I am in Manhattan for a couple events and some R and R.
Yesterday I met a friend for lunch at a Japanese Ramen place.
The ramen was good and satisfying, but not outstanding.
We then walked to the Met, some 30 blocks, for a first glimpse at the Christmas Tree and because – frankly – it is like spring here. It was too beautiful a day to waste.
I always look for the pig – often on the bridge – and the monkey with the cymbals.
A couple of bagpipers… I can in my memory hear them in the Piazza Navona with the smell of roasting chestnuts.
The makers projected onto its surface images of wildlife which we are endangering by global warning.
Look how sad the rabbit is. The other is so distraught that she has turned her back on humanity, which is, like a foreign virus in Mother Earth’s body, destroying the planet with air conditioners.
See this peacock? This peacock represents the hope of all who are working to reduce their carbon footprints.
Then it was back out into the late afternoon sun and a walk to the R and N for the ride to Holy Innocents for Mass.
Supper was consumed in a dinner in Penn Station.
On the way home, however, while waiting at the last stop light before my block, I had the scare of my life.
As I was waiting, someone on a small motor bike was slowing to turn the corner a few feet in front of me. As he revved up into the turn, the bike backfired three times in rapid succession, in the span of about a second. It sounded exactly like a large caliber handgun. I do a bit of shooting and always include rapid fire drills. Despite the fact that I was looking straight at the bike, that BAM BAM BAM just about freaked me out. I beat it indoors, paced a while, had a sip of something with my host and watched some football. It took a good half hour before I didn’t feel my heart pounding in my throat.
Sometime I talk about being aware of your surroundings and being prepared. Given everything that is going on today, I am hyper vigilant here in the Big Apple, where citizens are denied their 2nd Amendment rights. This experience also underscored some facts of human physiology. Your hearing, vision, and perception of time change with different levels of threat. Training is important to counteract the physiological and psychological effects of natural fight or flight responses. And there are the aftereffects as well.
In any event, the weather is beautiful here. I have lots of people to meet up with and things to do in my week here.
A nice shot from the Met Christmas Tree…