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6th Floor Romances

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Tabitha, Frank

Subject: Romantic Updates

From Pictures

Frank meanders out of his room to find Tabitha lounging on the couch watching tv.

Hey, You’re not usually home during the day are you?” Frank asks.

Not regularly. They cut my secretary hours at work a bit. I was only doing 30, but now I’m doing 25. Rough times I guess.” Tabitha says.

Bummer. Well, you want to eat?” asks Frank.

It’s about that time. Yes. Pizza?” Tabitha suggests.

Nah. In more of a Mexican mood. “ Frank responds.

I approve. Let me just grab my coat.”

Coat?” Frank asks, “It’s summer and hot as hell out there!”

Except in restaurants, where they tend to overdo the air conditioning.” Tabitha says, heading for the door.

They walk down the stairs and down the block to the restaurant. There was only one table left, a two person table outside.

Frank sits down and looks around. “You’re right Tabitha, this air conditioning is unbearable!”

Oh, shut up.” Tabitha replies, putting her coat on the back of her chair.

Margarita please. On the rocks.” Frank orders.

Not a bit early for margaritas?”

It’s lunch time. It’s Mexican. You’re not going to let me drink alone right?”

Tabitha starts to object, and then thinks better of it. “Sure, I’ll have a frozen strawberry one.” Tabitha says to the waiter.

Waiter: “Coming right up.”

So how’s Rose these days?” Tabitha asks.

Oh, umm..we broke up a couple of weeks ago.” Frank says.

Oh, sorry. I wondered why you didn’t seem to be going out as much. So no one new yet?”

The margaritas come, and they order food. “No, not right now. Dating someone is a lot of work. I notice you haven’t been dating anyone in a while.”

Working at that IT place all I meet are geeky guys that want to talk about Star Wars or routers or whatever.”

Maybe you should introduce them to Sara?”

Sara doesn’t like geeky guys. She says they always are trying to one-up her with technical jargon to prove they aren’t out-geeked by a girl.”

That’s..sad. These guys have enough trouble finding women and they chase away the only ones with similar interests?” Frank rolls his eyes.

They don’t called it socially awkward for nothing.”

Ann just started dating someone new right? Rick..Ray..something with an R..”

Robert. I think they’ve only gone out twice so far.”

Doesn’t count until at least three in my book.”

I’m not sure she cares whether you think it counts or not.”

She better care!” Frank does his evil overlord laugh.

Tabitha quirks her eyebrow at Frank. “Oh, drink your margarita and stop your silly laugh.”

They finish their food, pay, and leave. No more evil laughter occurs during lunch.

August 3rd, 2009 by Tabitha in 6th Floor, Drinking, life, love
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6th Floor Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Movie Review

Scene: The lobby of the IMAX theater in Manhattan.

I think that was the best one yet.” Ann says, as Tabitha heads to the bathroom.

I really enjoyed the third one, but this was good too.” Frank comments.

That was the time travel one?” Scott asks.

Yeah, I think they did it well.” Frank replies.

The third one was almost devoid of the underlying Voldemort storyline though. It almost could’ve been a standalone movie.” Sara says.

There were plenty of inaccuracies here too. They played up the hiding of the journal, and I certainly don’t remember that in the book. I think it was just a ploy to get Harry and Ginny to kiss. Of course, they really messed with the time line for that romance too.” Billy says.

You and time lines. I agree, but at least this one was a little less clip show than the last one. They built around the overall story line of the Horcrux, and that worked well.” Tabitha says, returning from the bathroom.

The 3D was disappointing. Just twelve or so minutes at the beginning, and it wasn’t even super action stuff.” Frank pouts.

It was neat, but I’d have rather seen the scene with Dumbledore and Harry on that island getting the Horcrux in 3D.” Sara agrees.

At least something with some action.” says Scott.

The seventh one is going to be epic. I don’t know how they’ll fit it all in though.”

Actually, they’re splitting it into two movies.” Tabitha says.

Ala Kill Bill? Neat. I wonder where they’ll split it.” Billy muses.

Probably from when Harry returns to Hogwarts. But we’ll make a wager closer to November 2010 when it comes out.”

Sounds fair. Let’s do it once the preview’s out though. By the time the movie is out, it’ll probably be common knowledge where it’ split.”

That works, especially if the preview has scenes from the second part to trick us.”

