In observance of International Women's Day Vaquero sent me a pome:
i would not be happy sending e-mails
without the presence of the female
i could not stir from dreaming deep
without a spoon to make me sleep
dear C, i am inspired to say
happy motherfucking women's day!
This last week was extraordinarly busy. Not a single night at home except Monday, because it was a snow day (we had a blizzard here). It was also extraordinary in terms of weather then, and temperatures. One morning it was 11 degrees when I woke up. Yesterday it was 70.
I'm glad that's over. Today we just took it easy. I fixed a very late but huge brunch. Then we went shopping for new sneakers, t-shirts and few other sundries.
The number of dead stores grows every day. Particularly all the small boutiques. How they ever made the kind of rents they were paying before the economic catastrophe could no longer be denied, I could never figure out before. But now, there evidently is no way. Restaurants that were always packed 7 days a week -- I walk past them on a Thursday or Friday night and there's nobody in them. Yet around here, commercial rents for this footage is not falling, nor are the prices of clothes or food, either. There are still so many young Japanese women coming to NYC with all their income presumably disposable the designer label places stay open. With the good weather and warm temperatures this weekend, my neighborhood was a gridlocked as it ever has been. Even the restaurants were full. But at night, things get very quiet, very soon, even on the weekends.
A sign of the times: I was buying coffee at the usual coffee place for Vaquero Thursday. It was about 4:30 pm. Usually, if you go into Augie's after 11 am all their muffins, scones and cookies are gone. I noticed while the beans were grinding that all the platters and jars were almost still full of the high sugar snacks. Either not that many people are going to work these days or people have cut back their habit of 2 - 3 times a day getting 5 dollar coffee plus 3 dollar snack. Of course, street traffic is way down too, as the neighborhood was without the kind of tourist trade it's been groaning under for so long 24/7.
I wonder if the nabe will revert to what it was like when I first moved here, with restaurants closed on Monday. I've seen several stores not open here now on Mondays.
We shall see what spring brings.