The Caranda

Sat in our parked car getting glorious sun through the roof, safely away from the crowds all over the UWS today.

As mAd Ben calls it our caranda. We even got a socially distanced visit from him!


It’s right in front of the brownstone that famously blooms with wisteria each Spring. At least that’s stayed the same. Felt almost human.


In Other News . . .

Actually stuff going on besides. You know. Tornado warning in NYC and surrounding areas this afternoon. Yay.

Kim Jong-Un may be in dire health and his sister is poised to take the helm of North Korea. Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin is pushing Amy Klobuchar for Veep. She’d be Biden’s best & safest woman choice.

You’ll soon be able to get a haircut, massage, tatoo in Georgia. But. Would you want to?

Tiger voted to 2021 World Golf Hall of Fame. Duh. And. The biggest news of the day. Gronk! He’ll join Brady in Tampa Bay. If they play.

And. Speaking of Tiger. Prince! Great tribute on CBS. Genius musician for the ages. Wrote this on April 21, 2016.   Doves Cry.

Just Another Sunday?

Kinda looks like it. Except about half the people are wearing masks. Social distancing? Not so much. Lots of bikes. And kids on scooters. And. Strollers. And. Dogs. And. Cars full of people with New Jersey plates. So. Yup. Pretty much like any nice Spring Sunday. Is that good?

Great to see mAd Ben & friend who did a drive-by below our window. And. Passersby informed us that Thai72 has re-opened for take-out.

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Brad Pitt. Perfect tonic.

Agoraphobia Should Be A Choice

As an agoraphobe for the past too many years, shopping or going to a busy restaurant or for a walk in the Park takes some courage. Yet. There was the glimmer of having a choice. Now that seclusion is mandatory, it seems silly to feel trapped. And. The scared shitless diet is no fun either.

Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters – along the same theme.

Covfefe – Day 39

Or something like that –

Got money from Trump. $2,400 magically showed up in our account. Paying it forward to Central Park & local people on the front lines.

Lizzie Warren endorsed Biden. 3 endorsements. Not 1 headline. Where is Joe anyway? Dems need a new PR team. And another candidate.

Denise Richards. Kyle Richards. Kim Richards. They’re back. Don’t ask.

UWS Strong

Our building is great and still has young people working hard to keep it maintained. Many take 2 subways to get here. We are very grateful. As well as for the grocery/delivery workers and of course all medical/emergency front liners and the people who support them.

Most of the residents are gone to their other homes or family refuges. But. We are still here. Thank you for making it possible. Every night at 7pm we open our windows to cheer and salute all of you.

UWS Strong!

Weeks No End

There are no weekends anymore. No Sports. Masters. March Madness. Spring Baseball. Even those still working. It’s flexible and from home. No alternate side parking to define things.

So. It’s Saturday. Except no vehicles with New Jersey plates filled with Park-going people with strollers. No farmer’s market. Just another day of stationary cars and an empty street.

Cuomo’s pressers happen 7 days a week. There’s talk now that Dotard Joe’s staff is conspiring to put the Gov on the ticket. But. Biden’s boxed himself in with the prospect of a politically correct Sarah Palin.

April Fools’ ?

Nope. Sorry.

Grateful for acts of kindness. Online bridge games. TP. Books. Gin.

Opening the windows & cheering for medical/frontline heroes at 7pm. It’s a City thing. And. Birdsongs. Clear days. Even if we’re reticent about going outdoors, still better when the sun shines in.

Side Effects

Coronavirus asymptomatic City isolation side effects.

Parents appreciate teachers every hour of the day.
Misanthropes actually missing people.
Alternate side parking rules suspended.
No traffic. But. No place to go.
Noisy workmen across the street now sound sweet.
Garbage grinding at dawn’ll be missed if gone.
Walks in Central Park a necessary luxury.
Restaurants’ take-out & delivery vital godsends.
Fresh Direct toilet paper scarcer than steak.
Bridezillas getting arrested for large weddings.
Dogs kinda quarantined with owners.

Some better than others.