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to travel on an exploding train…

July 24, 2006 Leave a comment

when i was 16, i went on a ‘teen tour’ (summer 1994) where a bunch of kids boarded a coach bus and toured and camped the western US. it was pretty amazing to see how beautiful and incredibly large this country is, especially at such a young age. this post is not about that summer.

a few wks after we had all returned home, one kid called a reunion at his parents’ house in the hamptons. hoo-ha. it was the first time that i traveled unsupervised, so it was pretty exciting (also the fact that we were going to party on the beach in the hamptons). it was only a 2 hour train ride on the LIRR, but i was going by myself, so it was extra cool. of course my mom was overprotective and worried something would happen.

i boarded the train at valley stream, i believe, b/c i’d have had to switch at jamaica if i had left from cedarhurst. everything was moving along swimmingly, the train was chugging along, i was staring out the window and thinking about seeing my friends, when all of a sudden a woman opened the door and rushed in from the next car over. she ran past me, but i didn’t think anything of it b/c people move between cars all the time. then a conductor came back with her and went into the car from whence came the woman. a minute later he returned and fetched a second conductor. at this point i obviously knew something was up. as they stood next to me in the aisle, they conversed somewhat intensely for a moment about making an emergency stop – say what?! that’s when i noticed smoke starting to come in through the open door. then fireball exploded under the train.

flames shot out from under the train and licked the windows. smoke poured out leaving a trail of black soot in its wake. i’m pretty sure i saw something fly out from under the train. that was pretty much all the conductors needed to see. they pulled the cord, we screeched to a halt, and they herded everyone to the far end of the train. fire trucks rushed to the scene and fireman ran down the tracks to extinguish the train. we had to deboard the train right on the tracks and walk a little bit to get to the babylon station, where we were rescued 2 hours later by an alternate train which finally go us to the hamptons.

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train explosion

December 8, 2005 Leave a comment

when i was 16, i went on a ‘teen tour’ (summer 1994) where a bunch of kids boarded a coach bus and toured and camped the western US. it was pretty amazing to see how beautiful and incredibly large this country is, especially at such a young age. this post is not about that summer.

a few wks after we had all returned home, one kid called a reunion at his parents’ house in the hamptons. hoo-ha. it was the first time that i traveled unsupervised, so it was pretty exciting (also the fact that we were going to party on the beach in the hamptons). it was only a 2 hour train ride on the LIRR, but i was going by myself, so it was extra cool. of course my mom was overprotective and worried something would happen.

i boarded the train at valley stream, i believe, b/c i’d have had to switch at jamaica if i had left from cedarhurst. everything was moving along swimmingly, the train was chugging along, i was staring out the window and thinking about seeing my friends, when all of a sudden a woman opened the door and rushed in from the next car over. she ran past me, but i didn’t think anything of it b/c people move between cars all the time. then a conductor came back with her and went into the car from whence came the woman. a minute later he returned and fetched a second conductor. at this point i obviously knew something was up. as they stood next to me in the aisle, they conversed somewhat intensely for a moment about making an emergency stop – say what?! that’s when i noticed smoke starting to come in through the open door. then fireball exploded under the train.

flames shot out from under the train and licked the windows. smoke poured out leaving a trail of black soot in its wake. i’m pretty sure i saw something fly out from under the train. that was pretty much all the conductors needed to see. they pulled the cord, we screeched to a halt, and they herded everyone to the far end of the train. fire trucks rushed to the scene and fireman ran down the tracks to extinguish the train. we had to deboard the train right on the tracks and walk a little bit to get to the babylon station, where we were rescued 2 hours later by an alternate train which finally go us to the hamptons.

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a gem of joy that surfaced from studio today, thou…

October 1, 2004 Leave a comment

a gem of joy that surfaced from studio today, though, was my discovery of a new term – urban coral. i’m very proud that i created this term. it has so many branches available for exploration. who knows what urban coral is? it will describe so many things! coral lives in a state of delicate equilibrium; it is varied and beautiful; it is always unique; it should not be disturbed, but if it is, a new coral will evolve amidst the debris of the old; it may not be taken away from its home – if it does, it may either die or be irrevocably altered, and the same goes for the reef from which it was taken. the beauty of coral should be captured in your mind, and taken with you from place to place. it is a jewel to be marveled and interacted with, but not destroyed.

and so i’ve bought my first cool URL, http://www.urbancoral.com, which at some date unbeknownst to me will become the hub of all my online activies. my 2 journals (this one, and my other one on architectural musings), as well as my portfolio will be located there. i will also explore just what it is that urban coral means.

so i’m not really sure why i remembered this today…

September 22, 2004 Leave a comment

so i’m not really sure why i remembered this today, but its one of those random memories that show up out of nowhere. it’s a pretty distinct memory, and i knew as it occurred that i would always remember it – b/c as it happened it actually felt like a memory. i felt like i was in the wonder years – i could just hear the old fred savage (or me) voicing over how that day at camp i took a shower after dinner, put my sunglasses on, and strolled over to the tetherball courts. it felt like a memory b/c the sunglasses seemed foggy around the edges – just like on tv. it turned out they had just fallen into a bowl of peas at dinner.

