Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This information has been common knowledge for a very long time, but it's good to recall it now that the American people are being thoughtlessly thrown under the bus by people who believe they can tell any lie and people will believe them. Sadly, that's one thing about which they seem to be right.
I've sent a couple of emails to DC, particularly one to the Speaker of the House reminding him that Social Security is not some free give-away but something for which I and millions like me HAVE PAID FOR all our working lives; I also protested the policy of cutting the security out from underneath the retired, aged and infirm while protecting the ultra wealthy from any semblance of a fair share of taxes. Not surprisingly, there hasn't been even so much as a condescending form response in my email; clearly, such as I don't matter to The Speaker who has billionaires to protect.
On Saturday of our trip to NYC, we spent the morning taking the Circle Line cruise around Manhattan Island. The three hours were fun and informative, particularly because the trip guide was extremely knowledgeable on subjects as diverse as the rents and/or prices for apartments in particular buildings we passed to the history of whole areas of the city. He also made the trip enjoyable by announcing politely but firmly that parents were responsible for their children who were NOT going to be running all over the boat annoying people; and that people taking pictures were not to gather at the rails and stay put so that people on the benches only got to see "a wall of butts." Everyone complied and the three hours were extremely pleasant.
I had suggested the cruise because Fritz had never done it and I thought that with a big family gathering in the evening, the Circle Line would let us see and experience a lot of the city without our getting exhausted in the summer heat. Here are some highlights:
Riverside Church was said by the guide (and the Wikipedia article agrees) to have been inspired by the Cathedral of Chartres in France. I was skeptical while on the boat; I have since spent time comparing pictures of the two buildings side by side and can find little if any resemblance.
I live about an hour from Walt in a home surrounded by these sunflowers...in the Loire (Fontevraud), and just learned from Walt, they stop turning toward the sun at maturity...
Today, I was able to take the Circle Line tour from the comfort of my desk chair, never having done so with my many trips in and out of NY...
At the risk of sounding like grandpa....wonderful thing this internet IS, but not without the kindness of talented diarists like you and Walt who share.
In pride, Tim in the Loire
Your post makes me realise that it's probably 37 years since I took the Circle Line tour on my first ever visit to NYC. A friend of my Dad took me.
I honestly don't see fish scales in that Frank Gehry building. From that angle it doesn't convey the wonderful liveliness that one finds e.g. in the Dancing House in Prague.
It amazes me that people can forget so quickly the harm that GWB did to your country, especially with regard to it's financial position.
You view of the expensive real estate brought back memories. I grew up at one of the less exalted addresses behind those buildings before the concrete structure was built over FDR Drive, or East River Drive, as it was known then, especially among Republicans. There is a small park at the end of 57th Street, about 1/3 of the way from the right of your photo that was separated from a splendid private garden, the clump of trees at the right, by a spiked fence that jutted out over the Drive. The great challenge for the neighborhood boys was to swing around this fence and invade the garden—very dangerous!