Remember these brave men in the fire house next door to my east village apt
the dust covered people walking home in shock
running to the blood banks to see if our blood type is what they wanted…
stuffing socks in the window corners to keep smoke from entering our apt
the deafening silence but for sirens and engines …
of mobile mortuaries..
and how all of New York City became brothers
and sisters…
helping one another.

Queen Anne Day Photographs


Saturday was nugget heaven during the Queen Anne Day festivities…


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Dad scored some balloons for later…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-23

Queen Anne Ave before the running of the bulls…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-27

The local Presbyterian Churchchattergoldstudiosqueenanne-29

And who doesn’t love some Papa Smurfchattergoldstudiosqueenanne-39

Shopping the sidewalk sales…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-40 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-41

Most of the festivities occurred at the Community Center…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-38

Love this photo of a little girl coming out of the Bounce House…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-15

All the local nuggets seemed to have the time of their lives.  Then again, it is the bounce house, c’mon!

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Crafts are fun…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-13 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-12 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-11

Cute nuggets were everywhere…chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-7 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-8 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-10 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-9 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-6 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-5 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-4 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-3 chattergoldstudiosqueenanne-2

Queen Anne Day photographs. Festivities began early morning and lasted through the evening, ending with a “Running With the Bulls” -which in reality, were people running with dogs dressed as bulls or paper maché bulls. Good clean fun.

Be Patient, Be Still, Be Safe, Boston. (Photo Credit: The Illuminator)

Be Patient, Be Still, Be Safe, Boston.  (Photo Credit:  The Illuminator)

Many emotions run through me as I watch what happens in Boston. Anyone who was in New York during 9/11 is more than likely, having flashbacks.
The fear, the anxiety, the sadness… and the stillness. The stillness of waiting to see who, what, where, and when you can leave your apartment safely. When will this end? When will we not have to worry?

And now Day 2 is upon us. I remember how confusing everything was the day after 9/11…still processing what had happened and where we were going from there as smoke flew by my window from the twin towers. Day 2 was a lot to process and what changed me. All one can do is be patient, be still…and be safe, Boston. Stop watching the news. A brighter day is on the horizon.

Things Aren’t What They Used To Be

St.Patrick’s day in Boca Raton has changed since I was in college.  Instead of my capturing the calm before the storm, I captured the calm before the calm.  Boca definitely changed during the thirteen years I was in New York.  St.Patricks is shockingly… mellow now.

I did, however, capture some photos of all this maturity…and some pretty ones, too.  Enjoy.

12:30 St.Patrick’s Day Boca Raton Pub Check Report


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As promised, the party has begun.  The street is blocked off and there are some delicious plates of cabbage and corned beef populating the tables.  People and dogs are dressed in full green regalia.  There’s a bright green classic car to punctuate the event and in true form, I suspect many of the patrons have been there since last night.  The bag pipes aren’t there yet…and I didn’t notice a dunk tank.  Perhaps that’s to come.

The Black Rose
They were still setting up when I walked by but there are a few drinkers partaking in libations.  I suspect this will be quite packed in a few hours.


Still setting up.  It’s looking good, though.  Some people are beginning to meander in.

Wishing Well

Nothing really happening yet.  They’re setting up.  The only patrons I saw were two girls with green dresses.   I’m sure my 5:00pm check in will provide a completely different scene.

Enjoy, be safe, and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

St. Patrick’s Day Port-o-Potty Check


I just wandered around Royal Palm Place in Boca to get a look at St.Patrick’s Day preparations.  It’s quiet, people are slowly starting to meander around in their green,the tents are up, and more importantly, the port-o-potties are out.  Everyone is preparing…(though the party is already in full swing in Delray Beach).


I’m sure the mayhem will ensue tomorrow, and in preparation for when it does, here’s the skinny on some of my favorite Irish pubs in Boca, all centered around Royal Palm Plaza area in “downtown” Boca…and a port-o-potty report so you can be prepared.

First stop is O’Brian’s.  Start your day at O’Brian’s with “Kegs & Eggs” at 7:30am.  They will have 80 kegs ready for you and a full on block party with live bands, DJ’s, a full dunk tank, bag pipes, and apparently, three tractor trailers of green beer.  Sadly, I see no port-o-potties thus far but that’s okay, because we’re moving onto…

The Wishing Well

When I was in college, this was usually the first stop on our  bar crawl.  The parking lot would be full of hundreds of people saturating themselves with green beer and Guinness from the many kegs they have outside.  Smells of corned beef and cabbage infiltrate even the drunkest nostril. If you didn’t grab your Irish breakfast at O’Brian’s, then you should grab some corned beef & cabbage here.

The usual tent is up and they are relatively prepared with four port-o-potties in the parking lot.  Good thinking, Wishing Well, good thinking.


And now we move onto Holloway’s.   I love this place not only because the owner actually IS Irish (rare in Boca), but it reminds me of my old faithful in Manhattan,McCormack’s (now closed, sadly).  Live Irish music and DJ’s will be playing. If you can score a seat at the bar, it means you probably haven’t left that spot since the night before-it’s near impossible to get a seat in there on St.Pat’s. But that’s okay, most of the party will be in the parking lot, anyway.  There, you will find two port-o-potties other than the bathrooms inside.

And last, but not least, my local… The Black Rose.  I love this place and always close the night out here.  They have a large back patio area reminiscent of an
Irish biergarten, if there is such a thing.


I noticed no port-o-potties here so schedule your bathroom stops accordingly.  Drink up, buttercup.  It’s going to be a long day…and yes, I will have my camera.