Just because it’s baseball season (and just because I have to write a book) doesn’t mean I can’t have some random fun. Yesterday, my writing group met in Madison Square Park, and the weather was perfect. Here’s a photo of everyone that I took during the hour of writing:
After the writing, we formed a circle…
…and took turns reading our work. I shared three short sections (about “Celebrity Ballhawks”) from the book.
At around 6pm, we went to dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant called Curry In A Hurry. Check out my gigantic meal:
TOP RIGHT: chicken tikka masala
BOTTOM RIGHT: basmati rice
BOTTOM LEFT: naan
TOP LEFT: curried potatoes & eggplant
The whole meal cost $13, which is incredibly cheap for New York City. It also came with unlimited rice pudding, which I neglected to photograph (but ate three servings of).
Speaking of photographs, look at these horrible photos that one of the waiters took of our group:
For those of you who think that those photos look fine, let me explain what’s wrong with them…
LEFT: The woman wearing the white shirt is taking up half the photo and consequently absorbing most of the light from the flash. I mean, it’s a great shot of her right shoulder and the back of her neck…if that’s what you’re into.
CENTER: The camera is angled too low, and no one’s even paying attention.
RIGHT: It’s a good photo of half of us, but we were a big group at a long table. Note the face I’m making as if to say, “Umm, dude, I don’t think this angle is gonna cut it.” (In case you’re new to this blog, I’m the one wearing the MLB cap and the black Guilford T-shirt.)
Finally, I took my camera and got the following photo:
Yes, there are Red Sox fans who live in NYC, and by the way, no one was smiling because they were worn out from all the previous pics.
After dinner, we headed to my girlfriend Jona’s place for Movie Night. Want to know what we watched? Take a look at the screen. It should be pretty obvious:
Yup, we watched “The Sixth Sense,” but with a twist. You’ve heard of Mystery Science Theater, right? (If not, that’s why I linked to it.) Well, it was kind of like that. There’s this thing called RiffTrax. I don’t really know how to describe it, but basically, it’s like Mystery Science Theater. There are a couple guys who make fun of movies…and they have their own hilarious running commentary…and they record it into MP3 format…and you pay a few bucks to download it from their web site…and then play it while the movie is running…and it’s all synched up…and…am I making any sense? It’s like having two comedians making fun of the movie as you’re watching it. So, for example, Haley Joel Osment‘s character’s name is Cole; at one point in the movie, when his mom is shouting his name in a panicked state, the RiffTrax guys are like, “She’s announcing her favorite kind of slaw.” Stuff like that.
Anyway, yeah, fun day. Just wanted to share. Less than 48 hours ’til I’ll be at Citi Field…