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.
Maggie's is a big supporter of CSC: "Reimagining the classics." They manage to get stars who want to do classic stage. Bebe Neuwirth was Tatiana.
"But what is the story line?", I asked the wise Mrs. BD.
"What fools these mortals be" she replied.
I am fortunate in spouse and friends who dislodge me from my work, my gardens, and the internet. There was a wonderful street fair on Third Avenue. As a country boy, I sure do love visiting New York. I'd like to do a week of urban hiking there, with camera and beer stops and a nice hotel suite. Invite all of our readers to hike along too.
Some fresh photos below the fold.
Like I say, if you don't enjoy NYC, I wonder whether you enjoy the fullness of life.
As a country boy, I sure do love visiting New York. I'd like to do a week of urban hiking there, with camera and beer stops and a nice hotel suite.
In my decades of visiting NYC, I have hit a fair proportion of the classic tourist spots, so I don't feel a great need to revisit them. When I visit my cousins in NYC, I like to just wander the streets. It's a hoot to just wander the streets. You never know what you are going to find. Though I make sure I find myself some Chinese bakeries.
It's certainly a lot more entertaining walking the streets of NYC than the walking the streets where I live. And thanks to what Giuliani et al have done, it is as safe walking the streets of NYC as the streets where I live.
It is also interesting to track the changes in NYC. I am best acquainted with SoHo. In the 70s there were a whole bunch of interesting hardware/electronics shops on Canal Street. All gone. The open air parking lot I once used for $10/ night is now a $40/night parking garage. The open air drug markets are not as evident as they were 30 years ago.
Sorry, but after I saw this (link below) 4 years ago, I lost any feeling of goodwill towards NYC that came from 09/11/2001 or anything else. Between this and people like Bloomberg, Sharpton, and Schumer as well as intense, deliberate rudeness in person from New Yorkers who were visiting here, I can't summon any enthusiasm for going to such a place.
I don't know of anything that can redeem it; beauties and wonders aside, I am profoundly cynical regarding all things New York City.
Manhattan is truly a Disneyland for the accomplished, the connected, and the affluent - the more affluent the better. The other boroughs are more affordable while being less appealing in many ways, but the whole city runs on mucho dinero.
Lots of us can only occasionally afford to indulge. Even walking around and taking in the less costly delights is expensive, with transport, meals, lodging.
Fortunately, it's a big old world, and while NYC has some things that can only be found there, the same can be said for the charms of Philly or Boston, and numerous other quirky and appealing places throughout the Mid Atlantic and New England
Ah yes.... the interminable and awful sameness of the Manhattan street fair. I used to suffer them endlessly when I lived there. Did they still have the stalls with the huge jugs of spices and the others offering the chair massage by koreans. When I lived there it was a cookie-cutter run of these fairs. Every one was just like every other one.
I wasn't jaded when it all began, but after about five years of these "street fairs" jamming up everything on Manhattan and after about five years of noticing they are all really and truly "the same" -- and they are.... they became more annoying than edifying. Believe me, if you lived inside the city... as I did... you'd find them a lot less charming. It is as if somebody worked out a permissions scam with the city years ago and runs them all.