We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A preview performance of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage. Is Cherry Orchard the first modernist play? Some say it is. Plenty of ellipses, and disjointed communication. A comedy, sort-of, or a slice of life. Chekhov was a physician, a writer on the side.
Superb early dinner at the Blue Water Grill on Union Square. Mrs. BD had the Crab and Sweet Potato Hash. I had the Baked Cod with Lobster Mashed Potatoes. I didn;t pay attention to what our friends had. We had a jolly afternoon and evening in NYC. Blue Water is a Maggie's 4-star joint, especially for seafood. Perfect ambience, service, and food. I prefer the balcony, but there's more people-watching on the main floor. Their pic below:
I didn't want to use flash:
Took the subway, of course. Quicker and cheaper. The NYC subway system is a good IQ test, and a small d democratic form of transportation in the best sense. I have always enjoyed the subways. The whole thing was developed by separate private companies to meet market demaind, not by government planners. Works great, once you get the hang of it. The government took it all over, but I don't know why. Governments always have reasons to take things over, and it's usually all about money or votes.
14th St was hopping. Gotta love the vitality of a thriving, bustling city full of young, hard-working, ambitious, determined, and attractive people. That's the Empire State bldg lit up in the distance:
Most of NYC was developed by private companies, then turned over to Gov't. The Brooklyn Bridge began as a private enterprise, as well.
It wasn't until the late 1800's and early 1900's that the government began doing more of the work that businesses used to. The reason, I suppose, is corporatism, and Robert Moses was happy to oblige.
Companies were unwilling to take on risks that they could pass off to taxpayers and still benefit from.
Given the tight relationships business had with government, it became easy to take a machine politician to dinner, convince him of the vast human benefit of a bridge or tunnel that would also benefit a business mightily, and avoid having to put any capital at risk.
Cornelius Vanderbilt didn't like getting the government involved in much of anything. He preferred having the ability to make decisions and control his own destiny. Today, many people believe it's better to let taxpayers share the risk so businesses can benefit. Not sure why they think that way.