Snowflakes in France

Reflections of a 20-something woman in publishing

Month: July, 2009

Driving about Town (and the city….)

Oh how under-appreciated are urban taxi drivers! 

I took my first Zipcar out for a spin today. Keyed in the parking garage code like a pro, tapped the Zipcar card to the windshield as instructed, and made my way to Jersey City’s Home Depot.


As a naive, public-transit user, I assumed it would be easier to drive than to PATH it over to this megastore across the tracks. Until I realized my destination was right in the midst of Holland Tunnel traffic. Even worse, I realized this at the same moment that I found myself in the middle of Holland Tunnel lanes — 7 lanes across! No escape!

Across the tunnel and into NYC I went, terrified, nail-biting, and constantly checking the clock, as I had only reserved the car for 2 1/2 hours. An hour later, I arrived in the Home Depot parking lot, safe and sweaty. 

A quick note: Driving in NYC wasn’t that bad; the Tunnel traffic was.

I brought home my wares from the glorious world of car-access: A grill, a box fan, a pile of framed prints from my old apartment, and various other treasures. When I began to gripe to myself about the hassle of parking, I tried to imagine lugging all of this stuff onto the subway and then carrying it several blocks. I stopped my griping.

Quite an adventure! I circled blocks looking for the best route among one-way streets, avoided bad neighborhoods in vain, and of course, accidentally crossed the state border. I ended up extending my reservation for another hour and a half. 

I think I’ll be better when I’m a more seasoned North Jersey driver. In the meantime, thank God for taxi drivers who know their way around better than I do!


Political corruption in Hoboken!

Today is one of those days I wish I were back in the newsroom.

Hoboken Mayor, Secaucus Mayor, Jersey City Deputy Mayor, and several other NJ politicians were arrested by the FBI this morning, along with rabbis in nearby Syrian Jewish communities. All in all at least 44 arrests. The crime? Money laundering. (Story from NJ Star-Ledger)

What an unlikely pair! (As it turns out, they did not work together on this, the FBI just decide to round them all up at once.)

Paeter Cammarano, photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

Paeter Cammarano, photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

The corrupt administrations isn’t much of a surprise; most of my NJ friends are all breathing a sigh of relief and hoping that this will improve some of the odd taxes and policies.


After a year without a car, I’m realizing that the trip to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a vacuum is a bit difficult without one. 

SO — To avoid the hassle of actually owning a car and paying for insurance, gas, etc. I’ve signed up for ZIPCAR! We’ll see if this link works….

Join Zipcar and get $25 in free driving!

Finding “Home”

Mmmm…I just made Green Pea and Bacon Risotto — something I could not have done without the help of 2 people:

1) My Mom, for sending me pots, pans, a wooden spoon and various other kitchen essentials (Thanks Mom!)

2) Jersey City food blogger: thursday night smackdown

I finally feel at home — no roommates, a computer that works, and a kitchen that is ALL MINE! Well, the boyfriend might dispute that when he moves in next week, as he’s really into meat and sauce. 

My home is a lovely 3-story townhouse with a deck, a washer-dryer, and a dishwasher! Let’s just say that it’s very difficult to get all three of those things in one apartment if you’re within 20 minutes of Manhattan. The place is old, built in the 1880s for laborers working on the Stevens Institute for the Stevens family.

That piece of history come from, where I found plenty of interesting Hoboken facts. Most relevant was that composer Stephan Foster, who wrote Kentucky’s My Old Kentucky Home, lived in Hoboken on the corner of 6th and Bloomfield in 1854, a year after he wrote the song. How fitting that I discover that when I finally feel at home. 🙂

(I’m signing off now, but I promise that I plan to blog at least once a week now that I have a new computer!!!)

And now, the next best thing!

If you hadn’t noticed, I took a 5 month hiatus from blogging. We’ll see how badly my writing has suffered because of it. But for now, a few updates:

1. Remember my last post in March when I was whining about my tiny room and the cold? Well it’s summer now, hot (finally!), and I have a 3 story townhouse with a deck! I can’t believe my luck.

2. Of course, the new place costs a bit more, which I’m able to afford because Jon is moving to Hoboken! He’ll be here on July 27th. Amazing how things turn around in 5 months…

3. Alas, I do not have a dog. And yes, I’m still aching with withdrawal every time one passes me on the street. I think pets must be more addictive than cigarettes.

4. Part of the reason I stopped blogging was that I basically gave up on my computer and its ability to function properly. Now I have a lovely one of these:

MacBook -- the most basic of the brilliantA MacBook. It’s much more capable.

5. I still have my job. Unfortunately I feel like this is something that has to be confirmed ITE. So much so that society has coined an acronym for the phrase “in this economy.” 🙂

They say that in NYC someone is always looking for a relationship, a place to live or a job, and no one ever keeps all three for very long. I hope I’m an exception!!!