in the garden


this past sunday
toonman and i 
took a walk
in 
riverside park

we used
 to
 take walks 
up 
to the 
community garden
at least 
once a weekend
somehow 
we got out of the habit

he walks 
almost 
every day
 on his own

this past
 sunday afternoon
around 4ish
i said
wanna take a walk

so we did



construction


after 
the periodontist visit
 on
 friday
my mouth
 felt like 
well 
like 
it had been
 hit 
with a wrecking ball
 dug up 
by a backhoe

two pain pills 
friday

tylenol
 saturday

swelling
bruising
all weekend


 i write this 
on 
sunday 
hopeful
monday
 brings way less of both

two dogs waiting


spotted
 these two waiting outside zabar's
now 
dont know if their person
 was
in the zabar's cafe or the retail store
so 
i cannot say 
whether or not 
zabar's now permits dogs
as some food stores/restaurants do 

the law was changed as i have mentioned 

i was on a mission 
needed caffeine 
had some periodontal surgery early in the morning

hadn't had any coffee 
it was going on 2pm
a raging headache was the result

how did i know 
it was lack
 of 
caffeine vs the surgery?
because
 i know my headaches

what should have been
 a quick trip to starbucks
wasn't
one barista
one order taker
makes 
for a long slow line

iced coffee in hand
 i headed back to 
my bed 
my ice packs
my cats

headache out

fridaycation #5


i wish 
i was going to be sitting in the shade
enjoying
 the sun reflecting off
 a lake or pond


alas
no
i will be sitting 
in 
the dentist's chair

after
 i hope 
to enjoy
 a mani/pedi 
and 
lunch with a friend

fingers crossed!

water tower supreme


my friend susan spotted this on a recent walk along the highline
she emailed and said i had to get a shot
well this past sunday i did

19th street off 10th avenue

weekend recappage





it was a beautiful weekend

\
from bunch on friday
(that clock was wrong)


to watching rooftop yoga on sunday



also art




ate a lot
jacobs pickles above
the spotted pig below

\

 time
with
 good friends
 good food
 is a
 good time






enjoying the day


as 
i walked 
from a lovely lunch
 on friday
i noticed
 all the restaurants along amsterdam avenue
were
enjoying a busy lunch crowd

it was the sort of day 
made for dining al fresco
the sort of day 
your friends 
could sit and enjoy it with you
your four legged furry friends
like this one

fridaycation


i hope 
today
fridaycation #4
is
 as lovely 
as
 the day
 i took this

in the morning




i leave for the office at an obscenely early hour
partly 
so i can leave the office early
also 
the subways are way less crowded
streets are busy in a way that often 
provides 
photo ops with pretty light and shadows
like this one

the second amendment ...


A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

agreed





i am
 so 
so 
so
 tired 
of turning on the news
 learning about
 another mass murder 
another group of innocent people
 killed 
because
 some idiot
 was able to buy
 an assualt weapon 
not
 just a gun 
an 
assault 
weapon 

surely 
the nra 
and
 all those other
 protectors 
of 
the second amendment 
realize
 even if they wont admit it 
that
 no one
 no one
 no one
 needs
 to
 own 
an assault weapon

i think 
if 
you want 
to
 own
 a gun
 a rifle 
fine
 own it 
learn to use it 
properly
 safely 

but
 lets agree
 assault weapons 
belong
 only in the hands
 of
 the army or police


and
 to call what happened in orlando the 'worst' is absurd
every
single
killing
is
the
worst

steps off her soap box



in and out


occasionally
maybe 2-3 times a day
the in and outbound
staten island ferries
cross paths

lucky for me
 i was 
looking out the window
er
working nearby

 i was able to capture and share

zoooooom


during fleet week 
i schlepped the 300mm zoom lens
 and 
my bigger than the iphone camera
 into the office

 while awaiting the flotilla
 i zoomed in 
to the top of a building 
to see 
if that 
was indeed
 a water tower 
'hidden' there

it seems it is

connections


it was a mostly lovely weekend
a delicious sleep in 2 of the 3 mornings

two very good lunches
one with a friend i hadn't seen in long while
another a birthday lunch with my sister

first 
lots of sun
lots of humidity
then 
lots of rain

also some not so fun technical issues

one minute the wifi was there
the next it was gone

the internet service provider modem (ispm) was insistent we were online
the apple air-port modem disagreed

i called apple
their tech helped get the air-port back up
the ispm still insistent it was providing connectivity
 wasnt

a call to the ispm 
began 
with me repeating all the things
 i had done on my own
to get things connected 
none of which 
worked any better 
following their instruction

finally 
i was transferred to someone 'with more technical' expertise
of course 
the first helper 
hadn't told
 the technical expert 
anything
 that had transpired 
over the 35 minutes
 of our conversation

thankfully 
he was indeed more technically expert

two quick wire/cable repositionings
 one slow rebooting
we were back online

ah
technology
you are
a curse and a blessing



charlie, rosalita and ...


that's carl's hand holding the leashes

rosie was looking at me

charlie was thinking harry 
(who came out to say hi 
because 
everyone 
who comes into the building
 is there to see harry)
was
maybe
 a squirrel
or 
some other critter 
he could terrorize

do not
 ever 
let 
what you hear about a breed color your judgement

rosie is a pitbull who is the sweetest dog ever
charlie is a mutt he's sweet but ...


sign sez


its fridaycation again

i hope our skies will be clearer than these
that's the staten island ferry sign

i know 
i have a strange way of looking at things

splish splash

the fountains at columbus circle
are
a cool place to sit and people watch

do you see the young woman posing?

even in the evening


sunday evening
 the temperature was tolerable 
tho 
the humidity was still high

i had dinner with friends on 46th street
we walked up to columbus circle for coffee

when i left them
 i decided to keep walking

at 66 street
 i paused 
waiting for the walk sign
looked up 
and
 there in the darkening skies
water towers!