went out with my friends on Saturday night to engage in the usual “celebratory” affairs. There’s never anything to celebrate but there’s always a reason to drink.
Since nobody wants to be designated driver anymore, we ended up taking the bus, even in the extremely harsh conditions of very heavy rain.
Our friend was late so we decided to go to a McDonald’s to eat and test our chances at Monopoly time at McDonald’s .. (so far all i’ve won is a small soft drink )
A homeless looking man came in and started to ask if anyone wanted to buy postcards. He was harmless and just wanted a burger. He ignored our table (when four people are sharing a box of chicken McNuggets , you know they don’t have any money) and approached a table directly behind us. The “dad” at that table immediately said, “Leave us alone alright, it’s a family affair,” and he subsequently added “it’s someone’s birthday.”
The post-card man then said in an extremely nice tone, “Happy Birthday” then he walked off muttering loudly, “who has a birthday at a McDonald’s? A family affair? Pfftt”
Yeah that family was dicks.
Then later on the homeless man came around again to get his stuff, and the woman at the table said, “Hey look, we just want to set our boundaries,”…
UGH…what what what? i don’t know, i just felt like that whole table of people are super self important, jeezzzz that story wasn’t entertaining?
i think it’s one of those things that you have to be there for. I’m fairly sure everyone else that over-heard that conversation at the Mcdonalds sides with the post-card man. You just don’t act like a dick from the get go, you act like one if someone else is a dick first.
Then we went and drank our life savings away at Suika
One thing that I realized beside the fact that there are more and more izakayas in vancouver is that they are becoming better and better produced. Instead of independently owned bars and eateries, they are owned by a large company of some sort that oversees the production of many. They all seem charming and unique in their own way when they are owned and produced by a company. I am not complaining, it’s just something that I noticed.
Anyways, it was our first time going to Suika, and it wasn’t nearly as busy since we showed up at 9…make that 930. Lately, I feel exhausted by 10, so getting to the main event AT 9 something makes me feel extremely old. I know that people don’t START clubbing until like 10 or 11. Like how what who what where when?
We started slow, but eventually a lot of appetizers and dimmed lighting led us to something called PARTY SIZE SAKE.
which is a 1.8 L of sake that doesn’t taste good. I think the only reason we ordered it was because we were drunk and the mere size of the bottle was interesting.
I left around 1 am and they kept at it, I don’t know what happened after but I’m sure they continued to have fun without me. My drinking bill lately has been too big and too bloated. I owe everyone money and been having too much fun.
Here’s a promise that I’m making to myself.
I’ll have a (self published electronic) short story collection out by December 31st.
It’ll be well edited and well written, I sort of promise. A promise to myself anyway
btw who wants to do my cover design?
MoMA was great, even though it was crowded the Friday that I went, it was still fantastic.
There was a lot of good modern art and bullshit modern art.
Like the completely white canvas, which I did take a picture of…
I have a huugeee headache / life crisis so I am just resizing photos as to feel productive anyways, in due time
* = denotes my favorite works
this is a huge photo post so everything’s under the cut
I never even knew this museum existed until I saw an ad in the subway for the keith haring exhibit. And upon arrival, yeah it’s pretty empty…..
This museum is by donation and has about five levels of art and artifacts, though i would come here for the art rather than the artifacts. In the grand hall, the Russian painters really exhibited a sort of grandness in their paintings about snow and oceans. There is or was an exhibition about Rodin or a sculptor that had something to do with Rodin, i don’t actually remember, sorry.
The museum is also right next to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, so if you’re strapped for time, you can definitely do both of these in the same day. There are restaurants near by but I didn’t get a chance to eat near there.
There is FREEEE!!! wi-fi at this museum!!!!! There are also QR codes everywhere that would directly lead you to a corresponding wiki website. There’s a tumblr called Pictures of people scanning QR codes. And i know what you must be thinking, well just go there and you’ll get it…
I am very systematic about museum visits because I would hate to miss a gallery or exhibition because i was sloppy about it. But i went straight up for the Keith Haring exhibit first and then winded downstairs for each successive floor. The first time that I came in contact with his art work was four years ago in Japan at a Uniqlo because they were selling UT graphic shirts in collaboration with Keith Haring as well as another artist that has a name that starts with a B, who is French..i think.
The exhibition isn’t very big but it felt complete. There were videos of Haring doing his large scale drawings. He did them fast with music in the background, and probably without much thought, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all.
There was this room that you could draw your own….
This is one, the rabbit one, oh yeah not very creative i’m sorry.
I really enjoyed the Brooklyn Museum, it is especially peaceful and quiet compared to the more famous ones like MoMA or the MET. So you could actually view things slowly and quietly.
again i cannot stress this enough, never eat at their cafeteria…
So the MET is of course, beautiful and it’s right next to Central Park. I think it keeps confusing me because every time I look up some address and it’s like, oh yeah it’s near the park. well the park is damn big and everything is sort of near the park.
so I took the train to..i think 86th street and walked down to 82nd. And I pass by Park Avenue….and isn’t that where Charlotte (from sex and city) live after she got that apartment from her marriage? Yeah, it’s nice…very upper east side or w/e..I don’t even think it is upper east side.
and here we finally are..
I think the current special exhibition is Rembrandt
I’ve been to the museum one other time 10 years before and I don’t remember squat about it… But yesterday I did manage to visit The Asian Wing, The American wing, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Egyptian Art. I’m going again for modern art and European paintings…as well as Armour and weaponry definitely.
I didn’t take many photos because I wasn’t sure if I could. Well you can but tbh I wasn’t all that interested in Egyptian art.
Next comes European sculpture and decorative arts..which was very exciting because there were a lot of rooms recreated from furniture and curtains of the 1800s. The only word that comes to mind is opulence. I remember there was this one bed that had a canopy and bedding and pillows made of blue. All of it was blue. If the guard wasn’t standing there, I would’ve felt kind of scared. Another room definitely scared me, I couldn’t go much further than one step in, I was just intimidated by the entire thing that’s all…
Most of these rooms were kept in very low lighting and were chilly, probably to preserve all the stuff that could crumble away any given moment. A lot of these photos came out blurry because of the low lighting and the fact that i always rush to take pics, always felt bad about it.
I think the chilliness really added to the effect of Cold royalty. Also I wondered if the floor boards of every single room creak so that the guards will know that you are around?
It was pretty funny actually because there were a bunch of tourists from France that were marveling at all the French art and decorations. And there were two American ladies that were very south Hamptons that said stuff like, oh wouldn’t this look grand in the tea room? And she’s referring to some super old and excellent English teapot.
i sat outside on the steps and drank my coke because they wouldn’t let me bring it in..
hands down this was my favorite piece, i was ready to bust a larry crowne and got them out of there.
The American Wing consisted of a lot of paintings, silverware, glassware, ceramics, and room decorations since early colonial times. Everything looks so new, well it is new, at most it’s 235 years old but the things were still kept in excellent condition…
there were a lot of paintings that i really liked…
Young husband first marketing by Lilly Martin Spencer
Girl in Red dress with cat and dog by Ammi Phillips
Sunset at the sea by John kensett
Fur traders descending the Missouri by George Caleb Bingham
till next time! which will probably be soon…