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

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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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I dont know how well this is going to show up, it's not that clear a shot.
But several years ago an enormous 3 leafed clover was painted on the street
here. I pass it when I walk home from 238th st. It is, in fact a rather
Irish neighborhood.
13th May 2005, 17:52   | tags:

Euphro says:

I can see it :) Sad. Really sad.

13th May 2005, 17:56

Euphro says:

As in "sad" in an ironic UK sense :)

13th May 2005, 17:57

bronxelf says:

I think it was painted for St. Patrick's Day. Occasionally it will be repainted. That little neighborhood has been pretty Irish for as long as I can remember. (I dont know how Irish that really is-- Ive never been to Ireland. It's just a relative statement based on observation.) But there's a lot of Irish immigrants up here. This is well within a mile of my house.

13th May 2005, 17:59

Euphro says:

It's only natural to want to group together, I suppose, but personally not something I would choose :)

13th May 2005, 18:00

bronxelf says:

Everyone seems friendly enough. :) My section of The Bronx is pretty quiet.

It's weird though. There's *literally* like... *counting*

5 or 6 "Irish" bars within about 8 blocks right there.

13th May 2005, 18:01

Euphro says:

The bars would make sense. There is a place called Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan. The population is about 160, but there are 23 bars :) Friendly doesn't surprise me either. You can definitely say that about my countrypersons :)

13th May 2005, 18:04

bronxelf says:

There's some places that just get amusing though. On 2d avenue there's the Telephone Bar and Grill which is definitely English, and there's an Irish place, so help me, right next door. It gets entertaining when it's soccer season.

Edit: http://www.telebar.com/

That's the website for Telephone. I like it there. The food is good. :)

13th May 2005, 18:06

leenah says:

piping up from Boston area, where irish bars are very plentiful.

we have a few of those 'shipped over' bars, the kind somebody bought in ireland and sent over here to restore. and there's one disney irish bar in cambridge, w/ so much fake irish crap it's kinda scary.

i prefer the home grown irish bars. they look good, and if i'm lucky they have murphy's AND guinness on tap. i prefer murphy's. and the staff is usually all irish. handsome people.

13th May 2005, 18:59

crickson says:

Are there any English districts? And if not, why not, goddamnit!?

13th May 2005, 19:34

bronxelf says:

You know I dont know of any? Irish, yes. English? No. In fact I *rarely* run into anyone English *at all*, and generally they're just here on holiday.

I don't know why that is.

More of you need to come here. :)

Or I need to visit there. Or something.

13th May 2005, 19:36

crickson says:

Right, I'll have to found a little ethnic area, with rough pubs, and pie shops, and soccer riots.

13th May 2005, 19:38

bronxelf says:

Sounds like fun to me. Though I cant imagine getting that riled over Soccer.

However... I am sure Mike would disagree.(he's a goalkeeper.)

13th May 2005, 19:40

crickson says:

You'll get riled when some tattooed bint glasses you.

13th May 2005, 19:44

bronxelf says:

okay, so tell me, what does "glasses you" entail?

(and if you say this has anything to do with me being hit in the face by ANYTHING, youre right. There would be a very, very quick response to that.)

13th May 2005, 19:46

crickson says:

It's when a broken pint glass is pushed in your face, normally to the sound of a drunken "stitch that!"

13th May 2005, 19:50

bronxelf says:


*sports tattoos of her own* Ha.


13th May 2005, 19:50

bronxelf says:

AHAHAHAHAHAAH. Holy shit there would be fucking *warfare*

*cant stop laughing*

Wait. Wait.

*picks self off floor*

Wait. *sends link to this to IRL friend*

Who cares this much about fucking *soccer*. Or about ANY sport. Dude. It's fucking SOCCER. *LMAO* I was MARRIED to a fucking keeper and I dont get it. *LMAO*

*shakes head*

13th May 2005, 19:52

crickson says:

As a kid I worked in lots of the East London / West Essex drinking pits, I rather miss them now. They were cetainly colourful. Mostly red when the cleaner had the following morning off.

13th May 2005, 19:54

bronxelf says:

Sounds like fun. :)

I always miss the good bar fights. :(

13th May 2005, 19:55

crickson says:

Actually, I've never really gotten people's obsession with soccer either, but then I like rallying which isn't to everyone's taste. Each to his/her own, I suppose.

We did get some proper football violence one year when England dropped out of some international cup, luckily all the combustible material had been removed before the game...

before you ask, the spirits were routinely watered down.

13th May 2005, 20:00

yourhermione says:

Yes, "stitch that" is what they would have to do in the emergency room to put the poor doofus who thought to glass Bronxelf, back together.

The spatter pattern would seriously change the decor. I'm not so fond of blood in my Guinness, either.

13th May 2005, 20:00

bronxelf says:

I just dont get soccer, period, despite having married a keeper. I grew up in the city. We didnt play soccer here. People do *now*, but they didn't then.

When I used to go to Mike's games I used to bring needlepoint and just stitch till the game was over. I just don't get it. *shrug*

13th May 2005, 20:02

bronxelf says:


Well you know, it's all very Pollack-esque .And I like red...


13th May 2005, 20:03

crickson says:

Well, it's good that you'd have everything you need to repair your / your attacker's face.

13th May 2005, 20:05

bronxelf says:

crickson: You were saying something about pie?

13th May 2005, 20:06

crickson says:

Mmmm... pie.

13th May 2005, 20:06

bronxelf says:

I respond *very* poorly to being hit in the face.

It gets ugly very quickly.

13th May 2005, 20:07

bronxelf says:

not that it's the same thing but I made a shepherd's pie large enough to feed most of England for Thanksgiving.

13th May 2005, 20:08

crickson says:

Shepherds pie is a wonderful thing.

13th May 2005, 20:12

bronxelf says:

13th May 2005, 20:13

crickson says:


13th May 2005, 20:14

bronxelf says:

It almost needed a forklift to get it out of the oven. The thing was HUGE.

I have a good recipe. :) There were only five of us. that could have *easily* fed 20 or more.

13th May 2005, 20:15

crickson says:

Call the Guinness BOR people, I think we have a winner!

13th May 2005, 20:17

bronxelf says:


Who knew?

Ive had that recipe for years. Sometimes I make little individual ones so you can freeze it and reheat whenver you need a good meal.

I just dont have much reason to cook like that very often. The cats don't eat *quite* that much.

13th May 2005, 20:20

Arkadeis says:

The Tubby Bitch could totally eat that much.

13th May 2005, 21:51

bronxelf says:

No, not even The Tubby Bitch could do it. That thing was heavier than he is.

13th May 2005, 22:05

bronxelf says:

NIce. :D

13th May 2005, 22:24