Sunday, October 26, 2003
I went to a little birthday party for someone I don't know at elmo last night. Apparently, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Katherine Janeway of StarTrek Voyager fame) was there. My friend Billy was introduced to her as we were leaving. If I had known that, I would have stayed. If you know me at all you know that my infatuation with StarTrek started very early...although I was very young, I actually watched the original series in its original time slot...and my passion for science fiction was completely renewed when the Voyager series started. I used to watch it religiously on Wednesday nights for the five years that it was on. It kicked ass and I love Kate Mulgrew. I wish I had met her. Maybe someday.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Bone to pick. Here goes.
Crowded subway car. Lots of commuters hip to hip, cheek to cheek, eyelid to eyelid, in other words extremely close. Subway stops. Doors open, no one gets off, you could still let go of the pole and not fall if the train lurched but yet, every morning in squishes someone with the largest backpack you can find AND DOESN'T REMOVE IT! These people work every stinking nerve in my body. Is it so hard to take the thing off? I do. Put it on the floor between your feet. It's common courtesy, not that that exists anymore. Like they say on that commercial, "It's not rocket surgery." (good play on cliches)
I'm working on my draft to the MTA asking them to add the, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remove backpacks when entering crowded subway cars" to their annoying announcement repetoire.
Slight side note...this morning, "annoyingly perky woman with scalding cup of coffee yet refusing to hold on to pole" stood squaw next to me. Her bag kept smashing into my crotch. It was painful so I said, "Excuse me, your bag keeps smashing into my crotch and it is rather painful." I was just stating a fact. She said sorry and got off at the next stop. I had the satisfaction of knowing that she probably had the realization that the corner of her bag had been intimate with my privates and had to think about that all day. Ahhh.
Monday, October 20, 2003
I've been watching Mars all summer. It has really given me a new perspective on the whole solar system thing. Sometime back in June, when I heard that Mars was about to make it's closest approach to Earth in something like 60,000 years, I started looking at the night sky to see it. It wasn't hard to find. It is strange because seeing stars in New York City is not a common thing. There is practically too much light pollution to see the moon fer Christ sakes! Anyway, it did get brighter and brighter as the summer went on. One night in Rehoboth in late August, I looked up and there was the moon with Mars beyond it. I say beyond on purpose because I could actually tell that there was depth there; that the distance was not just horizontal or vertical. The moon was in front of Mars. It was cool. I looked up last night on my way home, and there was Mars still. Not quite as bright as it had been back in August but still much brighter than most things in the sky around here. It still is pretty amazing that that little dot of light is actually a whole other world. It's made me think about a lot of things by just seeing it shining there quietly, reflecting the sun's light. I wonder what Earth looks like from there.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Becoming a special education teacher of emotional disturbed children who live in New York City has been quite an eye-opening experience. I now completly advocate parenting licenses. The kids are great, they have just been put into situations that completely fuck them up. It is infuriating.