Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Yesterday's furor over the eclipse of the sun
left many of us in a daze. Frankly I was not
ready for such a disruptive event. When the
realization of it's immanent arrival finally
dawned on me - I rushed downtown to buy
protective glasses. Upon arrival at Adorama
on West 18th I realized I was not alone in my
angst. Post waiting on a line that stretched far
down the block I walked out with five pairs
of eclipse glasses for twenty dollars. Only to
later be offered a free pair by two Chiquitas
standing near a gigantic banana on Madison
Square shouting "the banana sun cometh."
Life is if nothing else a gamble. Thus much
like what happened to me last Sunday - one
can easily bump into an interloping banana
peel. Like it or not we're often blindsided by
events beyond our control. Much like some
wayward moth we can get burned if events
ignite and we happen to be all too close for
comfort. As was the case with our Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week during
President Trump's incendiary press conference.
Subsequently asked by three hundred of his
Yale Alumni to resign, he again stood behind
his man. Plus millions of other Americans.
Obviously in manic times such as these those
blind can easily lead the blind. Just last week
when confronted by a blatant display of our
President's hidden agenda - corporate leaders
resigned from his advisory boards en masse.
Yet only one member of President Trump's
evangelical advisory enclave did just that. As
Reverend Jerry Falwell Junior defended our
President's myopic delusions. Sadly piety can
often fuel hatred and bigotry. Thus one might
ask where God is in all of this. Pray tell why
we shouldn't supremely rise to the occasion
against bigotry and unbridled blind ambition?
Often we can't see the forest for the trees. For
the first half of my life I purposefully limited
my world view in order to conform to other's
expectations. Good intentions aside, the end
result was a realization that it's impossible to
be someone or something you're not. Now we
live in a world where it appears that freedom
and equality have finally usurped prejudice
and isolation. Sadly recent events reopened
many of our eyes to the fact that some of our
fellow Americans do not share that vision.
So was all of the progress we've made over
the past few years simply smoke and mirrors?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Saturday I took a stroll down Park Avenue -
literally. Thousand of New Yorkers plus
visitors took advantage of "Summer Streets."
Said boulevard was closed to vehicular traffic
for seven miles from from the upper eastside
down to the financial district. Normally one
wouldn't dare tread said path thus it was fun
see our city from a different vantage point.
Yet given recent events worldwide - I kept
an eye out for a speeding vehicle or terrorist.
And prayed for the victims of the horror on
the streets of Charlottesville and Barcelona.
Will we ever be able to feel safe again?!
Hit and run
Just a week ago Saturday a speeding vehicle
crashed into a group of counter protesters
marching against a White Supremacist -
Neo Nazi rally being held in a downtown
Charlottesville park. By the end of the day
three were dead, thirty five injured, and
America's sense of security was horribly
shaken. Leaving us to wonder how such an
undercurrent of hate, bigotry, and derision
could rear it's ugly head in our midst. All
we needed was for our President to refocus
and reassure us in the right direction. Rather
than down the wrong path to a dead end.
Bigot go home
Sadly, that's exactly happened. Over the next
days President Trump spewed out a series of
statements. On Saturday - his first denounced
hatred and bigotry while placing blame on
"many sides" - not naming those responsible.
By Monday he returned to the podium post
outrage over said response to name names.
Yet on Tuesday he defended the "good people"
he'd previously denounced. Leaving many to
be shocked and angered over such his blatant
support of racism. No wonder that during his
return to Manhattan thousands came over to
Fifth Avenue to demonstrate their disfavor.
United we stand
On Friday another vehicle drove into a crowd
on Barcelona's Las Rambla - a promenade of
restaurants and shops. Filled with tourists and
residents enjoying a late summer afternoon -
within minutes it became a site of death and
carnage. This terrorist act to date has a death
toll of fourteen with countless others injured
and many still missing. Proof that nobody is
safe from those who choose to inflict anger
and hatred on others. A day later their King
and leaders stood together on the same street
to protest terrorism. Will Americans step up
to insure our enemies never rule our roads?
Safety in numbers
In times like these one could lose their faith
in mankind. Yet we're also reminded of the
power of good versus evil. Upon my return
from my walk down Park Avenue I turned
on the TV. There were THOUSANDS of
anti-racist protestors marching in Boston.
Their destination Boston's historic commons
where a "free speech" rally was being held
by the same types who had wreaked havoc
in Charlottesville. Soon it was obvious they
were outnumbered. And once again, we the
people proved that America is the land of
THE FREE AND THE BRAVE!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Been there... done that...
is temporal at best.
Trends come and go.
Yet inevitably they return to favor.
Throughout this country there are
many mid-century marvels
Imagine how amazing
they were when new...
BACK TO THE FUTURE!