Photo Hunt: Art

by tracy on June 8, 2007

I got a message last week from Mimi about the Blogblast for Peace. She suggested that I make a Peace Globe for my Photo Hunt entry this week, and I would have if:

  1. I had been able to figure out how to do it, and
  2. I had been able to find the time to post anything.

Better late than never.  I am happy for an opportunity to use this photo I took with my phone one day while I was sitting on my neighbor’s stoop.

A peace van! It brought back so many memories of a time when I thought nothing of hopping in the car and driving cross country, or across Europe,  ready willing and able to spread the word that would change the world: Cut out the bullshit!

I was so thrilled to see it–and to see it on West 11th Street was strangely gratifying. West 11th Street used to be…well, let’s see. In 1970, a block east of where I live now, some members of the Weather Underground were making bombs in the basement of their “safehouse,”  a brownstone that belonged to one of their parents, and blew the place up.

These days West 11th Street is more famous as the location of the Magnolia Bakery, where tourists stand in line for hours to buy crappy cupcakes just because the bakery  was a location on Sex & the City!
I want to scream at them, “Why are you standing in line for cupcakes. You should be trying to overthrow the government.”

Times have changed. Life used to imitate art. Now it imitates TV.


Photo Hunt 58: Cook(ing)

by tracy on May 20, 2007

No one in this household cooks. This is not usually a problem. We can, of course, boil water for pasta and pick up veggie salads at Lifethyme, the organic store down the street. We can order in from a variety of places. The only time we feel a bit at loose ends is when we have a dinner party.

We solved the problem recently by inviting people over for cereal. Who doesn’t like cereal? Frankly, who wouldn’t rather have cereal for dinner than a big heavy roast? Anyway, we bought several brands of cereal–from Cap’n Crunch to crunchy granola–plus assorted fruits, nuts and yogurts, and a couple of different types of juice to drink.

Then we realized that we had only two bowls that weren’t cracked in half because Mouse (see above) likes to sit in them after he drinks the leftover milk. So we bought a set of six bowls.

It would have been cheaper to take everyone to a restaurant.


Photo Hunt 55: Rare

April 29, 2007

Thirty years ago, when I lived in the far West Village, the only people on the street late at night were the guys working in the meat markets and the transvestite hookers whose cat fights were more entertaining than TV. I always felt very safe. What would a transvestite want with me? And the beefy […]

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Photo Hunt 54: Steps

April 22, 2007

In Greenwich Village, where I live, many of the brownstones have these steep steps leading up to the front door. While a bit of a navigational challenge to old people, they do provide the icing on the architectural cake with their fanciful wrought iron railings, and are rather too tempting to passers-by who like to […]

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Photo Hunt 53: Hobby

April 15, 2007

This is Ray. Monday, the sixteenth, is his birthday. He will probably get a card or two from his friends on Catster. Ray and the rest of the cats have been on Catster for a little more than a year. If you don’t know what it is, it’s kind of hard to explain. I’ve heard […]

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Photo Hunt 51: Water

April 1, 2007

There’s a greenway that runs along the Hudson River, from Battery Park at the southernmost end of Manhattan, to the George Washington Bridge roughly six miles north. This particular stretch, far west of Greenwich Village, I think of as my backyard. I try to come down here every night after work because being on the […]

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Photo Hunt 50: Empty

March 25, 2007

I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with possessions and periodically vow to rid myself of anything that’s not absolutely essential. The problem is, what I consider essential changes. For instance, when I came back from a two week camping trip in Wyoming, I thought I could get rid of all my pots and pans and […]

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PhotoHunt 49: Drink

March 19, 2007

All four of my cats drink out of glasses, and I have at least a half dozen set up for their convenience around the house. But my cats, not unlike most people, are more interested in what’s in my glass than theirs. For example, Mouse (not pictured) enjoys Snapple Diet Iced Tea with lemon. He’ll […]

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