Monday, January 29, 2007

Lost Chance

It seemed like someone was leaving me a secret note! There was a multicolored oragami frog tucked behind the big sign on the Brooklyn Bridge! I came screeching to a halt and pulled in to the dead space by the main column and took this picture. Then I reached out to get the frog and open it and read the secret inside, the secret words written just for me that explain the whole purpose of life and possibly death. But my fingers were frozen and instead of plucking it out, I accidentally pushed the frog in and fell down inside the sign where I guess it will stay until the end of time.

It's Like Winter in January....

We had some snow last night, finally! Almost an inch. But enough for some Bridge-goer to make a little snowman. Just don't sue him when this thing freezes solid and falls backward into traffic, killing someone and causing a pile-up.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Phantom Filming

I walked on the bridge 3-4 times while the famous film shoot starring Will Smith about the last human in New York was supposed to be happening, but all I saw was blinding lights, chalky footprints and an empty EMS 2-person tent...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Japanese Crewman Saved my Life!

I was happily filming the skyline on this cold, crisp morning with my new digital video camera when I came across a large group of people blocking the pedestrian path. I tried to circumvent them, and as I did so, I stupidly drifted into the biker's lane without looking back. I was too busy filming! I heard a screech and the tall crewman outstretched his hand and grabbed me as the crazy bike man whizzed by. Turns out it was some TV crew of some sort that was filming a man speaking Japanese.

Here's the video....

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Come Back Here, Little Snow Storm!

I loved biking through the little snow story yesterday. I was wearing my new down sweater and the flakes just bounced off. The storm was as small as a bad mood and you could see it float away toward Staten Island. Why can't we have more snow right now? There were a few people on the bridge but I was suddenly alone and the snowflakes were swirling along the wooden walkway of the bridge in little spirals like curls of hair. And when I looked up into the wind, the snow flakes touched my lashes and touched each other and there was then a solid connection between me and the top of the sky.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Snow!...for 5 minutes

First time it snowed this winter in New York, as I was midway through my walk on the bridge! It was very brief, but lovely!

Speaking of the weather...

General Warming Trend, El NiƱo Contribute to Milder Winter Temps

The 2006 average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was the warmest on record and nearly identical to the record set in 1998, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Seven months in 2006 were much warmer than average, including December, which ended as the fourth warmest December since records began in 1895. Based on preliminary data, the 2006 annual average temperature was 55 degrees F—2.2 degrees F (1.2 degrees C) above the 20th Century mean and 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) warmer than 1998. NOAA originally estimated in mid-December that the 2006 annual average temperature for the contiguous United States would likely be 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) above the 20th Century mean, which would have made 2006 the third warmest year on record, slightly cooler than 1998 and 1934, according to preliminary data. Further analysis of annual temperatures and an unusually warm December caused the change in records.

Also worth of note: more stickers! The bridge seems to be a popular place for artists to self-promote. This one called was stuck next to a second Bin Laden sticker. When I went to the site, there was a funny picture of a painting called "Bush It" where George Bush is busting out of his suit to reveal a superman-like costume that says "Katrina Who?".... Captain Clueless Strikes Again!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bin There

It was a lovely walk home, warmish. The bridge was bustling with tourists with digital cameras taking self-portraits with the brightly light Manhattan skyline in the background.

I stopped short when I noticed that right on top of the scratched out "Wear a Beard" sticker was this sticker of Osama Bin Laden!!