1) Re-read an entry in one of your old journals.  Note something that was all-consuming at the time that appears trivial now.

2) Put $5 or larger in an envelope, write on the envelope, “You’ve been reverse pick-pocketed,” and slip it undetected into a stranger’s bag.

What has been the most humiliating moment of your life to date?  Are you able to laugh about it today, or do you still try to forget about it?


“For us, unplugging means time with grandparents and uncles and cousins. I should hate it, for so many reasons: the schlep west to Bubbie’s house is grueling, and she cooks like a school lunch lady. But weirdly, I love it. After dinner we sit around the living room and grandpa plays the piano and my nine year old belts showtunes. Sometimes we argue about Obama or why the Clippers stink or movies or whatever. The little kids dress up in Bubbie’s costume jewelry and run around the house. Funny how unusual all that seems – actual family time.” – Christopher Noxon


We’ve all heard of them, but how many have actually made it to see these wondrous spires? This week, take a tour of the Watts Towers.  We’d recommend not reading up on it too much beforehand so you get the whole fascinating story straight from one of the lively tour guides.  Suffice it to say, visiting the largest piece of folk art ever created by one man – right in the heart of inner-city Los Angeles – should be good for an eye-opening experience in more ways than one.


Pay your respects to man’s best friend.  In San Francisco’s Presidio, just above Crissy Field, is a pet cemetery serving as the final resting place for dogs, hamsters, and even iguanas.  Surrounded by a white picket fence and shaded by Monterey pines, the tombstones largely pay tribute to pets of nomadic military families, dating back to the 1950s, when the Presidio was home to over 2,000 military families.  Many markers include the family names and owners’ ranks, which include majors, colonels and generals.  One epitaph for a dog named Trouble reads, “He was my trouble.”  What would your pet’s marker read?For directions and details click here


In real life, no joke, seriously, there exists a 9,335 square foot architectural model of New York City including every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs! Hallelujah for free time. We’ll be marveling at this labyrinthine, over-sized diorama and scouring it for our own apartment this week at The Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art. Admission is by suggested donation. Adults: $5, Senior and Children: $2.50, Members and Children under five: Free!
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