Tag Archives: New York City

Slacker

I have been such a slacker on this blog.

Sorry- I’m trying to remember to blog more, but I always seem to forget because I’ve been doing so many things. Many of my friends have informed me that Ryan is much better at blogging than me. But hey, I might be better if I only had photos to put on a blog. 🙂 (I mean that in the best way possible, Ryan.)

OK anyway, I’m still doing well in NYC. I’m slowly running out of money, which was to be expected but is still no fun either way. Nevertheless, I just want to make sure that I’m doing everything I can be while I’m here. Which reminds me, I need to try to find more journalism-y lectures while here! Ryan and I have already gone to listen to a NY Times multimedia producer give a lecture at B&H. That was awesome.

What to do, what to do

The most recent highlights of my time here: Bryant Park (every Monday for free movies), Museum of Natural History, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (we saw an improv show there- Mo Rocca, Bobby Moynihan, and John Lutz were some of the comedians there),  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coney Island/Hudson River for the 4th, American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, etc. You can check out my Facebook album that has photos I’ve taken so far while here.

Work it

Work is still going well. Today I went to a News Practices & Standards session where I learned about policies and such. Basically, I’m not allowed to blog in detail about what I’m doing before it is published/broadcasted. But I will say that I’m working more on original stuff that I’ve written, recorded and started to edit.

I went to an intern meeting yesterday, too, where a group of us could meet with HR interns and speak candidly about our internships. There I found out how lucky I’ve been with NBC Mobile. I can actually get my hands on whatever really- editing, writing, shooting- and do what I want with footage I find. Some people in this HR session definitely didn’t sound like they were too happy with what they were doing. Thank goodness I’m actually getting to spend valuable time on projects.

I just can’t believe I have like three weeks left at NBC and in New York! It feels like there’s still so much to do in the city before I go.

I am excited for Mom and Dad to come the weekend before my birthday! And hopefully Leah and Justin can come, too. Then Sachi and Michelle are here, and then I’m basically home. Yikes!

New York state of mind

I think I better understand the general New Yorker’s state of mind. Everyone here is just busy. Plain and simple. There are millions of people here with millions of schedules and probably billions of things to worry about. I get it.

But sometimes, I just want to shake some of the people I see on the street here and say, “You’re in New York City! You can do whatever you want to do tonight!” I just think that so many natives here are so busy and so cynical that they don’t always appreciate the amazing city in which they live.

It’s so easy to get tense and upset about the littlest things here. I catch myself becoming a bit tense at times over dumb things like slow walkers or the grammar of people on the streets, so I can’t even imagine the kind of tension that New Yorkers have.

But then again, I find myself asking if they even have tension. New Yorkers, in general, seem to be so oblivious to their surroundings that even a man in a costume shouting absurdities down the street wouldn’t faze them. So it could be that no one cares enough about the people around them or surroundings to have that much tension here.

Like I said, I’m only beginning to somewhat understand the mindset here. I don’t think I get it. And wouldn’t be able to until I live here for a good year. But who knows if that will ever happen.

I love New York, but I do miss my family and friends back in Kansas. Hope all is well with everyone reading this.

Much, much love.

Broadway Banter

Since coming to NYC, I’ve heard a lot of funny conversations- as you can imagine. Of course, everything I hear is out of context, so it’s even funnier than what it should be.

Inspired by the University Daily Kansan’s Wescoe Wit, I’ve decided to do my own version: Broadway Banter.

Overheard on 7/10/09

NBC security guard: “Yeah man. Next time there’s somebody in the street, you just gotta hit ’em.”

Overheard on 7/3/09

Woman (to another woman): “Yeah, Mount Vernon’s dead.”

Girl (with group of friends): “Man, I don’t even care how much trouble I get in. This was a good day!”

Overheard on 6/29/09

Guy (to another guy in a parked van): “We’ve got two things in this world: our word and our nuts.”

Overheard on 6/27/09

Woman (taking about an elderly woman with a cane to another woman): “She needs to hurry up! I don’t know what her problem is. She doesn’t need that cane or walk that slow when no one’s around! It’s all a show…”  [blogger’s note: This comment was overheard in Pennsylvania, not New York. The blogger just thought it’d be a nice inclusion.]

Overheard sometime in June

Guy (to another guy): “Yeah, it was like that time you found $20,000 in that trash bag…”

Homeless guy: “You got $10,000?” (Hey, it’s worth a shot, right?)

Another post (finally)

It’s rainy and gross out tonight, so I figured I’d finally blog again. (I also, re-vamped my blog site. What do you think? The right side now shows a feed from my Twitter account. I wanted to add this because I’m discovering that I’m really slow at blogging- my apologies- and am constantly on Twitter.)

So really, I should have blogged just about every day since I’ve been here. We heard it on the news: out of the past 25 days in New York, it’s rained 19. UGH! I am sick of this weather.

