Citizen of the Month

the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Month: December 2011

Goodbye, Coin-Operated Parking Meter

On the morning I flew from JFK to Los Angeles, I noticed city workers up early in my neighborhood in Queens, drinking their coffee, already at work.  They were removing the coin-operated parking meters from the sidewalk, rooting them out from the heavy cement as if they were tiny metallic trees, both ancient and sturdy.  It was the end of an era.  The city was installing the electronic parking meters that I had seen in newer cities like Seattle and Denver.  It was a makeover I didn’t want to happen in New York, something like Robert DeNiro getting plastic surgery to look more like Justin Bieber.

A child born today will probably never see a working coin-operated parking meter, or experience the frantic search for the dropped quarter under the car seat, while the meter hungrily cries for her food like a voracious Venus flytrap.

The typewriter. The telephone booth.  And now, the coin-operated parking meter.   All gone.

It’s not as if anyone LIKED the coin-operated parking meter.   We cursed her.   We said she was a whore who demanded money for her time.  We despised her pimp, the man in the snazzy uniform who cycled around the block, waiting to trap us as we enjoyed our relaxing coffee in a cafe.

We hated the coin-operated parking meter.  We wished it dead.  And soon it will be dead. Only to be replaced by a soulless machine that spits out a wafer-thin paper ticket.  And we will miss the coin-operated parking meter

Tomorrow starts 2012.  It is a time to start fresh.  The writing staff at “Citizen of the Month” wishes every reader of this blog good health, happiness, and success.

But let’s also take a second to remember those who faltered during the past year, like the once mighty coin-operated parking meter.   If only we had said “I love you” to her when she was still alive.

The Sixth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!

Welcome to the The 2011 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! This is the sixth year of this concert, and each year it gets better.

How time flies.  Six years!  The first year of the concert, all the songs were in mp3 audio. Now 95% of the songs are on video.  Next year, maybe we can do it LIVE ON SKYPE!

Enjoy. Happy Holidays. And to good blogging in 2012!

The Dove
performed by Tamar of Mining Nuggets

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Ding Dong Merrily on High
performed by Loralee of Loralee’s Looney Tunes with the American Festival Chorus

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Jingle Bells
performed by Kevin of Always Home and Uncool

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It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve
performed by Pearl of Pearlie’s of Wisdom

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Winter Wonderland
performed by Jessica of Bern This

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photo by Angella of Dutch Blitz

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A British Christmas
composed by Noel of There’s Gotta Be a Song

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
performed by Erin of A Parenting Production

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
performed by Elly of BugginWord

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Jingle Bells
performed by Amy of Resourceful Mommy

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Silent Night
performed by Katherine of Postpartum Progress

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photo by Martin of Deutschland uber Elvis

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Silent Night
performed by Christine of Pop Discourse and Boston Mamas

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All He Wants for Christmas
performed by Diane of Momo Fali

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
performed by Carrie of A Sassy Redhead

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas
performed by Trisha of Momdot

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside
performed by Amy of The Bitchin’ Wives Club

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Photo by Shana of Gorillabuns

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Haere Mai Everything is Ka Pai (New Zealand folk song)
performed by Juli of Wellington Road

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The Little Drummer Boy
performed by Kristin of Rage Against the Minivan and She Posts, with her family

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A Baby Just Like You
performed by Cameron of Cameron D. Garriepy

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zEVZWy-KRM

Oh Hanukkah
performed by Danny Miller of Jew Eat Yet
with his son, Charlie

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Christmas is Coming
performed by Dana of Feast After Famine
with family

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photo by Suzanne of Twenty Four at Heart

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Avitable Sings a Christmas Song
performed by Adam of Avitable

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
performed by Becky of Not Fainthearted

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A Christmas Carol
performed by Jason of ConnectedEd

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Chanukah – Maoz Tsur
performed by Otir of Un jour a la fois

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Happy Holidays from LOD and Friend
performed by Doug of Laid Off Dad

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photo by Devra of Parentopia

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Good King Wenceslas
performed by Bon of Crib Chronicles
and Daniel Lynds (@daniellynds)

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Winter Wonderland
performed by Michelle of MidlifeMama
with the Lasell College Jazz Group

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Christmas Carol 2011
performed by Tanis of Redneck Mommy
with her kids, Fric and Frac

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Jingle Bells
performed by Matthew of Child’s Play x3
with his family

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Of Father’s Love Begotten
performed by Carrien of She Laughs at the Days

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Photo by Veronica of Compost Studios

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Deck the Halls (iPhone App Style)
performed by Neil of Citizen of the Month

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgHKiEzqG0M

What Child is This
performed by Maria of Mommy Melee

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dciYWxdPd38

Jingle Bells
performed by Erin of Swonderland

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We Like to Celebrate Chrannukah
performed by Jenny Mae of Mommy Mae
and family

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Baby, It’s Cold Inside
performed by Alejna of Collecting Tokens

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Do You Hear What I Hear?
performed by Fran of FGHart

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The Christmas Song
performed by Leah of A Girl and a Boy
with Simon

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

#blog2012

December is a month where many of us look back, and look forward, preparing ourselves to take the next step into the new year.

During the past, this would be a time where I would go into my blog archives and compile my ten favorite posts.  This year, I haven’t been motivated to do that.

2011 was an odd year for me online.

I felt more isolated as a blogger in 2011, as most of my peers grouped together under the parenting umbrella.

The energy moved away from personal blogs to social media and group blogs.

I had a troll bugging me for months.

I wrote less on the blog, and lost touch with others.

I went from someone who hardly knew how to use a camera to a person running around New York City taking instagram photos, feeling that I could better capture my daily emotional state with images than words.

I seriously thought about ending my blog, and focusing my energies on more practical endeavors.

But I plan to continue.   I am crazy like that.

Do you have any plans for your blog in 2012?  Do you feel that personal blogging is dead? Do you feel that only 1% of the bloggers get 99% of the attention?  Do you believe that you can make money with your blog?  Can you still be honest about our lives online without being called a freak?

Usually, we discuss these issues at expensive blogging conferences in far-away cities.  But a couple of us came up with an idea —  why not just come onto Twitter tonight, for free, in an organized by free-wheeling conversation on this subject?   No sponsors.  Just talk.

Want to discuss the state of blogging heading into 2012?  Tweet w/ @Schmutzie & I and many others at 10pm EST (7PM PST) tonight, Monday, December 12.

use the hashtag #blog2012

And remember, despite our many concerns as bloggers in an unstable economy, we should celebrate another year of online writing!   This Sunday, December 18, is The Sixth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert!  

Please submit all songs and photos by December 17th.

Favorite NYC Instagram Photos – Nov. 2011

November in NYC was balmy this year. I wore a t-shirt just two weeks ago, walking down Broadway. And then the tree went up in Rockefeller Center, the Christmas shoppers arrived, and winter finally arrived.  I like how the photos show a passage of time.

December is a month were we traditionally think about our plans for the upcoming year.   I have a ticket to return to Los Angeles on December 18th, which means, at least for the month of January, a return to the bright palette and frequently superficial lights of the West Coast.

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