even on the bike.
We do not have snow, but we do have interesting weather~
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Photos: dievca Hudson River Walk NYC 12/2022
The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.
Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth
Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”
dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.
Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023
Yesterday, it was SantaCon in NYC.
dievca had PT in Times Square, so she ended up in the thick of it during the late afternoon. It hadn’t gotten super bad at that point.
What is SantaCon?
SantaCon is celebrated as an annual pub crawl where participants—all dressed up like Santa Claus—spend the day drinking at different participating bars.
As the SantaCon website says, “What is it? A SantaCon is a convention of santas – groups of men & women dressed like Santa. Why do it? Because it’s fun. That is all. It’s one of the few chances left for adults to be silly without any kind of agenda.”
When was the first SantaCon?
While an event of Santa-garbed people began in 1974 as an anti-consumerism demonstration, it wasn’t until 1994 that the first official SantaCon took place, which happened in San Francisco.
This is an interesting point that the SantaCon started as anti-consumerism – dievca was locking her bike to buy sushi for dinner, she asked a bouncer to keep an eye on it. The bar had a consistent influx of “Santa’s but the bike was in his direct view. After dievca picked up her sushi, she asked the bouncer how the afternoon was going and he pointed to the bar windows – the bar was packed. dievca then asked if SantaCon was a headache and the bouncer said that its a blessing – a boost in income for the year.
As dievca unlocked her bike, a group of 8 Ladies in their early 40’s wandered into the bar with their sparkly teal blue Santa Hats and matching t-shirts. They had called in advanced to make reservations. Does consuming drinks count as consumerism?
OK, Fair. SantaCon is annoying as heck when you get stuck in the middle of it while sober, but the activity does bring salvation to the Pubs of NYC. It’s like putting up with the Tourists – New Yorkers just do it for the good of the City.
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Photo by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Tribune
Bike to work, bike home.
Bike to PT, bike home.
All while navigating the Rain and the Wind….
dievca’s been off her game for a couple of days. Allergies into Sinus Infection into Bronchitis. she’s been masking at work and otherwise laying low.
she’s out of Chicken Noodle Soup and she needed to shake off and move a bit, so she rode up to 50th Street between 6th/7th to get a bowl of Ramen at Urban Hawker — early enough so the crowds weren’t in evidence (4:30 pm).
Putting Anthony Bourdain’s dream into reality – Urban Hawker is a food market curated and helmed by KF Seetoh, who is the founder of Makansutra, a company revolving around Asian food culture. Urban Hawker features 17 different vendors, 11 of which are directly from Singapore.
dievca chose a soup (above) from Prawnaholic, a Hokkien-style prawn noodle soup stall.
she had a hard time of choosing because the selection of Asian street food that looks very appetizing is immense. she though the soup would be good for her health and soul.
After following up her dinner with a Matcha Tart, dievca hopped on her bike to follow the 7th Avenue Bike Path home.
Urban Hawker, which boasts a 200 person capacity and a 14,000 square foot space, is located a few blocks away from Times Square in Manhattan at 135 West 50th Street.
The runners have been out in force along the Hudson River Bike Path for the last two months. There is an uptick in foreigners wandering the City, this week. Today is going to be warmer than most distance runners might like – a high of 75 F (24 C). Hopefully, most of the runners have been training through the Summer and we all know that this past Summer was very warm…
Anyways, ages ago, dievca sprinted in High School and College – her longest race was a 1/2 marathon along the Moselle River (FLAT!) in Graduate School and though she did well, she hated it.
Kudos to the dedicated people for the NYC Marathon. dievca will be your cheerleader around Central Park. But before then she’ll be taking her extra hour of sleep, chilling out in the morning, drinking coffee and waking up to THE WHO. XO
(Just a side note — How many people are going to mess up the race start time with the time change?)
The Moon was rising over Manhattan when dievca set out to the show and the Gala:
she opted to wear:
dievca doesn’t know if the COVID epidemic caused her to go back to her Generation X roots of being a “loner”, perimenopause is causing her to get tired/irritated or starting work at 6 am put her over the edge by 10:00 pm – after 3 hours she wanted out. So, she left after the meal, before the awards, to hike up her skirt and bike her a** home.
Photo: dievca – Moonrise Chelsea NYC 10/2022, dievca’s bike, foot, dress, coat and bag…10/2022
So, dievca was on a bit of tight schedule. Work ended at 5:30 pm in Chelsea she had to get up to Manhattan Valley to look at a Coop for Sale (1930’s building, good views, well-maintained, excellent price, VERY SMALL). She then had to get down to 55th for a Twyla Tharp performance at City Center. A cab ride downtown got her into the area, but not early enough to meet friends for dinner.
