December 23, 2005

Strike Week Wrap-Up

Total miles walked this week: 31.

Best celebrity sighting on my unconventional commute to work: CNN's Anderson Cooper crossing Sixth Avenue not far from 23rd Street on Wednesday.

Best "depends on your definition of celebrity" celebrity sighting on my way home from work: Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, welcoming weary walkers home on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge, bullhorn in hand. He strikes me as a latter-day LaGuardia: short, rotund, and a keen knack for public relations.

Stupidest protest sign: "Jail Bush Not Toussaint." People supporting the TWU were demonstrating on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge and a few people hooked their cause wagons to union horses. While I'm no Bush fan and can think of plenty of reasons why he should be impeached and jailed, I think it's a long road from the MTA-TWU negotiations to the White House.

Best overheard comment: a kid, about ten years old, walking with his mom and brother across the bridge last night, talking about Christmas presents and Santa Claus. "I don't think Santa believes in L.L. Bean," he said, cleary trying to head off a gift of a sweater or slippers. "Santa believes in Elf Elf Bean." So precocious, it almost belongs in the Times' Metropolitan Diary.

Best recorded customer service message: needing to make a change to our New York Times subscription, I called the paper's 800 number and got a brief announcement before being sent to the main menu. "Due to the transit strike, delivery may be affected in the following areas: New Jersey, Connecticut, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn." Glad to know that people in Philadelphia are still getting their papers on time.

Merry Christmas to all of you this weekend. And remember, The Engaged Groom hits stores on Tuesday!

Posted by Doug at December 23, 2005 11:19 AM