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New York City's Little Italy

As some of you already know, my brother Tom flew up from Florida last Monday to spend a week in Philly. We haven't seen each other since my mother's memorial service four years ago, so it was awesome to get together again and just hang out. I had accumulated a lot of PTO at work, so I decided to use it up when my brother came to visit so I would be totally free to do stuff with him.

One of the things my brother wanted to do while he was back in the Northeast was to visit New York City because he had never been there. And after so many bazillion years of me talking (and boasting) about how much I love that city, he wanted see what the hype was all about. So do you know what we did? We spent THREE WHOLE DAYS there! And what was especially gracious, generous and kind of my brother was that he paid for the hotel room for two nights.


All Things Pumpkin At Trader Joe's

One day last week I stopped by Trader Joe's to pick up a few things and discovered that much of their Autumn specialty foods were already on the shelves, as well as the festive fall seasonal displays.

Now if any of you know me, you know two things:

2) I love all things PUMPKIN.

Photographer: Herb Ritts - L.A. Style - And His Strong Signature Of Sensuality

The first time I became aware of Herb Ritts was back in the early 90's, when he photographed Mark Wahlberg for the Calvin Klein underwear ad campaign. Do you remember these pictures?...

I mean, come on...who didn't experience titillation upon seeing these ads? I bet the stock market in Calvin Klein underwear rose sky high (no pun intended) soon after these ads were released. Many of the gay men I knew, not only wanted them for themselves, but they also secretly hoped that each package of underwear came with its very own Mark Wahlberg - kind of like getting a really great prize in a box of Cracker Jack.

Photographer: George Hurrell's Hollywood Glamour Portraits

I just recently discovered the book, George Hurrell's Hollywood - Glamour Portraits, and was in awe!

In the past I had seen several of his photographs in various photography books, especially books that highlighted the work of Hollywood photographers, because as you all know...I love, adore and worship all things vintage Hollywood.

And as you also know, I have a fetish for black and white photography.