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If you were wondering how the NYC Citi-Bikes program is going so far, wonder no more. It seems to be peddling along on the city streets with smiles and laughter. We parked our vehicular West of 9th Avenue and caught a group of ladies traversing Manhattan on board of the controversial two wheel’ers having a grand ole time – simply couldn’t resist a candid snap with our iPhone. Read the rest of this entry »
If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness it first hand allow us to introduce you to the Citibank sponsored bike racks that has half of NY-kers up in a tizzy. Seriously, we kid you not. One of our friends, who we will only identify as JM gets so heated over the topic its as if she is going to burst something. The racks have swooped in and appropriated what many nay-say’ers shout is flagrant misuse of viable space in the Big Apple that is all but chewed up with little left in the way of commodity. Read the rest of this entry »
Another accident on the South-bound side of the Saw Mill Parkway stalled oncoming traffic from all directions to a virtual stand-still. And while we were fortunate enough to manage zipping thru it swiftly enough and get our asses to work on time we couldn’t help but momentarily ponder what the hell is fueling these fender benders during daylight hours. Read the rest of this entry »
Some times all types of shit are thrown at you by the universe as you try to make your way to a freelance gig prior to your regular post. Resistance is futile. But you can’t help but take notice – and snap an I-Phone pic in passing as you ask ‘Seriously?’
Case and point:
On our way to the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Julianne Moore’s The English Teacher, we encountered a series of obstacles and roadblocks that all seemed to be saying ‘turn around now!’ But yet we persisted.
These included a major accident on the Parkway involving a motorcycle that backed up traffic off-parkway more than a mile… Upon our attempt at circumventing the traffic, after waiting 15-minutes without movement, we initiated an U-turn and were shortly thereafter pulled over by a cop, who rather than try to aid the chaos ensuing from the stalled traffic due to said accident, looked to knock off a quota filling moment.
And just when we thought we had dodged a bullet by coasting down the WSH we run into a shit load of traffic – for no apparent reason post 42nd Street and arrive at a Chelsea bike path fire for which cars scrambled all about to try and let a fire truck thru. Of course the fire was far from accidental and did look like it had started and fueled prior to getting out of control, smoke rising everywhere, as no one thought to pour their designer water on it at the start.
Don’t get us started on the finding a temporary parking spot down at BMCC area!
As you can see from the proceeding post, we did manage to get to the premiere and procure a shot of Ms. Moore – one which we will forever be grateful to her and her PR for… But it does stand to reason that Murphy’s Law is always in affect.
White smoke at the Vatican indicates new pope announcement imminent, reports state.
Far be it from us to tell folks what to have faith in or not and why. Folks need to believe what will aid them in getting thru a day/month/year/life time and, our general position on it is more power to you.
What we wholeheartedly fail to understand is how a pope resigns his life-long post midst allegations of a scandal of a sexual nature and all avenues redirect to the election of a new perv in some Prada shoes.
History teaches that where there is smoke, there generally can be found some type of fire.
It isn’t that we don’t believe in a higher being – assuredly there is the plausibility of some celestial being out there somewhere – we simply don’t subscribe to the ‘pay, pray and obey’ practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Our personal detachment to this practice dates back to our Catholic School sentence as a child. We innocently enough asked why the man was in a dress at a holy Friday mandatory service and it all went to hell thereafter.
Seriously, it was like we had demonstrated the anti-Christ insignia.
Fast forward to present day and our view is still reservedly on this avenue… Drag queens get chastised for donning cross-gender attire yet these men wear dresses everyday and we are supposed to view them as deity.
What with the altogether recent scandals of inappropriate activity at the hands of pervy Priests one would think that the initial mention of impropriety, as far up as the Vatican, would merit getting down to the nasty details of what there lies beneath but NO!
How does that happen?
Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected as new pope, to be called Pope Francis
World AIDS Day 2012. Wow. This day always seems to sneak up on us. Perhaps it is the same for you. But regardless of how busy we all are attempting to traverse the nonsensical bullshit of day-to-day living, the importance of taking a moment to think of where we, as a society, are, and of those that didn’t get this far into the HIV/AIDS pandemic is vital.
Though leaps and bounds have been made in treatment of what is now a chronic illness, as oppose to a death sentence, the disease is still amongst us.
We take a moment to think back, with great sorrow, on those who have left us. For us, it will always start with Brenda Rios, some almost 25 years ago. She was the first person we lost and will forever hold the deepest impact.
There will never come a time when we won’t feel the ping of her absence. Never a moment when the song Saturday Love will play that we wont picture her doing her little moves in her living room.
We will forever miss her Betty Boop loving, Madonna worshiping, dancing like no-one was watching silliness. And we will hold steadfast to hoping for better treatment, around the world, of those who find themselves having to face this challenge and the impending feeling that there is little resources available to them.
Here is to there being a cure on the horizon!
We can earnestly say that we have been very lucky and minutely affected by the slaughter of Hurricane Sandy as it made it’s way across the NY/NJ region. But we aren’t daft. Not everyone has been as fortunate. Case and point: Staten Island, The Rockaways, sections of Queens and the Pelham Manor portion of the Bronx.
Our good friend and Dive Master M.Mashak shared these here pics he has crossed paths with, as he gets back to grind, out and about in the Bronx. Heavy shit.
Alas, in the throws of some in the tri-state area being made to stop their day-to-day lives, we have had to continue working for the man. Ain’t that something? As such we haven’t ventured far – never ming getting near dusting off our cameras…
But let us not digress…
Our personal belief, when it comes to turmoil, is that shit can always be worse. If you think you got it bad – cop a squat and ponder all the ways your circumstance could have been easily worsened. Or look around you and you will likely find someone who may be in a worse predicament. As such, in spite of all the devastation we are witnessing across our area – power outages, lack of fuel, no heat, flooding, property loss, et al – we truly believe that this too shall pass, for everyone, and normalcy will once again return.
And if you are alive to bitch, moan, complain, point blame at and attempt to make some sense of the chaos of it all, then you too are blessed as there have been many a case that have not been afforded this small luxury and are no longer with us to carry on.
Hang in there folks.
Keeping with a political tone, we dutifully stayed out asses glued to our laptop to catch the 2nd (of 3) Obama vs Romney presidential debates. We did this, in large part, to see how our president would tackle a man with so many character and political flaws that it begged the question of why he is still in the running. But we are all too familiar with there being no actual shame in political arenas. And dumb-ass is ambitious if nothing else.
We can’t say that Obama disappointed – and handled himself with respect and tact – but we were still left with the deeply rooted desire that someone – anyone at last nights debate – simply confronted Romney with a basic question of “tell us what the breakdown of your plan entails” instead of the rhetoric of repeated catch phrases he seems so good at.
Criticizing is to be expected but please follow it up with something better – in detail – is our position.
But there were points to marvel at. Like, for example, we especially love how post his video debacle where he wrote off 47% of Americans as needy hand-out wanting lazy asses, he now cares about everybody equally. Wow!
Must be that Mormonism.
We also loved Obama’s quip on the portfolio jab… For sure Obama’s isn’t as big as Romney’s but daresay that is likely the only large member Romney has.
We are still left with the desire that our present Commander in Chief would throw away his tact and diplomacy and would turn and shut Romney down and reduce him to the level he ought to be brought down to!