July 23rd, 2009 by Sara in life, movie, review
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6th Floor Blog Makes Pasta

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Frank

Subject: Spaghetti Pot

Ann arrives home to Frank making himself lunch.

Spaghetti for lunch eh?” Ann notes.

I love me my pasta.” Frank replies, stirring the pot.

Are you making for everyone?”

No one else is home.”

Then why are you using the giant pasta pot for one serving?”

Because the spaghetti fits better.”

From Pictures

Can’t you just break it in half?”

Frank gasps. “Break it in half? If it was meant to be broken in half, it’d be sold broken in half!”

All right, geeze. You going to baked zitify it? We’ve got mozzarella and ricotta in the fridge right?”

Didn’t think we had ricotta, but I didn’t check either.”

Lazy as usual.” Ann opens the fridge, digs around a little, finds the ricotta cheese and hands it to Frank.

Uhh..Ann?” Frank asks, peering at the package. “It says it expired in January.”

Probably not good then huh?” Ann asks, lifting the lid a bit.

Oh, ewww! Throw that out!”

You throw it out! I’m cooking!”

I didn’t buy it! It’s your cheese! You throw it out!”

How do you remember it’s mine? Who cares! Get rid of it!”

Ann carefully lifts the lid of the garbage can, and knocks the cheese into it. “Gross!”

Hey, I didn’t tell you to dig around in the fridge for old cheese. I can just imagine what’s in there.”

Someone really should clean it.”

Not it!” Frank exclaims.

We’ll make Tab do it…she’ll clean.”

Just show her the cheese. It’ll gross her out enough to clean the fridge.”

Definitely.”

July 22nd, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, food, life
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Summer’s Scent

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Smells like Summer

Tabitha, Ann, Scott and Frank are in Starbucks at lunch time.

At least it’s finally warm.”

Summer has finally arrived, yes.”

Still raining though. Still raining..”

*Jun 20 - 00:05*

I’d rather go back to winter. You can always tell it’s summer by the way the city smells.”

The rain is only making that worse. It smells like a swamp.”

Soon the sunlight will start warming that stagnant water, that’s full of cigerette butts and garbage, stewing it to a beautiful New York City scent.”

They should make candles. Like those vomit flavored Jelly Bellys. NYC Summer candles.”

What I wouldn’t give for a whiff of that syrup smell from Jersey right now.”

I had an apartment once, third floor, directly above the dumpsters. We couldn’t open the window in the summer at all, or the whole apartment would reek of trash. We couldn’t have an air conditioner, just four fans that we kept constantly running.”

That sounds rather miserable. I can’t imagine you spent much time there during the day.”

Weekends mostly. We kept ourselves well stocked in beer. Any day we spent there we pretty much ended up drunk. I remember one day when I got stuck waiting for the cable guy during the week, and he showed up at the end of his 10-2 window. He must’ve thought I was a degenerate alcoholic or something. I must have downed 10 cold ones while waiting for him.”

I’m confused Scott, how is that different from your drinking habits nowadays?”

Frank snickers.

Now I wouldn’t be as obviously drunk with 10 beers.”

So all you’ve gained over these years is a bit of alcohol tolerance?”

And a bit of a beer belly.” Tabitha says, poking Scott’s tummy.

Hey now!” Scott says, mock insulted, “I’m not the one panicking about fitting into a dress for my cousin’s wedding!”

That’s only because my cousin thinks you’re a creep, and didn’t invite you to the wedding.”

Aww, I’m sorry Scott. I know how much you like to wear a nice dress.”

Frank starts laughing uncontrollably, drawing weird looks from some of the other customers.

July 1st, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking, life, rain, weather
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Clover Coffee

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, and Scott.

Subject: Clover Coffee

Ann walks out of her room, carrying her laptop.

Sara, you ever have any coffee made on a Clover?” Ann asks Sara, who’s sitting on the couch drinking coffee and watching last night’s Daily Show.


From Pictures

No I haven’t. Starbucks bought the company right? I suspect we’ll start seeing them all over.” Sara replies.

There’s a coffee shop downtown that has one. $4.50 for a cup of coffee? Insane.” Tabitha says.

Sue mentioned a place nearby her in New Jersey has one, and that you should try it.”

I do like coffee…$4.50 though..is that worth it?”

Probably not, but then again, how much stuff do you waste $4.50 on anyway? At least it’s something you enjoy.”

Am I going to have to learn a new coffee machine at work? That’s no fun! Coffee is coffee isn’t it?”

