December 6th, 2010

Solid Gelt

Vampire Hanuka.

Yesterday afternoon I (finally!) attended my new member orientation for Park Slope Food Co-op. It was over by around 6:00 pm, but I wasn't meeting aaronbenedict until around 8:00 for the Steelers game (go Steelers! Woo!), so I had some time to kill in the neighborhood.

While walking toward the bar, I passed a Barnes & Noble. I'd been looking for a 2011 datebook, and since I had the time, I figured I'd stop in and see what they had in stock. I'd never been to this particular Barnes & Noble before, and I took a wrong turn on my way to the calendars. Pretty soon I found myself in the "Teen Paranormal Romance" section. I was immediately approached by a Lubavitcher lady, intent on Jewing me up.

Transcript of our conversation (as told to sabotabby):

HER: Can I ask you a question?
ME: Sure.
HER: Are you Jewish?
ME: Yes.
HER: Do you need a menorah?
ME: No.
HER: Have you lit the menorah?
ME: Not tonight.
HER: Do you need candles?
ME: No.
HER: Oh, well can I give you [some religious tract -- I forget what it was called]?
ME: No.
HER: How about [something featuring the word "Moshiach"]?
ME: No.
HER: A [some other piece of religious dreck], then?
ME: No.
HER: Oh, well, OK.

I can't decide which I think is more odd: That there is such a thing as the "Teen Paranormal Romance" section, or that that's where the Lubavitcher ladies troll for converts.
Statue of Liberty

Writer's Block: Television! Is there anything it cannot do?

What is the best new TV series of 2010?


The only new show that I've gotten into at all is Blue Bloods. I like the way they use New York as a backdrop -- and not just Manhattan for a change! Two weeks ago the episode spent a bunch of time on the Newkirk Avenue stop on the 2 train, and the Flatbush neighborhood in general. It was weird (for me) to watch a TV show that was talking about places that I could walk to.