Midwest Meets Manhattan

This is why I came to New York.

Let me tell you a story.

Last night at midnight, a very sleepy Bailey was about to go to bed. But, addicted to Twitter as she is, she had to stay up and Tweet a little bit with some friends.

And then, lo and behold, Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic) tweeted that the first 20 people to email a certain email address with a certain subject line would get FREE ADMISSION to a secret show in NYC.


So, Bailey lit a fire underneath herself and emailed this address with this certain subject line. Within three minutes, Ingrid had tweeted that OKOKOK they had their 20 people and to stop emailing. Winners would get an email back.

Bailey waited ten minutes. Fifteen minutes. Twenty minutes. No response. Bailey was very, very bummed, as you might have seen, because she thought she had been pretty quick on the draw. THEN Ingrid posted that winners would be notified in the morning.

So Bailey woke up early just to check her Gmail, and what do you even know, she had an email saying that she was one of the first 20 and that she was invited to the show.

So Bailey left work in time to hurry her booty down to Bleecker St to the Le Poisson Rouge cocktail lounge to see the show.


And can I just say that it was absolutely amazing? She played a bunch of songs from her upcoming album, released August 25th, and it’s going to be absolutely incredible. She said the theme was that “love just isn’t enough sometimes” and that it was a very personal album. And all of the songs were just powerful and soulful and spoke to me. I think this is her album with the most depth and meaning, and it’s going to be really incredible.

Oh, and did I mention that after the show I met her and took a picture with her? Because I totally did. Excuse the “I-ran-here-from-work” hair. Fun fact, though: One thing I like about this haircut is that my hair can go wavy and it looks good now, as opposed to bedraggled and gross.






Penny on the Train Tracks
July 7, 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: Out and About

Do you ever have those moments when you’re drinking coffee out of a travel cup with one of those lids with the small drinking hole (yes, like Starbucks, but I’m not drinking Starbucks so I didn’t feel like I should corporatize everything), and you start to take it from your mouth, and you move a little too quickly or something, and you end up with coffee up your nose, on the desk, sometimes on your shirt?

Yeah, that just happened to me. Again. I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that this is a rather frequent occurence for me.

[Also, I choose to ignore the fact that I have not blogged in over a week. I apologize. Now, I move on.]

The other day, I was sitting on the train, and I overheard a little conversation that went something like this:

Female suit: I hate it when sometimes the train gets stalled because there are children on the tracks. I mean, why are they playing on the train tracks?

Suit: I have no idea. You’d think they could go play on the playgrounds or something when the crack addicts aren’t around during the day.

Female suit: Yeah.

Suit: I heard that sometimes cows get on the train tracks and stall traffic.

Female suit: Where did you hear that? We don’t have cows up here, at least not this close to Manhattan. That only happens in the Midwest.

They then proceeded to exit the train, and I cowered in the seat behind where they had stood, wondering if they knew that we don’t even have trains for our bumbling cows to stall. I mean, we have a few, but when was the last time you heard of a train actually being stalled for cows? Oh, like, the early 1900s? Yeah, me too.

Good to know we’re still a century behind back there.

And I’m pretty sure this was the same day my bus took out a trashcan on the way home. Yes. Took a wide turn and the victim was a little too close to the curb, apparently. Sorry, NYC. Just lost a valued receptical.

[Be looking for posts over the next few days. I have a lot to catch you up on, like museum visits and the like. It will be wonderful. I have pictures of many famous paintings. Paintings you will know.

Hint: I totally saw Starry Night in person, and have pics as proof. None of that “pics or it didn’t happen” junk.]

Yesterday, I Sailed a Boat
June 27, 2009, 11:46 am
Filed under: Out and About

And I would’ve posted my pictures except my camera battery died and I had to charge it last night. Blerg.

Anyway. DailyLit founders Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger own a sailboat, so yesterday afternoon they took the entire DailyLit crew (me, Maggie, Laura and Bela) out for a sail. It was overcast, but I got the tiniest bit of tan – if you looked at me, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell, but I can tell. Yeah, one of those. But it’s a start.


