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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
People with car alarms in the city should be shot!
You just snuggled under the covers and are looking forward to some sleep when--BEEP BEEP BLAH BLAH, ERR ERR WOO WOO--a car alarm goes off. Although curses are said, we still for some reason accept that this is a way of life in the city and silently hope that whoever owns the car is nearby and will turn the noise pollution off.

I never think, oh no someone's car is being stolen. No, I don't even look out the window, I just think of my own annoyance due to the intrusion. So do car alarms even work? In a city where people don't even make eye contact, do we really expect someone to run out and save a strangers vehicle just because they hear a car alarm blaring in the distance? I think not, especially not in the city.

Plus I've seen alarms go off for stupid reasons, like when people walk too close to a Bentley and not because they were trying to steal it or even touch it. I've also seen people mistakenly hit car doors with their huge purses, causing bells to ring for no real purpose. My Honda came with an alarm system but we turned it off. My family bought the car in `91 and it has not been stolen.

Posted by Tara at 9:17 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:23 AM PST
Monday, October 25, 2004
It really is a 'Wonderful Town'
Now Playing: The Conga!

I just saw "Wonderful Town" on Broadway last night and it was really great! It's about two girls from Ohio who move to Greenwich Village in 1935. The music and dancing was a lot of fun and Shields was great in the goofy roll of the older sister Ruth.

Although the show is set in the 1930s, it reminded me of a Doris Day musical from the '50s, which makes sense since it's a revival from 1953 and featuring music by Leonard Bernstein. Overall, it was a good NYC tribute to old Broadway shows.

For more information check out the NY Times article raving about Shields' performance THEATER REVIEW; Brooke Shields as a Naif Who Can't Get a Date

Posted by Tara at 8:13 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:22 PM PST
Friday, October 22, 2004
From Baghdad
In my Media Ethics class we read an e-mail that Farnaz Fassihi of The Wall Street Journal sent to friends about her experience in Baghdad. It was really interesting seeing the things that aren't being reported on.
She's in a lot of hot water for expressing her opinions though perhaps unwittingly. But as Jay Rosen writes, "Fassihi's mistake, if you could call it that, was not doing a better job of getting those observations, intended only for friends and family, onto the pages of the Wall Street Journal."

Take a look at her e-mail at:

Posted by Tara at 4:01 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:26 AM PST
My first article published in New York
Mood:  celebratory

Glendale Hit-And-Run Victim Is Still Looking For Answers

Posted by Tara at 3:13 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:27 AM PST
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Fried Oreos anyone?

Have you ever had Fried Oreos? They are amazing! I had them three years ago on the Jersey Shore boardwalk and again at the San Genarro Festival in Little Italy. They are like Zeppolis with hot Oreos inside, and the cream layer is melted and yummy!! If you don't know what a Zeppoli is its basically fried dough, so they put Oreos in batter and then fry them.

Look for them at festivals and fairs but you can also make them, has the directions.

PS: I know it seems as if this blog is all about food, but do understand that I'm usually writing these posts on my lunch hour and food is on the brain.

Posted by Tara at 1:21 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:25 PM PST

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