The Fuzzy Nutter

Go Eat . . . Squirrel?

Posted by MSeech on November 1, 2007

R.L. Stine scared kids with Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms. Thomas Rockwell’s How to Eat Fried Worms was turned into a movie. Now, the Oct. 31 edition of the NY Post gave us another stomach-churning delicacy, not to mention another reason to pick on New Jersey.

Not that he’s squeamish. He explains that he skins squirrels, pulls the fur off, then guts and cleans the animal. Then he puts it in salt and lets it sit overnight.

“I boil it in water and then toss it in a pan,” DeGroat said. “I serve it with rich or mashed potatoes. I like my squirrel with barbecue sauce, garlic, mustard and ketchup,” he said. “It’s not a whole lot of meat. You have to put three or four squirrels together for a good meal.”

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S.I. Ferry’s Top Three Pests

Posted by MSeech on October 30, 2007

1. Tourists. Stop standing on the wrong side of the boat only to figure out you’ve missed the photo-op. And stop leaving the doors open when it’s freezing outside! Overall, just stop.

2.  Riders beware! At any given time you can encounter the annoy, but famous SI Ferry preacher. Although the article ran in the Sunday Times, the SI Advance “scooped” them a few weeks ago. If you can find the article, send it my way . . .

3. Don’t kiss your mother with those lips! If you’ve ever been thirsty enough to wet your palette using one of the many water fountains in the SI Ferry Terminal, you might want to read this. Mmmm bird flu.

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Dumbest Move of 2007 Goes to . . .

Posted by MSeech on October 29, 2007

Firefighters Michael Izzo, 30, of Staten Island and Richard Capece, 31, of Brooklyn who set fire to the door of Engine 34 in Hell’s Kitchen. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum claim it was a Halloween prank gone bad. Looks like they beat the arsonists who started those deadly California fires to an excuse. Way to make the FDNY proud, guys.

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Trick or Treat: Ninja Fans Gearing Up For Halloween

Posted by MSeech on October 28, 2007

With Halloween just days away, it’s safe to say many Staten Islanders will don the costume of the infamous Ninja Burglar. So the question we’re left asking is: Will he strike? Let the betting begin!

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Birds of a Feather

Posted by MSeech on October 17, 2007

Just off of the 92nd St. exit on the Gowanus Expressway, a man causally reaches into a shopping bag, pulls out a piece of bread and tosses it to a lone rooster who wanders in front of an entrance to Poly Prep Country Day School. The brown–feathered rooster glances at the bread and continues his prideful stroll in search of something better.

The rooster is just one of the many birds that can be found on the school grounds of Poly Prep, and throughout Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton – a community district with it’s own distinct animal landmarks.

A small portion of Poly Prep’s lawn, located across the street from Victory Memorial Hospital, is strewn with white feathers. Pigeons claim the sidewalk as their own and walkers who keep a lookout for goose feces – some aren’t so lucky. But visitors keep coming, and most are accompanied by young children.

Sheetal Patel brings her 4 year-old daughter Mital, to bird-watch.
“It’s like a zoo,” Patel said. “I walk-by here everyday and if it’s not the kids who are feeding the birds, adults are.”

Word on the street is that most of the animals were dumped at the school mainly because of inept caretakers or people who are in illegal possession of an animal.

**For the children’s sake, please DO NOT dump these animals at Poly Prep.**

Although the birds of Poly Prep are confined to local fame, the wild Quaker parrots of Brooklyn are borough treasures.


Photo: http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com

Walk through Leif Ericson Park in Bay Ridge and you can hear the squawks of wild parrots coming from tree tops and atop street lights on park’s east side.

Leif Ericson park is 16-arce park that was partially devastated by an EF2 tornado on August 9, 2007. In a movie-like ending, the tornado changed course and the birds were spared.

Thank Jeebus.

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Oh-do! NYC Councilman Gets Punked, Drops F-Bomb

Posted by MSeech on October 12, 2007

It is often said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for one Norwegian comedian imitation led to a full on verbal smackdown – expletives included – by New York City Councilman, James Oddo (R-Staten Island).

Councilman Jams Oddo

Photo: www.nyccouncil.info

Pia Haraldsen of the Norwegian comdey show “Rikets Rost”- Norway’s version of the Daily Show – pretended to be a news interviewer who questioned the Staten Island councilman about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

But what Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters, Borat and Ali G. possess, the faux news reporter tremendously lacks: charisma, comedic skills, and charm – three things even a city councilman couldn’t see. After a string of unfunny and idiotic questions, Oddo erupted at Haraldsen dropping the F-bomb approximately 16 times.

Oddo said it was a gut reaction and has since apologized for the outburst, but does not regret the sentiment.

Oddo’s blow-up gained national and even world attention after a viral video of the confrontation spread on the internet.

Since it’s “debut” a week ago on Youtube, the video has been viewed a staggering 549,577 times.

