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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Anatomy of a Subway iPod Theft


I recently witnessed an iPod theft on the subway, and here's how it happened. At about 7:00 p.m. a couple of Fridays ago I was in the first car of a very crowded Brooklyn-bound L train. I was heading home from work. The train stopped at First Avenue in Manhattan, and when the doors opened, I overheard a young woman say something like "No way!" Amid the crush of passengers getting out of the train, two figures started tussling with each other, spilling out onto the platform.

Through the window (I was on the inside of the train) I saw two people, a woman of twenty five or so and a high-school aged kid, struggling over something. At first I thought they were two high schoolers horsing around, because they were each about five feet tall or so, but when I saw the flash of a white iPod I also saw the woman's face. Suddenly it became clear what was happening.

The little dirtbag wrenched the iPod from her hands and took off running down the platform toward the exit. The woman took off after him, hot on his heels, dropping some kind of design magazine on the ground in the process. He really picked the dumbest of all possible places to attempt this theft, because the platform was extremely crowded, and he would have to run the length of it to make it out of the station to the street. Furthermore, there's an NYPD outpost at that subway station, a really stupid place to commit a crime like that.

I made my way to the door and poked my head out to see what was happening and help if possible, but apparently the conductor didn't notice anything amiss, because he shut the doors and we continued on to Brooklyn. The whole episode took place in less than ten seconds or so, and it seemed like much less.

So I don't know if the woman ever caught up to the thief, but I have to say I liked her chances. She had quite a defiant attitude, and seemed pretty determined. And the kid would have had to make his way through a very dense crowd, especially the bottleneck near the turnstiles. Even if he did get away, I think she showed him what a cockroach he is. I'm not sure the NYPD would advise everyone to take the course of action she did, but I was impressed with her spirit and quick actions. Go Girl, wherever you are.

I personally don't own an iPod -the one in the photo is Jenn's - but it's a good reminder that the moment of greatest peril is when the subway doors pop open. Always has been, whether it's purses, gold chains, or iPods. Stay aware out there, New York.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Happy Belated Earth Day 2007

Happy Belated Earth Day 2007, everybody. It's never too late to celebrate Earth Day, because every day is Earth Day, right? Our friends Joy and David brought us these flowers last Saturday night, and I thought they looked nice in the sunlight the next day, so voila, instant still life. Jenn, Zachary, and I have been fine, busy as always but enjoying the warm spring weather, though today was on the chilly side.

Tomorrow is Friday, and what a relief. I hope to relax a bit this weekend, catch up on a few things.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rear Window, Brooklyn

It's raining like crazy in New York today. I went out earlier to get bagels and groceries and got soaked to the bone. It's rainy, and windy, and the temperature is 45 F. Still, it was nice to get out of the house, clear the cobwebs out of the attic, etc. Water was running along the gutters like a mountain stream in the springtime. The subway was running okay, at least mine was, but area airports have cancelled hundreds of flights. Score 1 for the subway.

This is a photo I call Rear Window, Brooklyn. I wanted to get some kind of perspective on today's weather, and since it was raining too hard to really take the camera outside, I took this photo from the safety of the bedroom. Still a bunch of rain got in while I had the window open and I had to wipe off Jenn's copy of Pride and Prejudice on my shirt. The book's fine, the shirt can be washed. Anyway, here's what the backsides of apartment buildings look like in Williamsburg, Brooklyn when it's raining.

If I have time tonight I'm going to polish and waterproof my new Doctor Marten boots.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trying to Keep Up

Oof, sorry for the lack of updates. I imagine lots of blog posts begin this way, but I've just been busy as all get out. Here's a photo of Zachary and me from earlier today. He's a photogenic young man. Work's been busy, work outside of work has been busy, I'm still hitting the dojo twice a week or so, still seeing friends on occasion, still spending quality time with Jenn and Zachary, still doing everything. It's all good, if a bit tiring. A vacation would be nice, but that's not in the cards for the intermediate future.

It's Saturday night, and Jenn has gone out to meet some friends. I'm staying home with Zachary, and he is currently having a big conversation with himself, saying wooo, and aaaaaah, mmmmm, and oohhh. It's pretty cute, he definitely seems to have something on his mind, and he really thinks he's talking about it, we're just too dim to get what he's saying. Occasionally he gets fed up that nobody understands him. Perhaps he's an artist.