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October 18, 2010 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm #902836smartcookieMember
BP Totty, your boring shopping spree reminds me of one day when I was in a store where most men wouldn’t come in there with their wives.
I saw a, well, unfortunate couple there and the husband was telling his wife loud enough for others to hear,
“Why am I the only husband to attend to all your shopping needs. Look around, there are no men here only myself!”. He told her next time she should take money from him and go herself.
It was very sad. She just can’t make ANY decision herself.October 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm #902837
That British couple wasn’t entirely off-base, but they were probably confusing two separate stories.
The old London Bridge was disassembled and shipped in pieces to the U.S.
It was reassembled, and now stands in the Arizona desert as a tourist attraction.
John Roebling was German born, but was living in the U.S. for quite a while when the Brooklyn Bridge was designed.
He died before its construction started, and his son, Washington, took over.
Washington Roebling was disabled by the bends early in the bridge’s construction, and the majority of the work was overseen by Washington’s wife.
The bridge is actually overbuilt – the diagonal suspension cables that descend from the towers to the bridge’s deck aren’t needed, but they were added because of fears that the vertical cables which descend from the four main suspension cables wouldn’t provide enough support.
I read somewhere (don’t remember where) that this is the only suspension bridge with both vertical and diagonal cables.
The bridge used to carry both trolley and subway traffic, but the tracks were removed in 1940.
On Chol Hamoed Sukos, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge.
We noticed the building you described with the “curved walls”.
It’s quite striking – it looks like melting wax or chocolate flowing.October 19, 2010 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #902838
.. maybe that couple WAS BP Totty and .. he has a Brittish accent-
No, Blinky, sad to say, my accent is 110% brooklyn. And when I talk fast, it really comes to the surface. Listen to the following exchange, when a motorist gave me the business for not riding in the bike lane (because traffic was too heavy to allow me to cross to the other side of the street, where the lane was:
Ifyoudaletmepass,Idamovedtodabikelane! (one long word, except of the comma, and notice the use of the word “da” in instead of “would have” and “the” .
British? Fuggedaboudit!October 19, 2010 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #902840blueberrymuffinParticipant
Sorry for changing the topic but does anyone know where I can mail a check for the Rubashkin case? I need an address…October 19, 2010 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #902842
NCFJE Pidyon Shivuyim Fund
824 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11213
This address is from an old post off of YNW, or you can check the neighborhood periodicals (Torah Times, Hamodia, Yated) which always carry an ad.October 19, 2010 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm #902843
The following mail address is copied from a fund-raising ad on another frum news site:
Pidyon Shvuyim Fund
53 Olympia Lane
Monsey NY 10952October 19, 2010 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #902844blueberrymuffinParticipant
What happened to the “Cute Things Kids Say” thread?October 19, 2010 8:18 pm at 8:18 pm #902845
Has it been so long since they sold the London Bridge (yes that really happened, Brooklyn Bridge TBD) that British consider the current London Bridge to be “the” London Bridge? Some of us still remember when it was replaced.
And a gift to the US? Ha. When have the British ever given us Yanks a gift? The only one I know of is a bust of Sir W. C., and that has been returned.October 20, 2010 2:38 am at 2:38 am #902846
“When have the British ever given us Yanks a gift?“
Does Mad Cow count?October 20, 2010 3:52 pm at 3:52 pm #902847
It counts, and I retract my accusation.
I thought someone was going to say that they gave us our country. British folk I know tell me (and believe) that after a short period of fighting, the British decided to give the colonists their independence.
Maybe that is related to Mad Cow?October 20, 2010 5:05 pm at 5:05 pm #902848
ICOT- you just reminded me of a joke (i actually posted this in the emails thread already but i looooove it!)
I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some
reason, took my order first. “I’ll have the rump
steak, rare, please.”
He said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?”
“Nah, she can order for herself.” LOLOctober 21, 2010 2:20 am at 2:20 am #902849bh18Participant
to BLUEBERRY MUFFIN: if you still need address or info on rabbi rubashkin, check out the chabad website, SHMAIS.COM. now i’ll go get me some midnight snack! no muffins here thoughOctober 21, 2010 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #902850
Blinky – I know you check this thread, so just in case you did not check the “muffin” thread yet, I posted an apology. (again, sorry.. I did’nt think before posting.
Ok, on to the neis!
Anyone have a spare 60-80 million they are looking to burn? The NY Times has an article today about high end private jets. (a real eye-popper!)
Your neighbors have a fully loaded Lexus? Flies First / Business Class on El Al to EY?
