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missing leaves

they won’t be back until spring and i’m missing the leaves already.

houston st grafiti subway (2)


“What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.”
 ~ Timothy Virkkala


to save or to spend

thank god for the post to give us a heads up on this one.

NYC rationing toilet paper
at Coney Island

Hey buddy, can you spare a square?
The city is so hard up for cash that it’s rationing toilet paper in women’s public restrooms — to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron — along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

The Post witnessed stone-faced Parks Department employees leave toilet-paper dispensers empty last week and instead force astonished female beachgoers to form “ration lines” in the bathrooms.

Regina Ballone, 25, of Brooklyn visited a boardwalk bathroom at West 16th Street Wednesday and was “grossed out” at the thought of someone else handling her toilet paper  . . .  Beachgoers also have been forced to line up for their paltry allotment of the city’s cheap, single-ply toilet paper at the boardwalk’s other women’s restroom at Stillwell Avenue  . . . .  Toilet-paper rationing isn’t an issue in the men’s rooms — but only because they apparently don’t have any to ration. The toilet paper was gone whenever a The Post reporter went to inspect the men’s rooms.

here’s the proof from the post : 

coincidentally, just this weekend i took the subway downtown. when i got to the 53rd street station i noticed the brand new blue turnstiles telling all who enter to “quit smoking today”  & that we should all  call 1-866-ny-quits.

i immediately wondered how much the city must have spent to tell every subway rider to quit smoking today and call 1-866-ny-quits.  i couldn’t help to believe that had to be a colossal waste of money.  can you just imagine even one person passing through the turnstile and then thinking, “quit smoking?  oh man, what a good idea!”



bloomberg doesn’t like salt either.  the wsj ran a story once titled,

Smack Is Bad, But the Crackdown Is on Salt.

the article stated, “This week the city unveiled what it is modestly calling the National Salt Reduction Initiative.”

who knew we had a national salt reduction initiative?  clearly we can do a better job of advertising this issue before any more people die of  bloat – or whatever it is they believe salt is doing to us.

maybe someone could suggest to the mayor that he could get that slogan printed on rolls of toilet paper.  it would be a win -win – win situation.  the city bathrooms could have proper supplies for the people, drug addicts would stop using smak and new yorkers would be less puffy.


“I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”
 Marshall McLuhan


honoring my commitment not to complain about the cold this year, i will find 10 good reasons to be grateful that it is 18 degrees outside.

1. ivan gets to wear his blue coat in which he looks especially handsome. 


2. hats, scarves, gloves, boots, sunglasses & long johns make everyone look 3 sizes bigger and unrecognizable therefore there is no worry that anyone will stop to chat –  limiting the concern over actually freezing to death.

3.  i am grateful to not live in fairbanks, alaska where it is currently minus 26 degrees –  although that has less to do with the weather than the danger of running into sarah palin.  i would rather live on the psych ward in bellevue.

4.  i am very grateful to work from home and not have to endure the butt freeze so many people have at this moment warming up their cars – or the meltdown you get going down into the subway as the temp rises and you’re wearing everything wearable that you own.

5. i am grateful to know it probably won’t get any colder.

6. i am grateful for the heat & hot water and imagine there are entire buildings full of people who are right now cursing out their super because the boiler is broken.

7. i am grateful i am not a super.

8. i am grateful that i found these awesome boots online last night and hopeful that they will ship today and arrive before the temp drops 1 more degree.


9.  i am grateful for ‘amazon prime’ so that i can have everything i want delivered in 2 days without freezing to death.

10. i am grateful i am not a ups delivery person, garbage man, traffic cop, construction worker, dog walker or a street vendor  (regardless of the outside temperature).

i did it.  now that’s the power of positive thinking.  it’s going to be a good day.



“Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.”
– Norman Vincent Peale