bob feeling as beautiful as a butterfly.  for multiple evenings this guy landed on all of us and hung out

Korean inspired wrap.  Slap spicy gochujang on lots of stuff to make up for your un creativeness

a still from Teenage Mutant Ninja Pizza, and un-purchased screen play about a gigantic garbage bag full of pizza dough and sauce that oozes it's way down into the sewers of NYC and is raised by a giant rat martial arts master to become Teenage mutant ninja pizza

have been spending lots of days at cafes with Bob, this one is 61 Local

fish and samon options at the Jewish food emporium Shelsky's of Brooklyn

Dom at Strong Place 

giant jenga got the best of bob

At the Jalopy Theatre.  I want to see someone play this 2 stringed bass like thing someday.   
I was the funniest man in the world for 3 minutes.  The story is my finest and involves SUNY Albany, a can of pringles, feces, the bomb squad, and more

the show wasn't so good this night so at least they got one good laugh in

Ferdinando's Focacceria which was in Scorsese's The Departed.  Arancini stuffed rice ball, Panelle ricotta sandwich, and Vastedda in the back made with spleen and ricotta 

some red hook street fair summer event

I thoroughly enjoyed the number of people including kids that would come and call bob (just bob) a dumb@ss.  Even chess brings out macho posturing and ridicule.

vintage tram car behind Fairway Redhook

bob's photo of nagaimo at hong kong supermarket in Chinatown

bob's photo of weird drinks

You can almost hear what is coming out of his filthy gob.  Prospect Hall in South Slope opened a beer garden last week and it looks really cool inside. 

Bob's photo of the DUMBO archway

frisbee in brooklyn bridge park

one day this will all be yours BOB

Back on American Soil - aka all the internets you could want

back on American soil, the land where you can have all the internets your heart desires.  It was kind of nice being disconnected but it would have been so useful to have in Cuba.

free concerts in Prospect park, Bob wanted to see Punch Brothers so we went.

it started down pouring, it was awesome.  We could only stay for a few songs and had to leave cuz we went totally unprepared

the magic hour at brooklyn bridge park


Dom Taylor from London

a drunk Steven really really wanted it.  He even put on his custom lead weighted croquet boot 

Drove Jen to Philadelphia for a photo shoot she had to do.  We rented this standard sized SUV because she needed a table top rental to fit inside.  This is literally me thinking I was not gonna have the easiest time parking.  When you're inside the car it looks like your back end and front end are so close to the other cars.  Meanwhile on the outside people are amazed at how you're struggling to park in this spot.
spent half the day working at this cafe, Chapterhouse cafe and gallery

Jims Steaks on south street.  pretty good although i would recommend just getting all 3 cheeses they offer so its really cheesy because only one cheese left me wanting.

the back room at the Brooklyn Inn after delivering Bob his philly cheesesteak.  So we're back in America, the land of convenience and comfort.  I've almost forgotten about the struggles of Cuba and how privileged we are.  At least I have this blog to remind me because my memory is so bad.  Spoiled little American B@stards.  

A Weekend in Mexico

A weekend in Mexico.  We were just happy to be in a country where stuff works more than it does in Cuba

Breakfast at La Cocina de Doña Esthela.  Brought people from miles around and they all waited

yes I ruined jens picture!

making torillas

very delicious

this road looks good compared to the ones we had to drive on last night.

stopped by the winery called "Santos" because we had to do at least one in the Valle de Guadalupe while we were there.  We had plans for more but that unexpected extra Cuba adventure put an end to that.

this was the nicest winery we've ever been to probably, it was pretty cool.
they had these hanging from the ceiling, hand painted tops from Oaxaca, they are also hung as the intro to Beethoven's something symphony.

They have this huge concert venue that's seen the likes of Ricky Martin last year and Kenny G this year

Mex 1 runs along the ocean up to Tijuana.

One last adventure.  Rental car companies don't want you driving their cars across the border so dropped it off at the Tijuana airport and then crossed the border on foot.  Huge surprise.   The line tripled over on itself and it took over 2 hours.  People have asked if there is no fast line for American passport holders and the answer is no.  I talked to two teenage girls that sorted us out.  Their mom lives on the mexico side and they go to school on the US side so they do this every weekend.   There are vans that will offer to take you over the border for $6 and later on we met a couple that took this van and ended up behind us and they said they had been waiting in the van for 4 hours.  The teenage girls warned us about that happening.  There was a guy in line when we almost got to the agents, a black guy yelling over and over to "send those n!ggas" home, referring to Mexicans going into the states.  That was the fastest way to get across the border cuz they just escorted him out of line and across the border.  There was another guy on the tram to San Diego, also black, who was going off about sending the Mexicans back.  What an ordeal
Permisos looked like it was for people that do this everyday and work on one side of the border or the other.  General Public is for everyone.  Ready Lane costs $55 for first timers and $30 for previous pass holders.  Sentri is $155 for 5 years and has the most paperwork and you need to be pre screened, this line is generally shortest.  I looked this stuff up online.

after a night at Stacy and Phil's house it's back to New York.  The guy I sat next to on the plane used to build the walls that stretch across the whole US-Mexico border.  He said in some places out in the desert it's only 6 feet hight and 12 feet high in the more popular areas to try and cross.  He told stories of tunnels that pop up in a supermarket on the other side and cutting through steel walls to get through.  People also put them selves in plastic bags and float down the river.  Gates under water have to be installed.  Here he says you can see a road running right up to the wall.  At this point we were so happy to be back in America where you can have all the internets you want and things work.  Cuba isn't a vacation, it's an adventure, so keep that in mind if you're thinking about going to Cuba.  The quote of the trip was from a happy Cuban cab driver: "Cuba is good, the system is bad".  Couldn't have said it better myself.