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Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: All We Got For Christmas

Featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas gifts!

Frank: Bioshock

Excellent game. I’m really enjoying the storyline, and the game play is pretty smooth.”


Sara: Sam Adams Chocolate Bock

Probably my favorite beer. One of the few that actually has chocolate instead of just the chocolate flavor from the grains. Limited edition unfortunately.”

Billy: Wine Fridge

Probably similar to Sara, but I really like the wine fridge, and now I don’t have to worry about one of you remove the wine I wanted to drink from the refrigerator for space.”


Ann: 8GB Flash Drive

Perfect for transporting stories I’ve half written elsewhere, or being able to access my notes on any computer.”


Scott: Giants playoff tickets

What needs to be said? Giants. Playoffs. I’ll be there.”


Tabitha: Picture clock.

I love our new clock. I can’t wait to pick out pictures for the hours.”

What was your favorite gift?

January 5th, 2009 by Ann in Beer
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If you don’t want to get run over, get off the sidewalk!

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Pedestrian Roadkill!

Frank..dude..you totally got owned by that taxi driver!”

I haven’t gotten fighting down yet..it’s harder than San Andreas!”

I’m not usually a huge fan of watching video games, but Grand Theft Auto is different.”

There is something captivating about watching a video game car carom all over the place taking out fire hydrants and pedestrians and light posts.”

Damn! Look at that detail! Water gushing from where you hit the hydrant, and you can see the spiderwebs of cracks and blood on the windshield from where the cop shot you.”

Wow…I guess you can get shot in the car now. I told you it was harder!”

And it’s not as easy to just walk up to a cop and beat the crap out of him. Apparently they can arrest you standing, and they immediately shoot at you if you move.”

I wonder if any of that will change any as the game goes on.”

Only one way to find out. Hey, two stars! You’ve got a couple of cops on your tail and your car is smoking bad!”

Yeah, I gotta find an alley or something..out of the way taxi!”

Hey..my cars not moving…am I stuck on something?”

Niko: “Come on…start!” (Niko’s the main character in the game)

It stalled? Cars can stall?”

And now it seems to be on fire. I’d get out of that.”

Frank climbs out and jumps over a wall to hide from the cops.

Wow..that takes a long time to blow up.” Frank says, after the car finally explodes.

That was pretty cool.”

Hey, it says you have a text message.”

Yeah, that’s my first girlfriend. We’re supposed to go bowling or something.”

You’re setting the ringtone on your phone? The detail on this game is crazy!”

It doesn’t seem to be quite as big as San Andreas.”

I guess that’s alright. There was a lot of cool stuff in San Andreas, but sometimes driving between cities was a pain.”

Okay, you should actually go on the missions, advance the game and stuff.”

Yeah, this way I can get some cool weapons!”

Frank plays the game a bit, and is now on a date with his girlfriend and they’re going to the carnival. (Coney Island)

Hahaha! That’s great, not only do they have Coney Island, it’s closed because someone’s going to build condos!”

Nice walk along the boardwalk though. And it’s neat that you can actually bowl. I wonder if you are supposed to let her win?”

No! You can’t let her win!”

Yeah! Screw her. Between the new job, and the new game, I’m not going to have time for anything else for a while.”

What else is there?”

May 1st, 2008 by Billy in 6th Floor
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Ready, Set, Brawl!

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

Subject: Super Smash Brothers: Brawl!

Sara stumbled out of the apartment Sunday morning to pick up her copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and returned to the apartment to find Scott and Frank semi-awake in the living room.

Sara, you went out this early? What’s wrong with you?”

Smash brothers! It was tough, but I wanted to play video games to fight the hangover.”

Is that a Box of Joe from Dunkin Donuts? Are you going to drink that all by yourself?” Scott looks at Sara longingly.

I bought it expecting to share, but I would drink it alone if no one else wants any.”

No way, I think we both want some. You set up the game, and I’ll pour.” Frank pulls himself off the couch and reaches for the coffee mugs.

I hear Sonic’s a good character, can I be Sonic?”

You have to unlock him first. I think you can unlock most characters just by playing versus though, so eventually.”

I’ll just stick to random, I like trying out all the characters.” Frank says, grabbing a controller and handing out coffee.

I’m going to use the gamecube controller.”

I’ll stick to the Wiimote. Works well enough for me.”

I hate wires. I’ll take a Wiimote too.”

