An unprovoked attack

I was taking pictures of our neighbor’s beautiful white cat, Smudge, when, for absolutely NO REASON WHATSOEVER, Skippy walked into the frame and BIT HER IN THE EYE. It was an hilarious unprovoked attack. I could not stop laughing. Cats are the best.


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On Friday nights, 11-Year Old Daughter and I watch that old 1960’s chestnut I Dream of Jeannie. It’s great! In Friday night’s episode, Tony went on a date. Jeannie got jealous and turned his date into a chimp. Oh, my God, we laughed! On Saturday nights we watch Batman. Last night, they did that bit where they’re climbing up the side of a building and a celebrity pops out of a window. This time, it was Jerry Lewis. I had to explain who he was. Man, I’m going to miss these evenings. I’ve got maybe another two years, max, and she’s not going to want to sit around with her old man on a Friday or Saturday night watching reruns of sitcoms from 45 years ago.

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Recently 6-Year Old Daughter asked, “Dad, how come all the guys who play basketball on TV have brown skin?” I was stunned. I didn’t have an answer. I guess she’s right, but I wasn’t going to step on that third rail.

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I recently posted some photos of Central Park after a snowstorm. I always limit the number of pics I post because I don’t want to turn my posts into a giant file dump. I wanted to post one more because I love the composition of this one so much. It’s hard to believe it’s the center of NYC!


In the interest of fairness and full disclosure I give you the following. I call it “Deck of Playing Cards in a Pile of Vomit Under an Ad for the Time Square New Years Eve Ball on 8th Avenue.”


I’m just trying to keep it real. Look…this is still New York City. Sometimes I think I wax a little too pastoral about this place.

32 thoughts on “An unprovoked attack

  1. You’re right – at some point your daughter will no longer want to watch old TV reruns with you. But that will be temporary. When they come home from university, or visit with their own families at Christmas, they are ABSOLUTELY going to want to do this again. Pinning points. You are making them.

  2. I’m so worried about the white Cats eye!!! It looks ghastly!I just wrote a post in which “BATMAN” is featured! How incredible is that! I love that your daughters are such avid readers….that is fantastic!I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that picture of Central Park with the snow…..!On the other hand, I could live without the Vomit! (LOL)

    • My neighbor said those two cats go at it all the time. It’s always a big laugh until somebody gets hurt.I saw your post on Malachi Throne. I’m sorry you lost a dear friend. I left an interesting comment about his False Face character on Batman.

  3. My two tween daughters are obsessed with the 60s show Bewitched where the lady witch always sorts out her hubby’s problems and lets him take credit for it. Hope it doesn’t turn them into Stepford Wives. Could be worse I suppose!

  4. Yes, Daisyfae is right on those pinning points.We come back to them, to be grounded, many years later when we have a need.Wanders off singing “I like New York in June…how about you?….”

    • I know it’s VERY gross and everyone wishes I hadn’t done that, but I am utterly fascinated by that photo. Someone walking up 8th Avenue saw that mess and decided to drop a deck of cards in the middle of it. That’s genius!

  5. I too was a fan of I Dream of Jeannie. Tony Nelson was such a goody-two-shoes for not taking advantage of Jeannie, and yet you had to admire him for being the perfect gentleman. I hope your daughters marry a Captain Nelson rather than a Batman.

    • Here’s what I didn’t realize when I was a young child: Batman is, in fact, NOT a drama of epic proportions. It’s a campy comedy. I didn’t see it. Also, Jeannie, that is to say, Barbara Eden, is ummm…really, really pretty in that costume. I’ve repeatedly asked Mrs. Wife to call me Master but to date, she has not warmed to the idea.

    • For the uninitiated, the third rail is a reference to the New York subway system. There are two rails that the train wheels run on and a third rail that supplies the power. If you come into contact with it, you’re toast. It’s true! There’s an urban legend that homeless people have died urinating on the third rail. The power arc traveled up their stream and electrocuted them. I think it’s baloney. As of this typing, the prize has not been awarded. Fingers crossed!

  6. I seem to remember posing the same question as your daughter not too long ago.I feel mean but one of my birthday presents was a scarf which frankly looks just like sick and I couldn’t wear it. Sometimes a white lie is the only way.

    • The two photos = one-stop shopping for everything that’s beautiful and awful about this place. Who thinks of dropping a deck of cards there? It’s brilliant. If you bit my eye, I’d stretch my claws out, too. I might even sink them into your thigh.

  7. Not sure if I’d like to pick a card, any card.My daughters like reading too–they’re even more avid than me. They have no idea how much of a pleasure and satisfaction I get from those still Saturday mornings when we’re all sat round reading in the same room.

    • Just last night I was sitting in the living room with 11-Year Old. She, reading her book, me reading mine. It was quiet. The dog was gnawing on her bone at our feet. What more can you expect out of life?Re: the pic. I’ve seen art installations that weren’t as cohesive. He threw a deck of cards in it! Still amazes me.

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