*rubs hands in anticipation

anything I can do to help out, girlfriend... just let me know

14th May 2006, 17:38

bronxelf says:

I got it covered at the moment, but feel free to torture him yourself if you like.

He's a big boy, he can take it.

14th May 2006, 17:39

Dhamaka says:

I didn't for one minute think that you didn't have it covered, but some things are better shared,


14th May 2006, 17:40

bronxelf says:

Feel free. He deserves nothing less, really.

14th May 2006, 17:40

Dhamaka says:


*gets knuckle dusters, handcuffs and feather duster ready

14th May 2006, 17:41

Hurricane Magnet says:


You're spunky as Hell. And you've got a Hell of a fight in you. But, yeah, owned.

Even the cat knows it.

14th May 2006, 17:45

bronxelf says:

You are way, way too overconfident.

Really. It's cute, though. Endearing. But ultimately going to really backfire on you, my dear sweet little Southern Boy.

14th May 2006, 17:50

bronxelf says:

D- Don't even bother with a feather duster. Just bring out the heavy equipment.

No need to play around with toys for this one, he knows what he's about.

14th May 2006, 17:52

Hurricane Magnet says:

Give it up, elf. At this point you're starting to sound like one of the teachers from a Peanuts holiday special.

"Little." Hh.

14th May 2006, 17:52

bronxelf says:

ooo button hit. I know cause you get cranky. *LOL*

14th May 2006, 17:55

Dhamaka says:

but b'elf,
have you seen what hours of tickling can do to even the hardest 'customer'...

besides which, the only guys who say things like 'owned' are the ones who don't...

HM - xx hehehe

14th May 2006, 18:03

bronxelf says:


He's going to find that when he gets back from his shower.

Oh Im sure it's on, now.

14th May 2006, 18:05

Dhamaka says:

*high 5

14th May 2006, 18:06

bronxelf says:

this is gonna be fabulous.

14th May 2006, 18:06

Hurricane Magnet says:

(Is this the part where I mention I picked up "owned" from the elf, in regard to me?)

Awwwww. Too bad that didn't work. What's next?

14th May 2006, 18:08

bronxelf says:

Arent you sposed to be in the shower?

*cracks you one with a towel*

Get moving.

14th May 2006, 18:09

Dhamaka says:

copying is the sincerest form of flattery HM...

but what's original for one is well... copying for the other

*goes back for chains

14th May 2006, 18:09

Hurricane Magnet says:

The elf is mine. I remain without a controlling influence in the universe other than my own whim. I have the willpower of seven strong men. I can make twenty minute brownies in ten minutes. I rule.

Ummm, D, I'm not ticklish. Not even after hours. But I'm infinitely amused at attempts to break me.

Elf, you keep good company.

I'll give you ladies a few hours to see what the next futile attempt at my degradation should be. I need to be bothered by reality for a while. :)

14th May 2006, 18:33

Dhamaka says:

methinks HM doth protest too much

14th May 2006, 19:36

bronxelf says:

Pegged him in one.

I do admit, he can put up a hell of a fight though.

14th May 2006, 19:44

Dhamaka says:

and I only just realised we should have shut him in the shower

... bit slow here today

14th May 2006, 20:04

Pete(greendalek-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

DAMN, this is gettin' good. Can you pause this? I gotta go make some popcorn.

14th May 2006, 20:54

bronxelf says:

Consider it paused- Sir Looms-a-Lot wandered off into the world in search of foodstuffs and comic books.

I'm sure he will grumpily peek his head out and make more idle threats to uphold his reputation when he returns.

He's such a pussycat.

14th May 2006, 22:09

yourhermione says:

yeah, popcorn here too.

15th May 2006, 01:13

bronxelf says:

No, Popcorn, atm is in deep shit.

15th May 2006, 01:16

Dhamaka says:

btw HM, you keep great company too.

15th May 2006, 06:17

Geodyne says:

I am so sorry I missed this. I was busy doing a bit of subjugation of my own.

*infinitely amused*

15th May 2006, 12:03

bronxelf says:

Well, he *expects* to get abuse from YOU.

15th May 2006, 14:13

Dhamaka says:

b'elf - where has he gone - I've not finished with him yet.

Can't you bully him into getting his own moblog so I can carry on without hijacking your threads..

15th May 2006, 16:22

bronxelf says:

I'll pass that along. One moment.

15th May 2006, 16:23

Hurricane Magnet says:

Currently teaching. Will return soon.

15th May 2006, 16:24

Dhamaka says:

Good to see you're not yet too tired, HM...



15th May 2006, 16:28

bronxelf says:

In this case, he really means it.

It wasn't a euphemism.

15th May 2006, 16:31

Dhamaka says:

I was just wondering how he could be teaching and respond that quickly...


15th May 2006, 16:35

bronxelf says:

Well that was in between his begging me to kill him.

15th May 2006, 16:36

Dhamaka says:

that explains it


15th May 2006, 16:37

bronxelf says:

I'll let him tell you. I am still laughing too hard.

15th May 2006, 16:39

Dhamaka says:

sounds good to me...

15th May 2006, 16:39

bronxelf says:

Besides, if I tell you what he *really* said he may kill me before I ever get to the airport.

15th May 2006, 16:40

Dhamaka says:


I can wait....

15th May 2006, 17:01

Geodyne says:

No, no. You MUST get to the airport.

Besides, how can my reputation have preceded me already?

15th May 2006, 23:18

Hurricane Magnet says:

D, G, elf. I'm back.

Yep, D, teaching. Here's my thing- on Mondays I babysit with the sex ed classes, merely a presence with a teaching certificate to make sure that at least something at the school is done legally, while an uncertified, uneducated, unenlightened cretin misinforms my babies about All Things Sexual. Sometimes what she teaches is incorrect, other times it's opinion passed off as fact, and at all times it's just barely veiled Abstinence Only. Worst of all, she'll teach trying to use the language of the kids (she refuses to simply say "having sex"; she says "Doing the booty." She's even corrected kids, trying to get them to say it.), and the kids not only see right through it but they also despise her for it.


While she's jabbering, I can sit there doing most anything. Today, with the laptop, it was chat online.

What I really said was that if she would call in a bomb threat to the school to save me from having to hear one student give a presentation on yeast infections by interrogating her fifteen year old classmates about their experiences with said affliction I would put on a collar for her. But don't read to much into that. I'd have sucked Buddha's ghost penis to have been spared the residual humiliation of bearing witness to that debacle of a classroom experience.

16th May 2006, 05:53

bronxelf says:

I think I just broke something laughing.

16th May 2006, 05:56

Dhamaka NLI says:

wanna see the collar...

gotta go - my turn to pretend to work

16th May 2006, 07:57

bronxelf says:

Oh don't worry. I have the collar all designed for him already.

He even gets two. *bats lashes*

16th May 2006, 15:26

Dhamaka says:


16th May 2006, 16:26

bronxelf says:

Captain Grumpy made some random idle mutterings about being back to "deal with us" later.


Whatever is he going to do with himself whilst Im out of the country?



Stalk my moblog.

Never mind.

Silly me.

16th May 2006, 17:47

Dhamaka says:


see you soon :D


17th May 2006, 00:53