Arcade Serenade

This is my 12th Thanksgiving week in New York. Watching the sun try to rise over a slightly rainy, heavily overcast sky on a Monday morning, I’ve decided it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. It’s raining just enough to make the streets shiny and the oddly balmy weather feels like about half […]

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The Misfortunes of Misspellings

Walking past a just-opened Christmas fair earlier this week, it occurred to me the different meaning one could take from seeing a long haired, unshaven man leaning on a wall smoking a cigarette in front of a business. You’e seen these. The Fair consisted of a few blocks of temporary stalls, each having made a […]

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Trashy Thoughts

Garbage day is good fun. I’m serious. For example, passing a building today, there was a pile of about 20 dark bags (garbage), maybe a dozen clear bags (recycle) and an oven. Any mathematicians want to estimate which of those items will still be curbside on 37th and Lex tonight? Other than bags and rats, […]

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Hamachi, Running and Private Thoughts

“Sit down, Hamachi” First words I heard spoken this morning. The cab driver was talking to the white(ish) poodle sticking its nose through the divider at me. Hamachi sat down and I sat back. My knee was a little bit stiff. As luck would have it, last night was the night my running coach picked […]

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Forgetting the “Never Forgets”

Since we’re all friends here, I’m going to let you in on a secret. I can’t remember all of the individual horrific incidents in history that I am supposed to “never forget”. It’s stressing me out a little. Just figuring out what days the postal service is closed and whether the office is open on […]

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Generalized Annoyance

I’m annoyed today. Not for any particular reason, and not in a way that should cause alarm for anyone, but the fact is, in a generalized way, I’m annoyed. The alarm rang at 4:15. I’m really tired of that alarm tone. Annoying. I walked past a guy who was eating some sort of folded up […]

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The Self Righteous Grocery

As I stared at the smilie face on the cashier’s counter and below it, the word “SMILE” hand-written on a purple sticker, I felt guilty, slightly glum and a little confused. “What do you want from me?” I mentally asked the self-righteous food market. It had started out well enough. Earlier, walking into my hotel […]

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Comfortable Weirdness

Felt an odd attack of deja vu bubbling up this morning, but then stopped to analyze the moment and realized there was a familiar song playing, which almost always evokes the feeling of “comfortable weirdness”. Yes. I’m going to explain that. “Comfortable Weirdness” is that feeling you get when you’re in a place completely different […]

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