Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Totally New York


This is the Boy and I and we are on the W Train coming from Astoria in Queens back into Manhattan. That’s a New York Post. A painful paper. But The Times is too big and too dense to read on subway. Trash is easier to read and easier to leave behind.

The Boy is more of a New Yorker than I am. He has spent nearly half his life here.
  • He can hail and stop a cab by himself [and he is good at it].
  • He pleads for Bagels.
  • One of his first words was "squirrel" [and that’s not easy for an adult to say]
  • He picks out the sound of a fire truck or an ambulance [at any time of day or night].
  • He knows when he goes into a subway that he will not be "out-side" for quite some time.
But he doesn’t yet know that minimising hand or mouth contact with anything in the subway is a good idea. But he is learning fast.

Love, Justin.

  • For points... can you tell me from the subway pic: who is that looking over my shoulder? It’s not Hitler.
  • And for extra points... can you tell me where the cab is in Manhattan? [New Yorkers ought not to answer this until Wednesday. Give the Non-New Yorkers a chance.]

21 comments:

Nixter said...

I love the photo of the cab - what a great shot :)

byron said...

Yeah, great shot - is it just outside Grand Central?

Not sure about the paper-peeper.

byron said...

He can hail and stop a cab by himself [and he is good at it].
A video of that would be excellent!

Em said...

I am in agreement with Byron.
Is it Grand Central?
Miss you all.
em

Christopher said...

Bob Dylan?

Lemdog said...

Dunno how to do the quote thingy, but..."Trash is easier to read and easier to leave behind."

i never got why people spend time reading things that eventuates to nothing. Kinda reminds me of one of my lectures tho...I came, I saw, I left.

ditto to the nice pics =).

Justin said...

Nixter -- For the record, that isn't my shot! But you are right, it is a very good one!

Bryon -- once again you win. Can anyone name the restaurant that the photographer has his back to!??? That may be something that a New Yorker can answer!

Em -- Miss you too!

Mr Mayes -- Bingo. Of course a Mayes would know the answer.

Lemdog -- welcome. I read it cos its there!

Justin said...

Bryon -- shall work on a video...

Of course, if the cabbie fails to see the little hand go out with an enthusiastic little "TACK-SEE", then Dad's hand is quick to respond.

chelsea said...

love the photo of you and the boy reading the papers! haha classic!
Gosh he's growing up!

MLK1973 said...

I enlarged the photo and scrutinized it and can't figure out who it is. I even did a quick google search to see if there were sites that listed current NY subway adverts. Nothing. Looking forward to the answer. :)

Christopher said...

The answer is blowing in the wind mlk1973

Liesl said...

The kiddo does the TAK-SEE hailing thing too. She actually stopped one in front of MoMA a few weeks ago, all by herself...

Justin said...

No need to Google. Nor guess. Christopher got it right on day one: Its Bob Dylan.

Your bread, Craig, is lost at sea...

me said...

justin - you have got a mini-me on your hands! (as in mini-you, not me)!
My bet is that you did similarly quirky things at his age ... does he say, "how does that happen??"
R

seapea said...

okay since i live in nyc, i knew answers to all that. HA HA!

a) the Bob Dylan exhibit at the new Morgan Library (just around the corner from Union League Club where Justin preaches) is SO OH SO EXCELLENT!

b) Grand Central is only "cool" when you can go see the "light show" around Christmas. otherwise, it's a dreadful place...too many people.

c) i subscribe and read the ny times daily in the subway and of course, i hit people left and right with my arm trying to open the paper, etc. that's just a part of the Subway Culture. i like trash, but i can't bring myself to read any of the post or the daily news. please don't have the BOY start with them!!!

Megs said...

thanks so much for your prayers justin! your boy certainly is gorgeous! As are your 2 girls! say hi to them all for me. oh, and i guess the cab is outside the empire state building, on its east side, heading south ... and i probably should have read everybody else's comments before leaving mine, as you probably have already said where it is, but ... oh well!!!!!

Megs said...

i mean heading NORTH! and the lovely chin is i think that of the younger bob dylan.

Megs said...

now i've read everybody else's comments, (which i should do before commenting on your blog, but i'm usually so late in the game that it's more fun to answer first, if you know what i mean.) Bens found a fabulous recipe for schadenfreude pie on the blog of one of your friends, and he made it, and it was utterly delicious (and very fun for all gathered!!! letting out our darker sides...) so thanks, Justin's friend!

Emma said...

oh justin, i love that photo of you and the boy reading the paper and am totally with rhea on her mini-me call.
how posed is it? what article is the boy reading??? that page doesn't look like it has comics on it!

Ruth said...

Justin - the photo of you and the Boy reading the paper is priceless.

I too agree with Byron - definitely need a video of the Boy hailing a cab.

byron said...

Megs, I assume that was me and that Benjamin belongs to you. No problem - glad you 'enjoyed' it.

I'm not really Justin's friend, I just hang around here, scoring points and waiting for him to get my name right/wrong. :-)
(Sorry Justin - just a little Aussie humour to remind you of home).