I got paid for a freelance job today and instead of putting it all in savings like a proper young lady, I bought myself and Rebecca some presents.
My Present to Myself: Garamon!
First off is Garamon, who I spotted months earlier in Toy Tokyo in the East Village. I decided immediately that he is my spirit animal. I tried to get Mort to buy it for me last week, but he refused because it scared him. Mort is also scared of dinosaurs, clowns, and cherubs. That information might be of use to you one day.
Look at this handsome gent.
Even his tail is adorbs.
So I did a little research online and discovered that Garamon was a character or villain or something on this 1960s Japanese monster show called Ultra Q. There is a whole blog about just Garamon. He is so cute! Here he is in his natural habitat:
These images are from here.
My Present to Rebecca: Shlomo!
I saw this little fellow for sale this weekend on the corner of Bedford and N. 7th st. I rarely stop to look at stuff people are selling on the sidewalk on Bedford because I don't like stopping in the middle of the sidewalk (it's a thoroughfare, goddammit) or talking to people I don't know, especially ex hippies selling weird dolls or used Kierkegaard paperbacks. But this dude, worth talking to a hippie and lugging it on the G train for.
He's tooting his own horn.
I decided that his name should be Shlomo, which is my favorite Jewish male name after Akiva and Mordecai. I thought it would be a good present around Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippir. He sure knows how to work his shofar. Honk! Honk!