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6th Floor Turkey Discussion

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Thanksgiving is Coming

All six of the 6th Floor Gang are out to dinner, It’s Sunday night, and they’re discussing the short week and Thanksgiving.

From Pictures

Are we all staying here again this year? Or are some of you escaping to your families?” Ann asks.

I haven’t actually decided yet. My parents invited me home, but I’m feeling lazy about making the trip.” Tabitha says.

My parents stopped doing holidays years ago.” Billy says.

Likewise. Now they just use the four day weekend for vacations. I think they’re leaving for San Diego Tuesday night.” Scott says.

My brother John was going to come to New York with my sister, who’s never been to New York, but he couldn’t really take off of work to get here, and it’s a bit expensive. So I’ll be around.” Frank says.

My family is actually celebrating on Saturday. So I’ll be free Thursday.” Sara says.

Celebrating Saturday? That’s..just..wrong.” Frank admonishes.

Yeah, everyone knows you can only be thankful on Thanksgiving. After that you’re required to go back to being a selfish, cruel American.” Billy says.

Especially in New York.” Frank adds.

Are we getting our party on Wednesday night?” Scott asks, hopefully.

Actually..while I’ll be here for Thanksgiving, and even would be willing to cook a bird, I’m going home to Long Island Wednesday night.” Ann says.

Long Island? Why would you do something like that?” Scott asks, confused.

Couple of high school friends are getting together to go out. And you always run into other old high school friends at bars in our home town.” Ann explains.

Boo! Tell them to come to Manhattan. You don’t really want to go to a trashy Long Island townie bar to run into classmates you hated when you were in school and probably still hate now do you?” Scott asks.

We flipped a coin, and it was decided I would come there instead of the three of them coming here. I’ll just crash at my parents place, but I’ll be back in the morning.” Ann says.

If you can stay vertical enough to board a train anyway.” Billy says.

I doubt I’ll drink that much that I’m hungover until dinner…” Ann says.

Then you’re doing it wrong.” Sara says.

How about you come with me and show me how it’s done then? My parents have an extra bed you could crash on..” Ann invites.

You’re on!” Sara says.

Hey now, you’re inviting her but not us?” Scott complains.

Girls only. Sorry.” Ann says, sticking out her tongue.

Tab? Want to come as well?” Ann asks.

No thanks. I’ll just stay here, maybe I’ll bake a pie or something.” Tabitha says.

Guess it’s just us guys here in Manhattan.” Scott notes.

We don’t need no stinkin’ girls anyway.” Billy says.

November 23rd, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, Drinking, food
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Date Me, Stalk Me

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Date Me

Scott and Frank enter the apartment, it’s noon on Monday, and Sara is lounging on the couch with her laptop, which is named Xerses.

Sara! I see you’re very busy playing bejeweled blitz but we’re planning to go to that new bar that opened to watch the game tonight. You will join us.” Scott commands.

You sure they’ll have the Islanders on?” Sara asks.

I told you she didn’t want to watch the World Series.” Frank says to Scott.

Come on! You need to get out of the house anyway.” Scott says.

I am getting out. I actually have a date tonight.” Sara says.

Ooooh, who’s the lucky guy?” Frank asks.

Forget it. I’m not telling you anything.” Sara says, turning back to bejeweled.

Shouldn’t you be studying?” Scott asks.

Studying? For my date?” Sara asks, confused.

I always study for my dates. You gotta look ‘em up, find out what they like. Google them!” Scott says.

From Pictures

You’re crazy. If you find out everything about a girl you’re going to date, what do you talk about at the date?” Sara asks.

Oh, I don’t tell her that I Googled her. She might think I’m creepy.” Scott says.

It’s not a bad plan. It helps you steer the conversation in a proper fashion. Like if you Googled this guy and found out he’s a Yankees fan, you wouldn’t bring up baseball or the World Series because your Mets sucked this year.” Frank explains.

Actually, that does make a lot of sense…and you just wait until next year with the Mets.” Sara says.

Here, let me help you. I’m an expert on finding info on people.” Scott says, taking the laptop from Sara. “What’s this guy’s name?”

November 3rd, 2009 by Frank in 6th Floor, baseball, life, love
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Columbus Day

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy

Subject: Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day everyone! I didn’t know what a traditional Columbus Day cake was, so I just bought a box of donuts from Krispy Kreme.” Billy says, returning home from work.

From Pictures

Smallpox blankets maybe? I could go off about how we shouldn’t be celebrating a guy like Columbus, but then again, It’s hard to argue with donuts.” Frank says.

Well, It’s not like our other holidays are oh so pristine.” Sara says.

You could probably make a case for why those holidays shouldn’t be celebrated either.” Frank responds.

We could just become Jehovah’s Witnesses and celebrate nothing..” Tabitha says.

