Time is thin as a rope and heavy as thunder
In case you haven’t noticed it is WINTER. This explains the copious amounts of ice and snow on the streets. While those of you on the left coast have been parched, we here in the east have been dumped on. No, of course New York has not had a third of the snow Chicago has, but we complain about it more because everything is harder for New Yorkers than for everyone else. Yes, that was meant to be snarky but it’s also a little bit true. The infrastructure of the city is just barely operational, so throw something like weather into the mix and everything shuts down. Currently the streets are full of garbage because they don’t have enough people/trucks/shits to give to both clean the streets and collect the trash. So every walk is currently an adventure.
Also, New Yorkers do not have a burning need to dig out their cars. We hardly ever drive them, other than to move them twice a week for street cleaning. And tickets for street cleaning are cheaper than parking in a garage, so we don’t have a lot of motivation to dig them out. The problem is that now the snow has melted somewhat and the cars are iced in. Last night I saw a woman in stiletto heels an a fur coat trying to dig out her car with an ice scraper, looking irritated that this was even her problem.
Today it is sunny and half the neighborhood is attacking their cars with gusto. From my fourth floor perch, it sounds like a large party attempting to attack mount Everest with ice picks. Every now and then an engine moans to life, like a prehistoric beast, while some victorious digger attempts to slide into the driver’s seat without disturbing the precarious balance of the adjacent mountain of garbage.
This is what we do for fun in Brooklyn in February.
When we’re not having fun, we’re working long hours. I am essentially working two full time jobs at the moment. It is definitely less fun than digging out my car, which is saying something. But on the plus side, the end is in site. And one of my toys recently received a nice award, so that was good. But for the next month or so, I expect to be just trying to keep my head above water. So maybe it’s not a bad thing for everything to be frozen.