Went and saw They Might be Giants (warning, flash) live in Prospect Park, Brooklyn last night for the measly price of $3. They rocked! I took about 50 photos in the knowledge that I’d be lucky if 5 came out, and I was right:
This was the launch of a new album, so I didn’t know that many of the songs. They’re much more rock than you’d expect, which was good. Being a (practically) free gig there really were all ages there, and it was a huge crowd, all of whom had a good time (except the snotty people in the restricted area who stayed sitting down the whole time).
Storybook creatures I’ve seen either darting across the road, dead on the side of it, or both:
- a skunk (I think)
- small birds
- other unidentifiable brown furry things
Squirrels, in particular, are common roadkill. They run out onto the road, and then sit there for a full second or more while they contemplate the oncoming vehicle and decide what to do. Don’t think I’ve hit anything yet, but had a near miss with a particularly stupid squirrel that decided to run in the same direction I was swerving.
With my time running out here, I made another trip into the city yesterday to take photos like the good little tourist I am. Walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, and through another corner of Central Park:
Central Park was jam-packed with people, as you’d expect, but also with tourists taking carriage rides. Somehow the excitement (or romance) or a carriage ride through Central Park must be diminished if you’re stuck in a neverending traffic jam of horses.
Also managed to visit (what seemed like) a large number of shops, and not buy anything. Maybe I’m not such a good little tourist after all.
The soft drink I am currently consuming contains:
carbonated water, citric acid, concentrated grapefruit juice, potassium citrate, potassium benzoate and EDTA (to protect taste), aspartame acesulfame potassium, acacia, natural flavors [sic], glycerol ester of wood rosin, brominated vegetable oil, carob bean gum
Spent an afternoon in the city again, taking a handful of photos, before the camera battery ran out. One of the downsides of having a battery that lasts so long is you forget that you actually need to charge it occasionally.
I have to admit that the fourth of July was a bit underwhelming. So there were a few fireworks going off somewhere, but I’ve seen a lot of fireworks in my lifetime. I wouldn’t say the city was much busier or that there was anything special going on, although I may have been in the wrong part of town. No complaints about a long weekend though.
People outside are hurling abuse at each other across the street.
At least, I think it’s abuse, but it’s in Spanish so you never know.
Check out what’s on special at my local supermarket:
Saw this on the weekend, along with lots of other people if the box-office takings are to be believed. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from Michael Moore: one-sided and simplistic, but what it does it does very well. I’m sure there are hundreds of commentaries online already, so I won’t add to the noise, but I would recommend seeing it.
It’s scary how funny much of it was, you really don’t have to do anything special to make Bush look like an idiot.
There’s an old guy I see almost every day on my way to and from work, he always hangs around this one particular intersection — sometimes I see him standing on one side, sometimes I see him standing down by the service station, sometimes he’s in the process of ambling from one side to the other, but he’s never more than about 50 metres away. Except weekends: twice now on the weekend I’ve seen him making the slow trip back up the hill from the shops with a trolley-load of beer.
Of course, every morning if he cares to look he sees me driving in one direction, and then coming back again in the evening, so he probably thinks my life is just as boring as his.
I like stories.
So, the American flag is still flying at half mast around here, nearly two weeks after Reagan’s funeral. Locals predict that it’ll remain that way “until Bush gets re-elected”.