FDNY to the rescue

August 23, 2007

We currently live in the top apartment of a duplex building (though we’re moving in a week). We have a very small roof deck. On that roof deck we have a Weber grill. For those that don’t know New York City, the buildings are right next to one another and in many cases it is possible to move from roof to roof.

We’ve occasionally seen empty beer bottles around our roof deck. Presumably some kids are messing around. Recently we discovered a bit more vandalism. Nothing major, mainly stuff messed up. But we were missing the top of our grill.

It took a while to locate it, because it was stuck in a tree. They must have launched it off the front of our roof. It was wedged in there pretty good.

Aside from simply wanted the grill top back, we were afraid that it might fall and really hurt someone. So I called 311. New York City has a very comprehensive 311 hotline. You can pretty much get the answer to anything by calling 311.

The 311 operator was very nice, but this was clearly something she hadn’t heard before (which in NYC is a statement in itself). She finally classified it a “hazardous location” which prompted a connection to 911.

At first 911 tried to connect me with the police, but I had no interest in finding out who did it. I just wanted my grill top. So they said they could call the fire department, but that they wouldn’t always respond to a non fire.

About 15 minutes later our doorbell rings. FDNY to the rescue. They actually thought it was a prank call when they heard the description, but they came anyway. They were cracking up. They said they had never seen this before. One of them went up in the ladder to get it. The others yelled wisecracks (“prune it while you’re up there”).

The whole scene was hilarious. But I got my grill top back…


The not to do list

August 21, 2007

Here’s a very worthwhile link. And a new featured song…


The Onion – The best news source around

August 17, 2007

Check out this link. Note carefully the date…


Early Intervention Program

August 17, 2007

With an international adoption, our pediatrician recommended the New York Early Intervention Program. I had never heard of it. Victoria has that thing that some babies have where their head tends to tilt to one side (there’s a real name for it, but I can’t remember it). It generally means that the tendons on one side are tight and need some therapy. Not a big deal, but something that should be addressed early.

This is one of the many things that the Early Intervention Program is for. In New York City, this is an absolutely free program. They will evaluate your child and determine if he/she is eligible for services. Today we had an occupational therapist, and physical therapist and a speech therapist evaluating Victoria. The speech therapist indicated that Victoria was “age appropriate” so nothing needs to be done. The other therapists gave us some exercises to help work and stretch certain muscles. In her foster home, Victoria probably spent a lot of time lying on her back.

Following all the evaluations (we have one more next Tuesday) we will get a full recommendation. It sounds likely that a physical therapist will come to our place twice a week for 30 minutes to work with Victoria. We’ll know after the final evaluations next week.

Again, this is all free. Well, not exactly free because NY is a high tax state. But what a great service. Identifying young children (they work with birth to age three) to help early when it makes the most impact.


Starbucks humor

August 16, 2007

Check out The Oracle of Starbucks.

I don’t promise accuracy (apparently based on my favorite drink, I’m likely to be a stripper), but it’s funny.

Try decaf triple nonfat espresso…


"I guess heaven needed a shortstop"

August 14, 2007

Yankee fans will miss The Scooter


Weekend in Newport

August 12, 2007

We spent a long weekend in Newport, RI. This was Jazz Fest weekend, an annual event for us, but the first with Victoria.

We drove up on Thursday. It’s a bit of a long drive. You can do it in about 3 hours and 15 minutes with no traffic. But no traffic on I-95 means you are driving at 3 am.

Friday was supposed to be a rainy day, so we were planning to go to a nearby (sort of, about 45 minutes) aquarium. Plenty of indoor things to look at. And it rained hard. But not just rain, it was freezing. We get there and the minimal time you have to be outside was too much. Everyone was freezing. We get to one big indoor exhibit and I walk around with Danielle while my wife stays with Victoria.

This became a tricky day because Victoria had diarrhea and Danielle had attitude. Danielle is clearly going through an adjustment period. She loves her baby sister, but she’s acting out in different ways. On this day she was a handful.

But Saturday was another day. This was the day we went to Jazz Fest. And the weather completely turned around. We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day. It was about 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, a nice breeze coming off the water. The Newport Jazz Fest is in a beautiful spot on the water. The music wasn’t as great as last year, but everything else was. Good food, weather, stuff for Danielle to do. Just a perfect day. Tori was over her diarrhea and Danielle was over her attitude (well, mostly).