Pillow FIGHT!!!

Last Saturday, we kinda planned our day around the Pillow Fight.  We slept in till about 11am (I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done that).  Knowing that it was happening around the corner from our house, we decided to leisurely get ready and then grab a late lunch before heading over to Union Square.  Where to go?  We settled on The Burger House.

Neither of us had been there so we really didn’t know what to expect.  One walk inside and a view of the counter and we knew we had entered a serious burger spot!

This was the "double double". Move over IN-N-OUT Burger.

Their burgers were DEFINITELY juicy and cooked to order.  We each ended up getting the bacon cheeseburger.  This was still no chump of a burger.  It took quite the effort to not only figure out how to attack this thing but also how to finish it.  We each managed to conquer them.  Tara got onion rings and I got the seasoned fries.  My only knock on the spot is they didn’t serve ranch dressing.  Ranch makes pretty much anything taste good (even rice – but that’s a story for another time).

So after lunch we strolled over to Union Square to watch the pillow fight go down.  As is usually the case on Saturdays, Union Square was packed!  Not only did they have the Greenmarket happening, but this was also going on:

Union Square - Saturday, April 7, 2012

This was a combo protest – not just Occupy Wall Street but they had a religious protest, a war protest, and a few others that we couldn’t really figure out what they were protesting about.  Needless to say, I had no clue where this pillow fight was going to take place.  It was 3PM and we only saw about 3 or 4 people with pillows in their hand. I was kinda disappointed and thought maybe I was the only who thought this was a cool enough thing to go to and possibly participate.  Then somebody yelled, “If you’re looking for the pillow fight, it’s now taking place at Washington Square.”

Ahh, Washington Square…  A beautiful park at the end of 5th Avenue.

We debated whether or not to go that far (about a 10 minute walk).  But we HAD to see this.  So we made the trek and upon entering, saw this.  Awesome!

There were only two rules: 1) No feather pillows, because nobody wants to clean that mess up, and 2) Don’t attack anyone with a camera or who is unarmed.  So, we decided to get into the thick of it like a true photo journalist would and saw the nitty gritty.

 

Obviously, the no feather rule was lost on somebody.

Luckily, we made it out unscathed.  We got there about 30 minutes late and it was still going strong.

As you might expect in New York, there was some crazy folks & crazy outfits in attendance and no you can’t just blame it on being the day before Easter!  I leave this post with those cast of characters below.

End of the world? Math Equation? What is it?

So for the first few months I lived in NY, I’d walk by this electronic string of numbers in Union Square (our neighborhood) and couldn’t figure out what the heck it was.  Finally did some research and came up with the answer.  It was designed by Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel in 1999 and is called the Metronome and acts as a clock.

How to read it? The 15 numbers of the digital clock display time going and coming relative to midnight. Read time going left to right and time coming in the opposite direction. So, if the clock reads 192936257233004 it means that it is 7:29 P.M. (19 hours, 29 minutes and 36 seconds since midnight) and that there are 4 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds remaining until midnight. The three numbers in between are a blur of moving numbers.

So now if you ever make it out to NYC and walk by this, you’ll know what it is you’re looking at and you can impress your friends with your knowledge.  Hope this makes you feel a little smarter and little cooler.  It did for me.

Nothing says Easter like a…

PILLOW FIGHT!  Yes, I said a pillow fight.  One of things I’ve loved so far about living in NYC is all the crazy one-of-a-kind events they have.  This year’s event takes place literally 2 minutes from our pad.  I’m still not sure if I’m going to participate or spectate but I’m definitely going to be there one way or another to see it go down.  This year’s event has a “bunny” theme so feel free to bring your bunny ears, bunny tails and plastic eggs.  What a way to tie in the Easter holiday.

For details of the event in New York, go here.  Believe it or not this is an international event.  Here’s the list of all the “pillow fights” going down. Don’t have one in your city?  Why not organize and add one?  It’s not too late!