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people can be so nice.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Friday 27 February 2009 by amanda

today kieran and i went for a playdate with some other moms and kids at a play and eat restaurant nearby.  i visited for a little while, and then went up to the counter to grab him some lunch before he got cranky.  i placed my order, which came to just shy of $7, and opened up my purse to pay, and realized that my wallet was at home.  I had no loose debit or credit cards in my purse, no cash (maybe 60 cents in change), and I felt awful.  I stammered to the clerk that he was going to have to cancel the order because I forgot my wallet at home.  I felt really bad because I hadn’t checked ahead of time (I can’t even remember why I had taken my wallet out of my purse).  So this woman overhears the exchange apparently, walks up to me, holds out $7, and tells me that she would like to pay for lunch.  Never seen her before, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer.  I just about started to cry, because (1) it was my own stupidity that got me in the situation in the first place, and (2) that’s just a really, really nice thing to do for somebody.  

I wanted to share, because with all the bitterness and accusatory-ness and anger going on around the country right now with the financial crisis, it made me feel really hopeful that somebody would be so nice as to buy lunch for somebody that they don’t even know, and don’t have a hope of getting paid back by.


baby becks?

Posted in Life in general with tags , on Friday 21 November 2008 by amanda

what is up with all of the white babies having baby mohawks?  i wonder if all these parents think they are being original, but every little boy I’ve seen lately has been sporting a baby mohawk…weird 🙂

belated update on our drug-trafficking neighbors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on Tuesday 16 October 2007 by amanda

we have new neighbors now, who are just noisy enough to convince me that they are probably not criminals (see earlier post on our next door neighbors,) and life has totally returned to normal in our building, which makes me VERY happy. i got an update at lunch a little while ago, though, from a work friend who has another friend that lives across the street from us. apparently a whole mess-o-drugs was confiscated in the police raid, and the main guy that they were looking for in the bust was in the apartment when the police entered. to avoid arrest, i am told that he JUMPED from the 6th story window out the back of the building. he broke both legs, got caught (obviously) and spent several weeks in the hospital recovering from his many injuries. i guess now he’s in jail…it’s kind of hard to find information on, and it’s not something i’m spending too much time on in any case i guess. so that’s the update on our (former) neighbors!

our next door neighbors

Posted in family, new york with tags , on Thursday 12 July 2007 by amanda

today i was at the gym, getting ready to hit the ellipse machine, when ola called. he said there was a big ruckus outside of our apartment. he wasn’t sure what was going on. he said he’d call me back in a few minutes. when i talked to him again a little bit later, he described to me that he had heard the play-by-play of the police literally breaking down our neighbors door. the noise had been so loud that ola wasn’t sure if they were pounding on OUR door or somebody elses. eventually they broke down the door with a battering ram and ola heard loud confrontation and scuffling on the other side of the wall (our apartment shares walls in both the living room and bedroom with this other apartment). ola stayed on the floor, afraid of what would happen if somebody fired a gun in the direction of our apartment. eventually things got quieter and he took a shower and left for work (he’s in the hospital working tonight).

i arrived home a little later to the sight of tons of unmarked police vehicles on our street, and bunch of detectives milling around the lobby. i was pretty freaked out by the time i got in the elevator to go home. when the elevator stopped on our floor, i opened the door – there were 5-8 detectives and officers milling around our hallway and my neighbors (about 5 of them) were sitting on the floor in handcuffs. i was mortified and completely freaked out. i went inside and stayed long enough to grab a couple of things and left, going down the stairs to be someplace else for a while. on my way down, i met an officer who saw how freaked out i was, and i asked him what exactly was going on. he told me there had been a high-level drug bust, and our neighbors were the end result of an ongoing inter-state investigation. later, i spoke to an officer who told me they had been involved in high-level heroin trafficking in New York and New Jersey.