Dibs on Kirby!”

Kirby, damn cream puff.”

Falcon Smash!”

Shoot, we have it on time play. Remind me to change it to stock after this.”

What’s that glowing ball thing floating around do?”

The Smash Ball. You gotta hit it, and then you glow and can do your smash attack by pressing neutral B.”

That’s the insta-kill attack?”

It varies for each character, some are pretty close to insta-kill, some you have to be close to your target, some shoot in a straight line.”

No, jump! Higher! Argh! Yoshi’s pretty crazy. I keep rolling off!”

That’s why I like Kirby. Lots of floating to get back to the board.”

Kirby’s a beginner’s character, I like Ness, or Lucas.”

Fine, no Kirby. I’ll be Pikachu this round.”

There are way too many pokemon in this game.”

Yeah, there are a lot.”

Did I just see Little Mac from Punch Out in that blue thing I opened?”

I think so. Those things help you kill people.”

Wii: “Pika! Pika! Pika!”

Geeze, Pikachu’s annoying. Shut up!”

I want to strangle the little yellow bastard. Very anti-hangover.”

Aha! Take that! Killer angels!” Frank, as Pit, gets the smash ball and kills Scott and Sara.

Coffee refill!”

Yes!”

This is fun. We’ll have to get Ann, Tabitha and Billy playing when they wake up. We’ll have those other characters unlocked in no time.”

I think StarWolf is in the game. I want to play with him.”

They have Mr. Game and Watch again?”

Who the fuck is Mr. Game and Watch?”

Yeah, he’s in here. Mr. Game and Watch was the mascot for the Game & Watch series of games, which was basically the precursor to Game Boy.”

I see, so he’s an old school type character.”

yeah, he’s basically just a 2-D silhouette.”

Okay, Bowser time. You are going down!”

Bowser’s a pushover!”

Tabitha emerges from her room. “What’s with all the shouting? Don’t you have any respect for the hung…ooooh, coffee!”

Grab a controller Tabitha. Let’s Brawl!”

March 18th, 2008 by Sara in 6th Floor
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6th Floor Anniversary

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

Subject: 6th Floor Anniversary

Our second anniversary party went off much better than the first. We came up with a couple of exciting drink recipes that were better than a Desert Island, Sara make a chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, banana cake that was delicious. I forgot to take a picture of it, but we got the recipe from the cupcakeblog, which has pictures. There were residual effects of the party that lasted into Sunday, but that’s a separate post. Oddly enough, Frank’s brother John made his second visit this weekend, again being able to catch our party. My boyfriend Mark was here ,as was Billy’s girlfriend Janine. Amy and Sue attended, our former neighbors who have moved out, as did other building tenants Henry, Mike, and Brett. There were a couple of other people, and friends of friends, all in all making our apartment pretty packed.

Mike: “Hey guys! I brought some Coronas, I remember you had a beer shortage last year.”

Thanks Mike, this year should be better. Scott, put this by the rest of the drinks.”

Scott puts the case of beer under the small table we have pushed into the corner with drinks and mixers and an ice bucket, grabs a beer, and retreats to the corner where Brett, John and Frank were standing, drinks in hand. “What are you guys talking about?”

The new Grand Theft Auto game.”

Brett: “It’s going to be awesome, I’ve been looking at all of the screen shots and videos online.”

John: “They have a shot of the rundown world’s fair. I know they have a sports team called the swingers, and I think the stadium must be located at Shea.”

The logo is a clear parody of the Yankees logo though.”

Having some of the south Bronx in the game seems right on GTA’s style.”

Brett: “That’s true. Only about a month or so to go and we’ll find out for sure. I can’t wait.”

You got an HDTV? That game will look awesome on my screen.” Frank gestures to the LCD tv on the wall.”

Brett: “Very nice. No, I’m looking to get one for the release of the game though.”

Doesn’t hurt for sports either.”

Across the room…

So it looks like Janine and Mark are getting along. What are they talking about anyway?”

Economic theory or something. I hope Mark’s more interesting otherwise, but that conversation was boring me to death. Janine started in on supply and demand and I just immediately zoned out.”

Economics was not my strong class in college. Should we go interrupt?”

Yes, but let’s bring them something to drink. Most people don’t discuss complex formulae or have intricate discussions when they’re drunk.”

Meanwhile, Sara is having a conversation with a woman named Jessie, and Tabitha, who looks bored.

