hopefully this new address will give me some quiet now. i won’t advertise this blog anymore, and will keep it just for my own – record thoughts and work stuff out.
it appears that i’m being selfish about getting engaged. i want, for just one day, my family to stop and celebrate this event. i feel enraged that i should be scheduling any of this around when they have the time. my sister has some gala ball, and so can’t make it back friday night. it happens every year – why can’t she miss it once? this is only going to happen for me once. now everything is getting stressful – an engagement shouldn’t be like this.
this is happening b/c i’m doing it around everyone else. well – then maybe i should just do it wherever and whenever i want, and everything else will fall into place. i’m stressing about proposing in NY or paris so that it will be romantic and near family – near enough that we can celebrate the day of or within days of the engagement. maybe i’ll do it before paris, not in NY, and not in austin, which would be the logical location. maybe i’ll do it the weekend after the bar – in the event the ring is ready – and we’ll take a weekend getaway to someplace random. quiet, and romantic, and just us. it would be great if we could do atlanta, but there’s no way i can afford a quick jump there, plus hotel and restaurant expenses. maybe there is, i’ll check on that – just add it to my debt.
maybe family is about putting them all ahead of you – of course it is, to a degree. but shouldn’t something as momentous as this be about me?
puerto vallarta was beautiful. we were there for 6 days at the marriott casamagna. the rooms were ocean view, the weather was mid 80’s every day and went down to upper 60’s every night. it was dry, not humid, sunny, great. we went swimming, lounging, and explored the town. i don’t really feel like writing now b/c cingular still has me on fucking hold and i want to strangle somebody.
i’m still on the phone w/ cingular 2 hrs later and they still can’t find the damn account!!!!! AAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
got home to NY 12/20, and it was good to take a break and see my family. i hadn’t seen my sister since the summer, and i hadn’t seen my parents since early sept. good food, and regeneration time!
a few days after i returned home, lauren and i went into the city to visit w/ one of my friends from school who was also in town. we met at her hotel – she managed to snag a suite at the W hotel in times square for $214/night! very nice. we then walked up to the MoMA, which just reopened. i went there to look at the architecture primarily, but was so amazed at the collection that i barely looked at the building! there were a few incredible moments that i can recall, especially this huge window cut out of an interior wall that gave this framed view of a beautiful staircase (if you click on the column of pics in the right frame, you’ll find it), as well as a view down into the atrium from the 5th level.
after a few hours in the museum, lauren and i went to visit my grandmother on the upper west side. it was nice seeing her, which we don’t get to do nearly often enough. after about an 1.5 hours, we then went back to the W, where my sister and others changed while i got some drinks in the lobby bar w/ my old friend ramin, now counsel to the screen actor’s guild. when lauren came down, the three of us walked down to some hole in the wall bar near penn station to meet up w/ brian, tom, and chris. brian i’ve known forever, and tom and chris are old work buddies from ibeam. more drinks…
lauren and i then proceeded to dinner at the brasserie restaurant where we met up w/ lauren derrington again and a bunch of her friends. the brasserie was designed by philip johnson, and is in the seagram building which was designed by mies van de rohe in 1958. diller + scofidio just did the redesign of the brasserie, and was friggin cool. a series of cameras take still shots of you as you enter the restaurant, then display them on a series of lcds that hand above the bar. the entire wall behind the bar has bottles of wine and alcohol on display (sitting on horizontal pedastals), all behind a sheet of frosted glass, and lit up from behind. so you see these fuzzy silhouettes of bottles. the bathroom also had walls of panelite (awesome!) and an orange acrylic sink. it was overall cool. the dinner was delicious and expensive, and then one of lauren derrington’s friends picked up the entire bill. what?! we couldn’t get her to reneg, so we bought her loads of champagne and drinks afterwards when we went to this bar called opal’s.
lauren and i caught a 3something am train back to LI, where we managed to stumble home before crashing…
cingular wireless is beyond horrendous. DO NOT buy cingular phones or services! (sorry, doug). the service is just crap. i’ve had an att gsm phone for about 2 yrs, and i’ve been happy w/ it. cingular looked like they had their act together – granted my opinion was based solely on the successful branding and advertising. good logo, good ads, nice orange color – hey, they seem alright! but NO! i had to migrate my mom and sister’s phones from digital att accounts to new cingular gsm accounts. that’s where the trouble began.
cingular will only work w/ customers by sorting them through location based markets. my mother has a NY #, but my sister has an Atlanta #. despite the fact that both bills are paid in NY by the same person, i could only get my mom the new phone in a store in NY. my sister’s phone had to be bought online b/c she couldn’t get the discount through the store rep, who would only receive commission from a NY phone #. fine, ok. i purchased my mother’s phone, migrated the #, and activated the account. it took 36 hours longer than they claimed for the migration to take full effect, but hey, i could deal w/ that.
i purchased my sister’s phone online. it should have arrived ready to go, w/ the phone # migrated. we left for mexico, and came back a week later w/ the phone waiting. we boot it up and try to activate – her account cannot be located. i get switched from a cingular rep to an att digital rep, who then tells me the # has not been migrated, so i need to speak to a special migration rep. after 40 min on hold, they still have no idea where the account is, and apparently the special migration rep was actually tech support, who can’t really help w/ migration. so now i’m on hold again while she contacts migration. this support is absolutely ridiculous – oh, and did i mention their customer service is only open for 12 hrs every day?! what if you have a problem at 2a w/ your phone? shit out of luck.