Hi, y'all. I just realized that it had been over two weeks since my last post. Things have been pretty dull and depressing lately (nothing tragic; just the usual dead-end, woefully underpaid day job and life in an inconvenient, boring neighborhood.) I've also been depressed because Fall means that Winter is just around the corner and Winter in this part of Brooklyn is especially hellacious. (With earlier darkness, plus snowy; icy sidewalks, I feel especially trapped here because the buses and trains are slower and walking more difficult.) The other (non-tragic but unpleasant) thing dampening my spirits is the fact that I'm due to start jury duty this coming Monday. It's going to be a long commute to downtown Brooklyn (the part closest to Manhattan) and I have to report at 8:30 AM (which means getting up at 5:30 in order to have enough time for coffee, food, exercise,ablutions and morning prayers and out the door by 7:00.) I'm hoping and praying that I won't be chosen for a jury and will be dismissed within a couple of days! (In addition to the difficult, too-early commute, there's the fact that I hate having anything to do with courts or other government bureaucracy institutions; they just give me the total creeps.) All that said...I've seen/heard a handful of things worth reporting in this space (no new pictures. though; you'll have to settle for word pictures.) Here, in no particular order:
1. Seen out a bus window: Two pairs of underpants (one pink and one white) plus one bra (beige) hanging out the window of a second-floor apartment. I'm guessing the owner had simply hung her unmentionables out to dry, but perhaps it was some sort of secret signal to a person in the building across the street?
2. Seen on the front lawn of a "suburban Brooklyn" house: One, tiny, perfectly adorable baby rabbit! It was munching away at the grass; not even slightly scared of me. I prayed for the rabbit, blessed it and told it "be careful!!!"
3. Overheard on another bus: Two very elderly ladies, sitting in front of me. Lady Number One: "When my husband died, I just had him cremated, took his ashes on the Staten Island Ferry and threw them over the side. What could they do to me?" (Note to Lady Lucia: If you outlive me, I think this is the perfect plan for disposing of my remains; cremation followed by release of the ashes into my beloved Hudson River.)
In a week or two I'll probably have another photo essay for youse (I do have an idea for one, percolating.) Meanwhile, your good thoughts and prayers (for being released from jury duty ASAP; I also don't get paid and can't afford jury duty) will be much appreciated.
Blessings and well-wishes as ever,