No matter what I wear or where I walk, my feet get soaked, which means I get cold, which means I’m annoyed. I hate carrying around my umbrella all of time. I’m on my second one now (thanks to wind gusts) and will probably need a third one soon seeing as how mine got a little torn up with today’s weather.

However, without this weather, I would not now know proper city umbrella etiquette.

Umbrellas in the City 101

Now when I say that I’ve learned umbrella etiquette, please know that not everyone here has learned it or practices it. I think I’ve learned it best through witnessing and experiencing what NOT to do.

It’s definitely not easy to walk with an umbrella here when pedestrian traffic is shoulder-to-shoulder because of course, most others have umbrellas, too. One would think that this kind of situation would teach people to not walk so quickly or so closely to one another, but oh no, it doesn’t stop anyone.

Basically, here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. If you have an umbrella and you’re passing a slow person in front of you, please give yourself enough room to pass safely and comfortably. I think that a minimum of three feet is required for this.
  2. If you don’t have enough room to give this said slow person three feet, simply raise your umbrella as to avoid hitting his/her umbrella sending it spinning in his/her hands and also angering him/her. This rule also applies to people walking toward each other, etc. (This has happened to me so many times, it’s not even funny. I also witnessed a woman getting hit in the face with an umbrella and then cursing at the man who hit her- funny stuff!)
  3. When you decide that it’s time to break out your umbrella, PLEASE look around you first to see if you might whack someone in the face or neck. This has happened to both Ryan and me- it is not fun, not at all.
  4. Inversely, please look out for people when you are closing your umbrella and more importantly where you are shaking the excess water. (Also not fun: getting a shower from another umbrella after the rain shower.
  5. Basically, just don’t be oblivious.

OK, this blog is silly, but it’s late here, and I’ve been wanting to blog, especially after revamping the site. I PROMISE I’ll have a “real” blog post soon about what I’ve been up to (exciting stuff!) with photos and such.

For now, good night and good luck. 😀

Week 1: Done

So sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.

I’ve been adjusting to my new schedule and sightseeing and walking all over the city, etc. Anyway,  I’ve added new photos to my Picasa album, if you haven’t checked it out.

NBC (so far)

Last Thursday was my first day with NBC. Basically, they showed me how to operate an Avid, which was pretty overwhelming, and explained how and where they upload the video clips. My head was pretty full of information, but luckily they told me that I should feel like my brain was about to explode.

My supervisor, Kim, is really nice along with everyone else in NBC Mobile. From what I’ve learned, NBC Mobile is relatively new (maybe about four or five years old) and therefore, still kind of under the radar. But it is getting more attention especially with this new focus on digital media. I feel great to be a part of something like it.

To be honest, I was very intimidated to learn all of this video editing stuff. I’ve shot and edited some video before in my reporting classes, but not to this extent,  AND it was done using the Final Cut Pro/Express software on Macs. The Avid is much more keyboard-oriented than what I’m used to, but I think already I’m adjusting.

Besides editing on my first day, I also went down to a small studio a couple floors down called the Nook. It’s in the same hallway as the studios for Nightly News (pretty sweet). Anyway, down there we film short “buzzes,” like an entertainment buzz, weird news buzz, etc. Basically, it’s either a short update, or an interview with someone of importance, or a small newscast- you get the idea. When I go down there, I help set up the camera and lights.

Coincidentally, also on my first day, the guy in Mobile who does most of the interview/buzz updates asked me to go along with him on an interview so I’d see what they were like. Well, that day he walked down to the NBC Experience Store to interview Moby. So, it was pretty cool to meet a celeb/singer on my first day. I don’t think I’ll mind that part of this internship.

The second day definitely gave me a better sense of what my shifts are going to be. In the morning, I’ll cut and upload Today show updates – one at 8 a.m. and one at 9 p.m. and send it out to our mobile carriers. Then, I scan MSNBC for interesting stories, speeches, anything really to be also cut and sent out to our carriers. (The first day I felt pretty cool- I sent out Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt and his speech the second day after he had visited concentration camps in Germany). Also throughout the day, I help with whatever else. At 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m., I set up the Nook for updates.

I know it’s normal, but I felt annoying because I was asking so many questions on Friday. Of course, everyone was very helpful and nice. I was feeling a bit more comfortable using the Avid by the end of the day, but still, I hope I get the hang of it soon.

Oh, apparently I can go up to see the SNL set! One of the guys in the Mobile department asked if I had done that yet and then said I could go up there as long as I had my ID . . . and if I didn’t steal anything. I can’t wait. I don’t know when I’ll do it, but hopefully it’ll be soon.

First weekend of a summer in the city

After I got off on Friday, Megan, Ryan and I went to the MoMA (free admission on Fridays- whoo hoo!). We met up with a friend from KU. He just graduated from KU and worked on the Kansan with Ryan and I. Right now he’s living in Brooklyn and is interning for his brother’s art gallery.