Ha! Tell them that’s for poor schnorrers! Any one worth anything today owns a Jet!October 21, 2010 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm #902851
BP Totty- checked it already, (yeah its veeerrrry unlike you- you will have to change your “never caustic” title)
but it happens to the best of us don’t worry apology accepted:)
If rather be a “schnorrer” if what you posted is true:)
Also i know you read this thread too- can you go to the broken telephone thread and chain it up? (you promised!)October 21, 2010 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #902852
Yes, I was just thinking about the telephone story line. I’m going to print the posts today, and work on it over the next few.
(but seriously, a kallah like yourself DOES deserve a Kleinfeld creation.. b’korov mamash!)October 21, 2010 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #902853
BP Totty- im not a kallah yet! Amen (on the bekarov!)
And good luck on the broken telephone!
p.s. i asked you a question on the muffin thread…?October 21, 2010 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm #902854
Yes, I just saw it and answered it (I think)October 21, 2010 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #902855
I just noticed another interesting building very close to that building. I think the address is 15 Park Place (J & R Music is on the bottom floor). The building has around 30 floors but the top three are two three-floor cupolas at either end of the building.
The bottom floors are offices for J & R, 11 to 26 are apartments, I’m not sure what’s on 27 but floors 28,29 and 30 are the cupolas which are empty. If I had $60-80 million to burn I’d sooner move in to one of the cupolas and just fly first class if I ever need to travel.
This building might have once been the tallest building in the world. If anyone has any way to find out I’d appreciate it.October 21, 2010 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #902856
How funny you should mention that bldg, because the same day that I walked the bridge and saw the wavy bldg, I stopped right in front of that blgd (but was not looking at the bldg, as the reason I stopped was to gawk at a Ferrari parked in front of J and R)
Priorities are priorities…but thanks for the heads up. I’ll look at it again on my next trip to the area!October 21, 2010 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #902857
I walked by that building many times but never noticed what anything above the ground floor looked like.October 22, 2010 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #902858
The wagon is across from the North building againOctober 22, 2010 1:49 pm at 1:49 pm #902859
I’m missing something.October 22, 2010 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm #902860
You need to triangulateOctober 22, 2010 2:24 pm at 2:24 pm #902861
Can you give me the length of two of the sides and the angle between them so I can pinpoint the location of the wagon?October 22, 2010 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm #902862
Well, I thought the North building was a landmark name you were familiar with.
As for the triangulation (based on 3 points of interest that you have mentioned here), the angle is extremely obtuse, as the points almost form a straight line. One of the points is directly across the street from the North building, too.October 22, 2010 2:43 pm at 2:43 pm #902863
Can you be a little more specific? I don’t know what the North Building is.October 22, 2010 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #902864
I don’t think I’m allowed to- site rules.
Let’s just say that I made an assumption about your location based on some of your posts, and I happened to find something very interesting today about that area. I thought that if my assumption was correct you would chap instantly.October 22, 2010 2:55 pm at 2:55 pm #902865
Can you give it a try? Can you explain what “the wagon” is?October 22, 2010 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #902866
I’ll try this. You posted about a plane which lies almost directly between two cupolas and a ferry. I assumed that you are in a position to see the plane.
ETA: Not a “plane” in the mathematical sense.October 22, 2010 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #902867
From the position that I’m in I can only see the ferry. I do pass the cupolas on a regular basis but I don’t see the building with a plane on top on a regular basis.
Did I miss the wagon?October 22, 2010 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #902868
Nope, still there.October 22, 2010 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #902869
You missed me though.October 22, 2010 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm #902870
Can you explain what the wagon is?
Is it worth passing by on my way home?October 22, 2010 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #902871
As long as none of us “fall off the wagon”!
But that’s not why I’m here today. Wanna see how bad $$$$ can get spent? NY Times has a story today about a British Navy stealth sub, with all the latest and greatest techno-gadgets, yet for one reason or another, it ran aground and is stuck in a mud bank. (in full view from the river bank, I might add)
And we flip over a $5 hammer and $30 toilet seat? By comparison, our Govt looks pretty good right now!October 26, 2010 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm #902872
Ok Sac, tell us the truth. Are you a teen, or the PARENT of a teen? That’s my way of paying you a compliment. The 1st post you amde on the “typical teen” thread was so insightful and so powerful, it just floored me.
OK, I know you’re a teen, but wow, you sure have your head on straight! Consider a carrear in chinuch. You could change the world.October 26, 2010 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #902873
It was this week, 29 years ago, that a Russian submarine named Whiskey ran aground in Sweden.