But what about the backlash? An editorial in the NY Daily News called Oddo “a genuine Stand-Up New Yorker.” On NY1’s website “Snap Poll” 68 percent believed the councilman should receive praise, 26 percent would like to see him criticized, and 5 percent wanted both. Even George Arzt, a Democratic consultant and lobbyist in Manhattan offered words of support: “It is tough to be civil when you’re being set up,” Arzt said. “This is such a minuscule issue. It won’t affect anybody, and he was scammed.”

But leave it to The Washington Post to offer the best summary possible:

“His reaction is that of an average citizen — a citizen of Staten Island.”

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N is for Ninja

Posted by MSeech on September 27, 2007

As the long and always forgotten borough of NYC, good ol’ Staten Island (better know as Shaolin) hardly ever receives press coverage. But when it does, it’s usually for the most asinine reasons.

It all seems surreal. Man breaks into 14 homes. Cops can’t catch man. Public learns man dresses like a ninja – nunchucks and all. Viola! The ninja burglar is born. No, he’s not a character in Hollywood’s latest box office bomb, but a real life bandit targeting homes on the North Shore of Staten Island.

Although his crime spree began way back in June, Islanders became familiar with the ninja after  The Staten Island Advance reported on a homeowner’s face-to-face meeting with the man in black.

 The story captivated the borough as details of the break-in emereged. According to the victim, Phil Chiolo sensed danger the moment his cat, Tippy, began to growl. Upon invesitgation of his basement, Chiolo encountered the elusive ninja burglar. Chiolo recalled his chilling made-for-tv confrontation in the Sept. 7 issue of the SI Advance:

“Then, I see this guy dressed in a Halloween-like ninja outfit, with just his eyes peering out,” said Chiolo. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Almost immediately, the intruder lunged at Chiolo, whacking his left shoulder blade with nunchucks, leaving a huge black and blue welt.

“He hits me, and he hits me hard,” he explained.

Chiolo spun around for cover, but the assailant hit him again with the weapon, this time leaving a knot in the back of his head.

Chiolo stabbed the intruder, but the ninja escaped into the Staten Island night.

Phil Chiolo displays the welt he sustained at the hands of the ninja bandit

Photo: Staten Island Advance/Joshua Carp

The burglar resurfaced two weeks later this time drawing widespread media attention. The break-in was the lead story on the local nightly news programs, but on Sept. 25, FOX News Channel aired a segement about the burglar complete with an analyst and  a photo of a random ninja. While the other cable news shows aired segments about the tragic protests in Myanmar and the UN General Assembly, FOX News aired two segments about the ninja bandit in one week. That’s double the Shaolin exposure.

Three dozen cops are currently assigned to the case:

Two task forces — a patrol team comprising 24 officers and an investigative team with 12 detectives, including members of the citywide Major Case Squad — are on the hunt, said Assistant Chief Albert Girimonte, the Island’s top cop.

Three dozen cops on the hunt for one lone ninja.

Welcome to Staten Island.

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Even Better Than The Real Thing

Posted by MSeech on September 7, 2007

It’s a battle to end all battles. Well not really, but don’t mess with the blogging world if you’re going to talk smack – I’m down with it. More specifically, don’t undermine the work and validity of citizen journalists/bloggers if your idea of journalism stops at reporting. In his New Yorker article, Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia’s Journalism School may as well have equated citizen journalism with the newly-crowned Miss Teen USA – everything you want on the outside minus the substance. Lemann even went so far as to say:

“[T]he content of most citizen journalism will be familiar to anybody who has ever read a church or community newsletter – it’s heartwarming and it probably adds to the store of good things in the world, but does not amount to the collective challenge to power which the traditional media are supposedly too timid to take up.”

What Lemann fails to recognize is that citizen journalism allows the public/consumer/newsmaker to not only report on the news but also to focus in on what they deem as important. This is opposed to some guy (or woman) who is clueless as to what a random person in a random town feels is newsworthy. Therefore creating a failed connection between the two entities.

Lemann’s response to Jeff Jarvis’ challenge (see the very end) shows a disconnect between what is and what should be in regards to the training of “professional” journalisnts.

What is [Lemann’s take]: “[W]e focus mainly on reporting – that is, actively seeking the truth on subjects of interest and significance, and communicating it clearly and interestingly to the general public.”

And citizen journalism differs how? Bueller? . . . Bueller? So citizen journalists and/or bloggers may or may not have had professional training, or attened journalism school, but are those legitimate reason to cast them aside?

What should be [Jarvis’ take]: ” [J]ournalists must redefine their roles and relationships as more than just reporters, editors, and producers …” Amen, brother! Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past, oh, let’s say 20+ years, journalists have become more than just reporters. They unkowningly step into numerous roles, but those who do realize this must take advantage of it. Of course, I’m not talking about those big journalism bucks to be made, but rather understanding what it takes to reconnect an already growing disconnect between the print and online worlds.

So the exchanges between Jarvis and Lemann (even those incredibly lengthy Bill Keller/Jeff Jarvis emails) may not haven been a 32-bit Mortal Kombat-style battle to the death, but there’s still hope bloggers and reporters may end up in such a duel.

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Hello

Posted by MSeech on August 31, 2007

Blogging for the first time.

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