my sky

New York Water Taxi
and
The Statue of Liberty 
against
an
early January sky

For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

North side of West 72nd Street 
between 
Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

tell me a story

You know the drill,
tell me a story!



On Monday, you can check out the stories Fireblossom and Mielikki have written about this photo

waiting, impatiently

this guy 
was waiting in the drizzle 
for his person 
to
buy a snack from one of those ubiquitous food trucks 
I have featured in the past 

sign posts

241 Eldridge Street 
on the lower Eastside
its where we adopted both our kits
Not sure why this hangs on the wall adjacent to their 'offices' 
but it does.

a first



Never having done this before 
I dont know what to expect or how it will play, 
if at all.  
If it should play you'll hopefully see a slide show of my cats. 
 I am turning into one of those people.  
Without further rambling I give you 
Rosie & Jack.

my sky

Broadway
West 73 Streetlooking
north
that's the dome at the top of the
Ansonia
(click to read more)




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thursday in the hood

A restful spot
Riverside Park

miscellaneous monday

This is some odd breed of 
furry tulip
it reminds me of 
Little Shop of Horror's
Audrey!

I Googled 'furry tulips'
and
learned they are actually
called
Wooly Tulips!


my sky

Yet another water tower
this is Amsterdam Avenue
looking north


For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

a special edition Toon - the new guy

thursday in the hood

I saw my doctor a week or so back,
her offices are in the Weill Cornell Medical Center
on East 61st Street.
Every time I leave there
and
walk west to head back to the office or home
I pass these
steps

And I wonder about this place, 
I mean this small Colonial house
The Mount Vernon Hotel & Museum
With benches
And little gardens
and sweet spring flowers
Sits within sight of the 59th Street Bridge
Want to learn more about The Mount Vernon Hotel?
Click here


Click'en the pix, they should embiggen .. and I only 'signed' one.

just words

I dont often write posts, I mostly post photos ... but today is a departure from photos to words.

I have been riding the M104 to the office for the last 9 years and way back then every morning I would get on and sit near this handsome older man with a thick white neatly trimmed Afro.

New Yorkers can live for entire lifetimes in one apartment and never meet their neighbors.

You can pass the same people on the street day after day without ever saying hello or for the matter making eye contact.  Its just how it is.

I am not sure how it started but that older gentleman and I began smiling at one another and after a year or so we moved to the good morning stage.  Then about 2 yrs ago we began sitting next to one another and chatting.

I got to know Teddy pretty well before I met Lorraine.

Lorraine took the M104 on Mondays to go swimming at the Y.  I catch the 7:10 bus and so did she but not by choice, she always tried to catch the earlier bus but somehow never did.  We, too, took a long time before we spoke, I am not sure what made us connect but it might have been the morning the bus pulled up and I insisted she precede me onto the bus (there's this thing we New Yorkers do, we wait for buses but dont actually queue up, we just stand there but we always know who was there first ...) even tho I was there when she arrived.  That morning Teddy was sitting toward the front of the bus in one of the single seats and she saw him and stopped to talk .. I continued to the back to my 'usual' seat.

The next time I saw her she told me how she and Teddy had known each other since she was 18, over 50 years,she said.  She filled me in on Teddy's background, his wives, his daughters; how they both took swimming at the Y, exercised there.

After that morning whenever Lorraine was at the bus stop I knew I would be riding alone.  I enjoyed them both, two of the youngest senior citizens I ever met.

About a year ago Teddy said his back ached and he was seeing a doctor who advised PT to help stretch muscles to ease the ache.  But the ache continued and got worse. I listened and I worried, it didnt sound good to me but Teddy's wife was a PhD which made her the one in charge of talking to the doctors, he told me she was tough and wouldnt let them get away with anything.

After weeks of doctor visits, talk of arthritis, he finally got an appointment for an MRI and the news wasnt good: bone cancer.

I saw him 2 or 3 times after that before the weather got really bad and I assumed he stopped exercising due to the snow and was likely getting chemo treatments.

Then about a month ago I saw Lorraine at the bus stop.  As I walked closer and could see her face clearly, I knew she was going to give me bad news.

I was right. She said Teddy had passed the week before.  She'd seen him a month before that for the last time at a get-together of the Y seniors and he asked her to tell 'the white haired lady' what was happening.  She was quite sad and we sat together til she got off at 66th Street she repeated stories she'd told me in the past and I listened as if for the first time.  When she stood to get off I got up and we hugged.  We'd both lost something but her loss far out classed mine.

Rest in peace, Teddy, it was a privilege to know you.


miscellaneous monday

a sculpture, a coffee table, a delightful evening with good friends

tell me a story

Tell me a story about this person
you can do it
in the comment box
or
you can do it on your blog
OR NOT
in other words
NO PRESSURE!

EDITED to add: check out the stories Fireblossom and Mielikki have written about this photo

my sky

Sunny skies warm the little birds

For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

One recent Sunday 
I took the Baroness and her lovely niece 
to lunch at my favorite haunt, 
It was crowded so we sat at the counter 
and 
this was part of the decor, 
of course I had to snap it.
  Then with Hilary's help 
I got a little artsy, added a layer 
of some free effect I found at  

blogger is a liar

To paraphrase Mark Twain:

The reports of my blog being removed are greatly exaggerated.

Blogger says your blog has been removed... greeted some of you this evening .. not true ..
blogger is a booger, I apologize for their rudeness.

miscellaneous monday

a little shallow 
DOF 
topped off with 
a touch of 
bokeh
shaken not stirred

tell me a story

Tell me a story about this person
you can do it 
in the comment 
or
you can do it on your blog
OR NOT
in other words
NO PRESSURE!

I photographed this series 
hoping to make the viewer
think,
write a vignette,
a capton
or
poem
so for a while, 
until I get bored or run out of material, 
I will be posting these
 on 
Sunday 
in place of the Park series.  
I know, 
how dumb am I 
now when its getting nice,
 the park looks pretty 
I want you 
to tell me a story
please


Edited to say thank you to all who posted stories or comments about the photo ... and a special thanks to mielikki for using my photo for her short story monday, check it out here

waiting, impatiently

These two pups 
were waiting 
outside a vet's office
while the owner bought them food
in/near Little Rock, Arkansas
snapped by ToonMan's younger daughter
Thanks Lori!

my sky

Looking up at a street lamp detail outside the 72nd St subway station


For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood - city daily photo theme day - red


The first day of spring 
busloads of tourists 
pop up 
all 
over
 town
This red busload 
turned east 
at West 72nd St.
No Foolin'





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