Hello, Shazam!

There we were, David and I, working the Saturday night coat check for the Big Apple Ranch country western dance. We volunteered our service and the fee and tips we received were donated to Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO.) Quo is still in its growing stage, and it needs all the funds it can get. No…

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Hello, Spotify!

Streaming music services are very convenient to search and save favorite songs. I was previously using Pandora, but was dissatisfied with it. While one may enter a few songs (create a station) to activate the algorithms to discover similar songs, one can not save these new discoveries and return to them. Enter Spotify! This service…

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Hello, Postcrossing!

My friend Patti recommended this postcard-sharing website to me earlier this month. It’s a 21st century update on the pen-pal concept. You can send postcards to random strangers across the globe. When a postcard is received, the unique identifying code must be registered to let the sender know it has been received. Patti is already…

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A Masked Ball

My first official concert of 2013, and my first performance with New York Opera Exchange (NYOE). Entitles ‘The Masked Ball’, it was an enjoyable evening of excerpts of French opera. Taken from four operas (Faust (1869) by Charles Gounod, Tales of Hoffman (1881) by Jacques Offenbach, Manon (1884) by Jules Massenet, and Romeo and Juliet…

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The ‘Which Downton Abbey Job is Right For You’ Test

Lady Edith Crawley Job-hopper, Edith’s numerous jobs are right for you. You like helping out and the feeling of self-worth derived from good work, and you are excellent (and impeccably dressed), whatever your responsibilities. But whether it’s impulsive behavior, romantic inclinations, or global circumstances beyond your control, something always spurs you to move on. Try…

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