Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard took to YouTube last night to make a startling announcement: The made-up Mayan prophecies were right all along, and the world will be ending on December 21st as predicted.
According to New York 1, there is expected to be some wind, 50 mph gusts, and a lot of rain. They do say that the storm is expected to hit New York late Wednesday and last until Thursday and that it “won’t be nearly as strong or devastating as Sandy.”
Making a list of 'Things To Do Before I Leave NYC'
As some of you know, Dan & I have bought a home in Maryland. In the next couple of years we will move down there permanently. So, I’m making a list of what I want to do in the next few years and would love to get some more ideas from you all. I’ve been here since 1996 and I’ve NY’ed it up so some obvious things are not here - like ‘see a Broadway show’ or ‘eat at Katz’s’ or ‘be in a shoot out’ - you know, your basic NY stuff. Anyways, here’s my list below. Please let me know what else I should add. I will post the final list mid-October.
Things to do before I leave NYC:
Tea at The Plaza
Visit the Statue Of Liberty
Be an extra on Law & Order (let’s make this happen)
Circle line or sailboat evening tour of Hudson
Attend Met Opera or Ballet
Eat Italian food on Arthur Ave
Go to the new Yankees Stadium
Go to a Brooklyn Nets game
Buy Roger Clark a beer and listen to the jukebox
Attend a trivia night with Pat Kiernan
Take a row bow out in Central Park
Spend an afternoon in the NYPL reading room
Attend a show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Go to an auction at Sotheby’s or Christie’s
See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour
Create some street art
Attend an art gallery show (and not feel totally out of place)
See a taping of SNL
See Woody Allen perform at The Carlyle
Dinner at The Algonquin in the Round Table Room & Cocktails in the Blue Room
Drinks at 21
Try on a ridiculously expensive diamond piece at Tiffany’s
Go to the Feast of San Gennaro
Win an Emmy (not specifically a NYC thing, but hey, it’s my list)
So, what else should I add? Post your ideas below. Thanks.
This is a photo of my friend Sonja and me in college (please ignore my eyebrows - what was I thinking? The crowns however are perfect). In this photo, we are happy and both have bright futures ahead of us. Flash forward just a few, um, okay fine, many years later. We both have Masters degrees, we both have married men named Dan (weird) and we both have found our places in life - Sonja is in Colorado and I am in New York.
Of course life has a funny way of changing the plans you’ve made. Sonja has MS. She has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for several years now. And with MS, everything has changed - her dream job is now gone, her young daughter brushes Sonja’s hair instead of the other way round, and her husband works very hard to cover their expenses and both parenting roles. But Sonja is a fighter and now she is fighting to get a small piece of her former life back.
Sonja is raising funds for a chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) procedure. A what?? Well, basically it’s a surgical procedure where an angioplasty is performed in the jugular and azygous veins to enable the malformed blood vessels (which cause increased deposition of iron in the brain, which in turn triggers autoimmunity and degeneration of the nerve’s myelin sheath) to open up and relieve some symptoms related to MS. This is NOT a cure for MS, but this procedure may relieve many of effects of MS - like fatigue, remembering things, the ability to be outside on warm or colds days, bladder control, balance and the ability to look up or down - basically the small things in life that we all take for granted but for a person with MS makes life a daily battle.
Sounds great. Right? Well, her health insurance doesn’t think so. They will not cover this procedure. Why? Because she has MS. Well I think that’s BS. If Sonja went to a doctor feeling lightheaded, dizzy, pressure in her neck and head, (all of which she feels now) they would eventually check her jugular veins and consider this procedure to alleviate the issue. Since Sonja has MS, it’s considered a new procedure, and therefore, not covered by insurance.
So, Sonja is collecting funds online and I am emailing you because you are kind and generous and have a dollar or two in your pocket to spare. Please, please, please go to Sonja’s fundraising page and donate whatever you can. When someone asks you what you did today, you can tell them, “Oh the usual - hung out with friends, grabbed lunch, changed someone’s life for the better.” How wonderful would that be?
