The unexpected

Scene: a crowded N train, just before Christmas. A panhandler enters the car–old, dirty, hunched. As the doors close he breaks into song to encourage handouts. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….”
He finishes before the train reaches its next stop, and surveying the situation, he continues. “Sing it with me now.
If you want my body and you think I’m sexy….”

links for 2008-01-01 through 01-04

The year in cities 2007

For the third straight year (and prompted by Jason for the third time as well) here is my list of travels for 2007. Per tradition multiple-visit locations are denoted with an asterisk:
New York, NY * (home base)
Livingston, NJ *
New City, NY *
Palisades, NY
Miami, FL
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Half Moon Bay, CA
Dallas, TX * (N.B. I flew to Dallas four times in 2007, and never stayed longer than 18 hours)
New Paltz, NY
Marco Island, FL
Lake George, NY
Rockport, MA
San Francisco, CA
Yountville, CA
Healdsburg, CA
Mystic, CT
Edgartown, MA
Chatham, MA
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Last year I was able to extend my streak of international travel to five years (and seven of the last nine) thanks to the Costa Rica vacation. I’m probably not straying too far in ’08, though.