This is Albert, walking beside the marina at the Larchmont Yacht Club.


I saw this and had to take a picture of it because it was so strange. I still don’t understand it. Yes, there is a giant hole in its forehead where those flowers are spilling out.


This is a house along the water. It’s insanely huge. All of them are like this. Ridiculous.


This is Albert, getting ready to sail us out to the real water. It was pretty neat seeing how he got the boat ready to go and everything. We all tried to help, but ended up mostly untying ropes and being confused more than anything. Sorry, Albert.


Ok, so, worst picture ever, I know. But this was the moment when I realized I had definitely gotten the best internship ever – we were sailing past Long Island here, and Albert goes, “This is the area The Great Gatsby was based – all of these old houses, mansions, and when they talk about how he could see the light, it was just like this.” I mean, completely out of the blue. And how cool is that? I hadn’t made that connection, and it was great that he just pointed that out. Fantastic.


This is Bela, my fellow summer intern.


This is Maggie, sailing the boat! We all got a turn to steer the rudder, and when you’re steering it’s hard to think about anything else. So all of the pictures of us here have that pinched I-Can’t-Look-At-The-Camera-But-I’m-Trying look. Oh well. Better that look than a crashed boat, yes?


Look! It’s me! Sailing! I’m totally steering the boat right now and being very scared. Also, I look rough. I’m not sure why.


I just thought this was a cool picture. It was cloudy, so when the sun came out it looked really neat.


This is Laura, head of the extern program. She’s really nice.


This is Execution Rock. They used to row people out here and hang them. Crazy, huh? Oh, and behind that is Long Island.


This is Susan and Albert. I wish her hat hadn’t been cut out of the picture – it says “First Mate” on it. They’re a lot of fun.


Susan was tired – sailing is hard work!

All in all, it was really, really fun. Sailing was a lot more challenging than you would think, but Albert was really nice about it and helped us all when we needed it (which was fairly often).

Now, I’m off to do some exploring!

The United States of Harry Potter
June 25, 2009, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Out and About

Whew, talk about a long day! My mornings are kind of exhausting because I have to be awake about two hours before I have to actually be at work. Why is this such a pain? Well, it means I have to wake up at 7, leave my apartment at 7:30 so I can catch a bus somewhere between 7:40-7:50, ride the bus two miles to the train station, where I catch either the 8:17 or 8:48 Metro North Stamford Local (depending on whether the bus was being pokey or not – it’s pokey more often than not), and ride the train 30-ish minutes to Mamaroneck, where I get off and walk about a quarter mile to work.

It’s just exhausting in the mornings. I think you all know I am definitely not a morning person, and I just hate having to be up and about and presentable. I can be up and about and in my pajamas whenever you want, but getting ready takes time.

Anyway. I’m sorry I’m such a whiner. Went to work all day, then went to an HTML class with my fellow DailyLit externs and a few other publishing folk (connections, connections), where I learned a lot of basic HTML, along with the most basic CSS. I knew most of the HTML already just because I’ve been coding books at work, but it was still nice to sit down and have it all explained to me by someone with a PhD in Information Technology from MIT. Yeah. Pretty cool.

So I finally made it back to my apartment tonight, and I’m going to post a few pictures for you from tonight. 🙂


I saw this as I was about to head down into the subway to come back to my apartment, and I just thought it was sucha  neat shot. I love that I can just casually take a picture of this.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:


This is just one wall of the underground of Times Square – all of the panels are filled with these Harry Potter posters, almost all the way down the station, from one entrance to the central hub of staircases and train connections. Not to mention the stairs are covered in HP stuff and there are posters everywhere and New York is just SO EXCITED about Harry Potter (as it should be!).

I carry my camera around with me, so I’ll keep a running tally of Harry Potter sightings over the next few weeks. Be warned – they will be many. Today was the first day I’ve seen anything except bus adverts, and HP is everywhere. I hope I can get a shot of the bus ones – they have one that’s Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Dumbledore. And then I saw this one and actually got chills – Bellatrix, Snape, Draco and Fenrir Greyback. It was actually kind of scary!