I always walk down Broadway if I have the opportunity. Since it’s slanted it actually makes the trip a little shorter than walking down a different avenue. Of course, this only works if you’re going downtown and east or uptown and west.”

Jessie: “That’s very intriguing Sara, but don’t you get bored of always walking down the same street? I like the excitement of seeing different storefronts and restaurants.”

Well that’s true. There is some merit to that train of thought, but it depends where I’m headed and if I’m in a hurry. Especially around here where I’ve pretty much walked down the avenues as much as Broadway, so that excitement isn’t quite there.”

Need another beer Sara?”

Sara peers into her beer bottle. “Yeah, just about.”

I got it. I’m out anyway.”

Tabitha walks over to the beer table, and runs into Frank getting a refill.

Sara’s on one of her drunken rants. It was all I could do not to eat my beer bottle to distract myself. Please bring her this beer?”

And get sucked in myself? No thanks. Mike!”

Mike walks over. Mike: “What’s up?”

Could you bring this beer over to Sara?”

Mike: “Umm..sure. I guess that’s not too taxing.”

Crisis averted. Thanks Frank.”

You are welcome. It comes at a cost though. I can’t recall how many beers I was getting.”

It’s beer, I’m sure if you get too many someone will drink it.”

Orr…I could abandon them completely and let them fend for themselves. I think I’ll go tell Janine scary Billy stories.”

Desert Island anyone?” Ann asks, carrying around a plate.

Are those jello shots?”

Yup! They’re good, I’ve already tried them.”

Ann circles the room, handing out jello shots.

Yum! These are much better than the drinks you made us last year! Good job.”

This is definitely the best jello shot I’ve tasted in my entire life.”

Janine: “Definitely. These are excellent!”

Mark? Could you get the other tray of jello shots out of the fridge?”

Ann turns around to see Mark already eating jello shots off the tray in the fridge.

Couldn’t wait huh?”

Mark: “What can I say? You make terrific jello shots, brings me back to my college days.”

You graduated last year.”

Mark: “I know. That’s still back isn’t it?”

I’ll tell you what’s back! Hamburger buns!” Scott slurs, as he jumps over the back of the couch to the kitchen.

Mark: “What?”

I was just thinking about how nice it would be to have a hamburger right about now. Harkens back to the good ‘ole days of last summer when we used to barbecue.”

Mark: “Are you mocking me?”

He’s not mocking you, he’s just Scott. You’re lucky Billy’s distracted or he’d be making comments too. They feed off each other.” Ann says, gesturing to Billy who’s kissing Janine in the corner.

Let’s see, do you think I should go to bed now? I figure that leaves me with five hours of sleep, and 90 minutes to fight the hangover and get out of the apartment to go get Super Smash Brothers.”

Or you could simply enjoy yourself, and get up when you get up.”

No, I have to get the game.”

Suit yourself. But I’m going to laugh at you when you’re miserable tomorrow.”

May she who is sober cast the first stone.”

She’s right Tab, you’re horrible with hangovers.”

However, Sara was right. It was getting late and people had started to leave. Mark had to work on Sunday and was returning home, Billy and Janine had retired for the night. As people started to leave Sara turned in early and Frank fell asleep on the couch. Scott was pacing around so me and Tabitha convinced him to pick up empty bottles and cups while he was walking around. We did a preliminary clean up of the area, looking for things that might stain or should be returned to the fridge. By the time we finished, (and finished another beer), the last stragglers had left and we headed for the sheets ourselves, confident that this party was a hell of a lot better than last year’s.

March 12th, 2008 by Ann in Beer
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March

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: March

It’s that time of month again!”

Oh no! She’s going to ask us about March! Run!”

Scott and Frank leap up and start dashing towards the bedrooms, but Ann blocks their way.

Tough. It won’t hurt that much, I promise.”

That’s what the doctor always says too, before he comes at me with a giant needle!”

At least he puts a Mickey Mouse band-aid on your boo-boo.”

Yeah, that’s true.” Frank sits back down and resumes his game with Sara.

Hey, I’m losing 34-22? You didn’t pause it?!”

Oh, you wanted it to pause it? My mistake.” Sara grins.

You’ll regret that! Prepare for an amazing comeback.”

My birthday’s in March, so that’s cool. This year’s the big Two Seven.”

The big Two Seven? What’s so great about 27?”