It is to me. I don’t even drink it very often.”

Maybe I should visit Sue and try it out.”

Sure, tack on a round trip New Jersey transit onto the price of the coffee.”

I’d go visit Sue. I don’t know if I want coffee, but a coffee house is as good as any place to visit a friend.”

I haven’t seen Sue in a while..” Tabitha muses. “Okay, I’m in.”

For the coffee too?”

I tell you what, you buy, I’ll try.”

Scott?”

New Jersey? I’ll pass. Tell Sue I say hi.”

June 12th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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Frank’s Fortune

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank, Billy.

Subject: Frank’s Fortune

I always feel so comfortably full after Chinese food.” Frank says, pushing his plate away from him.

I always feel overfull. I don’t think I should’ve had that egg roll.”

I told you I would’ve eaten it.”

I know, I know. I should’ve let you.”

There is always room for fortune cookies though.” Sara says, handing them out.

After opening and eating his cookie, Frank reads his aloud.

“The conclusion is the place you get when you’re tired of thinking.”

Is that really a fortune?”

Not really.”

The conclusion is the place you get when you’re tired of thinking in bed. Doesn’t really work.”

I dunno, it’s kinda zen.”

I don’t think that’s zen. Just lazy. It’s not a conclusion if you don’t actually conclude anything, no matter when you stop thinking.”

And who keeps thinking after you come to a conlcusion? That’s just redundant.”

I think you’re over thinking it. It’s just a silly phrase.”

It’s just making a statement that you can never know everything and once you stop thinking you stop learning.”

Bah, this is too much learning from my dessert. Someone get me some Jello.”

June 4th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, food, life
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Crank it Up

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Crank it up

That movie was insanity!”

Good insanity though. I actually didn’t realize it was a sequel when we first went in.”

From Pictures


Well, it wasn’t that important to have seen the first. I actually liked this one better.”

There’s a blockbuster between here and the apartment, what say we rent it?”

Sure, although I know how it ends.”

Well, you could know the entire sequence of the movie and it’s still entertaining to watch.”

That’s why I said sure! I like the video game feeling to it.”

There are a lot of similarities between the two plots. They take the same sort of story arc.”

Why mess with a good thing?”

I hope they make another sequel.”

It was a fun movie, but I’m not sure it has the drawing power for a third.”

You could probably make the same case for a second movie. I hadn’t even heard of it.”

There weren’t a lot of people there. Then again, it couldn’t have cost that much to make either.”

I dunno, Amy Smart and Jason Statham aren’t nobodies, they probably have to get paid.”

I just googled it on my phone. It looks like they plan a third. And in 3-D!”

Awesome!”

I’d be psyched for that.”

May 19th, 2009 by Frank in 6th Floor, life, review
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e-junk

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: e-junk

 

Frank got a new computer and Sara is transferring over files and setting it up for him.

 

You want all this stuff transferred over Frank? There’s a ton of it!”

 

Yup. There’s probably some stuff in there duplicated or that I don’t need, or I have backed up on discs, but I’m not sure what is what.”

 

So you’re a pack rat, just digitally.”

 

Nothing wrong with digital pack rats, at least e-junk doesn’t collect dust.”

 

It’s certainly not great for the computer’s performance. And now we just transfer this junk from computer to computer, until 50 years from now we have folders called ‘old stuff’ instead of photo albums and boxes in the basement.”

 

That’s assuming that you don’t collect junk along with e-junk.”

 

It’s probably recursive. I’m sure Frank will have a box in the basement one day labeled ‘old files’ in which he’ll have a flash drive with a folder of pictures labeled ‘old boxes’ with pictures of all the boxes in his basement.”

 

Frank laughs. “I could definitely see me doing that. I’ll probably save this old laptop so that if I forgot to save or transfer something, I can still get it.”

 

There should be an expiration on that. Like how you’re supposed to keep tax stuff for seven years or whatever. If you don’t need a file off your computer for a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it.”

 

Not for me, I’m always remembering files I want from years ago, stories I have half-written, names and phone numbers I jotted down in a text file, logs from conversations that I saved to remember something.”

 

Organization is key! That’s why I only save the information I know I want to keep long term to one place. If it didn’t make it into that folder, it’s not important.”

 

Ha! Sometimes I don’t remember where I save things right after I save them.”

