Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring in NYC 1

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Paul's trip to Sydney to see Maxi

He is very cute and was very good but he slept alot!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

30 Rock comes to 63rd st

Last night they were filming an episode of our 2nd favorite show at the Baker Street Pub on the corner. caused a lot of commotion. Didn't wait around to see the cast, as Selma Hayek does not play Jack's girlfriend anymore.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day from NYC

They have beautiful weather for the march up 5th Ave today. Forecast sunny and close to 20C.

Didn't bother seeing the parade this year (crossed off the bucket list) but now realize it is somewhat akin to Anzac Day: dress up, go for a march then adjourn to the pub and get plastered. same the world over. (no, that isn't Paul in the bottom photo)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas (March 11th)

A good shot of the southern end of The Strip as the plane took off. the photo below is Hoover Dam on the "wild Colorado"

Saturday, March 13, 2010

dreadful weather for NYRRC 8000

went in this 8 km 'fun' run in Central Park this morning. It was 4 deg C, raining and blowing a gale, but still >2500 showed up. I did about 41 mins, and came 1013th. would have broken 40 but had to stop for at least a minute because of an equipment problem. Not bad for a grandpa! Winner did 24.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mixing it with the high rollers at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas

Had a fun night. After a steak and a couple of drinks, hit the craps table and turned $20 into $80 playing the Pass line, then went to the 'Legends In Concert' show with tribute acts by Cher, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Elvis

Las Vegas: who needs to go to NY, Venice, Egypt, Africa or even a pirate island?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Las Vegas by night

'Paris Las Vegas' casino

In side 'Paris LV': who needs to go to Europe?

Dinner at Eiffel Tower restaurant (good but $$$$). It's located 1/3 of the way up the tower

Went early and got top table, with view of 'Bellagio' casino

'New York New York' casino. Across the street at MGM Grand casino, put $25 thru pokie in <2 minutes. I'm blaming the fact they didn't have my favorite Sydney machines, "Queen of the Nile" or "Monkey Madness"

Viva Las Vegas

In Vegas for a conference

you step of the plane and what is the first thing you see at the gate? Pokies!
view from the conference hotel (Marriott)
monorail to the Strip, which is about 3 km away ($5 a trip, but $14 for a one day pass and $30 for a 3 day one)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Some cycling pics from today

Paul went out to take some more photos for Monica's bike story which is to be published in SMH soon. Fortunately it was a beautiful pre-spring day, got up to about 13C. here's a selection:

Hudson River Bikeway, West Side Highway


BEDT Park in Williamsburg

Greenpoint (Brooklyn)

Pulaski Bridge, QNS/BKLN


Havent seen Avatar, Hurt Locker or any of the other biggies. But from the Movies etc. app in the sidebar, here are Paul's 2009 awards for the shows he saw

* Oscar - best film: Sate of Play. includes Best actor: Russell Crowe
runner up - julie & Julia
* Emmy - best TV show: Mad Men
runner up - 30 Rock
*Tony - best Broadway show: Evening without Monty Python
runner up - Norman Conquests (they were very good)

More of Maxi - pics courtesy of Lynnie Hack

sorry, i know he's not in NYC, but he is very cute.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Boston MA and spring is in the air

Paul attended AAHPM conference at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay nabe on March 5&6. The weather on Saturday was lovely: spring is almost here.

Copley Square, with Old Trinty Church dwarfed by John Hancock Tower. not good juxtaposition
Old South Church, opposite Copley Square
nice chestnut police horse, markings reminiscent of the great Melbourne sprinter Apache Cat
Newberry St. (Back Bay is Boston's Greenwich Village)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A better pic of Max P. Hack

welcome to the blog's newest follower: Maximus Paul Hack!

Apologies for poor quality cellphone images taken in labor ward. Better quality images to follow soon! Congratulations to Kate & Steve.