The Obligatory End of 2010 Post

I like New Year’s Eve celebrations as much as anyone. Watching the ball fall in Times Square has been a part of my childhood and now my adulthood. My kids love going to “New York New Year’s Eve parties”, since we’re in Los Angeles, the parties end at 9pm (blessedly). I’m not one for resolutions. If there’s a problem in November I’m more likely to address it at that point in time than I am to wait for an arbitrary date on the calendar. With that being said, I’ll make the same …

Nintendo’s 3D Gaming Device Comes with a Warning for Children Under Six

According to the NY Daily News, Nintendo’s soon to be released 3d Gaming device comes with a warning that it could injure the eyes of children under 6. Last night I spent about half an hour with Alexander getting a dried out contact lens out of his eye. My son is incredibly lucky that with his vision problems we live a stone’s throw from UCLA and some of the most talented physicians on the planet. My son is nine, and he still wears a patch every day. Why? Because his eyes are …

Your Fat Ass is Ruining Broadway

I can hear gum snapping at a hundred yards. I don’t mind people chewing gum around me, so long as their mouths are closed, but gum snapping is like nails on a chalkboard times 100 for me. Gum snapping is the most whorish (legal) public activity possible. This evening us Gottliebs attended Phantom of the Opera on Broadway at the Majestic Theater. It was a very good show (not great, but I’m not doing a review today), and the kids loved it. I had a few issues with the people …

Jane has New York City in her Bones

We arrived in New York just in time for Snowpocalypse 2010. Mr G and I sort of shrugged and resigned ourself to a difficult existence. I was at the Dumont Plaza for the blizzard in 1996, and every morning we’d rise early, hand the front desk clerk an envelope full of cash and beg to keep our hotel room. This time was different. We arrrived for the beginning of the storm, so our room was safe, and since it’s a Holiday week, people seem a little less anxious to get …

Traveling to NYC for a Blizzard. Again.

We’ve taken a last minute trip to New York City. We arrived here on December 25th, and the blizzard arrived on December 26th. From a corner balcony at the Roger Smith Hotel I was able to capture the first dusting of snow. The flakes were large and puffy, much like the snowfall that lures me to ski in Colorado. It was almost romantic. The kids were a little disappointed that we weren’t skiing this year, and they must have asked us a thousand times, “Will there be snow?” “Can we …