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Friday, June 25, 2004

"The Mermaid Parade is a completely original creation that is that nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. " - Mermaid Site

2:28:13 PM    

Religious Images

"Who has not found the heaven below Will fail of it above. God's residence is next to mine, His furniture is love...." - Emily Dickinson

12:56:28 PM    

p.s.  I put back the regular b&w and color cartridges into the e. 1280; called MIS about returning ink cartridges and they gave me permission.  So the MIS experiment is now officially kaput.

11:04:55 AM    

You see - keeping up the web site is a full time job.  Once I went back to writing and adding new images, two new orders came in. 

On another note, I was sad to hear that the last local pharmacy in my neighborhood was just sold to a big chain.  I try very hard not to frequent the chain stores, whether that be for books or for drugs.  I don't know if this makes any sense but I think it comes from having been brought up in a neighborhood where you were on a first name basis with the shop owners; and more than that they would look out for you as well.

As a kid in the Bronx, the couple that ran the local deli were my friends.  I could sit in the back of the store while I waited for my mom to come home from work.  If I didn't have money, they'd spot me to a hot dog.  And actually, come to think of it, my mother and my aunt would do catering work with the deli when there was some big affair.

My big parties took place there.

And there was a tailor on the corner named Francis - I can still remember her worn-out European (I know that isn't very specific) face, and a sty, or a wen - and how kind she was to us kids. 

We knew the candy store guy, the pizza guy, and on and on.

So in my neighborhood, when the last non-chain pharmacy closes, or the last owner-owned bookstore closes (there are only two left in my neighborhood that I know of and one specializes in mysteries) - I feel like I've lost a friend.

I asked one of the workers at the pharmacy where he was going to go and he told me he was going to Florida.  I asked him if he knew someone down there and he said, no, he didn't know a soul but he had decided to start over again in Florida.  I wished him good luck and left.

It's getting tough out there.  I know the economy is supposed to be improving, but stores are closing and being gobbled up by larger chains like crazy around here.  The rents are just too high for non-chains to make it.

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Oh, as far as the trivia yesterday: The Odd Couple.  John Byner says it in the episode called, "The New Car."  He plays the owner of a parking garage and wants to charge a great deal for Felix and Oscar for a spot.

It is one of my favorite Odd Couple episodes and also contains several other memorable lines such as, "Das machsa schiksa..." [Believe me, I couldn't spell this if you paid me, but it is the name of an Opera, possibly by Wagner.]

10:40:32 AM    

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