Thursday, March 18, 2010

She sells seashells...

My adventures in jury duty ended abruptly today because the parties involved decided to settle out of court, so it's all over. We got dismissed at about 12:30. And that was that. How utterly anti-climactic. Oh well.

With the rest of the day free, I went to Coney Island. Yeah, I have no idea why. I hadn't been to Coney Island maybe in almost 10 years. I just rode the Q train all the way to the end of the line. During the off-season it's a decrepit ghost town, and most of the tacky souvenir shops and arcades are closed. It's a bit of a time warp as well, as the stuff that hasn't changed since the 1980s is still there, which is great for photo-taking. The Cyclone rollercoaster is still a thing of wooden wonder, and I was glad to see that maintenance workers were taking care of it. Astroland, the kiddie park, still had rides from when I was a child: the glittery helicopters/spaceships, the firetrucks, the pony carts! There was a sign that read that the park was opening March 28, but I don't know how long they're keeping these old rides...probably until they're ready to devastate-and-renovate. They can't touch the Cyclone, though, as it's been designated a landmark. Hell yeah.

So I just went up and down the boardwalk (after searching for a place that sold sunscreen, spent my last cash on a tube of it -- wasn't going to risk my face peeling off), took artsy-fartsy pics, and felt sentimental and nostalgic a great deal. You'll most likely get to see these photos about 6 or 7 months from now when I get around to posting them.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Trailer for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Need. This. Show. Now.

It seems to me that Steve Buscemi was born to play a bootlegger. And I will admit that it has always been a desire of mine to see him dressed to the nines in vintage clothing. His role in Billy Bathgate was far too small to satisfy me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010