Just thought I’d share it with you.October 26, 2010 2:37 pm at 2:37 pm #902874
LOL. I will divulge my age *drum roll* ….. I am 23.
Funny that you say I should go into Chinuch, a lot of my family is in Chinuch actually. I prefer not to corrupt the youth 😉October 26, 2010 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #902875
Are you talking about the wavy building that is under construction near City Hall?October 26, 2010 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #902876
Sac – I just saw your post on the “Ben torah” thread, and saw your age. That explains alot. At 23, you’re mature enough to have an idea of where you’re headed, yet still young enough to be in tune with today’s reality on the ground.
Sorry for having underestimated your age. Its not every day I come across skirted sports fans in their 20s.
At any rate, what I said about your “typical teen” post still stands. Very passionate and very well written.October 26, 2010 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #902877
That’s one of the buildings I was referring to, I’m not sure which post you’re talking about.October 26, 2010 8:55 pm at 8:55 pm #902878
Thats ok, a lot of people do (I get carded every time I want to buy a lotto… 😉
Truth is I used to be a bigger fan, now I’ve settled down a bit in that regard. Now I just keep up enough in case I happen to date a crazed fan and (mainly) so I can take my younger brother to games and not be bored to tears.
Thanks for the compliment!October 26, 2010 9:35 pm at 9:35 pm #902879
Glad to see you’re in a good mood, Sac, becuase I want to hold your feet to the fire for a minute.
The “ben torah” thread has gotten a bit noisy, so I’m not going to post there, but seriouly, can you really expect to meld “la vida loca” with that of a torah household? True, adults can draw fine and even sometimes fuzzy lines between what’s right and what’s not.
Kids, (which you will I”H have) cannot draw those same conclusions. If I have acheived any degree of success in raising my kids, its been this: They see a consistant picture. No, I don’t walk around with blinders, nor do my kids. But to say that movies are a mesh with torah? Gee, that’s a stretch.
At any rate, don’t discount what I said about you and chinuch. Now more than ever before, we need teachers that are on fire.October 26, 2010 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm #902880
Doc P –
I’m still trying to figure out the “plane and wagon” riddle that Squeak tossed out last week.
Any ideas?October 26, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm #902881
Somehow my “Frum” posts get lost in my “Heretical” ones. 😉
I said so many times that I DO NOT want TV/Movis in my house. I also mentioned in a different post (a while back) that I want my children to grow up with every advantage both materialistic AND (more importantly) spiritual, this means alleviating any doubts I may have had from the get go. I want them to grow up in a house where they are ALWAYS sure where they have NO doubts and where they are always excited to be a Yid. I know that may seem ideallistic, but that is my dream.
I know I came in in middle of a conversation somewhere…
That building is the Beekman Tower (now called 8 Spruce Street)
Another masterpiece by the amazing Frank Gehry (whos work I adore)October 26, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm #902882
We’re talking about the same building. The one that was discussed a few weeks ago was the one by Frank Gehry, but I thoiuht its only visible from the Bklyn Bridge (unless you’re right in front of it).
But I would imagine the wavy effect is best seen from a distanceOctober 26, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm #902883
It can be seen from all over the City Hall area.October 27, 2010 1:37 am at 1:37 am #902884
Thank you for the “how to set up links” offer on the “mazel tov” thread, but (for once) that’s something I already know how to do.
I mostly stopped using hyperlinks and began posting the actual URLs when this site’s stylesheet made hyperlinked text indistinguishable from regular text – this makes the actual link too easy to miss.
The “Whiskey” was a class of Soviet sub – the actual name of the sub that ran aground was the Vodka.
?October 27, 2010 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #902886
I can only try-
I was just teasing you- making a reference to the comment about teaching new tricks to old dogs.October 27, 2010 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #902887
“la vida loca”- is that really what you think of her choices? That lumps you with the fire and brimstone crowd.
Re: The wagon- I was in an area that I thought might contain our Doc (think of a Venn diagram). I stumbled across something that was unusual (at least, to me it was) and I thought he might be able to find it based on my vagueries.October 27, 2010 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm #902888
Sorry Squeak – you lost me on the wagon. And as far as the La vida comment, belive me, I’m hardly the one to spoil a good party.
But kids do need to see consistancy, and get mixed messages when they see otherwise, so that’s why I brought it up., It was just an expression.
Besides, I’m not even sure if most people know who Ricky is, anyways, so the comment probably passed without a ripple
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