Life is full of horribleness. Columbus, Thanksgiving, etc. July 4th is basically the celebration of war and treason is it not? But good things came from all of it, and that’s what I’m celebrating.” Billy says.

Like it or not, our lives are the way they are because of what Columbus did. It’s similar to the idea that you can’t/shouldn’t actually go back in time and kill Hitler.”

That’s just tv stuff. Not real.” Frank says.

Because time travel is real anyway? I’m not arguing that we should ignore the horrible things Columbus did, or the horrible way the natives were treated, or that school programs shouldn’t be altered, but Columbus setting sail in 1492 was the start of a series of events that led to the creation of America, New York, and this apartment that we’re standing in.” Sara says.

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Tabitha quotes.

There is a difference between celebration and remembrance though.” Frank says.

Does anyone really ‘celebrate’ Columbus Day? Most people just enjoy the day off. It could be for any other reason and it wouldn’t change anything for most.” Sara says.

Not celebrating would be worse. It would be forgotten and glossed over.” Billy comments.

Do we have to call it ‘Columbus Day’ like he’s some sacred hero?” Frank asks.

From Pictures

Probably not. But people don’t do change well. Things stick. Tradition. It’s the same way with Thanksgiving, which basically has the same cultural negatives to it, but we still get together with family, and celebrate life. As much as you can say ‘we should do that all the time’, it wouldn’t happen that way without the holiday. Or Christmas. I know more people that celebrate Christmas without once thinking of Jesus than celebrate it with religiously.” Sara says.

I guess as long as people continue to be educated about the truth and not think this was all lollipops and roses. I still think Columbus’ name should be left out of it. Macy’s can advertise just as well with a different holiday name.” Frank says.

What bridge do you take to get to the beer garden in Astoria Frank?” Tabitha asks.

The Triboro. Why?” Frank asks, puzzled.

Wrong. It’s the RFK bridge. People don’t adjust to change well. Some people still call the Jackie Robinson Parkway the Interboro, and that’s been like that for a long long time. But just because we’re using an archaic name, doesn’t mean we can’t fully understand or talk about the bad things associated with Columbus.” Tabitha says.

Frank laughs. “Well, you got me there.”

Enough social studies. Let’s have a donut and watch some hockey.” Billy says, flipping on the Islanders game.

October 12th, 2009 by Sara in 6th Floor, life
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Craft Beer Week in NYC

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Craft Beer Week

Where’s Scott? I feel like I haven’t seen him in a couple of days.” Frank asks.

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Scott’s been in California for an old high school friend’s wedding since Wednesday. He’ll be back Thursday. Which you’d know if you were ever awake during normal hours.” Tabitha replies.

It’s 2:30! How is that not a normal hour?” Frank asks.

He does have a point.” Sara says.

I play poker, just assume I’m on pacific time. Like Vegas.” Frank explains.

Couldn’t you be on Atlantic City time? Match us a little better?” Tabitha asks.

Stop knocking my sleep patterns. Anyway, Scott’s gonna miss Craft Beer Week.” Frank says.

I’d forgotten about that. I’m in.” Sara says.

Is it that pay one price drink all evening thing we did last year?” Ann asks.

Actually, that’s not until June. This is different. There are a bunch of different events, but the one I’m excited about is 60 different cask ales across three bars this weekend.” Frank says.

Actually, we missed one Labor Day weekend. I don’t know what’s wrong with us.” Sara says.

We did? Doh.. Anyway, There are some walking tours and food pairings during the week, but I think the cask beer is the best event. Who wants to come?” Frank says.

I’ll do it. Cask beers are always so interesting.” Sara says, raising her hand.

Nah, too expensive for me. I don’t appreciate beer the way you guys do. Give me a simple Corona and I’m happy.” Tabitha declines.

I’ll come. I had plans tomorrow but they fell through. Might as well do something.” Ann says.

Billy?” Frank asks.

Billy, who’d been half dozing on the couch the entire time looks up at Frank. “That’s fine. Buy me a ticket and I’ll pay you tomorrow.” Billy says, closing his eyes again.

What’s with Rip Van Winkle over there?” Frank asks.

He worked a really early shift this morning. Just got home a little while ago but didn’t want to nap before we get dinner. We’re going out to that Mexican place remember?” Tabitha explains.

Oh. Right.” Frank says.

What would you do without me to explain things to you?” Tabitha asks.

I’d probably just order Chinese.” Frank retorts.

Mexican is better than Chinese-American food any day.” Ann says.

Billy gives a silent thumbs up from the couch.


September 11th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking
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Yankees vs. Red Sox

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank

Subject: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Baseball!” Frank says, walking in the door. Ann and Sara are working on a crossword puzzle together on the couch.

Baseball season’s over.” Sara replies.

Maybe for you..speaking of which..a friend of mine gave me two tickets to tomorrow night’s game. You want to come?” Frank asks.

