Monthly Archives: May 2010




“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.”
 Thomas Merton

a small city

the big city is hardly as big as people on the outside may imagine it to be.   monday i scored a parking spot on the north side of 73rd street. normally this would have been a major coup since it was good for all day tuesday, wednesday (there no alternate side of the street parking rules ever on wednesdays) and thursday is suspended for shavuot.  free parking from monday eve through thursday. 

this wednesday i had to take a trip out to jersey to drop ivan off at my parents house while i finish packing for the big move on sunday.  he no longer fits in the apartment with all of my packing supplies.  when i arrived back on 73rd street around noon today, the only available spot (for which i waited 20 minutes) was on the south side which is good for all day tomorrow but means i will have to move it on friday by 9 am. 

it’s now 5:30 pm and i just came in from running a quick errand.  as i was walking towards my apartment, an older man from across the street who i have never even seen before yelled,  “what’s a matter with you?  you move your car!  no parking rules thursday – why you move?”

how did he know ?


“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
 Alice Walker

working with doctors

working with md’s & phd’s isn’t easy.

one needs to find relief from the stress of it all in any way that works. this is how april does it. she is a writer. she can’t stop herself from writing all day long. for your entertainment, here is the imaginery dialogue she wrote about 2 of her favorite doctors, rdf and gnfn.  (the shoes are real)

RDF: Gene, the girls are picking on the shoes I wore to the meeting!  I told them they were not sneakers, they were shoes.

GNFN: Richard, they were sneakers.   You can’t possibly be upset about this.

RDF: But April Smith put up a picture on her facebook with the sneakers and her mother-in-law (who isn’t really her mother-in-law but I don’t understand it all) says that only an elderly person would wear those shoes in 1985!

GNFN: What’s facebook?

RDF: All the kids are doing it these days.  Anyway, do you think my shoes were bad?

GNFN: Well, they were sneakers, but I was wearing sneakers too.  However, I can do that because I’m a doctor, and everyone knows that doctors wear sneakers.  We have to so that we can move quickly from place to place, treating the sick. You know, like when I had to do something about Dr. Bernstein having a hypoglycemic crisis on the meeting floor.  Yeah, you owe me for that one.

RDF: I owe you!  I was the one who had to give my talk while the entire audience was watching you and that nurse (who the hell was she anyway?) try to revive Bernstein!  I had to hold the meeting together! 

GNFN: Well, it’s just another day.

RDF: You’re right Gene.  Another day of our oppression at the hands of the lipophobes!

GNFN: Oh Richard, you’re being dramatic again.  You don’t need a conspiracy theory to explain all of this.  These guys believe what they believe and they fund their friends and they self-perpetuate and…

RDF: There you go, being the nice one again.  I should have named the Fine Tuning Committee after you

GNFN: Richard, you did name the Fine Tuning Committee after me.  You just don’t remember it!

RDF:  Oh yeah right… well okay… you hang in there… (hangs up phone.) 

  here are the actual sneakers.


“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.”
  – unknown

rubber band man

this is mike, the best mailman in america. i just love him.

everyday mike brings the mail into the building in a bundle held together by a heavy duty rubber band.  he than removes the rubber band and places it on the ledge above the mailboxes and proceeds to put the envelopes into the proper boxes. each day i can count on seeing a new rubber band, sometimes two, on the ledge above the mailboxes.   it’s always good to know there’s a heavy duty rubber band available if needed because generally i just have the small light-weight, pretty neon colored ones i buy at thr rainbow store.  by the end of the day, it’s always gone.   is it possible that everyday someone from the building is in need of a rubber band?  it’s a mystery.

here is yesterday’s rubber band.


this is george:    
he lives up on the 3rd floor.  he’s 81 and has lived in this building for something like 48 years.  sometimes george can get a little paranoid and claims that people are stealing his mail.  the other day mike delivered a book for george so i took the book up to george right away so that he wouldn’t worry.  i knocked on his door and he invited me in.  i noticed on his kitchen counter he had a gargantuous pile of  heavy duty rubber bands – like 48 years worth.  
mystery solved.


“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”

thong man’s summer outfit

walking ivan tonight i ran into the opportunity i’ve waited 3 years for.  i actually had my iphone camera handy when  thong man came running up 2nd avenue.   unfortunately he wasn’t wearing his nude pantyhose because they are way better than the black body stocking he was sporting this evening.  this must be his summer outfit.



next time i will try to be quicker so that i can get a shot from the front and you can see his eyeshadow & lipstick.

* more thong man

“Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.”
– unknown



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gardening in the city

A couple of 5-gallon gas cans in the back seat of a car parked in Union Square last night brought the area to a screeching halt, prompting the evacuation of 600 people and briefly trapping hundreds of punk-rock fans attending a concert at Irving Plaza.

But it turned out the suspicious car was owned by a gardener who uses gas cans to fill his lawn mower.      


“I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
 J. D. Salinger

today’s news

These cyclists are juicing. – Smoothies made at an eco-friendly food truck planned for Central Park are going to be blended by pedal power.
“They’re $5 — but you get $1 off if you do the pedaling yourself,”  

i like it! 
read story

meeting over

for months now my time has been pretty much consumed with taking care of the details for my work meeting that finally took place on saturday.  i thought i would feel relieved but it seems that the follow-up is just as labor intensive.  so rather than write about it, i will direct you to april’s cr diary.   april tells the story better than i may have and she happens to be very funny.  i should warn you that because april is really the consummate professional, she left out most of the gory details including an accurate description of the actual on stage, hypoglycemic, near – death experience of the world’s foremost authority on diabetes, whom i had invited to be the guest lecturer on  –    you guessed it,  diabetes.

Chris Jimmy Adele April RDF

here is april along with some of the characters from her story.   link to april’s diary


“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
Raymond Lindquist

43 & windy

i had to wear my down jacket to walk ivan this morning.  it’s the middle of may.  this is just wrong.


“California sunlight – sweet Calcutta rain – Honolulu starbright – the song remains the same.”
 Led Zeppelin

i love my mom!

   happy mother’s day to you, mom!


“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”
 Sophia Loren