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Letter to Spring

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Dear Spring, Welcome! Sure, your wind and rain seem a bit perverse considering how long we had to wait for you to come around, but your presence is still greatly appreciated. Flowers beginning to bloom and cool sunshine, what a joy! You’ve also brought me a job. Oh, Spring, as much as unemployment was the…

How to Survive: Daytime Television (In Person)

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Unemployment is getting weird. You all know how hard I’ve been avoiding daytime television, right? Well I lost my battle, kind of. Thanks to an ad on craigslist, I actually participated in it as an audience member. I’m not going to name names, but there’s a man out there who is basically the conservative poor…

Throwing Like A Girl: A Memoir

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I was recently reminded of a fun little incident from my youth throwing like a girl the other day after seeing a young girl at the park playing football with the boys. When I was 11 we used to have recess outside after lunch because they would close off the school block for twenty minutes. …

Sara Roan’s 3 Ways to Survive Unemployment

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I have now found myself in the trenches of Unemployment: Day 1. Last week we were on the train chatting about romance, this week I have no income—what a wild ride this thing called life is! Now before you worry too much, I knew this day was coming. In fact, it was I who chose…

Our Engagement Story

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Here I am, riding a train on Valentine’s Day. By the time you read this it will no longer be Valentine’s Day, but that’s ok. I imagine romance is still be lingering wherever you are and will be in the air for weeks to come, because that’s what V Day does, right? It makes people…

From Below Album Review, “no gods, no monsters”

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I first met Tom Hoy as singer/songwriter Julianne Mason’s guitar player during a performance at Brooklyn’s iconic Goodbye Blue Monday. His clean arpeggio driven electric guitar licks added a warm, sonorous element to Mason’s ardently melodic voice. Hoy, it turns out, travels wide on the genre spectrum. He is also the lead guitarist for New…

Living Well

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I don’t think I live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I’m positive I don’t.  I can’t cook for myself because I never had the time to learn and it has led me to feed on the garbage that diners and deli’s serve up for most of my meals.  It makes sense as to why my…

How the Ad for My Current NYC Sublet Should Have Read

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Are you an NYC infant only seven months off the boat? Still painfully broke and abruptly displaced from your last apartment? Want to add insult to that brutality and get even more ripped off than you did for that room with the black industrial sheet for a wall? We have a spacious room for $800,…

The Price of Free Things

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Folks, this week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about free things—free food, free drink, free stuff—and I’ve decided that it’s all bad. I imagine that most people in the general public might disagree. “Sara,” they’ll all say, “surely free food, free drink, and free stuff… these are good things!” Until very recently I…

How to Survive: Officiating a Wedding (Specifically in New York City)

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Qualifications (in two parts) Internet So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Congratulations! This means your friends think you are somewhat organized and charismatic—or they at least think you’ll be able to speak in front of an audience without sweating too much. Regardless, this earns you bragging rights for a little while. “Oh, you…

Life Hecklers Encyclopedia, Abridged

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The following is an excerpt from the Life Hecklers Encyclopedia—a book used to describe those people who think it is their business to make comments about our lives on a daily basis, no matter how uninformed.   DEFINITION Life Heckler [lahyf hek–uh ler] noun a person you have never formally met who tells you what…

Movie Review: The World’s End

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    BOTTOM LINE: If you could see only one movie this year, THIS IS IT. (And this begs some questions. . . Why can you only see one movie this year? If it’s financial then perhaps you should skip it all together and buy two burritos from the stand off Myrtle-Wyckoff?) Gary never actually…

An Open Letter to My Grocer

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To Whom it May Concern: First, let me commend you. As grocery stores go, yours is among the best. The selection of produce, frozen foods, cheeses, and toiletries is unparalleled, especially since you offer these goods at such competitive prices. Sure, your location is somewhat inconvenient, which forces me to take my groceries on the…