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Thursday, August 28, 2021

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What can I say? I’m a sucker for sidewalk kitsch — especially when it presents itself overflowingly, in cartoony-lion statue form. As usual, an embiggened version of the super-widemouthed jungle cats is on Flickr.

The sidewalk in question is on 24th Street here in Manhattan, between 6th and 7th Avenues (in Chelsea). The store in question is Olde Good Things, an antique/furnishings store that bills itself as “the place of the architecturologists”. Which, I’m sorry, I can’t help but read as “architect urologists”…

As I walk by these statue stores, I often wonder just who buys these oddities. Somebody must be doing so, right? That, or else they’re being traded from store to store endlessly.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/28/2008 10:29:26 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Photography
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Is it good or bad that I’m pretty much in sync with comedian Lewis Black, regarding his take on how we consume water nowadays?

Not to transcribe the whole thing, but the highlights of which I’m most fond:

- “So now, we buy bottles of water from Pepsi and Coke. Because when I think clean water, oh yeah, I fuckin’ think Coke and Pepsi!”

- “And that’s the operative word. The word is, and has, and will always be, ‘thirsty’. Not ‘hydrate’ — they made that fucking word up!”

- “There are people who walk out of their apartments in New York City, every morning, of every work-week, carrying a liter-bottle of water in a sling. As if it was a little baby. They’re carrying a liter-bottle of water with them — AS IF THEY WERE CROSSING THE GODDAMNED MOJAVE! ‘WHAT IF I NEVER SEE WATER AGAIN?!’”

That last one resonates with me, because I see it all the time here in Manhattan. It kills me. Especially when I see runners in Central Park with little bottles of water strapped around their waists, like a belt, as I have the past few weekends. Honestly, they look like overgrown babies who are inseparable from their ba-ba. It really is okay to get a pang of thirst — and not immediately quench it. Believe me, you won’t damage your system if you have to go parched for a few minutes without liquid relief immediately at-hand.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/28/2008 12:13:05 PM
Category: Comedy, New Yorkin', Society
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