January 27, 2007

New York: Weird but Wonderful

I drove into New York City this morning from the darkest corners of Coastal Connecticut. I was on the FDR at just about 9:15 and I was passing the corner of the FDR and about 120th or 125th street. There he was. A man standing on the corner. He was wearing a faded blue sweatshirt and a blue knitted watch cap of almost identical hue. It was 25 degrees without the wind. And he was just standing there. Well, not just standing there. He was holding something. He was holding an orange in each hand. He also had an orange in his mouth.

That would have been odd enough, I suppose. But it wasn't all.

He, while holding the two oranges with arms akimbo and the third orange crammed into his mouth, was also balancing what I think was a quarter of a watermelon on his head, rind side down on his cap, of course.

I cannot decide. It was either a protest against the war, a protest about low wages given to farm workers, or a protest about the coming rise in citrus prices due to the freeze in California. Or, it was art and he was commenting on man's inhumanity to man.

I love New York. Life here can be so surreal sometimes.

Posted by Random Penseur at January 27, 2007 03:15 PM | TrackBack

My guess - he was selling fruit.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 27, 2007 09:56 PM

Or he was walking back from the market, had all the fruit in his hands because the sack had broken and was just waiting for the light to change---whilst regretting that he hadn't double bagged.

But you're right: that's not nearly as interesting.

Although, it sure beats having the Grannies for Peace hanging around. Much more visually stimulating. ;)

Posted by: Kathy at January 27, 2007 11:07 PM

May be he fled from a lunatic asylum?

Posted by: Alex at January 29, 2007 09:25 AM

I didn't realize there were any dark corners of coastal Connecticut. I thought the only dark area of CT was New Haven.

Posted by: Shawn at January 31, 2007 02:12 PM

Possibly celebrating the life-affirming qualities of crack cocaine?

Just askin'

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