Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bever pellet art

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My old building

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Looking west from the roof

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Looking north from my roof

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Hangin with the turtles

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dog on the move

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Mad bucks

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Weird man!!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Kanga who??

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

My giant turtles

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Gross

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Goodbye american

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I will be here for the next two weeks





catch ya later

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Syosset sunset

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Turtles all around

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lindsay lohan throws eggs at paparazzi



this is actually pretty funny

travel shopping

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Weird j

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Friday, May 8, 2009

j shorts

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So much edamame

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Hofstra throw backs

some old hofstra pictures






The turtles have grown so big!!

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Really informative

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

H&M commercial

NYC MTA fare hike... not so bad

FROM THE NY TIMES
Lawmakers Strike Deal to Rescue New York Transit

By WILLIAM NEUMAN and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
After months of stalled negotiations among state leaders, Gov. David A. Paterson announced on Tuesday a long-awaited deal to rescue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that will hold the increase in the base subway fare this year to 25 cents.

Under the deal, the base fare for a single bus or subway ride would rise to $2.25 from $2. The cost of a monthly MetroCard would probably rise to about $89 from $81, according to officials in the Legislature. Other fares and tolls, including tickets on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, would go up about 10 percent.

The agreement would prevent a 20 to 30 percent increase in fares and tolls that was set to go into effect within weeks, and stave off deep service cuts.

The plan calls for a payroll tax, a surcharge on taxi rides and increases in vehicle-registration and license fees and the auto-rental tax.

“This has been very difficult on the commuters of the M.T.A. region,” Mr. Paterson said at a news conference in Albany, flanked by the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, and the Senate majority leader, Malcolm A. Smith. “We can assure them this evening that there will be no surprises, that there will be no further cuts or fears about fare hikes or toll increases. We have resolved that issue this evening.”

Mr. Smith and Mr. Silver said they expected to call for a vote on the plan, and pass it, on Wednesday.

Officials said that the rescue plan will help the authority get through a financial crisis in which it faced growing budget deficits, made even worse as tax revenues shrink in the slumping economy.

It will also provide financing for at least the first two years of the authority’s 2010 to 2014 capital program, which pays for key maintenance and modernization projects needed to keep the transit and commuter rail system in good repair.

The breakthrough to limit the fare hike came after months of agonizing stalemate and brinksmanship in Albany. The base subway and bus fare was scheduled to rise to $2.50 on May 31; monthly MetroCards would have increased to $103.

The plan announced on Tuesday calls for fares and tolls to rise again in 2011 and 2013, each time by enough to increase revenues from those sources by 7.5 percent.

The rescue package had been held up due to disagreements in Albany, mostly among Democratic legislators and mostly in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 32 to 30 majority.

Republicans have refused to support the plan.

Negotiations on the rescue took a major step forward on Monday when two Democratic senators from Long Island dropped their opposition to the plan’s centerpiece: a tax on payrolls to be paid by employers in the 12-county region served by the authority.

The senators, Craig M. Johnson and Brian X. Foley, agreed to accept a compromise offered by Mr. Paterson, under which the state would reimburse school districts for the cost of the new tax.

That was followed by intensive negotiations on Tuesday, as officials tried to work out a formula that would provide enough money for the capital program without imperiling the authority’s operating budget or driving fares too high.

Under the agreement, about $400 million will be set aside each year from the payroll tax proceeds for capital needs. That will pay the cost of borrowing about $6.5 billion through bonds, enough to get a start on the capital plan, Mr. Silver said.

But negotiators decided that in order to set aside that much money for capital expenses, they would need more money for the authority’s operating expenses. They agreed to raise fare and toll revenues by 10 percent this year, rather than the 8 percent increase previously proposed as part of the bailout plan.

Each 1 percent increase in fares and tolls generates an additional $50 million in revenue a year. A 10 percent fare and toll increase will bring in about $500 million a year.

The legislative leaders also agreed to set a single rate for the payroll tax in all 12 counties served by the authority — a tax of 34 cents for every $100 of payroll. An earlier Senate version of the plan called for a lower rate in three outlying counties.

The payroll tax is expected to raise $1.53 billion a year.

The plan also includes a series of charges on vehicles and drivers in the 12- county region: a 50-cent surcharge on taxi rides, a $25 increase in vehicle registration fees, a 25 to 30 percent rise in drivers’ license fees and a 5 percent increase in a tax on car rentals. Those fees are expected to generate a total of $270 million a year.

maps - central park, israel, some others




fiona apple throw back

some art I bought for J

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Shannons mess

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Really they came in like this

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cute image I found...

a video chatting turtle!

I made some shoes for J





but I don't think he wants them...

Josh got paid

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Turtles on a rainy sunday

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hunnie

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My grandpas sign

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My sorority pillow

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Old school me

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The puppy

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Its raining and pouring

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