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Yankees Red Sox? Hmm…can I wear my Wright jersey?” Sara teases.

No.”

Can I buy a Yankee Hater cap?” Sara asks.

Sure…if you don’t wear it.” Frank retorts.

Fine, I’ll come. Sounds like fun, I’ve wanted to check out the place anyway. I’m holding firm on wearing my Citi Field inaugural season shirt though.” Sara bargains.

I can live with that I guess.”

You got good enough tickets that I should look for you on tv?” Ann asks.

I’m actually not sure where the seats are yet.”

I thought you said you had the tickets.” Ann says.

Don’t mince words with me! He’s giving them to me tomorrow. I think it’s the second level, but I don’t know where. I’ll text you. How’s that?”

I wasn’t going to watch anyway.”

Just Tivo it. If we catch a foul ball or something, we’ll watch it ourselves.”

Yeah, like they’d keep the camera on a Mets fan.”

Good point, it’s televised by Al-Yankazeera after all.”

Actually, it’s on the MLB Network too.” Ann says, looking at the tv guide.

We’ll Tivo that verison then.” Sara says.

Then it’s settled. Help us out with the puzzle Frank. Do you know 14 Across?”

Let me see.” Frank says, sitting down on the couch.

August 5th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, baseball
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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.”

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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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6th Floor Blog And The Half Blood Prince

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: 6th Floor Blog and the Half Blood Prince

Scott is logged into gmail, and instant messages the rest of the gang.

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Scott: Frank! I got us tickets for Harry Potter tonight, the 3D IMAX version.

Frank: Sounds good. What time?

Scott: 10.

Frank: Late. Glad I don’t work conventional hours.

Scott: Sara! Potter? I bought the tickets for tonight.

Sara: What time?

Scott: 10.

Sara: Ugh! Fine..means I won’t get to sleep until after 1. I’m going to need a double dose of coffee at work tomorrow..

Scott: At least I didn’t buy the 2am showing.

Sara: 2am? Yikes. That’d almost be better, I could just go right to Starbucks for coffee and then on to work.

Scott: Tabitha! I got the Harry Potter tickets for tonight. You in?

Tabitha: Nah..I gotta work tomorrow.

Scott: So? You work everyday. You only Potter once.

Tabitha: You can’t use a proper noun as a verb.

Scott: The movie will let out at 12:40..we’ll grab a cab. You can be asleep by 1. 😀

Tabitha: And be tired all day tomorrow? That does not sound all that appealing.

Scott: I’ll buy you a coffee on your way to work if you like.

Tabitha: Ugh. Fine, just make me a cup of tea in the morning and we’ll go from that.

Scott: I don’t know how to make tea.

Tabitha: It’s a teabag in boiling water. I’ll show you what to do.

Scott: Deal.

Scott: Annie! Harry Potter tonight as planned?

Ann: Don’t call me that Scotty boy. 😛

Scott: I got the tickets.

Ann: I’ll meet you guys there then. You convinced Tab?

Scott: All it took was a cup of tea.

Ann: lol.

Scott: You’re in right Billy?

Billy: Potter? Yup. I just finished re-reading the book at lunch.

Scott: So you can chronicle what they screwed up?

Billy: Nah, just so I can when I have that “But I don’t remember Harry doing that..” moment, I can remember what actually happened. And so I can whisper to Frank how mixed up the movie is. He hates that.

Scott: He sure does. Catch you later.

Scott signs off.

July 21st, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor
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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.


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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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Tribeca Film Festival

 

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Tribeca Film Festival

 

Tribeca Film Festival tickets go on sale soon. Who wants to see a movie or two?”

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Got anything interesting playing this year?”

 

Come over here and look with me.” Frank and the others gather around the computer.

 

Oooh, The Bather.”

 

A four minute short with the description of ‘A woman is observed showering behind a translucent curtain.’ I’m gonna say no to that one.”

 

You’re no fun!”

 

I do like the shorts though. You get eight or so different movies, and if one sucks, you only have to suffer through a little while before you get another chance at a good one.”

 

But what if they all suck?”

 

Then at least it was an experience..”

 

Read Wonderful World. World’s most negative man? Sounds almost like Frank!”

 

Chick flick though. Sounds like he’ll end up positive in the end.”

 

Boo.”

 

Might be a growing experience for Frank.”

 

How about a horror, The House of the Devil?”

 

Horror movies usually suck..I think Tribeca will be even worse.”

 

True, remember when we saw…what was it.. that French film with the siblings that didn’t know each other?”

 

Sheitan. That sucked. This House of the Devil sounds like the grudge a bit.”

 

It even has a rather generic horror name.”

 

Okay, no horror. I’ll see whatever. You guys pick, I have to get to work. Tell me how much I owe.” Billy departs.

 

How about I narrow down the list, and we all vote on one or two tonight? Then I’ll buy them.”

 

Sounds good.”

April 14th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor
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