Instead of buying a coffee today - send Sonja the cash. Instead of going to the movies - send Sonja the cash. Instead of buying that new outfit - send Sonja the cash. It’s going to make you feel good and make Sonja feel great!
You know how the older you get the harder it is to remember things? Sometimes you’re a little clumsy… Sometimes a bit of a space cadet. Words often take root on the tip of your tongue and remain there? And when that happens on occasion you laugh it off, blame it on aging, and it doesn’t happen again for weeks or even months?
What about taking a walk outside with your kids, your pets, or just yourself- the warm sun hits your face and you smile and take it all in… Or the frigid winter months… You bundle up and have the snowball fight of the century, build a snowman, make snow angels, or go sledding with your family.
Do you have a cup of tea or coffee in the morning and are able to stay awake all day? Can you hold things? Can you form a complete sentence while speaking without stumbling?
Patient X- Can’t remember things from day to day. She relies heavily on calenders and alarms going off with reminders of what is coming up so she doesn’t forget (for example) when to pick her kiddo up from school. She is highly educated. She was often told she should be a comedian because of her sharp wit. Now she has to pause every time she speaks because she can’t recall the next word she is going to say.
What makes it worse, she is completely aware of what is happening. She is completely aware that she’s losing it more and more every day. Yet she plugs along- silently screaming. She can no longer work because the stress sends her body into total numbness. So she does what she can at home. However, she’s clumsy and often drops things. Most of her dishes are chipped because she cannot hold on to them while rinsing them, or putting them away like she used to.
So perhaps a spell outside in the sun just to sit, relax, take a few deep breaths, and de-stress? She cannot go out in the heat because the heat makes her go numb. Winter time then should be ok all bundled up right? Well, the cold is so painful that she needs narcotics to control the pain.
She cannot wear her wedding ring as it makes her entire arm go numb, even tho it would fall off if she held her hand down. She can’t brush or wash her hair because her hands don’t work right sometimes. Forget holding a pencil.
This, of course, assuming she can even stay awake. The extreme fatigue hits like a freight train. The only option she has is to sleep.
She cannot look from left to right, up or down without an electrical zap traveling up her spine. She suffers massive migraines that completely restrict any functioning whatsoever. She doesn’t qualify for disability even tho she cannot work.
She suffers severe anxiety because she’s been hospitalized twice for blacking out, once while driving when her family was in the car.
You’d think she was an old woman in a retirement home. She’s only 38. She’s me.
People with Multiple Sclerosis experience different symptoms. No two people seem to be alike in anything. Except perhaps this thing called CCSVI. That means that people with MS have severe blockage in their jugular veins that restricts the flow of blood to the brain and heart. What the procedure does is it ‘liberates’ the blockage, puts in a stint, and allows the blood to flow again.
The exciting part? All those symptoms I have can go away. I can regain my smarts and my wit that I pride myself on, I can go outside with my daughter in the summertime and not lose feeling in my body, I could have a snowball fight! I might have a set of dishes without any chips! I COULD STAY AWAKE!!!!!
My insurance will not cover this. There are not doctors in my state that will do this. Only because I have MS. If I complained of feeling lightheaded, dizzy, pressure in my neck and head, (all of which I have) they would eventually check my jugular veins. Since I have MS it’s considered a new procedure, and therefore, not covered for me. So I need to go out of state (California, or New York) to have this procedure done. It’s short, sweet, and gives me my life back.
I need help. I haven’t worked in 2 years. My husband makes barely enough for us to keep the lights on, let alone food. He has a chronic disease requiring lots of medical attention. And we have a daughter with her own medical needs. I need to be able to help my family and right now I cannot do that.
I think asking for money for myself is weird. I’m uncomfortable. I have researched, made calls, written letters, and done everything I can think of trying to make this surgery happen. Now I’m asking for the kindness of my friends, family, and strangers because I need help. I need to be here for my husband and daughter. I need my quality of life.