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Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?!

June 11, 2004 Leave a comment

i love finding old songs from my past – like old cheesy childhood songs. but i’m talking about good pop songs by one-hit wonders – these songs are really just fun to listen to. what prompted this? WHO’S JOHNNY? by El DeBarge, which you may all remember from the movie Short Circuit. My associated memories w/ this song include roller skating at Hot Skates birthday parties (a memory also particularly linked w/ the Ghostbusters theme song).

Now, why the video for Who’s Johnny? was filmed in a courtroom is a little beyond me. Apparently the song is a pop love song, the video is about a convict, and the it’s in a movie about a smack-talking robot. go figure.

Categories: haha, memories, music

on Vaio, Reagan, and hot water.

June 11, 2004 Leave a comment

and, as i’m waiting for my lovely little bitch computer – i love you, laptop, i really do, but you have so many freakin problems – to complete it’s virus scan, i think i’ll post again w/ a few tidbits that have occurred in the past day or so.

watched reagan’s funeral on nbc this morn. also on cbs, abc, and fox – the wb graciously didn’t interrupt their scheduled jerry springer marathon. i was 10 yrs old by the time reagan left office, so i remember growing up w/ reagan in office. i’m not particularly political, so i won’t bash him for this policy or that – despite some of them being pretty screwy. but i definitely liked him as a person from afar. i don’t think it’s hard to agree w/ all this schmaltzy ‘reagan was a good person, i love him’ stuff. he really did exude an amiability that none of the presidents since have displayed. the former canadian PM eulogy and british PM thatcher’s eulogy i thought were particularly eloquent. i didn’t feel that either of the Bush eulogies really displayed any warmth – at least the elder bush didn’t seem to, despite his getting choked up. the younger bush had some good speech writers on this one, but that didn’t seem to help the fact that he’s an imbecile and can’t speak in public anyway.

went to a forum on solar hot water heating yesterday, hoping it would impart some knowledge useful for the solarD house. it didn’t. as a matter of fact, it seemed like a hippie gathering. the first guy to speak was from a company called AET. no joke – this guy spoke as if he were an eighth grader giving his very first public appearance before the US Congress. he stammered, he faultered, he sweated bullets, he repeated himself, and he didn’t say ANYTHING about his company’s products. the only thing i learned was that AET believed strongly in using drain-back systems (which means that when the outdoor temp goes below freezing, or the water quality is bad, the system detects it and stops circulating and heating water). well, any solar hot water system that is in an area where either of these items might be an issue should have something like this installed, so AET isn’t bringing anything revolutionary to the market. really, this guy spoke for 20 minutes and said nothing. then the second guy to speak actually could speak in front of crowds. unfortunately, he too said absolutely nothing about HIS company’s product. his speech was a brief history in solar hot water heating dating back to 1890, and a pat on the back that solar hot water heating will save the environment. i got up and left at that point.

jeeps are ‘safe’

March 29, 2004 1 comment

several of you who actually know me may be aware of my jeep crash ‘incident’. it goes something like this: senior year of high school, some years ago now, it snowed a lot. the white shit just wouldn’t stop falling. so one night, the eve of a friend’s departure to study abroad for a few months as i remember, i convinced my parents that letting me drive the jeep would be safer since it had just snowed a fresh foot. of course we all know that a jeep isn’t safer if you drive like an idiot, but hey, i was a responsible kid, right? so after the big going away dinner party, at which two in attendance got into the most ridiculous fight (followed w/ taunts such as “i’ll kick your ass” “oh yeah? i’m gonna call my brother, and his friends are gonna kick your ass” “oh yeah, well i’m gonna call yun-soo and he’s gonna get his asian gang to slash your face!”), i decided it would be fun to take the jeep off-roading through the fresh snow on the parking lot at north woodmere park. 2 friends, who for their sake shall remain nameless, rode w/ me and in fact videotaped the fateful event that snowy eve. all prepped, tape rolling, we inserted the indiana jones cd. the music starts, and your cue is to now download the video and let it speak for itself. mind you – there is no dubbing, no syncing, all audio you hear is how it occurred.


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