Archive for November, 2012

Nash’s Dream Day

November 20, 2012

I think Saturday night had to be Nash’s dream day. We headed into the city for dinner with my parents and Aunt and Uncle. My parents are up for Thanksgiving, but will be staying out in New Jersey. Hey, no one wants to live in Queens or come out here. We had dinner in my old neighborhood on 49th street at City Lobster. We met early as my parents and Aunt and Uncle were going to Broadway shows. Yes, eating dinner at 530 for me felt like an early bird special. Do they even still have those, or have them in NYC? 530 however, is 30 minutes before the Nash eats dinner every night, so we took his dinner with us, and he got to eat at the restaurant. I was very impressed with City Lobster and how friendly they were to Nash and me. Yes, this kind of thing shouldn’t surprise me, but hey every time we go to a new place, I still have to wonder if Nash and I are going to get hassled, as it does happen more than it should. Nash was very excited to see everyone, and at the dinner table, kept popping his head up to see what was going on. He must have wanted to be included in the conversation, or at least let everyone know, hey, I’m down here.

After dinner we all walked over to 8th Ave and said our goodbyes. Even though we were a few blocks from my old apartment, I definitely think Nash knew it. We headed up towards my old building, and of course as soon as we crossed 52nd street, Nash made a bee line to the door of my old building. I told him sorry buddy, we don’t live here anymore. Not to worry though Nash, just because we don’t live here anymore doesn’t mean we still can’t go to your old bathroom spot! So we headed around the corner, and of course Nash didn’t head to the corner, he made the right turn onto 53rd street and headed directly to his old spot. Even though he went to the bathroom at dinner, he saved enough to do number one and two at his old spot. He was a very happy guy.

After saying hello to his old spot, we headed up to the old neighborhood hangout, Matt’s Grill. As soon as we walked through the door, we were greeted by our favorite bartender John. It’s so nice not to be forgotten. We sat down at the bar, and of course John came around to say hello to Nash. Wow, Nash you are getting to see everyone today. A little later, my buddy Damon showed up, and Nash was excited again to see an old friend. Nash was very happy to be back at Matt’s Grill, and there was still one surprise left for him. A little later, the woman who nicknamed Nash Fluffy Face stopped by to say hello. Nash had not seen her in awhile, but again, dogs must never forget, as the tail started wagging right away. With all these friendly faces, Nash must have thought it was his birthday. Since it wasn’t, it had to be Nash’s dream day!

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Laugh For Sight NYC Take Two, No Sandy’s Allowed! set for December 10th, Gotham Comedy Club.

November 18, 2012

We are very excited to announce that Laugh For Sight NYC Take TwoNo Sandy’s Allowed! has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10, 2012 at Gotham Comedy Club. It’s like deja vu to us all over again, as we have very fortunately landed the same lineup. LAugh For Sight NYC will feature Celebrity Host, Bonnie Bernstein, Legendary Comedian Robert Klein, Eddie Brill, Bonnie McFarlane, Paul Mecurio, Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, and of course Nash and me. The Silent Auction will begin at 7pm and the Comedy Show at 830PM.

We were even more fortunate as Robert Klein went on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 12th to promote this year’s very special Laugh For Sight NYC. To watch the episode click here http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/2303919777/the-late-show-11-12-2012

Tickets for LAugh For Sight NYC can be purchased by visting http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, calling 212-367-9000, or by clicking this link http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=191886&cart

Donors to this year’s silent auction include Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jimmy Fallon Show, the NY Yankees, Eli Manning, Jackie Mason, Felix Rey, Exhale Spa, C-Tech, Rock of Ages, Susan Michel Limited, and much more. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $75 for VIP Reserved Seating.

Please make sure to follow all of the talented performers donating their time and of course Laugh For Sight on Twitter @LaughForSight, @BonnieBernstein, @BonnieMcFarlane, @PaulMecurio, @JimNorton, @IAmColinQuinn, @RichVos, @blindgator, @NashtheGuideDog.

