Ride the NYC Subway Like a Pro

My recent stay in New York City was the first in four and a half years. I’m a city person, though, and most of it came naturally. Still, there’s conscious risk-taking which we know is unnecessary and we do it anyway. Example: using the elevator in a subway station. We do it when we’re tired, or feeling inclined to harm ourselves.  I think I was just tired. I did it only once, and it worked out fine.  However, I won’t recommend the experience to anyone.  For clarification, here’s a YouTube video by username Nordell: Continue reading Ride the NYC Subway Like a Pro

Troubleshooting With Hotel Reservations

During my recent visit to New York City, I stayed in a Midtown hotel. The room was overdue for renovations, but it was in a nice hotel.  I was very comfortable. The only glitch was with the reservation, which I learned was incomplete when arriving with heavy bags I’d carried after the E train stalled at W. 50th Street and 8th Avenue. Initially, I wasn’t allowed to check in.  The problem was resolved within a few hours, but after sitting up all night on an airplane I was too exhausted to keep the situation in perspective.  The check-in representative and … Continue reading Troubleshooting With Hotel Reservations

Back From New York City

In case no one noticed — and I’m pretty sure no one noticed — I didn’t post to this blog for a few days. I was in New York City, running all over the place and exceeding the data limit on my iPhone.  Photos were posted on social media, but the phone didn’t have the capacity to post photos to the blog. I’m exhausted, but if anyone’s in the mood for something pretty here are a bunch of spring flowers near Grand Central Terminal. Continue reading Back From New York City

Should We Expect Indifference?

I live in San Francisco, where we can be assured help will be summoned in an emergency if we carry our own cell phones — and can use them. Oh, sometimes bystanders will help.  The Castro District is one of the better places to have an emergency because the atmosphere of the neighborhood encourages a protective instinct.  One of the most memorable examples — from years ago, although I’m confident it would be handled the same way now — was something you don’t ordinarily associate with the Castro.  A car was pulled into the southbound bus stop at Castro and … Continue reading Should We Expect Indifference?

New York’s Mayor in the Age of Trump

The January 30, 2017 issue of The Nation has a cover story by Jarrett Murphy which is a good deal more balanced than most de Blasio-themed reports.   Rather than being petty and portraying the Mayor as an incompetent windbag, Mr. Murphy presents a realistic description of what New York City’s leadership must address during the next four years of a Trump Presidency. https://www.thenation.com/article/new-york-city-mayor-bill-de-blasio-wants-to-be-the-anti-trump/  Continue reading New York’s Mayor in the Age of Trump

Caution After A Scandal

Recently, there were public objections to New York City Transit Police officers refusing to make sexual battery arrests unless they witnessed offenses against three victims by each suspect.  The explanation defending the practice was that a conviction couldn’t be secured with testimony from only one accuser. Yesterday, Heather Holland at DNA Info posted an article describing how past misconduct by officers has influenced this policy. My own emotions are running in all directions with this.  I’ve been subjected to sexual battery, on the public transit and in other places. I also had a dear friend who was falsely accused (in San Francisco) … Continue reading Caution After A Scandal