 

I’m the same way. I’ll save something to look at later, and totally forget about it. Or I’ll download a book or document that I want to read or look at, but don’t really want to save long term, but get distracted and never read it.”

 

That’s the beauty of the Internet. You can always find that info again!”

 

That’s true for the most part, except when you forget what it is that you are forgetting.”

 

Maybe you forgot that you remembered what it was that you’re forgetting, already looked it up or read it, and don’t remember that you’d saved it to look at later anyway.”

 

Woah. Now I’m just confused. Not all of us are as organized as you Tab, let’s leave my mess alone.”

 

I pity the people that have to sift through all these computers of deceased people. It’s probably a mess!”

 

Didn’t that just happen with Tolkien? They released a ‘new’ book right? And that was actually physical papers, not computers.”

tolkien

I’m not sure what’s harder to compile after the fact, stacks of papers here and there, or a vast array of computer files.”

 

Tolkien released a new book? So it can be said this guy’s published books for 80 years? Craziness!”

 

I’m not that productive alive! Never mind from beyond the grave!”

May 14th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Sara’s Soliloquy

 

Everyone’s sitting around eating dinner, spaghetti and meatballs, when Sara starts talking.

 

I was thinking about the Internet today.”spagandmeat

 

Mhmm Mrrhagrm?” Scott mumbles, spaghetti dangling from his mouth.

 

It really changes as you get older. When you’re young, you go on and everything is exciting and new but you don’t really get a full sense of just how big it is. You almost expect to run into people you know everywhere. The percentages go up if you are on local sites, but it’s still very unlikely. Yet you still think you’re going to run into classmates or friends in random places on the web.”

 

Sara pauses for a bite of meatball.

 

Then you get a little older. You’ve dabbled in the place a lot. You’ve found blogs, and irc channels, and chat rooms and youtube and digg and all those ‘popular’ sites. You’ve learned that while you aren’t likely to run into random people you know in real life on the web, the people you do run into can become friends easily. You become a little egotistical in that you think you know everything.”

 

Sara takes a sip of her wine.

 

You start to assume that if you haven’t heard about something, it probably didn’t happen. Or that it just isn’t important. You’ve added silly Internet catch phrases like ‘all your base are belong to us’ and ‘fail’ to your vocabulary, yet disdain others like Anime style smilies or l8r; dismissing the latter as AOL speak.”

 

Sara takes another sip of wine.

 

Tabitha glances at the empty wine bottle in the kitchen. “How much wine have you had already Sara?”

 

I’m not done! Shh.”

 

As time goes on and you’re still discovering new things, you start to realize just how vast the world, and the Internet, are. You learn just because a site doesn’t come up on digg or slashdot or your favorite portal site doesn’t mean that it’s not cool, or that it hasn’t been around and successful. You learn how easy it is for a new site or idea to come into being, take off, and suddenly be all the rave. You discover things that you never realized were there and scratch your head thinking ‘How did I not know about this?’ You become a web disciple, fully believing that if there is information to be had, you can find it on the web somewhere. You probably blog recreationally and contribute to Wikipedia by this point.”

 

Sara takes a sip of wine, and picks up her fork and spoon and begins eating again.

 

Next week on ‘Life According to Sara’…”

April 24th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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Scott’s Spare Change

 

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Scott’s Spare Change

 

Scott Ann and Frank are walking home when Scott stops in front of a store.

 

Hang on guys, I want to grab some chips to snack on tonight.”

 

Ann and Frank follow him in and watch him pick out a bag of BBQ chips and a bag of regular potato chips.

 

Clerk: “$5.82”

 

Scott digs into his pocket for a $5 dollar bill, three quarters, a nickel, and two pennies and pays.

 

Exact change? Of 82 cents?” Frank asks as they walk out.

 

You’re weird. I always figure if I need more than two coins to make the exact amount to just pay will bills and get change.”

 

I have so many coins. I’m only paying exact change from now on. It’s so liberating! You should try it. No fumbling to put away change, no fishing out quarters from the washing machine.”

 

You’re crazy. So that’s it? Always exact change from now on? What are you going to do if you run out of coins while you’re out?”

 

I just won’t run out.”

sparechange

 

That’s gotta be more hassle than it’s worth. Why not just take the pile to the bank or a Coinstar machine or something?”

 

No. Money is meant to be spent. It wants to get out there, not rot in some bank.”

 

Okaaay. You keep doing that.” Ann says, unlocking the door to the apartment and going in.

April 21st, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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