Someone Tell Nash There Was A Time Change

November 5, 2012

Now we all love Nash, as he is a very lovable guy. His cuteness won’t even register on the cuteness meter as it is to high. However, I do have a pet peeve with the guy. One of Nash’s little OCD habits is to start nudging me at around 4pm for his six pm dinner time. He does this every day like clockwork. Every day at 4pm Nash will start headbutting me with a lets go, feed me. I have to tell him it is not even close to his dinner time. If I had a four pm appointment I wouldn’t even have to set an alarm because Nash would be that alarm.

And it doesn’t stop with just the one headbutt. He will nudge me for about two hours and is like lets go what are we waiting for, feed me. It has gotten to the point where it is comical and I laugh because he knows he doesn’t get to eat dinner to six p,, and on the rare day where I might lay down to rest for a few minutes, Nash will hop into my bed and ram me with his head, as if he is telling me, don’t even think about falling asleep this close to my dinner time. He will then flop down in the bed and slap me with his paw. Don’t get me wrong I am not in an abusive relationship or anything, as Nash’s pawing at me is more playful than anything. Sometimes, after pawing at me, Nash will get up jump out of the bed, and head towards the kitchen, only to have me laugh, so he runs back and jumps into the bed giving me another headbutt. It is all very cute, but seriously Nash, every day?

So what happened today? Instead of beginning his nudginess at 4pm, you probably guessed it, as I was sitting at my desk working away, I got a headbutt at three pm! Hey Nash didn’t anyone tell you there was a time change?

The Calming of the Storm

November 3, 2012

I moved back to New York City from Florida in 2000 when my vision started to take a turn for the worse. After all, with NYC’s public transportation system, I like to say New York City is a blind man’s paradise. You can go where ever you want when ever you want, and don’t have to rely on other people to get there. I have lived in Los Angeles and dealt with earthquakes, Florida you get to deal with the hurricanes, and well, NYC you have to deal with the terrorists, but now NYC you get to deal with the hurricanes to. Not Fair. I thought I left Florida to get away from the hurricanes.

The storm blew in on Monday. We have all seen the damage it has done to NYC, Jersey, and the Northeast. Being a blind guy and living through a hurricane can be very scary. The wind is so strong and the noise it makes is quite chilling. You can’t tell how bad it is outside, and you have no clue if something can blow through your apartment.

Three years ago when I was at guide dog school, and I could still see fairly decently, I found it very funny when another totally blind student talked about her fear of tree branches. As sighted people, when you hear someone has a fear of tree branches, I’m sorry, but its funny. How in the world can someone be afraid of tree branches. Well, now I get it. I do not have a fear of tree branches, but lets just say I am not a fan of them. Hey, you try walking around with your eyes closed, and trust me after you take one tree branch to the head, you will get it. During Hurricane Sandy, my biggest fear was going outside having to walk Nash, and not knowing if something would be blowing down the street towards us. There are a lot of trees in our area, and last year when Hurricane Irene hit, a tree fell two apartments over and crushed a car. So yeah, walking Nash in Hurricane winds would not rank in my top ten favorite things to do. We did survive that bitch Hurricane Sandy without any incidents.

We all know that guide dogs are unbelievably trained to lead blind people around, but it is not Nash’s training that impressed me during the storm, it was his temperament. To Nash, Monday and Hurricane Sandy was just another day. We woke up, he ate breakfast, went for his walk. The winds got stronger during the afternoon, Nash began to get pushy at 4pm as he does every day. Yes, Nash’s dinner time is 6pm, and every day he starts to want to get fed at 4pm. On Monday, the news was reporting that the storm was going to be at its worst between 5 and 10pm, so Nash did get to eat early at 445pm. The storm picked up at 5pm, and Nash didn’t have a care in the world, and it was a typical evening for him. He spent part of the evening in my bedroom in my bed of course. He periodically came out in to the main room, spent time under my desk sitting on my feet. He wanted his belly rubbed and to play, and he wasn’t affected in the slightest by the howling winds outside. Nash was as calm as could be, almost a calming influence. That’s Nash.