Longing for Saffron

Christo is now gone as are his 2005 Saffron Gates in Central Park. Happier times. No Covid hospital tents then or Park cops enforcing social distancing, or putting up barricades to keep out marauding protestors.

Fifteen years hence. Definitely depressing.

Half Mask

The country is in crisis. Peaceful protesters. As well as infiltrating inciters in cities large and small. Car fires as selfie shots. Mobs in close contact. Most with masks below their noses. Many under their chins. The pandemic has become background noise. Who could have ever thought.

Businesses like the Apple Store on the UWS already abandoned because of Covid are now boarded up. A rock thrown through Starbucks window on 81st & Columbus. And. Yes. On a beautiful Sunday, most families came to town to enjoy Central Park. Masks? About half.

Meanwhile, today. Joe Biden is addressing a church group in Delaware with his mask half-covering his mouth and you can’t understand a word he is saying. Where are his people?

Protest Pandemic

We didn’t have enough to worry about. Now the racial injustice protests have spread across the entire country. Even here outside our window and all over the Upper West Side.

And. Yes. There is still that other pandemic. Doesn’t look like these crowds are social distancing or wearing masks. Which is worse? Getting Covid or hit by a bullet? Such choices.

Maybe we should all get into a SpaceX rocket and get outta here!

For the Birds

Birds are Not on Lockdown. More of them chirping out our City window every day. A couple weeks ago, visiting BroJoe in Westchester, looked up to see a vivid red bird which was singing a beautiful song. Immediately recognized it as a Scarlet Tanager. Hadn’t seen one since a kid, but no confusing it with any other.   ( Photo –  NYTimes )

 

Bird watching is on the rise and in the news. A birder in Central Park had the audacity to ask a woman to leash her dog, and it’s become a national story about racial injustice. As Minneapolis burns.

Watching birds beats watching riots and Covid coverage even when they converge. Don Lemon on CNN last night was outraged that the protesters were not wearing masks and social distancing. Seriously.

Arbiters of Truth

Who fact checks the fact checkers? What is the lifespan of a fact? Even science-y facts evolve and change with new information and studies over time. Just look at the CDC’s Covid-19 flip-flops.

Are the Washington Post and CNN credible as definers of truth with Twitter. Or is Facebook? Sliding down the slippery slope of censorship.

Instead. Instagram is encouraging everyone to Find More to Heart.

Biden’s VP Conundrum

Now more than ever, Biden’s Vice President choice is vital. He is an old white guy with clear weaknesses. In this pandemic environment, his lack of competence and acuity make gravitas more a key component of the person he chooses than identity politics. But. He also needs someone who will excite the young and left-leaning progressives. Then there’s the all-important independent swing-state vote.

And. He’s put himself in the gender box by promising to pick a woman.

So. Warren gets the left, the gravitas but not the swing-state vote. Harris ran a lousy campaign, which doesn’t show leadership skill. Klobuchar brings gravitas but not the young and progressive wing. Abrams gets maybe young, maybe black women, but lacks national stature. And so on. A very tricky situation to say the least.

Managing Change

Memorial Day Weekend. Some things the same. Cool and gray. Backyard fire pits socially distanced. Most not. No summer tourists around. Locals abound. Beach towns on lockdown.

Golf tried to manage the new normal with a charity event. Tiger & Peyton v. Phippy & TB. It started as a soggy slow slog. Technical problems didn’t help. Until Brady made a miraculous shot into the hole. As he told Barkley, “Suck on that, Chuck.” The match became fun to watch. But. Tiger should never wear shorts. Again.

Mrs. America with Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly sounds deadly. But it was good. Historical context and perspective turned the anti-ERA villain into a complicated woman. Feminist leaders flawed as well. Balanced look back. ERA still not ratified to this day.

A distraction from Biden’s campaign which magnifies his lack of management skills. He couldn’t even assemble a competent team to make him look less inept in his bunker. Sad.