Now i’m at the hospital with ola because i really wasn’t comfortable at home by myself. Funny how once the supposed criminals are arrested, THEN i’m not comfortable at home, unlike when they were right next door, probably armed, and, it turns out, dealing out of our building.

i’m not really sure what to think or feel right now. i’m really upset. i’m really freaked out because what if something happened, especially after the baby was born? what if ola had gotten hurt somehow? he was home, he was just across the wall. he’s positive those officers had their guns drawn – what if he had poked his head out the door to see what was going on? what if shots HAD been fired?

to some extent, i know that things like this are simply what happen if you live in new york city long enough. there’s millions of people here, and at some point, you’re going to live very close to something happening – a robbery, a murder, an assault, an abusive boyfriend across the hall…but to me, this is the pregnant lady that i saw taking her laundry down to the basement to wash her clothes, now sitting on the floor by my apartment, handcuffed and 7 months pregnant. this is me wondering what happened to that little 3 year old girl i saw coming and going from the apartment several times – but she wasn’t there when the police arrived, and they don’t know who she is or if she lived there. i know – i asked.

maybe there will be forthcoming some post about police, drug policy, drug trafficking, safety issues, the criminal justice system, or something. for now though, i’m a little shaken up.

my job

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on Tuesday 24 April 2007 by amanda

i’d like to take a few minutes to talk about my job.  i would like to do this, because in some quarters i work at a pretty controvertial place, and for a pretty controvertial person.  i work for george soros, at his foundation in midtown new york.  i work in the scholarships department, which means that i administer money to students to go to college.  i bring this up because a lot of people don’t like george soros.  he sees no problems with making billions off the markets and then giving away hundreds of millions each year to people and organizations around the world.  he also does a lot of personal funding on the political side.  OSI’s not involved with any of his donations or political stuff, because we’re a tax-exempt organization and have lobbying restrictions.  trust me, the government (particularly this administration) is watching us pretty closely. 

i’m posting two different ways in which we’ve been publicized lately, one by bill o’reilly *his craziness* and one in Forbes magazine.  personally, i think the work we do is pretty good.  but that’s just me.

 Here’s Bill.  (it’s about a 10 minute clip but totally worth watching, especially for the flow chart).

And here’s the Forbes article:
On The Cover/Top Stories

Burma‘s Billionaires
David Serchuk 04.23.07

George Soros spends $2 million a year trying to pave the way for democracy in
Burma. It’s a tricky operation. Naturally, the head of his Burma Project is banned in
Burma, where ruthless military dictatorships have ruled for decades. And Soros

is unwelcome in neighboring Thailand, home to 2 million refugees who have fled
Burma. What’s more,
Thailand won’t recognize these people as refugees, making them that much harder to help.

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i love amy grant

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 7 March 2007 by amanda

i was just in CVS and “i will remember you” with amy grant came on.  throwback to 5th grade.  i love it.


Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Thursday 1 March 2007 by amanda

wow.  fascinating and scary site, Conservapedia is the conservative (get it??) response to wikipedia, which is apparently a liberal, anti-christian, anti-american site.  i had no idea it was so controvertial!  anyway, check out this little snippet – their page on unicorns.


From Conservapedia

The existence of unicorns is controversial. Secular opinion is that they are mythical. However, they are referred to in the Bible nine times,[1] which provides an unimpeachable de facto argument for their once having been in existence.

In the original texts, unicorns go by the Hebrew name Re-em whereas the Greek Septuagint used the name Monokeros.[2] Unicorn itself is Latin. All three names mean “one horn“.

While popularly characterized as a horned member of the horse baramin, it is likely that the unicorn was actually quite unhorselike. One recognized theory is that the unicorn was actually the rhinoceros,[1] however a growing number of Creation researchers are theorizing that the unicorn was actually a member of the ceratopsian baramin.[2]

Post-Noachian references[1] to unicorns have led some researchers to argue that unicorns are still alive today. At the very least, it is likely that they were taken aboard the Ark prior to the Great Flood.

 Totally insane. (the insane comment is back to me)  i cannot believe how out-there some people are.  if you are a crazy right-wing neo-christian conservative that would like to explain to me why that is not insane, please do.  i yearn to know.