I'm borrowing another great blogging idea from Marceline, which is particularly timely as I have just had to rearrange my collection of photos from the extension to the
Marceline talked about what she was doing ten years ago, so I thought I'd join in, as 2002 was a pretty big year for me. In October of this year, I bought this flat, my first home purchase. We just sold it last month after two and a half years on the market, and at a considerable loss, so reflecting on the good times, and the excitement and buzz of having somewhere to call my own is a good thing to do right now. Although I can't resist a quick whinge about that brand new (albeit basic) kitchen and bathroom that we installed to try to entice a buyer and never recouped the money for...
|Me in the lounge/dining room of my flat in Parkhead|
|Niagara Falls - spot the folk in yellow ponchos enjoying the spray|
|The Horseshoe Falls, taken with my old manual camera|
My cousin was away for Thanksgiving for some of the time I was over, so I was able to borrow his apartment in Queens for a few days. I also had a rowdy night out in the East Village with my pal Colin and ended up crashing at his girlfriend's place overlooking Tompkins Square Park. Happy days. The rest of the time I stayed in my favourite hotel, which I've been staying at since I was a kid, The Pennsylvania, which still owns its original 65000 phone number. Since I can't afford the Four Seasons or the Pierre, I tend to use the Pennsylvania because it's clean, central, takes a very hard line on security and it's definitely good value for money. If I can get a deal on lastminute.com, I'll stay at the Millennium UN Plaza, which is very very nice indeed.
|2002's parade theme was Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are, photo taken between the DMV and ESB, looking up towards TSQ|
|Atlas Sculpture, rescued from WTC Plaza and relocated to Battery Park|
|Badges and Zine by John Blain Hunt, National Pop League|
Anyway, aside from all that, I wasn't really doing anything crafty or creative. I was still really into music but hadn't done any music journalism or writing at all, really, for a while. I was more focused on getting out and enjoying being young in a city I'd only moved to the previous summer, and spent a lot of time at a club called the National Pop League, enjoying the free monthly zine but never so much thinking 'oh I could do that'. I don't even think I was knitting at that time, I gave it up for about an 8 year period when people were telling me how uncool it was, and unfortunately, I was listening. I was still customising my clothes, though, a habit I picked up at university where every black top was made instantly more interesting with the addition of black fake fur around the cuffs, so I guess I was being a bit creative.
From 2001 to 2003 I visited Munich, Paris, New York, the Canadian Border, Amsterdam, Dublin and lots of UK cities, mainly London, so I guess travelling was my thing at the time. It certainly was the golden age of cheap airfare, and I'm glad I took advantage.
|Anish Kapoor's Installation at the Tate Modern, Nov 2002|
The most striking thing about this little jaunt down memory land? I still have the same hairstyle (although it's changed a bit inbetween!)
|Taken in West Ealing, December 2002|