Monthly Archives: December 2011

Landscape: Cityscape

Manhattan in the evening, as seen from the window of a 1979 VW Westy crossing the Kosciuszko bridge:

Merry Christmas!

from Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, ya’ll.

Life: Go…Green?

For Christmas, my sister bought the entire family tickets to yesterday’s New York Jets vs. New York Giants game. What excited me the most about this event? The tailgating—the tailgating from the backside of my sister’s avocado green 1979 VW Westy.

Shawna’s been known to concoct quite a tailgating spread, and from her previous Jets games, she’s earned a reputation for driving “The Jetmobile.” We arrived early (8:00 for a 1:00 kickoff) and planned multiple courses. It was very, very cold, however, so I spent the first few hours inside the VW, huddled in my down jacket and wrapped up in fleece blankets.

But then the sun finally started to warm things up, so I got outside to inspect the spread. My mom bought an array of Christmas cookies with her on the plane from Louisville, Kentucky, and Shawna mixed up some morning mimosas.

Other items in the spread included herbed potato and egg breakfast burritos, turkey burgers, corn salad, and a crunchy broccoli slaw.

We walked to the stadium with full bellies and took our seats. This being my first Jets game, I had many new cheers to learn. Luckily, they weren’t difficult. Announcer: “It’s a Jets…?” Crowd: “FIRST DOWN!!!!” Captain Ed (fan cheer leader): “J!” Crowd: “E-T-S…JETS, JETS, JETS!!”

The flight crew cheerleaders took center field during halftime in sexy Ms. Claus-like santa suits and performed a holiday dance routine. Then the Jets started losing, and the crowd began losing its good holiday cheer. I watched two little scuffles break out between mouthy Giants fans and Jets loyalists. Late into the drinking day, things began turning sour.

MetLife Stadium (capacity: 82,566) stood strong, holding us all together—Jets fans and Giants fans alike—until the late-day sun worked its way up the crowd and left us cold in its shadows. Final score? Giants: 29. Jets…14.

Life: All in the Family

The core-unit Macnamara family’s gathered here in NYC for the Christmas weekend. Yes, my sister has a van, too. She’s named it Basel Ribbit, and Basel’s for-real because he has a Facebook page. Shawna and Basel picked us all up today in Manhattan, and we cruised around to get supplies for tomorrow’s festivities: the Jets vs. Giants game. We plan to get up early, put coffee in a big Thermous, and tailgate like I haven’t tailgated since my days at Notre Dame. I’ve been informed that I must wear green because I’m Jets fan.

Driving through New York City at this time of the year is pretty exciting. In addition to the ever-present yellow cabs and throngs of people on the sidewalks, the buildings are all lit up with dazzling holiday décor.

Mom and I cozied up in the backseat and enjoyed the ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where we went to The Meat Hook (inside of The Brooklyn Kitchen) and got special sausages for tomorrow’s tailgater.

Dad sat in the front seat to navigate…and then helped us get installed for the eve at my sister’s apartment. Four of us in a studio with an office = holiday love!

The Meat Hook
100 Frost St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Brooklyn Kitchen
…same address as above…