Movie marathon

It seems that something happened to me when I went to New York recently. I documented a lot of interesting things but for some reason have been unable to share them with you. I will attempt to rectify that immediately. Sorry for the vertical composition – New York is a tall city.

Elephino

Oh, residents of Beverly Hills. You are a confusing bunch. One the one hand, you’re allOHMYGOD THINK OF THE CHILDREN when the city tries to build a subway under the local high school. But when faced with a family of vicious white tigers, a pride of lions,

wait – make that two families of white tigers, even more lions, a leopard,


a tower of giraffes, a herd of elephants,

and a goddamned gorilla

mere blocks away from an elementary school, with only the flimsiest of iron fences keeping the beasts from rampaging through the streets, do we hear a peep?

Sometimes I question your priorities.

Etiquette & superstition: trains

When I see something labeled “spaghetti fight,” I have to watch it. Yesterday’s spaghetti fight on the subway in NYC wasn’t as full of spaghetti flinging as I might have hoped, as it was more of a fight involving some spaghetti. Of course, it’s still kind of interesting to watch if you don’t experience this sort of thing on your everyday commute. Spaghetti is not actually thrown until the 2:38 mark; if you are impatient, you may want to check out “2 Rats and a Baguette” while you’re waiting, as YouTube is suggesting.

ETIQUETTE: The comments section of gawker.com is quickly filling up with arguments about exceptions to Hamilton Nolan’s pronouncement that it is rude to eat on the subway. One comment in particular grabbed my attention: “What about a nice piece of fruit?” I couldn’t take offense at a nice little old piece of fruit, could I? Well yes, I could, and here is the reason why. The way this is phrased clearly indicates to me that the enquirant is going to take liberties with what constitutes a “nice piece of fruit” and pollute the atmosphere with a banana. So the answer is no. Do not eat your nice piece of fruit on the subway.

SUPERSTITION: Trains. Oh yes, this post is ostensibly about trains. Trains are a good thing to wish upon. Make a wish when you see a train backing up or when you see a smoke ring coming from the engine. If you see two smoke rings, you may make two wishes. It is doubly lucky if you see a train driven by two engines, but don’t stick around to view the end of the train, or your good luck will be transformed to bad.

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