OH. I have this picture I took the other day and I completely forgot! Hang on.


This picture is a link so you can click on it and see it bigger, I think. Aw, what the heck.


Now you can REALLY see what I’m looking at. In the top right cornerish area, you can see an entire side of a building covered with a Harry Potter…poster? I’m not sure what it is. But it’s the WHOLE BUILDING. I see this every day on the train home from work – crazy, huh?

If I could open my arms and span the length of the isle of Manhattan –
June 24, 2009, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Out and About

Today was a good day. I mean, I spent seven hours emailing with people around the country and setting up phone interview times for this thing we’re doing at work (ps If you’re 20-40 and a fairly heavy Internet user and you’re willing to do a 20-minute interview about your reading habits, during EST working hours, hit me up), but other than that, it was a good day.

I like to think of this as a good thing because I get to know these people’s names and they’re hearing mine, even if it is just doing intern things. My name is still going around the publishing world, and that’s what I want. Even if I meet someone later and they say, “Oh, you’re the girl who emailed me asking about that interview that one time…I think…” then that’s good enough for me, haha.

We’ve got a couple of really exciting books coming up at work right now – some good contemporary books, which is especially exciting. It’s surprisingly difficult to get the rights to have contemporary books on our site, so some of the things we have coming up are very exciting and you should wait with baited breath for them. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what they are right now because that’s against the Rules, but just wait.

This really isn’t what I planned to blog about right now.

I’ve been going to this coffee shop across the street from work for about two weeks now because they brew their own coffee and it is delicious. Like, it’s insane. It might be the best coffee I’ve ever had. I’m going to have to stock up before I come back home because I absolutely love it.

The first time I went, I’d had kind of a long day and didn’t have time to catch the train, so I went in to get a wrap for dinner because I’d heard it was good. The man and his wife who own and run it were both there and were really friendly and sat down with me and talked to me about what I was doing this summer and how things were going. Along with the town policeman, who happened to be in there hanging out because it’s Mamaroneck and he’s not real busy.

So I’ve gone back about five times since then, just to get their coffee, and they’re always really friendly and ask how my day is and are just chatty. I love the small-town feel of Mamaroneck – it’s a small town, but it’s only 30 minutes outside Manhattan, so they aren’t rednecks. Most of them work in the city, and live in Mamaroneck because it’s cheaper and on the water and you don’t have to worry about the dangers of living in the city.

But I had a really good moment today. Well, I felt bad, but it made me happy.

I went to get coffee after work because I’ve been inexplicably tired all day, and I didn’t have any cash. Well, I forget that in small towns not everyone takes a card. So when I tried to pay, he was like, “I’m sorry, we don’t take cards.” And I was like, “Oh no, um…ack. I don’t have any cash. I’m sorry.” And I felt really bad.

And then he was like, “No, just take the coffee. We’ll give you credit – you can pay next time.” And I tried to say no because I still felt awful, but he insisted that I take the coffee.

It just made me happy to have a moment of real generosity this summer. I mean, not that everyone around me is selfish, but in NYC, you always have to be suspicious of people and watch where you’re going. And I forget that life doesn’t always have to be like that.

So I had an amazing coffee on the train home, and I’m going to march back in tomorrow morning with cash and pay for today’s coffee and buy another one. They’re a really sweet couple – I’ll have to take a picture sometime and show you.

Oh, and did I mention that the coffeeshop is called the Mug N Plus? I mean. I don’t really get it. But it’s adorable, isn’t it?

Going to Work Playlist
June 22, 2009, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Out and About

So, I finished reading my (signed copy) of David Sedaris’ “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (which I HIGHLY recommend), and I’ve been bored riding to work every day. Sometimes I can write in my journal, but the other half of the time I either get asked by a crazy person what I’m doing and what I’m writing, or I’ve managed to sit too near the end of the train car and it’s too bumpy to write.

