Category: 181

Poke Poke

Once in a while I poke around this website, following the related content links to stuff from a decade ago, or from last week. Technically this site has elements of the wasteland that becomes any site after 25+ years. Broken...

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Fixed

It took a while for me to realize that the postings from my cell phone were not going through. The Postie WordPress plugin’s debug screens returned nothing useful, just an unhelpful message saying there was a...

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Astoria Go Boom

No one was hurt but a lot of people were shaken up by a series of explosions on Broadway near 31st Street in Astoria yesterday. I heard one explosion from about 2 blocks away and even from that distance it shook my innards. The...

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Apologistas Calling

Calls have been coming in, about a dozen a day, to the original phone number for the old Apology Line. 212-255-2748 was the first and, for most of Apology’s run, the only phone number for the line. I acquired it about a...

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TEEEN

This sign drove me crazy a couple of days ago. I’d never seen or heard the word “TEEN” used as a descriptor for food, so I had no idea what this misspelled word was supposed to be. TWEEN? KEEN? Now I know there...

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Showerless

No hot water. No shower yet. 12 noon. This hasn’t happened in a long time, save for the annual boiler cleaning, when a planned lack of hot water is announced days ahead of time. My daily shower, sometimes showers, became...

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M72 Bus Transfer 1994

I forgot how detailed these bus transfer slips were in 1994. So much to read. Today it’s simply “Free transfer local to local.”

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Got on the Wrong Bus…

Got on the wrong bus today and ended up at the Hutchinson River Parkway and Lafayette Avenue, across the street from Saint Raymond’s Cemetery. I’d only entered St. Raymond’s two or three times, years ago, on...

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The Punjab Emergency Room

A couple of days ago I stepped on a shard of glass sharp enough to penetrate the bottom of my shoe. It felt like it came but a millimeter away from stabbing the bottom of my foot but I managed to stop my forward motion,...

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Older Guy Beats the Snot Out of a Teenage Kid

At first I thought they were making out. I remember hearing alternate jeers from the gathered crowd. One side said “Teach that kid a lesson!” The other was “You can’t chokehold a kid like that!” I don’t know what led up to this but guess the kid disrespected the elder, who knew what he was doing way more than the younger, and the former paid a price for it. Aah, Astoria, September, 2011.

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Sated

sorabji: STOP NETSEXING!!! IT’S UNSEEMLY!! >:P friend of yore: hahaha how did you know? friend of yore: 😉 sorabji: a d00d knows, somehow friend of yore: haha. i was just about to go to bed. friend of yore: how are...

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Throbbing Nuclear Egg

The camera on Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ is, for the most part, pretty impressive… Except when it makes the sun look like a giant throbbing nuclear egg, causing a bioluminescent pixie to dance on the ground in front of me....

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181 Alignment

A couple of curious alignments of the 181 took place this week. Someone contacted me about doing an interview for their podcast. The email included a link to their YouTube channel. The channel had 181 followers. I later got this...

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Stain

Just some follow-up, or follow-on, as I sometimes see people say, to yesterday’s existential weirdness: I remain in limbo, which is where I intend to stay for all time, as to whether I have a daughter. Such a strange and...

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Not That Kenny

This is my mail-in ballot. I was so hoping this Working Families candidate for New York’s...

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Turnout For Early Voting is Phenomenal

I documented this for my own satisfaction but thought it interesting enough to share, if only for the record. This is the first time New York has done early voting, and from the turnout today and yesterday it’s hard to...

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Kitchen Stencils

One of the oddest typos I encountered, from 2007, at a dollar shop on Broadway that is now a Duane...

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