February 28, 2005
- Late Friday night, I overheard a woman speaking to her companion from behind a post in the hallway between the subway and 33rd Street PATH station. Her piquant comment: "I ain't the first one that pissed here and I ain't gonna be the last!" Well told.
- Stopped in at the soon-to-be-condominiummed The Plaza last weekend while a friend and I were up visiting The Gates (yes, it was an all-capitalized-The weekend). Oddly enough, while I have walked by the giant hotel dozens of times, it wasn't until I entered the building that I realized it was, in fact, the The Plaza. I suppose I thought it was some mythical archetype rather than actual lodging, but it did remind me of my favorite The Plaza story, related by a female friend of mine:
"A date was taking me out to dinner at The Plaza, where I was to meet him after coming into Manhattan from New Jersey. He asked me if I knew how to get to The Plaza, and when I hesitated he said, 'You get out of the train station, get into a cab, and say, 'Take me to The Plaza.'"In my post-graduate naivete that just seemed like the height of urbane sophistication.
- As part of our Central Park visit we stopped in at the cozy Zoo, and during our meanderings we were lucky enough to chance upon the some classic reproductive activity among two terrestrial reptiles.
In other words: we saw two turtles fucking. And frankly, that doesn't really it justice since these turtles (well, at least the guy turtle) were going at it, just total turtle pornstarring, mouth agape, head flailing about, the works. Of course, this had attracted the attention of several visitors, most notably a sevenish-year-old girl who was straining to see the spectacle over the railing.
Now, did the tyke's father see what was happening and whisk her away to a less graphic display, such as the lazy polar bears? Of course not. What he did do was lift her into the air, asking "Do you want to see the turtles, honey? Then upon scoping the situation exclaiming, "Oh, look, the turtle's yawning."
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