Gay Pride with Rocket Dog

The Gay Pride Parade for NYC kicks off at 12:00 Noon.
Begins at 36th and 5th and ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets.

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

dievca isn’t planning to join the Parade, but she will be wearing something “Rainbow” in support:


In honor of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Water

by Robert Lowell
 It was a Maine lobster town—
each morning boatloads of hands
pushed off for granite
quarries on the islands,

and left dozens of bleak 
white frame houses stuck
like oyster shells
on a hill of rock,

and below us, the sea lapped
the raw little match-stick 
mazes of a weir,
where the fish for bait were trapped.

Remember? We sat on a slab of rock.
From this distance in time
it seems the color
of iris, rotting and turning purpler,

but it was only 
the usual gray rock
turning the usual green
when drenched by the sea.

The sea drenched the rock
at our feet all day,
and kept tearing away 
flake after flake.

One night you dreamed
you were a mermaid clinging to a wharf-pile,
and trying to pull
off the barnacles with your hands.

We wished our two souls 
might return like gulls
to the rock.
 In the end, 
the water was too cold for us.

Coney Island Parade Information

 


A day on the UWS

dievca and a friend met for the Farmer’s Greenmarket on the Upper Westside and she already shared her outfit with you.

Here’s what happened after the market:

Walked past some bubbles and good wishes:

Brunch at White Gold Butchers – a whole-animal butcher shop & American eatery that’s owned by two female butchers. It is casual by day with table service at night and offers excellent meats. (Side note: Master and dievca had lunch here a week later, as a break from packing for His extended trip.)

dievca visited two OPEN HOUSEs for apartments up by where Master lives. One with a terrace and a fireplace… Yes, dievca knows that you Midwesterners are smirking, but buying a Co-Op in NYC is a whole different ballgame — my rent for one bedroom is probably more than your 3 bedroom house on 1/2 acre of land. The terraced/fireplace apartment was small but lovely. The the other apartment was….meh.

Then dievca’s friend wanted her to visit a business which was closing this week after 39 years of service. Liberty House will have closed by the time you read this – it was a lovely, yet sad experience. Some offerings:
What did dievca buy?
A bright yellow pottery tray and an absolutely stunning petite 18K with 22K bezel set opal slice ring.

Photos: 4/2017 UWS NYC by dievca

Torrential Downpour (High Line in the Spring)

Zadig et Voltaire t-shirt

Master left for Europe for two months of work. dievca will be keeping herself busy and working on her body, now that the stress fracture and her back are doing well.

That brought her to a very rainy Friday in May… a day off, a day of torrential downpours. Sit at home and do odds-and-ends or….walk the High Line.

dievca avoids the High Line…unless the weather is terrible or it is 7 am, no later. she can’t take the tourists — she experiences “High Line Rage”.  You, you roll your eyes…it exists! dievca knows that tourists bring money into the City, but she has experienced the overwhelming desire to tell the pods of tourists to “get the hell out of my way” and “go home and walk five abreast in a 1.5 meter lane on your own sidewalk.” Whew!

So, when there is rotten weather and dievca has a day off, it’s time to walk the High Line and run to the Meatpacking District. (Kiehl’s recycling and an All Saints Sweatshirt purchase were driving dievca in this direction.).

Clothing of choice for ugly weather?

Stutterheim Orange Raincoat, micro-fleece pants (dievca’s rain pants were at work), Burberry Rain boots, Missoni Umbrella, Zadig & Voltaire pink camo sweater and scarf and Club Monaco Pink Tee.

And a gorgeous purse….a plastic bag. (It was really wet.)

As dievca is writing this and the news is on — lots of flooding in NYC, today. dievca saw it in the Meatpacking district, large puddles where dievca had to walk in the middle of the street, a candy store flooded, the Zadig & Voltaire store on Bleeker – no electricity, etc.

You saw dievca’s outfit, she was ready for anything, sort of ~

The micro-fleece pants needed to be wrung out on the way down under a High Line ‘overpass’ and dievca’s boots let in water on the way home. Slicker was great and the plastic bag might have been ugly, but it worked for her wallet and her All Saints Sweatshirt purchase.

All Saints Margot Hoody

Oh, yeah did you want to see dievca’s purchases?
The t-shirt at the top and these two pieces:

InterMix Ally Cotton Sweater Dress


Where smart is… (developed by Kyle Walker)

“You sure are smart, but you sure are dumb.”

dievca’s Dad meant that dievca was book smart, but had no common sense.  (uhhh, honestly her nose was in a book growing up and she was kinda, uh, spacey.)

A second comment is “smart” vs. “educated”. dievca’s grandfather came over from central Europe and went up to a 6th grade education before going to work.  He was one of the most intelligent people dievca knew. Notably, all three of his children graduated from college and two received graduate degrees (one – was a female working in the field of Chemistry in 1946).  So, is smart inherent or opportunity?

Well–whatever, dievca is living in an area with people have a similar educational background to hers. Master’s, too.

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University developed a series of interactive maps of city populations, based on education.

  • Blue dots stand for 25-500 people over the age of 25 who have received a graduate degree.
  • Green dots signify a bachelor’s degree
  • Yellow dots are some college experiences.
  • Orange dots represent a high school diploma
  • Red dots includes everything short of a high school diploma.

The difference in colors are an indication of various educational backgrounds, but may be economic indicators, as well. You see, the blue dots start to disappear around 100th Street in Harlem and the surround boroughs are a sea of green and yellow. Maybe the opportunity for education cannot be afforded.

dievca is just showing you the map of Manhattan – there are other cities represented by Walker’s work at Business Insider. San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Dallas, etc.

So, what color are you and where are you located?

And does that mean you are “smart”? or that you had the opportunity…


Seen on the Subway: naturalization test prep

Handwritten notes in two languages,
Mouth moving to the English,
Handsome fretwork glasses,
Clean and neat.

I wish you Good Luck,
In your Quest,
On your Test,
To become a US Citizen.

Us, past immigrants,
And Lady Liberty,
Bid you Welcome,
With open arms.

Photo: dievca 04/2017 “6 Train neighbor”


Spring Blossoms

Bee to the blossom,
moth to the flame;
Each to his passion;
what’s in a name?
~Helen Hunt Jackson

Photos: dievca 04/2017
The smell of the Blossoms catch dievca each Spring. she has to stop and take a moment to immerse herself in the Joy.