Archive for February, 2012

Costa Rica 1999

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Viveca

Matapalo

January 1999 4:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve the car service shows up to take us to LaGuardia. Unfortunately, our flight isn’t until the next day, and of course I’m both too excited and too stressed by everything I have to do to get back to sleep, so I go to work groggy and confused. Turns […]

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M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 by Viveca

You Are Here: Middle Village location MTA map

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in t-shirts and shorts, but today February returned with a vengeance, the wind biting fiercely into any inch of exposed flesh. As this was only our second excursion, I wanted to go as far as possible, to head to the southern reaches of Brooklyn or […]

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It’s All About the Shoes

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Viveca

Manolo Blahnik shoes--NOT the ones in the story

In Soho recently I was attacked by a “Going Out of Business” sale. I hadn’t bought any clothes for months, maybe a year, but suddenly I was powerless before the sign. “60% off, 70% off, 90% off! Our hangers are for sale! Our clothing racks are for sale! Make us an offer! Everything must go!” […]

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The Smell

Posted on February 21st, 2012 by Viveca

nose

The Smell must have started between 10:00 p.m. Saturday night and 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It didn’t start slowly like something rotting should have; it came on suddenly and with full force. I was sure it had something to do with circus people. I’d left the house around 10 o’clock Saturday night to go to […]

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Venus

Posted on February 20th, 2012 by Viveca

Planet Venus

The F train has a section in Brooklyn that runs outside on elevated tracks. My train was stopped there, and the conductor made some announcement about why were waiting and when we would start to move again. After a few minutes of silence, he started chatting with another train operator, but we could still hear […]

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Subway Shooting

Posted on February 20th, 2012 by Viveca

Bernie Goetz

When I was a kid one time in the playground someone started shooting at us. We heard the first shot and looked around because it seemed close and only then saw the long, smoking barrel pointing at us through a second story window. We started to run before we heard the rest of the shots. […]

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Please Wait To Rob This Bank

Posted on February 19th, 2012 by Viveca

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Tokens

Posted on February 18th, 2012 by Viveca

NYC subway token

When the subway fare went up from $1.25 to $1.50, the Transit Authority issued a new token. I still had two of the old tokens left though, so I asked a transit employee whether I could trade them in for new tokens if I paid the difference in cash. She said I could, so I […]

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Diamonds

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Viveca

NY logo rhinestones

I found a baseball cap with the intertwined N-Y logo in rhinestones. Now, that logo identifies the New York Yankees, but it was originally designed by Tiffany’s for a medal the city’s police department gave to its first officer shot in the line of duty. It’s a cool story, a cool logo, and a very […]

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Moral Dilemma

Posted on February 15th, 2012 by Viveca

paper towels

Living in New York is expensive. It’s not Tokyo or Zurich expensive, but it’s more expensive, than say Lincoln, Nebraska, or Sioux City, Iowa, or wherever Tricia was from. That’s my most charitable guess, anyway. I like thinking this was about money more than thinking about what else this could have been about. In 1996, […]

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