I’ve been wishing I could listen to music, and then I realized that, duh, I have an iPhone. I always forget that thing plays music, too. So I made a Going to Work Playlist – creative names, I know. My playlists are either made by the iTunes Genius and are labeled by the titular song or have such monikers as “great music,” “Workout Mix,” “Study Music,” and “Recently Played.” The Genius usually gives me better playlists than I can make myself, so 75% of my playlists are from there.


Here’s what I listen to on the way to work. Perhaps it will inspire you to listen to these. Perhaps not. Either way, I still enjoy them.

  1. Expo 86 – Death Cab for Cutie
  2. Blue Lips – Regina Spektor
  3. The Calculation – Regina Spektor
  4. Dance Anthem of the 80s – Regina Spektor
  5. Eet – Regina Spektor
  6. Laughing With – Regina Spektor
  7. Man of a Thousand Faces – Regina Spektor
  8. One More Time With Feeling – Regina Spektor
  9. How the West Was Won – Katie Herzig
  10. The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens
  11. The Ice is Getting Thinner – Death Cab for Cutie
  12. I Feel It All – Feist
  13. Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley
  14. Annie Waits – Ben Folds
  15. To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens
  16. Marching Bands of Manhattan – Death Cab for Cutie
  17. Swimming Pool – The Submarines
  18. Human Hands – Sondre Lerche
  19. Landed – Ben Folds
  20. Be OK – Ingrid Michaelson
  21. Breakable – Ingrid Michaelson
  22. Keep Breathing – Ingrid Michaelson
  23. Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect – The Decemberists
  24. Heart Attack Time Machine – Waterdeep
  25. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
  26. Prison Food – Ben Folds
  27. Title and Registration – Death Cab for Cutie
  28. California – Copeland
  29. A Movie Script Ending – Death Cab for Cutie
  30. In Your Apartment – Charlotte Sometimes
  31. Tiny Vessels – Death Cab for Cutie
  32. Make This Go On Forever – Snow Patrol
  33. Wreck of the Day – Anna Nalick
  34. Miss You Love – Maria Mena
  35. Sorry – Maria Mena
  36. Cologne (Piano Orchestra Version) – Ben Folds
  37. Kylie from Connecticut – Ben Folds
  38. Your Heart is an Empty Room – Death Cab for Cutie
  39. Late – Ben Folds
  40. Step Into My Office, Baby – Belle and Sebastian

Wow. 40 songs. I didn’t realize it was so extensive until I started typing it up. And yes, I do play it on shuffle. Sometimes. Sometimes I like hearing the same person over and over. Sometimes I do one song repeat.

Any way you slice it, this playlist is fantastic, in my opinion. Et tu?

Also, If you haven’t noticed, I have a small love affair with parentheses lately. I’m not sure why.

I have lots of commentary, I suppose.

Hey, pretty lady with the yellow sunglasses.
June 13, 2009, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Out and About

Yes, I did get addressed as that yesterday. It was classy, let me tell you. It was nice outside, so I decided to walk a little ways from the train to a bus stop a few blocks down. It was fine, except I got called out on my yellow sunglasses a few times. haha. Oh well.

Anyway, today’s been good except for the fact that humidity apparently hates me. If you thought it wasn’t possible for anywhere to be more humid than Oklahoma, well, you’d be wrong. Every day I’m surprised by how humid NYC is. It rains almost every day and it’s just…hot. It’s hot and it rains, so that equals like 70% humidity every day.

My hair and my face do not appreciate it. My hair especially. You know how I hate wearing my hair up, and that’s basically turned into my life here. I wish it could just be sunny for once. I don’t even care if it’s cold. Just sun would be nice.

I’ve discovered that one of my favorite places to roam around is around 50th and Broadway. It’s not quite all the way to Times Square, so it lacks that exact Tourist annoying bit. It is right smack in the middle of the Theater District and where all of those Hop On/Hop Off buses stop, so there are plenty of Tourists there, but go a few blocks out and you’re usually rid of the really obnoxious ones (I think).

I just really like walking around that area. It’s so full of life and there’s always something interesting going on.