Records and Turntables

Pardon my delay, I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while.

I got a record player for my birthday! Honestly, I’ve wanted one for a few years. I’m surprised that I waited so long. Something about the weight and physicality of records and a turntable really appeals to the iPod/iTunes/1999 Napster user in me.

It’s great!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much better it is to listen to James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James and Simon and Garfunkel’s The Only Living Boy in New York on a turntable. And maybe being forced to listen to full albums in the order they were intended to be listened to is an attractive alternative from an otherwise fast-paced musical existence.

Any suggestions for albums I should start my collection with?

Here’s a clip of Cecelia for your listening pleasure, the first song I played!

Vegan isn’t a 4 Letter Word

OK. So I am coping with this no eggs/no dairy/no fun diet. This weekend I cooked rice for the first time (yes, it was Uncle Ben’s boil-in-bag, but it counts!) and have been eating a lot more guacamole and peanut butter. Yum! Here is a list of other things I want to check out that will make me happy:

1. Whole Foods’ organic/vegetarian/vegan departments
2. Baby Cakes NYC — vegan, organic cupcakery in the LES
3. Go to the movies — apparently all major chains have vegan popcorn

Any other suggestions?