Monday, September 15, 2008

Odds and Ends

So, here is a little slice of New York life from the last couple of days.

This weekend, I helped a friend move stuff into mini-storage facility near the Manhattan Bridge. As we were starting to carry things out of the van, three guys next to us unloaded crate after crate of DVDs from a minivan. There were at least 500, maybe 1000 DVDs. All porn. It made me very curious about what all the other people keep in their mini-storage units.

Later that night, I tried to relax the kinks out of my muscles by laying in front of the TV. I couldn't follow the crime drama's story because the reception kept going out due to the police helicopter circling my block. For an hour.

Tonight, a couple of friends and I were entertained by a rat in the subway that was carrying an entire bagel in its jaws. The hungry rat backed into a pipe but the bagel was too big to follow. He seemed to be trying to figure out a solution when we left.

For the next month I will be tasting and harvesting all kinds locally grown fruits and vegetables. Right now tomatillos are busting out all over. They are the little green fruits (related to tomatoes) that are used to make salsa verde. As an experiment, I ate a raw one. The tomatillo had the consistency of a pear and the exact flavor of Parmesan cheese. I never, ever would have guessed it would taste like cheese.


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