dialing for porn

today while ivan & i headed out for an afternoon stroll, i noticed a hasidic jew in full regalia sitting in his car on 73rd street. he had his phone in his left hand as he dialed a number. he hung up and dialed again - hung up and dialed again and again and again . . .  in his lap lay the village voice wide opened to the ‘escort service’ section featuring 2 full pages of mostly naked women.

i thought about that all the way around the block. when i returned he and his car were gone. i guess he got through.

“Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion”
~ Mahatma Ghandi