Weekly Updates: NYC Auto Show, Heathers: The Musical, DNF Books

Weekly Updates: NYC Auto Show, Heathers: The Musical, DNF Books

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Life: NYC Auto Show

From the 2014 NYC Auto Show at Javits Center
From the 2014 NYC Auto Show at Javits Center

The NYC Auto Show comes to the Javits Center every April. Bringing with it new model releases, concept cars, vendors, and exhibits. I don’t even own a car right now but still love going to the auto show! And for only $15, it doesn’t break the bank to spend an afternoon walking around.

Looking at the super fancy cars is a fun novelty. Many of the ultra luxury cars (like Alfa Romeo) are not even sold in the US. There are also vendors for modding packages & bodywork. So you get to see pimped out Gallardo’s and Bentley’s (as though a Lamborghini by itself isn’t good enough).

There are also many models that you don’t normally get to see. Like Lexus’ LFA (0 – 60 mph in 3.9 secs). These are hand-made, made in batches of 50 at a time. If you’re interested in buying one, it’ll take about two years before it’s yours.

Corvette Car Frame at NYC Auto Show 2014
Corvette Car Frame at NYC Auto Show 2014

I also love the displays they have for many of the vehicles. You can see different types of engines and car frames. As someone who doesn’t understand a lot of the technical workings of cars, I find this stuff fascinating. Where else can I see an entire frame of a car?

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The concept cars are definitely worth seeing since you may never see them again! There was one from Nissan that certainly had a ‘futuristic’ look to it (but wasn’t special otherwise). I’m guessing they will tone down the sharp features before putting it into production.

A majority of the cars on display are unlocked for you to sit in. This is fun! When else can I sit in and really check out a Mercedes AMG? However, most of the prototypes are locked. This is mainly because they’re not quite finished. Locks or any number of things might malfunction, which would not be in the manufacturer’s best interest. But these are still fun to look at.

It’ll be a while before I’m in the market for a car again. And eventually someday I’ll buy a Dodge Challenger. But for now, looking around the NYC Auto Show was definitely worth it.


Theater: Heathers: The Musical

Heathers: The Musical playing at New World Stages
Heathers: The Musical playing at New World Stages

I bought a ticket to see Heathers: The Musical on a whim after seeing a discounted price of $40. The movie is a favorite of mine and I’m generally a fan of these types of musicals. A few years ago I caught Evil Dead: The Musical also playing at New World Stages; it was great.

Heathers: The Musical is hilarious, irreverant, dirty, witty, and fabulous! Everything an off-broadway musical should be. I saw a couple walk out during the song about blue balls, “Blue”. So you should know what you’re getting yourself into. There is also the great song “My Dead Gay Son”.

The cast is extremely talented, letting you overlook some of the cheaper parts of the production (minimal stage, no costume changes). Barrett Wilbert Weed plays Veronica Sawyer. Ryan McCartan plays JD and is phenomenal. His role is just as dark and psychotic as in the movie. This especially comes out during the second half (there is a 15-minute intermission between acts).

If you have an opportunity to see this musical, go! It’s so very!


Books: A Whole List of DNF

Double Feature by Owen King (yes, one of those Kings)
Double Feature by Owen King (yes, one of those Kings) and I could not finish it

I’ve been changing my priorities when it comes to books lately. Instead of forcing myself to finish a book, I’m giving up much sooner. When it comes to plot, I will give a book at least 100 pages to see if the story starts to come around. But if I don’t like the writing from the get-go, chances are it will not grow on me. These are the times I bail on a book.

It’s not fair for me to review these at all so here’s a list of the books I “Did Not Finish” so far this year:

  • Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar by Kelly Oxford: I got to page 20 and just could not stand the author. Since this is a memoir, liking the author is paramount to enjoying the stories.
  • Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet: I made it to page 50 before I started skimming. The characters were complete caricatures (something that always bothers me). I would consider the plot predictable, but I just couldn’t discern a plot. I skimmed another 50 pages then bailed completely.
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra: As I stated before, Marra’s writing is absolutely beautiful! I loved two of the character’s but the story jumped around a lot in time. It began focusing on different characters. And jumped back and forth through time in an erratic manner. It was difficult for me to keep each character’s story straight. I eventually gave up after about 200 pages.
  • Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow: I really did enjoy the first 50 pages of this that I read. However, it’s something that I will need to spend more time with. Really, I just wasn’t in the mood for that at the time. I will take this out of the library again. I also want to read more of his work.
  • Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler: As the librarian said “Dalai Lama is the Dr. Phil of Buddhism.” I think there are better books out there on Buddhism. But my main caveat with this book was Cutler’s narrative. The book is told through Cutler’s interviews with the Dalai Lama, stories from his practice as a psychiatrist, and his life in general. Cutler is boring, pompous, and not worthy to be speaking to the Dalai Lama. I felt second-hand embarrassment for him while reading some of his experiences. At least now I know that not all psychiatrists have self-awareness.
  • Double Feature by Owen King: Stephen King’s youngest son, Owen, needs to learn to use line breaks after dialogue. The wall of texts, page after page, was driving me nuts. However, this is his debut novel. So I will give him the benefit of a doubt. I would consider reading another novel by his as a second chance. It’s also interesting that he is married to Kelly Braffet, whose book I also gave up on this year. I guess they’re just not the right authors for me.

Movies: Little Manhattan

I had never heard of this movie before but it is currently available on HBO Go. This is an adorable movie with lots of big name actors but starring a 9 and 10-year old. It tells the story of the 9 year old boy’s first time “in love” and it is adorable!

The movie takes place in central park and the upper west side, so it also has some quintessential Manhattan shots. Released in 2005, the older subway signs (1/2/3/9 at 72nd street) were amusing.

I definitely recommend this if you’re in a light mood. Of if you want a romantic comedy that isn’t a romantic comedy.


Internet: Links

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Humor
How May We Hate You

Personal Finance
Action Economics

Lifestyle Blogging
An Exacting Life

Productivity
7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (But Mere Managers Always Fear) – Inc.com

Theater
Review of Heathers:The Musical – Perez Hiltion

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