do blondes have more fun?


it seems like all the dogs on madison avenue in the east 70s are blondes

toy cars


because 
i schlepped the real camera
 to the office 
for the fleet week flotilla
 i decided to take a few other photos 

thats west street 
used to be the westside highway
 an elevated highway 
i am not sure it was elevated all the way downtown
 anyway
 its a busy heavily trafficked artery

from the 43rd floor
all those cars and trucks look like toys
dont they

fleet week


an hour or two before the ships came into view



the met life blimp hovered over the statue of liberty



as they approached
even with a 300mm lens 
the ships looked very small from the 43rd floor





the coast guard led the way




flag proudly flying



there were several smaller ships
preceding the star of the show
the aircraft carrier


if you see a sailor
be sure to thank them for their service

more this and that

the damn newspaper delivery yesterday
got me all riled up 
 i never got to the good stuff

when i was home for a week
 with
 the adenoid infection
 i had no energy
 i either slept
 or
 i read 
no tv 
we dont have a tv in the bedroom
this is not a problem

i love to read
i devoured
jane smiley's amazing trilogy
spanning 100 years in the lives of one iowa farm family
beginning with 
some luck
followed by 
early warning
wrapping up with
golden age

i highly recommend it
it was not easy to put down


we went up to the roof 
sunday afternoon
for many years 
we lived on the 6th floor
going up to the roof 
was done almost daily
 during the spring and summer
it was one flight up
then
 we moved down to the ground floor
going up to the roof 
required getting on the elevator
it wasnt the same

of course 
there was also the period 
during which 
the roof was off limits
the plants trees had caused structural problems
now thats been fixed 
our friend and landlord is planting again
a visit to see whats growing was in order
its lovely
(i will share photos another time)

i also got to snoop on neighbors




this and that

first off
toonman's pink eye appears to be all better

the weather was fairly nice 
the predicted rain 
defied the forecasters
it didnt rain

our newspaper delivery
is always an issue
either it arrives late
or
not at all

numerous phone calls
complaints
voila it was on or close to on time all last week
til saturday
sigh
when it did arrive it was left unceremoniously
outside 
on
the street

my fellow deliveree and i decided it was due to haste

this morning
it as outside again

i called
the rep said 
record shows it was left in vestibule

um no

well
 thats what the record shows

well
that is not where they were
you 
may/can
 believe 
whoever
 you wish 
but 
please tell them 
to
 put the papers in the vestible
thanks and have a good day
click

grrrr

nevertheless it was a lovely morning

buster


sadly
 my friends
 elizabeth and robert's
darling buster
 has passed

he will be sorely missed


artist at work


he may look like a fruit and vegetable vendor
but
he's really an artist

he spends 
the very early morning unloading
his produce
artfully arranges the display

maybe 
some morning 
when i am walking by a little later
i will get you a photo of the finished display
til then
trust me

it looks good enough to eat



in the distance


last week 
on the way
 into the office
 i spotted 
those 
two water towers

what 
really 
caught my eye
looking up seeing 
how pretty the morning sky was

there's still a lot of construction
and will be for the next 2 years
but you know oddly
its such a part of the area
you sort of forget to notice it
til you do