Archive for April, 2012


Posted on April 26th, 2012 by Viveca

hearing aid

One time when I was visiting Al he asked me to help him deal with some bureaucratic VA stuff. He often wants help with that kind of thing. This time he wanted to know how to get a new pair of glasses and hearing aids. He said he was entitled to them, once a year, […]

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The Thought That Counts

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Viveca

Sweetleaf LIC coffee and pastry

My friend Gameboy said he’d help me with a big event I was producing, the 2012 NYC Regional American Youth Circus Festival. It was the first one, and I was nervous, so I was extra grateful that Gameboy offered to help, especially since he is one of my few non-circus friends (or as we call […]

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Puerto Rico 1999

Posted on April 22nd, 2012 by Viveca

Dry forest

Jon and I went to Puerto Rico in September of 1999. Neither of us really wanted to go. We’d put off planning a vacation for too long, because he didn’t have a job and didn’t know when he’d be moving, but once he committed to moving in October, we decided to get in one good […]

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Me or a Ham Sandwich

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Viveca

ham sandwich

By late 2011, I was finally beginning to get some recognition from Al’s caregivers at the VA nursing home, and they invited me to attend his care meeting. I met a roomful of nutritionists, nurses, physical therapists, chaplains, doctors, social workers, and other hospital staff. They were all very kind and respectful and listened to […]

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1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Viveca

Portrait of George Washington

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d like, I learn from my mistakes. After having trekked out to Canarsie on a cold Sunday evening only to find all the restaurants closing, I decided to visit the southern tip of Manhattan, which I pictured as bustling with business during the week and […]

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Posted on April 17th, 2012 by Viveca


Want to hear the grossest thing ever? Okay not ever, but still gross enough. My car’s check engine light came on a few days ago. I mostly stopped driving although I didn’t feel anything wrong with it and even lent it to Matt and Jen. While they had it, the power steering went out, so […]

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High Five, Wi-Fi, & Dares

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Pedro Friedeberg hand chair

I have a hillbilly friend who stays here once a year for the unicycle festival. I also have an old wooden chair shaped like a hand. It was my grandmother’s. In my family we call it the hand chair. Among my friends we call the hillbilly either Kentucky John or Boomhauer, because he talks like […]

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Chooze Something Else

Posted on April 15th, 2012 by Viveca

Ronne's Rugelach

Who the hell puts cream cheese in ice cream? Cream cheese is okay. Cheesecake is okay. Cheesecake ice cream? Blech. Tastes like sour milk. Tonight’s culprit pulled a marketing trick that would have left a sour taste in my mouth even if the ice cream hadn’t. Doesn’t this sound delicious? Chozen All-Natural Ice Cream: Ronne’s […]

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Directions & Perspective

Posted on April 14th, 2012 by Viveca

school backpack on hook

For a while now I’ve been eying some of the brightly patterned back packs my students carry. Today one girl let me check hers for tags, but I couldn’t find a brand. I asked her whether she knew where she got it, and to my surprise she said she did. I asked where. She’s in […]

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Lost Wallet

Posted on April 13th, 2012 by Viveca

Lost wallet

I lost my wallet on the bench in the subway station near my house. Is it called a wallet if it carries cards but no cash? Anyway I must have had it to swipe my MetroCard entering the subway, but I didn’t have it when I wanted to swipe for the bus to finish my […]

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