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I went to a lot of benefits when I was in college. I mean A LOT. I saw a lot of shows, and ever more benefits. I don’t go to many, if any, anymore, so when my office offered to buy whoever wanted to go tickets to tonight’s Hurricane Sandy benefit at the Gershwin Theatre, I was excited. 

And then I saw Julia Murney was performing and I remembered back to 2005. It was the beginning of my rush of benefits, and she performed this song first at the Hurricane Katrina benefit (also at the Gershwin Theatre – though I didn’t attend that one) and later at a benefit (also for Katrina) at Joe’s Pub (which I did attend). She performed “Amazing the Things That Float” at both and the above MP3 is from her performance of the song at Joe’s Pub.

I tweeted at Ms. Murney earlier today when I remembered her and this song, and I almost immediately got this response. I tried not to get my hopes up too high, but I had a pretty good feeling she’d sing it.

And sing it she did. I got chills. And it was lovely.

The entire benefit was lovely, but especially this song. Now go and enjoy this song. 

the morning after sandy.

Let’s just say that uptown lucked out. I never lost power, only my internet briefly today. I went to bed around midnight last night after I was of watching TV and movies. I woke up around 8:30am and went for a little walk to survey if there was any damage in my neighborhood. Whole Foods was open and people were shopping like they’d been closed up for a week. Come on, people.

I walked to Broadway to possibly go see if the rumors about Equinox’s being open for all were true but I lost interest and did an hour of cardio yoga in my apartment instead. The above are pictures of some of the damage around my neck of the woods.

I hope everyone’s okay!

Have you heard? There’s a hurricane coming to the east coast. 

I went grocery shopping last Thursday so I was pretty good-to-go on most essentials, but I ran home yesterday after seeing a matinee of Don’t Go Gentle (review to come!) to make it to Whole Foods before they closed at 7pm (as per their Twitter), only to find at that they were trying to keep people out at 5:45pm. “You can come in, but don’t take a long time,” the person at the door informed us. Thanks, because we were planning on spending a few hours in Whole Foods before the 2012 Storm of the Century. This morning I went out to the still-open Associated across the street from me and bought more peppermint tea, chocolate, and a few candles.  I’m not too worried about the power going out as I was informed that my building has a generator and a full oil take to heat water should anything happen. My parent’s power went out on Long Island a few hours ago – oy! 

I have my main food groups covered: chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, bread (I even found Portuguese rolls – far left – which I haven’t been able to find in about ten years!), and some fruit. 

I’m thinking I should cook the rest of the chicken that I have in my fridge so I have it to eat if the power goes out. Any suggestions as to how I should prepare it?

I haven’t been as productive with this mandatory solitude as I could be, but I did straighten up my apartment, do laundry, and finish the book Show Biz (meh). Now I’m eating the Ben & Jerry’s pictured above and watching The Day After Tomorrow. Stay safe!