The Buzz about Tristan’s Costume

Tristan participated in his first costume contest in Central Park this weekend. The fix must have been in, since Tristan got the loudest applause when the MC placed his hand over his head…but someone else one the enormous Sponge Bob doll. Kind of a blessing when you think of it.

While in costume, Tristan was able to act as a “spokes-bee” for the natural honey vendor…and meet some of his Peeps (this is a real pun since he got to see some honeybees in a portable honeycomb and also got some mashmallow Peeps from the Parks people.)

Tom gets quoted in the NY Post

‘NET LOSS IN PARKS
CITY IS BUNGLING WI-FI PLAN: CRITICS
By SAM GUSTIN

October 23, 2006 — Bureaucratic bungling, incompetence and old-fashioned greed have short-circuited a plan to install free wi-fi in city parks, critics charge.

Two years ago, the city Department of Parks and Recreation awarded a contract to set up wireless Internet access in 10 city parks, but to date, only two of those parks are up and running.

Parks spokesman Ashe Reardon conceded that only a handful of “hot spots” in Central Park currently work. Wi-Fi Salon, the company awarded the contract two years ago to take the parks wireless, claims Battery Park also is online.

“It’s been a long process,” said Reardon. “But we’re working on it.”

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer told The Post she’s “frustrated” by the situation and blasted the Parks Department as “technologically challenged.”

Wi-fi activists also are fed up.

“No one at the top of the Parks Department food chain knows anything about wi-fi or the Internet,” said Dana Spiegel, the executive director of NYC Wireless, a volunteer group.

In one case, she said, the department demanded a $1.5 million insurance policy from the community group Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza after it said it wanted to install a free hot spot there.

“I don’t know what liability the city was worried about,” said Friends director Tom Payne. “That the antenna would fall on somebody’s head?”

In another example of bureaucratic bungling, a firm building Philadelphia’s free, citywide wireless network offered to construct a hot spot in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn at no cost to the city – but the department held it up, critics said.

Sources inside and outside city government charge that the department is dragging its feet in order to sign up corporate sponsors – and pump revenue out of them.

A Big Easy Wedding

Jen’s friend Laurie spent most of her holidays at Grandma McNeely’s in New Orleans. So when it was time to get married, Laurie and fiance Richard thought is would be cool to get hitched in the Big Easy. and boy did they do things right. A Creole Shrimp Boil at Grandma’s…a balcony hospitality suite overlooking Bourbon Street…and a ceremony and reception at a classic Southern Plantation house.

Apart from the highpoints, the torrential rain and the bus with a flat tire will certainly be memories that last a lifetime. Best wished to Laurie and Rich!