The museum was amazing – of course! My favorite part was the Jackson Pollock gallery, but we definitely didn’t see the whole museum. I can’t wait to go back. Maybe I won’t go on a Friday though. There were a TON of people, which is just weird to me in a museum. Strangely enough, it’s not as enjoyable to me. *You can check out some pics from the museum in my Picasa album*

Other events of the weekend included a tram ride to Roosevelt Island, a trip to Brooklyn (and walking over the Brooklyn Bridge), a visit to Dylan’s Candy Bar, a trip to Ground Zero, Trinity Church and Wall Street. Also, tonight we went to the Taste of Times Square, which was fun. You could buy tickets and then use them at different tents where various restaurants were serving food. I had ribs (surprise, surprise) and banana fosters cheesecake. Yummmmmy.

Also, I should mention that we met up with our *before-mentioned* friend, Tyler, in Brooklyn. His brother’s art gallery was showing some short films produced by artists. It was fun. They showed the films in a parking lot on some semi-trucks’ trailors. It’s strange how different Brooklyn is from Manhattan, but I loved it. It was quiet and quaint. I definitely want to go back.

Most, if not all, of the things that we did can be found in the Picasa album. Also, if you’re interested. You can get Ryan’s photographic perspective on NYC from his blog. Check it out. It’s pretty great.

I think that’s all for now. I’ve got NBC tomorrow from 1-7 p.m. I’ll be there Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from now until August 6. My next task is to find a PAYING job. Bath & Body Works isn’t looking so bad right now. I’ve talked to them some. Tomorrow I think I’ll go by. Wish me luck.

Anyway, love to all. Leave comments or email me or call me anytime. 🙂

In the city

I’m finally here!

Our flight from Kansas City to Newark went well on Sunday, despite it being a 6:30 a.m. flight. Whoo! We were exhausted by the time we got to our residence building. We took the train from Newark into the city and grabbed a cab to take to our place.

As we were in the cab, our driver was going toward our place – on 55th between 2nd and 3rd Avenue – and soon realized that he couldn’t get us there because of a parade. So, he let us off at 56th and 7th (I think), and we tried to walk there. I had four bags altogether (ugh), and Ryan had about three bags along with his tripod. It was not fun. Because of the parade, we couldn’t even walk easily to where we were supposed to go. We zig-zagged through the streets to try to get through to our place. I was very hot and annoyed.

Anyway, when we got there, it was basically like move-in day at the dorms again. There was a line out the door to use the elevators, but honestly, it moved fairly quickly. I was very relieved to get up to my room and unpack. I’m still waiting on some stuff that I shipped here, so I’m not fully unpacked.

First couple of days

My roommate, Megan, and I lived in the same hallway in the dorms freshman year at KU. So, it was nice already knowing her. Our other roommate – we just have one for now, we might get another, but don’t know yet – is from Boulder, CO. Her name is Carey, and she goes to CU. We all get along really well and hung out a bit last night.

Anyway, Ryan, Megan and I walked around a bit the first day. We walked over to Central Park and Columbus Circle and then just hung around here and went to sleep early because we were all exhausted.

The next day we wanted to get some groceries, so we found this small place on the corner of 55th and 2nd and got a few things (that cost $50!). We realized shortly after, thanks to the security in our building that the place we went to was probably the most overpriced place we could go to. Yeah, great, right?

Oh well- the rest of the day yesterday, we went to Central Park and walked around there most of the day. We also walked to 30 Rock to see where I’ll be working this summer. It seems awesome! But I start tomorrow and will tell you more about that later. We saw Times Square last night with all of the lights, which was fun.

Tomorrow

I’m to report to NBC tomorrow at 10 a.m. for orientation. At 9:30 a.m. though, I’m meeting my supervisor and going up to see where NBC Mobile is in the building and meet some other people I guess. I’ll only be there until noon tomorrow, but I’ll be there Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week. It won’t be bad, I don’t think. Hopefully, I can get another job on top of that to earn some much-need moolah.

Anyway, I think that’s enough for this post. I’ve taken some photos on my phone so far for anyone to enjoy. Click here to see those photos. (Or you can click below)

I’ll try to post again soon! Miss everyone back in Kansas/ Michigan/ Philadelphia/wherever!

Visit back here soon. 🙂

New York City

Tomorrow’s the big day

Well, tomorrow is the big day.

I leave at 6:30 a.m. for New York City. I’ll be there from then until August 7 interning for NBC Mobile at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Yeah, you could definitely guess that I’m excited.

I really just want to get there- I’m a little antsy. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel like I’ll be there for the summer. It just feels like I’m going on vacation for a week. I don’t know when it’ll kick in.

Goals for the summer:

  • of course, doing a good job at my internship
  • getting another job, whether it be at Bath & Body Works or somewhere else
  • finding the Cash Cab and getting a ride
  • MEETING TINA FEY (I know, it’s a stretch but here’s hoping)

. . . I’m sure there are others, but I’m too tired to think about them right now.

Anyway, I’ll keep this short. I’ll miss all of my family and friends and Lawrence! Thanks to all who have helped me along the way and who will continue to help me in NYC. Love you all! See you in August. 🙂