Soft boiled eggs are a genius invention and whomever thought them up should be given a medal, especially for the details like small cups, tiny spoons, and toast fingers.
I woke up at 8 AM this morning and went straight out for coffee, craving the strength of a good cup, the silence, and the newspaper, but when I got to my usual spot I realized there were only two chairs there, and these firmly occupied by a pair of elderly German tourists. I was put out; a puffy little brat. Not just because I couldn’t get what I wanted, but because — I now realized — this entire place had been specifically engineered to deny me it. Two chairs in 1,200 square feet is American short-hand for “Buy your shit and get out.”
New York will do that to you!
It doesn’t want you hanging out. No benches, “No Loitering” signs, and definitely no dancing.
It doesn’t matter until it matters. One day a place belongs to you and the next it wants you out yesterday.
A few more days
A final Hi meeting
The local neighborhood bar has a quiet time between six and nine. It is a place that specializes in coffee, beer and seasonal menus. There is just enough of each for a satisfying snack and effective buzz. After the time when the laptop lids close and before the social gatherings start -- there is a sort of twilight*. Often this time is a fugitive ground rife with creative inspiration and meditative work -- of the kind that results in personal reward.*twilight may refer to civil, nautical or astronomical variety depending on your social or terrestrial condition
A man positions his mouse on the edge of his browser window. He clicks, holds and drags the viewport first left then right. The content of a video game promo micro site responds and adapts to the available space. To the man, this is more delightful than the game itself.
A man laboriously moves his piano down three levels onto the subway platform. Classic vocals and strided chords -- he played so well I swore he was blind. Oblivious to the heat on that August stage, he was most in touch with his audience -- whom he elevated with his music.
A woman should do exactly as she pleases no matter what a man may think.
As the Dalai Lama once said, "It is a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room."
"No one understands me," she said. Her grandmother was silent for a minute. It seemed she was searching for an answer in the star speckled sky. "But no one understands anyone in this world, darling. We are all unique. It is what gives us a sense of wonder."