Blogalogue

Compact little essays from a stay-at-home tourist.

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When: 11/14/11 Where: outdoor café, Tribeca. Who: man to friend. Attitude: Smuggish. Quote: “Well, we survived.”

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When: 11/8/11. Where: Westbeth Flea Market. Who: Volunteer. Attitude: Also smuggish. Quote: “I knew Howard Johnson. He was a nice man.”

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When: 11/18/11. Where: Fulton St., Seaport. Who:  Tourist to wife and two kids. Attitude: Peeved and querulous. Quote: “Neither dog has been fed yet!”

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When: 11/29/11. Where: Thrift Shop, Hudson St. Who: Man to friend. Attitude: Loud complaint. Quote: “So let him sue me. It’s bullshit. I want my parts back.”

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When: 11/29/11. Where: Barrow & Greenwich Streets. Who: Man to friend. Attitude: Questioning. “I have gotten 180 points on this receipt. What does that mean? Friend: “Nothing.”

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When: 12/12/11. Where: 34th and 7th Ave. Who: woman on cell phone. Attitude: Exasperated, or maybe concerned. Quote: “Your body is starting to distintegrate! You should see a specialist!

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When: 12/13/11. Where: Post office on Hudson St. Who: Young Asian man to young Asian girl, who asked why he had three insurance policies. Attitude: Joking. Quote: “I don’t know; maybe my parents want to kill me.”

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When: 12/13/11. Where: Spring & Greenwich St. Who: One worker to another. Attitude: Incredulous and contemptuous. Quote: “‘How many blocks is it?’ she asked. ‘Miss,’ I said, ‘we’re on 8th St. and that’s on 34th St.’”

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When: 12/15/11. Where: Thirteenth Street. Who: Man to woman. Attitude: Lugubrious. Quote: “I walked here from Penn Station, and everybody all around was outraged about something.”

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WHEN: 12/17/11. Who: woman on phone. Attitude: Serious. Quote: “He was such a hypochondriac, all his life he worried about cancer, but he died when his tire blew out and he had a fatal accident.”


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