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7/2/05 @ 03:53 pm   
New York Story
Current mood: lethargic
fter a night of shooting on a small movie I was doing sound for, a bunch of us went to the Russian deli Veselka on 2nd Avenue in New York. It was peak hours - about 2:30 in the morning - and Veselka was packed, so we had to wait for a table on a line that trailed out the door.

As we waited on the sidewalk, halfway up the block a vagrant sat on a box and wailed. "I'm HUNNNNGRY. OOOOOOH, GOD. I'M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HUNNNNNNGRY." The guy sounded like if he didn't get some food in him immediately he was going to keel over and die. So Beth, the production manager, and I took some pity on him, and decided to get him something to eat. After a moment of strange negotiations we somehow agreed on splitting the cost of a bagel and cream cheese for him. We went in to the take-out counter to order such.

This being New York, it took 15 minutes to order and be served a bagel with cream cheese at 2 in the morning. By the time we got back outside with it, the vagrant wasn't there. We saw his box sitting alone on the sidewalk where he had been.

We cased the block up and down, looking into side alleys, so we could give him the bagel. He was nowhere to be found.

But while we were looking for him, I saw someone walk up and steal his box.
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Date:July 12th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Very New York indeed.
One of the strangest phenomena of New York that I've ever seen is related to shooting movies.
New Yorkers love freebies.
Free samples, free previews, free whatever - we dive on it.
There is, however, one notable exception: Craft Service tables.
Any movie being shot in NYC will have at least one Craft Service table setup loaded with all manner of goodies. Often, these tables are not even guarded. Yet I've seen hordes of people walk past these and not even attempt to snag a goodie - myself included - they King of the Mooches!
Is it some strange Hollywood mojo that prevents us - who can say?
BTW: your current images reminds me of Rasputin.
Coming to a theater near you: The Prophet
Rasputin is ... Hard To Kill!
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Date:July 13th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Most people are intimidated by glamorous food.
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