Apr 15, 2010

Pull Up to the Bumper Baby

My favorite car is yellow. It has a meter up front next to the driver who fills the tank, changes the oil, and parks it. All I do is step to the edge of traffic and raise my hand like the pop-quiz whiz-kid who has all the answers. My favortie car is a taxi. For […]

Nov 2, 2009

The World's Oldest Living Playboy

The Sphinx is a big old flirt. By big I mean the biggest monolith in the world. At a whopping 73.5 meters long, 6 wide and 20 tall, he’s huge. And by oldest I mean 5000 years old. As for being a living playboy, well, when you meet him you’ll agree, his language may be […]

Oct 13, 2009

Sticky Fingers

Every Sunday after church my Dad’d stop at the newspaper store to pick up The Sunday Times. I walked my Sunday-best into the shop and stood in my father’s shadow just below the register, slid my sticky fingered hand into the candy bin and swiped a piece of Bazooka bubble gum. The pink of it. […]

Oct 2, 2009

Girls School

Call me unconventional.I loved school. Especially Catholic School.The More House School for Girls.Girls only.Plenty of girls. Being girls.Bright, brilliant, clever, ever-so-often naughty girls. The More House School was uniform-free.A style forum for 11 year olds just down the road from Beauchamp Place and around the corner from Harrods . The curriculum included Latin, French, Spanish, […]

Sep 23, 2009

Back In The USSR

Head east on 10th street and stride towards 268. Before you see the sign, you’ll feel the heat rising off the bathhouse like humidity off of black August tarmac. Last week I climb the steps, lean against the counter and hand over my watch, earrings, and wallet to the open security box offered by reliably […]

Aug 20, 2009

How Sweet It Is

It’s not for everyone and it doesn’t last forever but there’s a time and a joy in eating candy that’s so sweet it feels to melt away your teeth. For coconut fans, the British Bounty bar is far more cavity-enhancing than its Yankee cousin the Mounds. Once upon a time, New York City hosted two […]

Aug 4, 2009

Do the Tussle

Never seen a sign in a window advertising Wanted Surly Waitress But years ago, that was my number one career goal. Well, number two, if I count starring in a Sundance Award-Winning Film as number one. Or maybe number three if I could have earned while lounging peignoir-clad in bed all day reading Colette. My waitress […]

Jul 22, 2009

Great to B Back

What goes around comes around. That’s what people say. But do people know what they mean? Seems they mean the law of karma. Some guy made off with 50 billion and when he’s wearing numbered jammies and eating slop off a cafeteria tray, people grin and say, What goes around comes around. Folks are pleased […]

Jul 18, 2009

Down The Rabbit Hole

Patchin Place Post Office on West Tenth is a block from  Patchin Place cul-de-sac, formerly Bohemia central and home to literary curios e.e cummings and Djuna Barnes. P.P.p.o. is usually a breeze-through but last visit I joined a long line rendered nearly unendurable by the unsavory customer queued just in front. Now I’m post-office-patient. I honed […]