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Entries from March 2009

Day 271: A Free Poem on Union Square

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

In March the Union Square farmer’s market is a meager proposition: onions, potatoes, and some apples. I spent a more fruitful time having a guy write me a poem. “What do you want your poem to be about?” Benyomin Spaner asked.

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Tags: Entertainment · Museums & Art · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 257: A Man with a Cat on His Head

March 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This man’s name is Charlie and the cat’s name is Nicolas. Some Union Square panhandlers just ask for change, but the more enterprising ones have a value-add. Charlie created value by adding Nicholas to the top of his head. The combination coaxed three dollars out of me. I think Charlie is on to something.

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Tags: Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 255: We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1985

March 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the frigid air of March, in the gloom of a deep recession, Manhattan’s clothing merchandisers have announced the dawn of a new, happy age in which everyone wears lime-colored golf shirts and bright peach polos. New Yorkers pull up their collars and seem unmoved.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 250: One Route to Rule Them All

March 5th, 2009 · No Comments

It still hurts to take a deep breath after the snowboarding injury I got a few weeks ago. Joo thinks I bruised or even broke a rib. No treatment is available but rest, so I resort to only exercise that doesn’t hurt. I walk to work. I’ve experimented with different routes and today I walked […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 247: March Roars Like a Lion

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

This morning I pulled the shade to see if the forecast foot of snow had arrived. Not quite. But six inches lay on the ground with more pouring from the sky, and I felt the pull of the wild. In response, I pulled on my fleece jacket and Gore-Tex shell and the snow boots I’d […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town