Well, It’s prime for one thing.” Sara calls over from the couch.”

No it’s not…nine and three..?”

Oops. Nevermind. So what is so great about 27 then Scott?”

I just wanted to say the big Two Seven. Nothing special.”

I know it’s a little cliché going with a food answers, but I like cornbeef and cabbage as well as Irish soda bread.”

Speaking of that, did you see that Guinness is looking to make St. Patrick’s Day an official holiday?”

Not a bad idea. I love Guinness.”

They got a petition I guess? I’d sign that.”

915,913 signatures to go apparently. That’s a lot in only two weeks. I don’t even like Guinness but I think it’s a good idea.”

They even have a commercial, where they’re interviewing what I guess is a pilgrim, asking him if he’s jealous about the idea.”

On that avenue of thought, I’m going to say green beer is my favorite thing about March.”

Green beer? You know it’s just food coloring right? I could make you some green beer right now.”

Wouldn’t taste the same if it’s not the 17th. Your turn Ann, I know how you like to weasel out of your own questions.”

That’s easy, my favorite thing about this March is that Wednesday marks one whole year of writing the blog. I’m proud of myself.”

A bit modest are we? I’m going to say Easter. It’s neat that it’s early this year. I Looove dying Easter Eggs.”

Yeah, that should be fun. Maybe we should all stick around here this year instead of going home to our families. Last but not least, Sara. No baseball reasons, you always find a way to make it about baseball.”

But.. But..”

No! And I might not let you use it in April either!”

Speaking of days that should be holidays, Opening Day should really be a national holiday so we can all watch our national pasttime.”

I’m with you there. Look on the bright side, I’m my own boss and you are unemployed. We can both watch it at leisure!”

I knew there was a benefit to being home all day! If I can’t have baseball, I’ll go with the ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’ cliché. I look forward to the warm weather again.”

See, and no one died. If you guys start thinking about your April answers, maybe you won’t find it so grueling.”

And Frank, you suck. Did you just lose to Sara by 27 points?”

Best two out of three?”

March 3rd, 2008 by Ann in Beer, baseball
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Guy’s Night In

Welcome to the 6th floor.

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

Subject: Guy’s Night In

I was playing Dr. Mario with Ann when Tabitha came and got her, and then they left. They said they were meeting Sara somewhere. I noted to Scott and Frank that the apartment was girl-free at the moment, so we decided to do some guy things while we had the chance.

Why do we still drink crap like this? Who bought it?” asked Frank as he handed out some of the Coors Light in the fridge.

Tabitha I think. We don’t have anything better?”

There were some Bacardi Silver’s. I think that would be a blow to our manly guy night though.”

Put something better in then. Dr. Mario is seriously not a man’s game.”

MLB: The Show? Or we could just watch SportsCenter.”

Skip SportsCenter. Look, there’s a poker game on.”

That’d be like watching you work. How lame is that? Watching poker is totally not manly. Playing poker might be, but I’m not playing poker with you anyway.”

So video games it is then. So where do you think the girls went anyway?”

I heard them say something about Sara.”

Must be. She’s usually asleep by this time. I wonder were she went.”

Maybe she snapped under the pressure and killed someone.”

Maybe they’re bailing her out of jail then!”

I don’t think you get out that easily if you kill someone. She’s probably just at a co-workers apartment. I don’t know why Tabitha and Ann had to go find her though.”

Action movies! Billy, pop in one of those shoot-em-up films and I’ll get us some snacks. We do still have snacks right?”

I think we do. You live here too, just check. Or did you forget how to use the cabinet?”

I just leave everything I need on the counter so I don’t have to use the cabinets.”

Doesn’t Tabitha yell at you about that all the time?”

He has a cabinet full of half-eaten stuff, because Tabitha gets annoyed and puts them away, and then if he asks she won’t tell him where she put it.”

Oh yeah, that’s where those moths came from that time. The half-used tin of hot chocolate that Scott had forgotten about all year.”

I’m just an opportunistic eater. If it’s not right in front of me, I usually don’t want it that much.”

First cabinet to the left of the sink, there are some pretzels and potato chips in there. Lets start watching.”

There are some bowls in the cabinet next to the fridge.”

Bowls? Who needs bowls? Just for that comment, you’re writing the next blog entry to get Ann to stop bugging us for a while.”

May 8th, 2007 by Billy in Uncategorized
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