At this point, dievca was feeling successful about quick cab rides, navigating the subway stairs, etc. she had time to step into Subway Sandwich shop to get a meatball sub…
Sometimes in NYC, you can buy your food but there isn’t anywhere to sit and eat. dievca decided to eat on the street and then head to the Theater. With her first bite of the meatball sandwich – a meatball shot out the back end, hit her her shoe and rolled on to the sidewalk. dievca thought, “Ugh! I’ll eat the sandwich then pick up the meatball before feeding the rats.” It was working, until a tourist kicked the meatball on to the subway train air vent and squashed it into the grate… “OK, rats fed for this evening.”
With the sandwich finished, dievca made her way to the Theater, early, and was able to catch an empty elevator up to the “cheap seats”. (Her ticket was $45 total). Note: masks were required for the performance.
Since dievca had a bit of time, she thought she could visit the restroom and wipe the meatball sauce off of her shoe. Perfect! The bathroom was empty. The only problem was that the retrofitted stalls didn’t have much space between the toilet and the door. dievca had a full backpack, coat, scarf draped over the door and managed to knock her face mask into the clean toilet… she fumbled around to find clean napkins and thankfully the inside of the mask was not wet.
Stepping out of the stall, gathering her plethora of stuff – dievca tried to look more graceful washing her hands and cleaning her shoe wearing a slightly soggy mask. No one noticed.
The performance was amazing and dievca managed to make it home without any more mishaps.
Photos: dievca City Center 10/2022
Cue the U2 Song – “Beautiful Day”
Photos: dievca – NYC Harbor Ferry Terminal 10/2022
To appreciate a Masterpiece.
Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River Sunset 09/2022
Not super private (in more ways than one), but the view is fun and the water is warm!
Photo: dievca Hudson River, NYC 09/2022
It’s the First Day of School here in NYC.
Kids are either celebrating or bemoaning their fate.
Maybe the Teachers are, too~
Halloween is coming up soon – a little Cosplay “Hot for Teacher” anyone?
PS. Does anyone have Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” in their head?
Photo: dievca, Sunset in NYC 07/2022
― L. Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz
Is that OZ in the distance?
No. New Jersey.
When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day …
Shakespeare (or Robert Armin) from Twelfth Night
(Photos: dievca NYC 07/2022)
As dievca made her way to the composting area along the Hudson River there was a double blossom rosebush that gave off the most delightful of smells:
The composting guy has a passion for what he does and he explained the various plants grown by the volunteers to the Hudson Riverway Park. In return, dievca was able to share the breakdown of corn starch packing materials via composting –> Carbon Dioxide and Water…
Photo: dievca – Hudson River Greenway 06/2022
Getting to Times Square is a trick when you can’t ride your bike because of the thunderstorms.
Getting a cab is a trick when it’s raining and your PT session is at 7 pm in Times Square.
dievca was opting for a canoe.
Photo: Myrna Loy rows a canoe down a flooded street, circa 1925 Hulton Archive -Getty Images
Photo: dievca, Hudson River sunset 05/2015
(Click on Photos for a larger view of the OT goal.)
dievca was the lucky recipient of a last-minute offer to see the NY Rangers play Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s always a treat to catch live hockey, but the game was tight and the energy in MSG (Madison Square Garden) was ROCKING!
The Rangers will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes, next. They are a good team – we will see.
Photos: dievca NYC 05/2022
dievca spent 1.5 hours in the James A. Farley Main Post Office NYC standing in line for customs forms, filling them out, and paying for the shipments. At least the scenery was lovely – the renovations are complete:
Photos: dievca – James A. Farley Post Office NYC 04/2022
The crocuses, blue lily of the valley, hyacinth, daffidils, and tulips have blossomed in NYC — their timelines have blurred and it is creating a lovely burst of color along the Hudson River Pathway.
Completely appropriate for traveling to the Beach this weekend!
Photo: dievca Chelsea Sidewalk NYC 3/2022
Full Moon rising over NYC 02/15/2022 – it will hit its peak at 11:57 EST.
Shake your wallet.
Photo: dievca - Full Moon Chelsea NYC 02/2022
Not quite sure what the graffiti is depicting – but its adorning a Midtown West abandoned building.
Photo: dievca NYC Midtown West 02/2022
Photo: dievca, NYC Chelsea Graffiti 11/2021
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The Dawn is breaking cloudy in New York.
It’s rare to see the clouds head in from the East – but they are heading towards the Hudson River.
dievca is sending you a quiet, “Good Morning”.
dievca had to rush to Grand Central from the Westside to catch the Metro North. she took the 7 train across. It was 5 min 30 sec from Hudson Yards to Grand Central during an “off-peak” time. she had enough time to get that coffee which saved the day.
Sometimes dievca really ❤❤❤’s New York City.
PS. Happy Marine Corps Birthday!