Chaos on Christopher Street. I had a good friend, now moved away, who was (and is still, I assume) gay, and we’d occasionally do the Greenwich Village scene – me, the straight nerd, he, the rather more flamboyant one, but we enjoyed the coffee shops and the street theatre. Christopher Street was always a bit rowdy but it sounds like, these days, it’s downright dangerous. How sad.
Daily Archives: July 3, 2011
A town Parks Department truck.
Too good to be buried in the comments, here’s a fresh contribution from Peeps.
SPQNR – I had the same thing happen when I was in college and had a summer job working for a city maintenance department. I took my big Gravely mower and mowed quickly because I wanted to prove I could work as well as the men did. I’d been dropped off at an area and then found I’d have to wait a long time for the truck to come back and pick me up. I called my job from a deli and said they could come get me and drop me somewhere else and all the men got mad at me for having said something. My immediate supervisor told me I had to understand that I only did this job for two months and then I’d be back at school, but these men had to do the jobs all year and it looked bad if I did it too quickly because then they wouldn’t get to rest enough. I was an 18 year-old girl and was accidentally putting these men to shame.
The Junior League and the town are teaming up to get a new pool in Byram – sounds like an excellent idea to me. It’s awfully easy to tease the Junior League – I certainly succumb to the temptation all the time – but these are good people, doing good things for our town. But heck, if Rene were still around, he’d just cut a check and the pool would be done.
Noam Chomsky denounces Chavez. Easier to do when the son of a bitch is dying, I suppose.
Even the Democrats are finding it hard to defend them. I suggest that we rid ourselves of the Democrats first and then deal with the unions.
Perfectly reasonable article – the DA, Cyrus Vance, took immediate steps to keep the French SOB DSK here in the country and yet, when it became apparent that the complainant was a fraud, moved quickly to right the wrong. I don’t disagree at all but I still think there’s something rotten here – the State Department put the screws on the DA to discredit the “victim”, is my guess. Otherwise, this case would have gone on for months and months. DSK is still a dick, by the way.
Here on the creek we get to see our mallards breed (Pal Nancy calls it “twitterpating”, which I think sums it up nicely) and then set forth with their brood a few weeks later. But it’s sad to see the numbers dwindle as the summer goes on – the mamas start with perhaps 5-6 babies but they’re soon down to 1,2 or maybe 3. I don’t know what takes these kids, although one year I rowed out and removed an oyster clamped on the foot (paw? paddle?) of a duckling – an oyster! Who knew?
Whatever, life, and death goes on, and the ducks seem to keep enough of themselves going to keep the water populated. It’s a fascinating thing to observe.